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Prescription Drugs

Matt Ferner

Fewer Pain Pill Overdoses In States With Medical Marijuana Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living

States that have legalized marijuana for medical use have lower rates of prescription painkiller overdose deaths than states that have not, new resear...

Jeffrey Young

How Your Health Insurance Company Can Still Screw You, Despite Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business

No law has done more to reform health insurance and protect consumers against the industry's most heinous practices than the Affordable Care Act. But ...

Samantha Lachman

McCain And Klobuchar Want You To Be Able To Get Your (Prescription) Drugs From Canada

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have revived a congressional effort to allow individuals to import cheaper prescription drugs ...

The Pharmacologics of Exercise: Yes, Exercise Is Medicine!

Nicholas DiNubile, MD | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicholas DiNubile, MD

As health care is reformed in the United States, comprehensive strategies must be included to encourage more individuals of all ages to incorporate exercise into their daily routines, a cornerstone of personal health care reform.

9 Things Your Doctor Wants To Tell You

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Andrea Atkins | Posted 06.20.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Become an ace in the exam room and get more from your visits with these doctor-approved tips. Read more from Gr...

Expensive New Hepatitis C Drug Raises Alarms

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

This is a joint blog post by Leigh Purvis and Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that results from infection with the hep...

Rebuilding the Floor for Women

Kate Schmier | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Kate Schmier

I was grateful that Hillary had chosen to highlight this troubling issue -- and I wanted to know more about the decline in women's life expectancy.

Good Programs Survive Only If We Pay Attention

Howard Dean | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Howard Dean

If the public does not see that people are directly benefiting from the program, support will erode and the program's future will be in doubt. Fortunately, the enrollment success and direct patient benefits of the ACA, makes it well-suited to build long-term public support. Unfortunately, not all public health care programs are on such solid footing.

Your Partner's Low T Rx: What Women and Children Should Know and Do

John La Puma M.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
John La Puma M.D.

Prescription testosterone is unnecessary and dangerous for women and children, not just most men. Very few medical prescriptions given to a man affect a female partner and family so intimately and affect desired intimacy and passion in just the wrong way.

Oklahoma Tackles the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Adam Banner | Posted 06.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, and both the number of prescription drug sales and the number of prescription drug overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Are doctors to blame?

House Panel To Take On Prescription Drug, Heroin Abuse

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics

April 22 (Reuters) - A panel of the U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled a hearing for April 29 on a rising tide of prescription drug and her...

Alcoholism: The Not-So-Funny Equal Opportunist

Allison Hudson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Alcoholism doesn't give a shit how pretty you are, where you go to church or don't go to church, how much your mom and dad loved you as a kid, how many degrees you have. It doesn't care what kind of house you live in, what kind of car you drive, or how much money is in your bank account.

How to Take Fewer Prescription Drugs

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Nations that take far fewer drugs than we do are healthier. Why?

Top Seven Crazy Myths About Drug Overdose Antidote, Naloxone

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

With fatalities from heroin and prescription drugs still on the rise, naloxone, an opiate reversal medication, has become an increasingly popular meth...

Dependence Through Denial and Deception: How Health Insurance Companies Keep Your Premiums High

David Belk | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
David Belk

If these medications don't cost very much, if they don't cost the insurance companies anything, why the denials? And what does this tell us about the role of health insurance in our lives?

Zach Carter

Key Democrat Says Drug Companies Have 'Hijacked' FDA

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway criticized the Food and Drug Administration's cozy relationship with pharmaceutical companies, saying that the a...

The Harmful Reality of Restricting Drug Choices

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Clearly the goal of reducing the enormous cost burden of prescribed drugs is a legitimate one. If a drug that costs $200 a year is just as good as one that costs $2,000, restricting the latter makes sense. But the situation is not that simple.

Zohydro: The FDA-Approved Prescription for Addiction

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Science
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

In a few weeks, a powerful new opioid painkiller called Zohydro is expected to hit the market. Zohydro's easily crushed capsules will contain up to 50 milligrams of pure hydrocodone, 10 times more hydrocodone than a regular Vicodin. One capsule will pack enough to kill a child.

Boiling It Down: Modern Medicine

Harold Nonken | Posted 04.21.2014 | Comedy
Harold Nonken

When I watch the morning news on cable television, I see advertisements for cures for allergies, back pain, sneezing, athlete's foot, tiredness, smoki...

Why Georgia Desperately Needs Naloxone

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Like millions of other Americans, Atlanta resident Kathy Fletcher depends on prescription drugs to alleviate chronic pain. Medications such as OxyCont...

Where Have All the Cheap Drugs Gone?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

What can you do to find affordable medications? Here is a long list of my tips.

Media Descriptions of Philip Seymour Hoffman Feed Into Misplaced Fears About Heroin Overdose and Needles

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Tessie Castillo

We, as a nation, need to acknowledge that overdose is not a problem confined to famous people or heroin or drugs that involve syringes.

Containing Health Costs Is Good But Not at the Expense of the Mentally Ill

Howard Dean | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Howard Dean

A proposed rule would make significant changes to the availability of antidepressants and antipsychotics. Implementing these changes will bring additional risk to an already vulnerable population.

Don't Diagnose Drug Allergies Over the Phone

Howard J. Bennett, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

It's not a good idea to diagnose drug allergies without seeing the patient. First, it is very difficult to describe a rash over the phone. Are the spots pink or red? Are they raised or flat? Are they isolated or do they appear in groups?

Is Decriminalization the Best Approach to Vermont's, and Nation's, Drug Abuse Problem?

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Criminalizing drugs doesn't make them disappear, it simply drives them underground into much more dangerous settings.