Pharmacology

Perhaps Rethinking Chronic Pain Can Curb The Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Over the last few decades, medicine has witnessed a sea change in attitudes toward chronic pain, and particularly toward opioids. While these changes were intended to bring relief to many, they have also fed an epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin a ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 12 2016 - 12:04am

Ayahuasca: A Psychoactive For The Shamanist In You

Ayahuasca, known by various names by different indigenous groups in South America, is a generic term commonly associated with preparations of the mildly psychoactive vine Banisteriopsis caapi. Ayahuasca literally translates from the Quechua language of th ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 23 2016 - 9:00am

Teens In Hawaii Who Use E-cigarettes More Likely To Try The Real Thing Later

There are not many "nicotine naïve" teens using e-cigarettes- who have never tried cigarettes- but of those few who do, they are more likely to try the real thing a year later than those who have never vaped, indicates survey results in the jour ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 25 2016 - 8:30pm

Painkiller Use During Rat Pregnancy Linked To Drop In Female Offspring Fertility

Epigenetics is spreading its wings out to the painkiller world, at least in an animal model. Of course, it is well-known that just about everything has been linked to causing cancer in rats. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has studi ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 27 2016 - 8:46am

Texas A&M Suggests Carnitine Supplement Reduces Risk Of Autism

Folic acid has long been touted as an important supplement for expectant mothers, to prevent defects in the baby’s developing brain and spinal cord. It is added as a supplement to breads, pastas, rice and cereals to help ensure that women are exposed to s ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 28 2016 - 12:30pm

Why I Changed My Mind About Vitamin D

Everyone loves D, the sunshine vitamin. Doctors, patients and the media have been enamored with vitamin D supplements for decades. As well as their clear benefit in curing severe vitamin D deficiencies, endless headlines hail their magical ability to redu ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 31 2016 - 12:22pm

Dietary Supplements Could Seriously Mess With Your Medication

Doctors typically prescribe several drugs to patients with mental health conditions in order to treat the various symptoms. For example, a person with bipolar disorder may be prescribed one drug to treat mania and another to treat depression. But there’s ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 3 2016 - 8:30am

Generic Drug Price Gouging Has Physicians Raising Red Flags

Pharmaceutical companies take a lot of cultural heat for high prices, politicians routinely criticize them to score political points, but at least they did real discovery. One out of 5,000 candidates will make it to market, and then it has to be successful ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 3 2016 - 8:28am

AKT1 Gene Could Help Identify Psychosis, Memory Loss Risk In Marijuana Users

Researchers have identified a gene which can be used to predict how susceptible a young person is to the mind-altering effects of smoking marijuana, an increasing concern as the cultural movement shifts toward legalization.  Around one percent of cannabis ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 16 2016 - 11:41am

Antidepressants Linked To Tooth Implant Failure

Antidepressants, commonly used to treat anxiety, pain and other disorders, may play a role in dental implant failure, according to a new pilot study which found that the use of antidepressants increased the odds of implant failure by four times.  While th ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 8 2016 - 2:44pm