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Surprise! Legalizing Cannabis is NOT Encouraging More Teen Pot Use

Sometimes “common sense” is wrong. And when it comes to arguments against the legalization of cannabis that rest on risks to young people, incoming evidence published July 8, 2020 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics is turning common sense on its head. Despite decades of stern warnings that legalizing marijuana would lead to an epidemic of stoned, THC-addled teenagers, the data …

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Novel Chemical Complex May Deliver Breakthrough in Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

“Survival of the fittest”… It drives who—and what—lives and thrives to reproduce, shaping and strengthening adaptive traits through successive generations. From the tiniest life form to the most complex, selective pressure operates across every species on Earth. But not all generations are created equal. When we look at the number of opportunities bacteria have to mutate and survive attacks by …

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Nonnarcotic Cough Suppressant Benzonatate Overdose Proves Fatal

Most people have a healthy respect for the dangers of opioid and narcotic prescription medications and as a result, are careful to take them exactly as prescribed. But the public may not be as aware that even nonnarcotic, nonopioid pharmaceutical drugs can cause serious—even fatal—complications if they are taken in large doses that exceed prescribing guidelines. This reality was recently …

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What’s Vitamin D Good For? The Evidence vs. The Hype

When you hit the physician’s office for your annual check-up and bloodwork, does your doctor test your vitamin D levels? If a “quick check” of vitamin D is a routine part of your health care, you aren’t alone. According to numbers I recently found, in 2016 alone, tests for vitamin D deficiency were ordered for Medicare patients alone no fewer …

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Two New Cases of HIV Remission Raise Hopes For Eventual Cure

In 2007, the scientific and medical ground shifted at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections when word emerged of the first patient whose HIV had apparently disappeared after two bone marrow transplants. At the time known only as “The Berlin patient,” Timothy Ray Brown had undergone the transplant procedures for leukemia (not HIV) only after chemotherapy had failed; his …

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Turmeric Can Cause Anemia? “Natural” May Not Always Mean “Safe”

When it comes to pharmacologic agents and their mechanisms of action, the line that divides “natural” and “unnatural” has always been somewhat…artificial. Consider medieval apothecaries. These equivalents of today’s drugstores and pharmacies once sold medicinal infusions, powders, tinctures, compresses, potions, and unguents to physicians and patients alike. But the medicines themselves? Those were prepared from wines, herbs, and spices. They …

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She’s Never Felt Pain or Anxiety and Heals Like a Superhero. It’s FAAH-OUT

Would you believe me if I told you a sort of “Wonder Woman” has been living on the shores of Loch Ness for 71 years…and for some reason, even though scores of amateur sleuths have been combing that area looking for something else out-of-the-ordinary, nobody ever noticed? It sounds like something out of science fiction or fantasy, but it’s not. …