Drugs & Pharmacology Blog Carnival – Brain Blogger http://brainblogger.com Health and Science Blog Covering Brain Topics Wed, 30 May 2018 15:00:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Drugs and Pharmacology, Nineteenth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2010/01/20/drugs-and-pharmacology-nineteenth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2010/01/20/drugs-and-pharmacology-nineteenth-edition/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:00:58 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=3767 Welcome to the nineteenth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss the history of marijuana in France, it’s medical implications in treating depression, hyperbaric oxygen therapy for brain-injuries, and a comprehensive look at NSAIDS and their complications.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspect. If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check out the archives for every edition of this carnival.

For future editions, please remember to submit your blog entries using the online submission form. We will do our best to review and include your entry! Enjoy your readings…

Providentia writes Going To Pot:

Despite a lengthy history dating back thousands of years, hashish and other cannabis compounds were only introduced to France by veterans of Napoleon’s Egygtian campaign at the turn of the 19th century (it became so popular with the French soldiers serving in Egypt that Napoleon issued an order banning its use). Several medical doctors who had been part of the French campaign were sufficiently intrigued by hashish to send samples back to their colleagues in France for further research.

The Conscious Life writes NSAIDs: What You Need to Know Before Taking Them:

In 1971, Sir John Vane found how aspirin actually works, and took home a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for this discovery. The English pharmacologist postulated that aspirin acts by suppressing the production of prostaglandins, the messengers responsible for the inflammatory response.

JeremyJones.org writes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) with Dr Harch in New Orleans:

So we packed up and travelled to New Orleans where we met with Dr Harch and David began his treatments at 1.5 ATA at 100% oxygen in a hard chamber. We went through two treatments a day, five days a week, for four weeks. David did not show any signs of improvement at first, in fact we found him to be a bit more lethargic than usual. However, on the weekends by Sunday he was more energetic than he had been before the treatments began. After the 25th treatment, it became clear that David’s range of motion was increasing considerably and he had the ability to lift his head.

Clinical Depression writes Medical marijuana is an effective treatment for depression: True or False?:

The antidepressant and intoxicating effects of cannabis are due to its chemical similarity to natural substances in the brain known as “endo-cannabinoids,” which are released under conditions of high stress or pain, said Gobbi. They interact with the brain through structures called cannabinoid CB1 receptors. The study demonstrated that these receptors have a direct effect on the cells producing serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that regulates the mood, she said.

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Eighteenth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2009/12/16/drugs-and-pharmacology-eighteenth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2009/12/16/drugs-and-pharmacology-eighteenth-edition/#comments Wed, 16 Dec 2009 14:51:27 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=3527 Welcome to the eighteenth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss why pharmaceutical companies really call themselves biotechs, do people with high cholesterol really live longer, and a video blog on DMT — a psychedelic drug.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspect. If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check out the archives for every edition of this carnival.

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Everyday Finance writes Why do Pharmas Call Themselves Biotechs? You May be Surprised:

Biotech is cool and Pharma’s evil. Think of it as Google vs. Microsoft. This is what your politicians will have you believe and you can even find hippie college students that are destined to work in the cool biotech hubs in California and Boston while claiming they wouldn’t be caught dead at a “Big Pharma”. Even Cramer was always touting that under Obama, Biotechs would be winners and Pharmas would be losers.

The (Skeptic’s) Health Journal Club writes Do People with High Cholesterol Live Longer?:

For instance in considering the Framingham data, he points out that 1) the study contradicted the results of numerous previous studies 2) the correlation between high cholesterol and coronary artery disease was itself weak (a correlation coefficient of 0.36) and 3) only some 14% of those who died in the couse of the study were autopsied – and there was no criteria given in the study for how they chose those 14%. This non-random selection further weakens the conclusions of the study by introducing a serious possibility for bias in how those 14% were picked.

