Didn’t take long for that “harmless” drug to kill someone after being legalized in Washington. Vancouver, WA man charged with driving under the influence of marijuana after running down a pedestrian.
Just like guns, we should ban it before more people are killed. If it saves one life, it is worth it.
It has affected almost 15% of adults in this country, has allegedly been the cause of multiple mass shootings, and yet the government keeps cutting funding for evaluation and treatment.
Is lack of mental health care killing America?
Wonder if this works for other parts of the body, too. Squeezing breasts decreases the rate of cancer.
Singing Christmas carols in an Alvin and the Chipmunks voice at parties may not be so harmless. Coroner rules that missing Pennsylvania woman died from asphyxiation by helium inhalation.
Woman develops bone growth in her eyelids after getting $20,000 stem cell procedure to enhance her beauty. The thing about stem cells is that they have the potential to turn into just about any bodily tissue. The trick is figuring out how to turn stem cells into what you want them to turn into. Don’t know that I’d want lungs growing in my eyelids.
How the Affordable Care Act will limit medical care and decrease treatment options.
I’ve been thinking … for truth in advertising purposes, shouldn’t this be called the “Affordable Insurance Act”? Then again, my insurance premiums are going way up, not down.
Psychiatrists approve final diagnostic categories for the new DSM-5. Pedophilia, substance abuse, and internet gaming are all classified as “disorders” while parental alienation is classified as a “syndrome.”
Will be interesting to see the recommended treatment for these disorders and how disability and other aspects of medical care are affected by the determinations.
Now it isn’t just the physicians prescribing medications but also the pharmacists dispensing the medications who are being blamed for addiction and deaths from narcotics. One pharmacy and pharmacist were accused by the California Board of Pharmacy of failing to “ensure that the drugs they dispensed were for patients with legitimate need.” Now there were other red flags that this particular pharmacy may have been catering to narcotic diversion. On one day it dispensed medications for 85 patients – none of which were from doctors in the area or for patients in the area. So in this specific case, I agree that there were likely shenanigans going on.
But how are pharmacists supposed to comply with a general rule to “ensure” that medications are given for a legitimate need? Examine all the patients in a back room and say “I disagree with your specialist. You do NOT need antibiotics for your cough and I will not give them to you. Your blood pressure is under control without your medications and I will NOT give it to you.”
The rule becomes ridiculous when applied.
I’m sure if someone asked the Board to explain its principle, that person would be dismissed as being a “troublemaker.”
Things like this are one reason that we need to thoroughly question the decisions of all licensing boards and that the specific reasoning for such decisions needs to be made public.
Reminds me of the FDA. After pressuring passengers to go through x-ray body scanners for years, the TSA is now commissioning an independent study to gauge the safety of these machines. Ever wonder why these x-ray scanners are banned in Europe?
I “opt out” every time I fly. Here are some other reasons why.
Ingenuity. University of Pennsylvania doctors infect 7 year old leukemia victim’s white blood cells with disabled AIDS virus then transfuse the cells back into her body. Now her leukemia is in remission. The treatment doesn’t always work, but in this child’s case, so far so good.
Some commenters to the article ask if this is the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Dental assistant and dental receptionist arrested for performing low-cost root canals, installed braces, and pulled teeth for uninsured patients. According to the article, the duo got all of their business by word of … mouth.
Interesting question. Does a patient have a right to refuse being turned in a hospital bed, knowing that the refusal will lead to bed sores and will likely result in his death?
As a follow up the the whole dysbiosis post from previous Healthcare Update … scientists link obesity to gut bacterium – enterobacter cloacae.
No causation proven, obviously, but is the obesity due to a diet in which the bacteria thrives or is obesity due to the bacteria itself?
This is tangentially medically-related, but still fascinating to me. A photographer who has studied the human face for 45 years picks out unrelated look-alikes and photographs them together. The similarities between the subjects are remarkable. Makes me wonder how this photographer goes about finding the matches.
Imagine trying to pick one versus the other out of a police line-up.