It's been over 30 years since I've seen these now middle-aged adults who were teens back then. I am a little nervous.
Two seemingly unrelated items of medical news: Ebola is devastating West Africa and may spread around the world, and the entertaining ice bucket challenge has raised $115 million for ALS research. The linkage is that both diseases have needed and still need medical research. So do hundreds of other diseases and conditions.
There is something even more frightening than death by Ebola -- the impending cost of health care needed to conquer the disease and everyone who comes down with it. If you think paying for a doctor visit for a cough is tough, wait until Ebola becomes mainstream.
While not all relationships between health care providers and drug and medical device manufacturers are problematic, the implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act will help ensure that provider-industry relationships finally receive appropriate scrutiny.
Breaking Bad may have gotten a lot of the story right, from the family nature of the drug to the penetration of the industry by Mexican cartels. Our research reveals new information about the personal nature of meth markets, the unintended consequences of legislation put in place to curb its manufacture and use, and the drug's terrible impact on children.
While this chapter of FDA history is behind us, the damages of thalidomide's "clinical trials" continue to reveal themselves more than 50 years later.
Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they ...
Instead of creating laws that sound good but in reality cause more harm, we should encourage laws that provide incentives for people to do the right thing. Want drug users to clean up their used syringes? Protect them from charges if the syringes are stored in a safe container.
"My biggest obstacle was myself. When I first started thinking of problems that I wanted to solve or areas that I could fix, I would at first think to myself, 'Would anybody want this? What if people don't like this? Will I look stupid for doing this?'"
Today, every sport is troubled by violence on and off the field, sexual predators, illegal drug usage, and corrupt practices. In the United States alone, one need only mention names - Bonds, Sandusky, Armstrong, Rice - but the list is endless.
I thought about throwing the note away, but part of me said to keep it -- not so I can dwell on the past, but so I can have another reminder of how far we've come.
Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.
Dear Savvy Senior, Are brand-name medications better than generic, and if not, why is there such a price difference? Also, how can I find out which ...
The international drug control regime is broken. Past approaches premised on a punitive law enforcement paradigm have failed, emphatically so. They have resulted in more violence, larger prison populations, and the erosion of governance around the world. The health harms associated with drug use have gotten worse, not better. The Global Commission on Drug Policy instead advocates for an approach to drug policy that puts public health, community safety, human rights, and development at the center. I have listed the five pathways to ending the drug war recommended by the Global Commission on Drug Policy that I chair. (Other members of the commission, ranging from Kofi Annan to Paul Volcker to former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo are listed after the recommendations.)
In a town where Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on light bulbs or cafeteria utensils, legislation to address overcrowding in the federal prison system had the backing of both President Obama and Senator Ted Cruz.
In part one of our follow-up series on thalidomide, we focus on the pseudo "clinical trials" and gross negligence of Richardson-Merrell, which distributed thalidomide to 1,267 U.S. physicians.