The Emotion Machine writes DMT (Dimethyltryptamine): The Psychedelic “Spirit Molecule”:

Many cultures, indigenous and modern, ingest DMT as a psychedelic in extracted or synthesized forms. Pure DMT at room temperature is a clear or white to yellowish-red crystalline solid. A laboratory synthesis of DMT was first reported in 1931, and it was later found in many plants.

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Seventeenth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2009/09/11/drugs-and-pharmacology-seventeenth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2009/09/11/drugs-and-pharmacology-seventeenth-edition/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2009 17:58:07 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=3317 Welcome to the seventeenth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss how banning over-the-counter drugs to thwart drug abuse could affect you, how bacteria respond to antibacterials, the link between a popular asthma medication and suicide, how vitamins may actually worsen prostate cancer, and other topics.

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A Dark and Sinister Force for Good writes Pseudo-poppycock:

Let’s take a look at the probable consequences of this action: A drug that anyone can now pick up at any grocery store or drug store for about six dollars will now only be available after paying a doctor upwards of fifty dollars for an office visit. Because the common, inexpensive drug must now be carried in the security of a drug store safe and only dispensed by licensed pharmacists, the cost per unit will have to be raised (to pay for the additional paperwork, among other things). Law-abiding citizens stricken with sinus headaches, allergies, or sinusitis will now have to wait until they can be seen by a doctor before getting any relief at all. The best part of the whole plan, of course, is that this will have almost no measurable effect on the production and sale of meth

Lab Rat writes Cell wall under attack – bacterial response to antibiotics:

The bacterial cell wall is made up of glycopeptide molecules (sugars and proteins joined together) and surrounds the whole cell. Without it, bacteria swiftly loose their integrity and salt-balance across the membrane, which is why many antibiotics target the cell wall in order to kill bacteria. Both for antibiotic resistance, and for surviving conditions that could damage the cell wall, bacteria have a system of monitoring the state of thee cell membrane and responding quickly to any changes.

Healthcare Hacks writes Aspirin may lower risk of cancer fatalities:

Of the group of patients who did not take any aspirin, about 19% died from the disease. However, when the patient took aspirin on a regular basis after their diagnosis, about 15% died from their cancer. When such risk factors as family history and lifestyle were taken into account, the difference between the two groups amounted to a nearly 30% reduction in the risk of cancer death.

Clinical Depression: Symptoms and Treatment writes Is there a Link between Singulair and Depression?:

In January 2009, the FDA announced that an investigation into Merck’s clinical trial data did not discover a link between Singulair (montelukast) and suicidal behavior. The investigation, which began 9 months before, was prompted by a number of reported suicides, especially that of 15-year-old Cody Miller who took the drug and appeared to have no history of mood or behavioral problems.

Scientific Living writes Vaccine Scandal:

Vaccines undergo extremely strict procedures for production. The chance that this was an accident is almost zero. Of all things that could have “accidentally” contaminated a vaccine, this contaminant happened to be a life threatening virus. But who can say for sure whether or not this was an accident.

How To Live a Longer Life writes Vitamin Supplements Can Worsen Prostate Cancer:

There has been a number of studies over the years suggesting a link between multivitamin usage and fatal prostate cancer however a recent study published in May of 2007 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute tracked more than 300,000 men where roughly 100,000 took a daily multivitamin and 15,000 of which took more than one a day. The results of the study showed that those who took the vitamins more than once a day had a rate of fatal prostate cancer within five years at roughly twice the rate of everybody else.

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Sixteenth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2009/06/28/drugs-and-pharmacology-sixteenth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2009/06/28/drugs-and-pharmacology-sixteenth-edition/#respond Sun, 28 Jun 2009 13:54:14 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=2953 Drugs and Pharmacology Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the sixteenth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss the myth of antioxidants, the not-so-bad side effects of common medications, and meditation vs. medication for ADHD.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspect. If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check out the archives for every edition of this carnival.

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OxidantsBioblog writes Bring on the free radicals!:

The use of antioxidants has been promoted for years to prevent disease and slow inevitable decline. The problem is, recent accumulating data suggests that vitamin E does not protect against disease and sometimes might even promote it. Once again, our overly simplistic assessment of a compound’s function in the human body has led us to believe we can easily alter that function to our benefit.

