Considering a Ban on High-Dose Opioids

I would bet that the data shows that these high-dose opioids are not really the problem. I suspect what is abused is the regular low dose opioids but I need to see the data. I’m not sure if this proposal helps or hurts the problem. From CNN.com: Groups...

Lithium and Alzheimer’s

Lithium. Who knew? From Reuters:    Long-term consumption of tiny amounts of lithium may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, but only if the dose isn’t too small, according to a study that looked at levels of the element in...

Coffee may be good for you

After being told, as a child, that coffee was  bad for you. It is odd to hear that all of that was probably wrong. Coffee may in fact be good for you. From Reuters: People who drink the most coffee are less likely to die than those who drink the least or none,...

Mental illness in the US

Over the last 20 years, there has been less and less funding for mental illness. Reuters: More than 8 million American adults suffer from serious psychological distress, and they’re less likely to access healthcare services than other people, a U.S. study suggests....

Diabetes killing more than expected

Diabetes complicates everything. WaPo: Nearly four times as many Americans may die of diabetes as indicated on death certificates, a rate that would bump the disease up from the seventh-leading cause of death to No. 3, according to estimates in a recent study....

Prostate meds may lead to more falls

Falling once you pass age 30 or so is a big deal. Falling is one of the leading causes of trauma in the elderly. From JWatch: Nonselective α-antagonists (e.g., doxazosin, terazosin), which were introduced initially as antihypertensive drugs, often cause dizziness and...

Processed Meats Cause Cancer

I think that we all know that prcessed meats aren’t good for you, but now the WHO states that they actually cause cancer. WaPo: A research division of the World Health Organization announced on Monday that bacon, sausage and other processed meats cause cancer,...