Pharmacology

Benzocaine Can Give A Whole New Meaning to “Blue Blood”

When a 25-year-old woman showed up in a Rhode Island emergency room reporting that she was fatigued, weak, and short of breath—and that her skin had turned a shade of blue overnight not normally associated with living people—medical personnel on call knew something was very wrong. One quick-witted physician had fortunately seen the condition before, […]

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What Twins’ Baby Teeth Are Telling Us About ADHD and Autism

A research team in Sweden, looking for a way to test a hypothesis about the effects of chemical exposure on fetal neurological development, recently enlisted an unusual assistant: The Tooth Fairy. Not really, of course. But the team did collect naturally lost baby teeth from sets of twins (and one set of triplets) in order

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That Soft Drink May Shorten Your Life, With Or Without Sugar

Bottom line up front: It’s 2019, and we just got word that no mater what kind of soft drink you’re sipping (with or without a straw), you may be affirmatively choosing to shorten your life. Normally I’d caution against taking action based on headlines like that, but the study that announced this result was based

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Congratulations, You’re Expecting! Take Vitamin D for Baby’s Teeth

One thing keeps me continually energized as I travel the world educating dental professionals is this: We still, all of us, have so much to learn about the human body, physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, development, nutrition, and how the entire system works together to enhance or hamper lifelong systemic health. Take our humble friend, vitamin D.

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A Roundup of What We Know About the Oral-Systemic Connection Right Now

Health care and the science of the human body, in general—I dare say science itself, as an endeavor of human discovery—is a field that is increasingly highly specialized. The more we learn, the more we specialize, following promising new leads, creating small teams to pursue tantalizing clues, inventing novel sub-branches of other branches of clinical

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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

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It’s Not Vaping, It’s Not Smoking: It’s “Heated Tobacco” And Here’s What You Need To Know

When I take a step back and think about what it must be like to work for the American nicotine-delivery industry, it’s actually difficult not to feel at least a tiny pang of something approaching…sympathy. It’s nearly impossible to imagine there’s anybody left in the developed world who isn’t aware that smoking is harmful to

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FDA: Soap and Water Are Best, Hand Sanitizers A Good Alternative (3 Ingredients Need More Study)

Is there anything that says “Mom Purse” quite as convincingly as a convenient, pump-top bottle of hand sanitizer? What could be more common, more convenient, more effective? Grab, gel, and go, right? Not so fast. The evidence is clear: If you can find a sink and some soap, you should head there and wash up

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