Surprising Science writes Drugs’ Odd Side Effects:

Can’t remember what you did yesterday? Are you taking Mirapex for restless-legs syndrome? Or maybe a statin, such a Lipitor? Both have had reports of short-term memory loss as a side effect. The good news, though, is that the problem seems to go away when people stop taking the drugs.

Darwin’s Finance writes Will Resveratrol Benefits Create the Biggest Blockbuster Drug Ever?:

Undoubtedly, you’ll be seeing ads for Resveratrol supplements all over the internet, but with the supplement industry needing no actual data to back up their claims in this regard, and the lack of a proven formulation to actually deliver the compound in the concentration needed to derive any benefit, it is my opinion that you’re throwing money down a rat hole.

My Meditation Garden writes Meditation for Dealing with the Recession:

In the great video [here], listen to Dr. Sarina Grosswald speak about studies made on children and adults suffering from ADHD and the beneficial impact that the regular practice of transcendental meditation has had on them. She speaks about school models, the negative impact of medication on the child suffering from ADHD, and all the side effects!

Branches Of Health writes Help Keep Small Farms Alive!!:

It was recently brought to my attention that there are a few bills going through congress right now that could affect the way local farmers make their living. HR 875 and HR 759 are being addressed as “food safety” bills that, intentionally or not, are targeted at industrial-sized farms, but do not exclude just growing vegetables in your backyard.

Wall & Main writes A glimpse into the future IV – Cancer Research:

An international team of scientists from the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, the University of North Carolina and several institutions in China have explained how a gene alteration can lead to the development of certain types of brain tumors -– low grade gliomas and secondary glioblastomas, and they have identified a compound -– alpha-KG -– that could staunch the cancer’s growth. The researchers have shown that when a mutated enzyme fails to do its job, the development of tumor-feeding blood vessels increases, allowing more nutrients and oxygen to fuel cancer growth.

Malignant Mesothelioma writes Research Suggests Vitamin D Plays a Large Role in Preventing and Fighting Lung Cancer:

An interesting fact found from the study suggests that cancer patients who had high intake of vitamin D doses from sunshine in summer months and who had Surgery during this time were more likely to live 5 years more than people who had surgery during winter months. Michael Thun, chief epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society quotes, “This is a very interesting study. It’s a new trend — looking at dietary factors as they relate to survival, not just the risk of getting a certain cancer.”

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Fifteenth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2009/04/30/drugs-and-pharmacology-fifteenth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2009/04/30/drugs-and-pharmacology-fifteenth-edition/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2009 18:04:20 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=2747 Drugs and Pharmacology Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the fifteenth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss new the introduction of the recovery bill of rights, a case of alleged supplement contamination, whether a memory pill is on the horizon, and why medical professionals aren’t so fond of Xanax.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspect. If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check out the archives for every edition of this carnival.

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HorsesLiving the Scientific Life writes Pharmacy Admits Their ‘Mistake’ Killed 21 Venezuelan Polo Horses:

Because Biodyl is not approved, injecting the horses with it “was illegal,” according to FDA spokeswoman Siobhan DeLancey. Further, even mixing up an identical compound meant to mimic Biodyl’s individual components for use in horses is probably illegal.

Bioblog by Biotunes writes Vitamins are not food:

Furthermore, it is unlikely that most nutrients work in a vacuum. We do know that without vitamin D, calcium is not absorbed well, but there are likely countless other complex interactions that affect our physiology over both the short and long term, involving both nutrients we know about and those that we don’t.

Avelient BioPharm Blog writes Pharma Marketing: New Media is Still FDA Regulated:

In my search for “cholesterol,” I was really surprised that I didn’t see any of the “branded” variety of ads listed. No Lipitor, no Crestor, no ads at all, in fact, that vaguely represented cholesterol drugs. A search for “cholesterol drugs” revealed much of the same thing – there were no references to actual drugs unless they appeared in the “organic” (unpaid) search results, and even then the results were typically from independent sources, not from the drug companies themselves.

