Getting Children to Take Their Drugs

Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2009

It’s not hard to imagine that a kid who’s been taught to “just say no to drugs” might be a little resistant to taking “good” (i.e., socially acceptable) drugs such as Ritalin (even as others follow the opposite tack and take advantage of the easy availability of prescrition drugs). Such a child must be taught […]

Drugs and TMD

Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2009

When the news came out late last week that Burt Reynolds had been in rehab for painkiller addiction, reports suggested previous drug abuse in the 1980s, “after he was diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder, a painful condition which affected his jaw.” The drug was Halcion. Why a sleep med for dealing with TMD? If a […]

20 Health & Wellness Articles Worth Checking Out

Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2009

Every day, we check the web for health and wellness news and articles that we think may be of interest to you and the rest of our readers. Inevitably, we wind up with much more material than we can possibly write about yet find worth sharing with you. So, without further ado, here are 20 […]

Physical Activity as Preventive Medicine & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2009

Physical Inactivity Poses Greatest Health Risk to Americans (PhysOrg) Speaking at APA’s 117th Annual Convention, Steven Blair, PED, called Americans’ physical inactivity “the biggest public health problem of the 21st century.” * * * Research has shown approximately 25 percent to 35 percent of American adults are inactive, Blair said, meaning that they have sedentary […]

Cell Phone Risk Facts and Other Recommended Reading

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2009

If Your Phone Is Giving You Cancer, Press 1 Maybe it’s part of the human condition – how we create and embrace new technologies without considering their potential ramifications. Then the law of unintended consequences comes into play. Some consequences, of course, are beneficial, while others may be harmful. Many modern drugs could serve as […]

Oral Health & Pregnancy, Questioning ADHD Drugs and Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Better Oral Hygiene Could Reduce Complications in Pregnancy & Help Newborn Babies (Medical News Today) Bacteria from a mother’s mouth can be transmitted through the blood and amniotic fluid in the womb to her unborn child. This could contribute to the risk of a premature delivery, a low birth-weight baby, premature onset of contractions, or […]

Big Dig on Big Pharma in a Small Space

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2009

From the British Journal of Psychiatry, via Mind Hacks, psychiatrist, researcher and Big Pharma skeptic David Healy on “Psychiatry and the Pharmaceutical Industry – in 100 Words”:   Little Pharma made profits by making novel compounds; Big Pharma does it by marketing. Doctors say they consume (prescribe) medication according to the evidence, so marketeers design […]

The Normalization of Drugs and Other Recommended Reading

Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2009

The Wholesale Sedation of America’s Youth Skeptical Inquirer Towards the end of Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, the Witch sings one of the show’s key themes: “Children may not obey,/But children will listen./Children will look to you/For which way to turn,/To learn what to be.” One of the things today’s children are learning from the […]

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