Addiction Treatment Challenges writes Recovering People Should Have Rights: The Recovery Bill Of Rights:

We have the right to be considered as more than a statistic, stereotype, risk score, diagnosis, label or pathology unit – free from the social stigma that characterizes us as weak and morally flawed. If we relapse and begin treatment again, we should be treated with dignity and respect that welcomes our continued efforts to achieve long-term recovery.

Kellevision writes Why Docs Don’t Like Xanax:

If the brain quickly absorbs something you feel it immediately. This is the “rush” that drug addicts typically enjoy which is why this drug is so popular with that population. “Bars” (the street name for Xanax because of the barlike shape of the 2mg pills) sell for about $3 to $10 per pill depending on the dose.

Brain Stimulant writes Brain Memory Pill:

America’s pharmaceutical research companies are developing 547 new medicines to treat debilitating neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and stroke.

SpeedEndurance.com writes Jessica Hardy and the Supplement Contamination Saga:

She tested positive for Clenbuterol, which is an anti-asthma medication similar to albuterol found in inhalers. These drugs can increase breathing capability, especially in swimming where your breathing can be restrictive. Clenbuterol has been widely known to stimulate fat loss and keep athletes leaner.

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Fourteenth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2009/02/21/drugs-and-pharmacology-fourteenth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2009/02/21/drugs-and-pharmacology-fourteenth-edition/#respond Sat, 21 Feb 2009 13:12:45 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=2484 Drugs and Pharmacology Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the fourteenth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss new pharmacological treatment options for the millions afflicted with fibromyalgia, dispel the myths on opioid addiction in non-cancer patients for pain management, and show you how to secure free prescriptions.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspects. If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check out the archives for every edition of this carnival.

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TipsFighting Fatigue writes Savella: New Fibromyalgia Drug Approved:

Savella was tested for safety in two U.S. pivotal phase III clinical trials involving over 2,000 Fibromyalgia patients. The studies showed that Savella doses of 100 mg/day and 200 mg/day demonstrated statistically significant and clinically meaningful concurrent improvements in pain, patient global assessment, and physical function.

IC Disease writes Addiction to Prescription Opioids Not As Common As Once Thought:

Similarly, a clinical investigation of patients receiving daily opioid therapy for chronic noncancer pain prescribed by primary-care physicians found that only 3.7% of patients had a confirmed opioid-use disorder.

Dental Health Magazine writes More Dentist Anesthesiologists Needed to Fight Dental Fear:

Although 15% to 30% of the U.S. population experiences dental fear, especially special-needs and phobic patients, very few general dentists have training or experience in advanced anesthesiology techniques used to address this fear and to minimize pain.

Warlock’s Cannabis/Marijuana Rants writes Is this the end of chemical cannabis?:

Some may applaud the people who found a loophole in the laws and managed to sell a product that contains an ingredient claimed to be five times more potent than THC, some may say it is better to see the end of these products.

Mind-Mart.com writes Tips For An Effective Addiction Recovery:

According to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 5 million people participate in self-help programs for alcohol and drug abuse each year. 45.3% attended a self-help group because of their alcohol use only. 21.8% attended because of illicit drug use only. 33% attended because of both alcohol and illicit drug use.

My Best Me writes Prescriptions for free? Yes!:

As a nationwide patient-advocacy organization, Free Medicine links patients to free or very low-cost prescription plans available to eliminate or substantially reduce their prescription cost. Many sponsors have pledged that no patient in need should go without coverage and evaluate needs on a case-by-case basis.

Health Tips 101 writes Discover How To Cleanse Yourself With Birch Tea:

In Sanskrit, “Bhurga” referred to the white bark of a soft tree that is used for inscription and is said to be the origin of the Birch Tree. For the Celtics in Ancient Europe, the birch tree is call “Beth,” having “B” as a significant letter of the first month of the Celtic year.

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Thirteenth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2009/01/30/drugs-and-pharmacology-thirteenth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2009/01/30/drugs-and-pharmacology-thirteenth-edition/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2009 05:43:45 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=2355 Drugs and Pharmacology Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the thirteenth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we will discuss the fallacies of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s logic on marijuana prohibition, the prevalence and impact of dual diagnosis (mental disorders coupled with substance abuse), the benefits of breaking caffeine addiction, and poisonous birds with an analgesic effect.

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MarijuanaRationalitate writes Possible Surgeon General Sanjay Gupta’s tortured logic on marijuana prohibition:

But at the end comes the biggest doozy, when he declares: “And if you get high before climbing behind the wheel of a car, you will be putting yourself and those around you in danger.” This is made all the worse as its the last line of the article, giving you the impression that it’s the biggest thing you should take away from this all.

Mind Mart writes One Treatment, No Cure:

A well known study done in 1990 reported a dual diagnosis prevalence of 53 percent for problem drug users and 37 percent for problem alcohol users. A more recent study in 2004 found a prevalence of 60 percent for independent mood disorders and 43 percent as having at least one anxiety disorder.

Living the Scientific Life writes The Evolution of Poisonous Birds:

‘I performed this very complicated and sophisticated experiment. I clipped off some feathers and popped them in my mouth’ — taking care not to swallow. His lips, mouth and tongue became numb almost immediately. Clearly it was the pitohui itself — not some plant or tree — that was the culprit.

LimitlessUnits.com writes Why and How I Broke My Addiction to Caffeine:

I have higher and more even energy levels. I no longer have the caffeine driven ups and downs. Since I work in the video game industry, I am expected to work in “crunch” mode just prior to a product shipping. During crunch, developers are hard at work for 70 to 100 hours a week, six to seven days a week for periods of up to and beyond 6 months.

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Twelfth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2008/12/06/drugs-and-pharmacology-twelfth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2008/12/06/drugs-and-pharmacology-twelfth-edition/#respond Sat, 06 Dec 2008 13:30:49 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=2021 Drugs and Pharmacology Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the twelfth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss the problems that ensue when we don’t employ electronic prescription systems, the dangers of antibiotics, how to detect teenage cold medicine abuse, and other topics.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspects. If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check out the archives for every edition of this carnival.

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PharmacyLazy Man and Health writes My Doctor is Prescribing Medicine That Doesn’t Exist:

On Friday I had an interesting experience. I went to pick up a prescription that I dropped off on Thursday. At the time they said it would be ready in a half hour if I wanted to wait. I told them to take their time, I’d be back tomorrow. They were pretty happy with that.

Balanced Existence writes Why Antibiotics are Damaging Your Health:

Taking an antibiotic without taking a probiotic afterwards will kill all the bacteria leaving a host body (that means you!) free of competition. The fungi spread unchecked. In the wilds of nature when there is no competition to keep numbers down things tend to get out of hand. When they do, and they have if you’ve taken antibiotics without taking a probiotic afterwards, you’re going to have health problems.

The Right Step writes Crystal Meth Addiction: The Right Step:

The abuse of crystal methamphetamine is an epidemic that is sweeping the nation. Estimates state that at least 1.4 million people try the drug each year, and that over 12 million people over the age of twelve have tried it since 2003.

Mark Houston Recovery Blog writes 3 Dangers of Human Growth Hormone (HGH):

The most widely publicized use of HGH that has been in the news lately is the drug’s abuse by professional athletes. Additionally, many people over the age of 50 are now turning to HGH as a form of anti-aging therapy, believing that it will get rid of wrinkles and produce healthier, more vibrant skin.

Cold Medicines and Kids writes Teens Abuse OTC Cold Medicines:

Web sites are educating our children/teenagers about how to get high using these active ingredients, and the only way to stop it is for parents to intervene. Parents need to take an active role in educating their child or children early on about the dangers of drug abuse and monitor their behavior for any suspicious changes.

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Eleventh Edition http://brainblogger.com/2008/10/30/drugs-and-pharmacology-eleventh-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2008/10/30/drugs-and-pharmacology-eleventh-edition/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2008 14:38:30 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=1780 Drugs and Pharmacology Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the eleventh edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering drugs, whether concealing big pharma contributions is illegal, why Cymbalta is under FDA investigation, and many more topics.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspects. If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check out the archives for every edition of this carnival.

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StatinsBalanced Existence writes Are You a Victim of the Great Cholesterol Con?:

The state of affairs has reached a rather horrifying place. Recently cholesterol-lowering drugs in the United States have been urged for children with heart risks. This comes off the back of the release of a study showing that certain cholesterol lowering drugs are ineffective. The results of the study represented a big hit to the bottom line of large pharmaceutical companies. The subsequent response by the pharmaceutical companies was to go after a new market. Your children.

ER Murse writes Flagrant Prescription Drug abusers doing the Perp Walk in California:

Under this program every controlled substance dispensed, from the six pack of Vicodin given to go from your local ED to controlled medications dispensed by Pharmacies, is required to reported to the CURES program. CURES is administered by the California Department of Justice. Data collected include the dispenser, date, time, drug, amount, and person dispensed to. Health Care providers can currently obtain a written report on patients under their care on just what they have received from all the various sources. Soon this database will be available online instantly for Health Care providers.

Advances in the History of Psychology writes NYT: Psychiatrist hid $1.2M paid by Big Pharma:

The New York Times reports that Emory University psychiatrist Charles B. Nemeroff failed to report $1.2 million he earned from consulting with pharmaceutical companies. If true, this would violate federal research rules.

IC Disease writes How Does Elmiron Work?:

It is believed that Elmiron works by helping to build up the protective mucous layer of the bladder lining. How it does this is because Elmiron is chemically similar to the compounds that make up the bladder’s protective mucous layer. When an IC Disease patient takes Elmiron, the capsule is dissolved and the active ingredients are carried to the kidneys. From the kidneys, Elmiron travels to the bladder and in the urine. Once Elmiron is in the bladder, it is believed that Elmiron sticks to the exposed bladder wall and coats/replenishes the bladder lining that is defective.

Fighting Fatigue writes Cymbalta Under FDA Investigation:

To better inform the health care world and patients, the FDA is now posting quarterly an online list of all new drugs under investigation. This new procedure was implemented after Congress passed a law in 2007 requiring the FDA to publish any new safety warnings or potential serious risks based on their review of the adverse event report.

this-sustainable-life.com writes Menstrual Suppression is the New White:

This season menstrual suppression is the new white. Designer oral contraceptives like Seasonale are the latest in cute pink pills to target the American woman. No more mood swings, cramps, or unexpected whoopsies during your weekend getaways.

Ample Void writes Measles Comeback!:

This disease was eliminated in the year 2000. However, because of that previously mentioned fear of autism, ITS BACK. There are no conclusive studies on whether or not you get autism — there are doctors who believe this to be untrue, and there are professionals who believe it to be true. But.. BUT… UN-VACCINATED KIDS GET SICK. This is fact…so… umm… vaccinate!

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Tenth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2008/08/27/drugs-and-pharmacology-tenth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2008/08/27/drugs-and-pharmacology-tenth-edition/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2008 15:56:30 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=1384 Drugs and Pharmacology Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the tenth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss a variety of topics from novel biological approaches to battling memory impairment to the bloody side effects of taking SSRIs and NSAIDs together.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspects. If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check out the archives for every edition of this carnival.

For future editions, please remember to submit your blog entries using the online submission form. We will do our best to review and include your entry! Enjoy your readings…

Graduated cylindersBrain Stimulant writes Future Cognitive Enhancer:

Intracellular Therapies is currently testing a new pharmaceutical compound that could improve a person’s working memory. Working memory is the brain’s process for temporarily storing and manipulating information. This new drug enhances the D1 type dopamine receptor but is not an agonist.

Physician Entrepreneur writes Medicare Pilot Personal Health Record Program:

A pilot Personal Health Record (PHR) program will be rolled out next year in Arizona and Utah for Medicare patients. Personal Health Records belong to the patient and are distinct from the records maintained by physicians. The program will begin in January 2009.

IC Disease writes Side Effects of Pain Relievers:

The American Academy of Family Physicians says you should talk to your doctor about these potential risks of pain medications (via Health Central): Liver damage can occur in people who take large quantities of acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol), or in those who already have liver problems.

Debt Prison writes Wal-mart, Walgreens, a Prescription Hell:

I was very lucky in that the manager was on duty and just happened to be the aunt of a close friend. She said that they didn’t carry Bromfed [brompheniramine, an over-the-counter allergy medication that has the potential for abuse]. Naturally I’m standing there wondering what the hell is going on in this country. If it’s this hard to get some quality allergy medicine, what if I was really sick, dying and desperately needed the drugs to survive?

Health Assistant writes Benefits of Eating Onion for your Health:

Here are the ways how to use onion for: Headache = Mince two to three grain of onion, massage the extracts of onions to part of head were it aches most, massage circularly, repeatedly until it penetrates the skin. repeat this until you feel relief.

Dr Shock writes Carefull with the combination SSRIs and NSAIDs:

When both SSRIs and NSAIDs are concomitantly used, it would be sufficient to treat 250 patients per year for 1 case of upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding to be attributed to such combination, and 500 patients per year if SRIs are concomitantly used with antiplatelet drugs.

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Ninth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2008/07/11/drugs-and-pharmacology-ninth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2008/07/11/drugs-and-pharmacology-ninth-edition/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2008 08:29:48 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=1086 Drugs and Pharmacology Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the ninth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss a variety of topics from how California is fighting the battle against prescription drug abuse to the link between Parkinson’s drugs and gambling behavior.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspects. If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check out the archives for every edition of this carnival.

For future editions, please remember to submit your blog entries using the online submission form. We will do our best to review and include your entry! Enjoy your readings…

Golden Gate Bridge at DuskER Murse writes California takes a big step forward in fighting prescription drug abuse:

In 2005 California expanded the CURES program to include all Schedule II-IV prescriptions dispensed. These medications have to be reported to the State Attorney Generals office who maintains a database of medications dispensed. This includes controlled substances directly dispensed from, Pharmacies, Doctors offices, clinics, and Emergency Departments that give out the to-go six pack of Vicodin when patients present after pharmacies are closed.

Brain Stimulant writes Parkinson’s Drugs and Gambling:

An interesting development, several pharmaceutical companies are being sued over the link between gambling and dopamine agonists. Dopamine agonists are commonly used as a treatment for parkinson’s disease but have also been approved for restless leg syndrome.

Reportergene writes Molecular imaging in drug discovery:

Currently up to 10 companies (including caliper, kodak, advanced research technologies, hamamatsu, visen medical, olympus, berthold, optosonics, maunakea technologies, and UVP) sell integrated systems for in vivo imaging of optical reporters (luciferase, fluorescent proteins).

World Dental writes Antibiotics To Prevent Infective Endocarditis During Dental Procedures:

The practice of giving antibiotics to prevent infective endocarditis in susceptible individuals undergoing invasive dental procedures has been called into question by the results of a new study showing that the risk of bacteremia over the long-term is higher with tooth brushing than with tooth extraction.

Herbal Pain Relief writes Herbs Can Solve Stomach Aches and Heartburn:

There is a big misconception about stomach aches. The stomach (thank goodness!) doesn’t ache directly but is usually associated with gas pains. Sometimes these gas pains can be very severe resulting in a lot of discomfort. I have some friends who work at hospitals and say how many people come in for one ailment and turns out to be only pain from gas.

Ricky Buchanan writes Why I Love My Pharmacists, By Ricky Age 33 1/3:

He copes with my 10 different repeat prescription meds (including the obscure and expensive must-be-ordered especially for Ricky ones) and the 4 more PRN script meds and the one-off script I have this week and I can’t remember how many doctor-indicated-but-not-requiring-actual-scripts drugs and is still able to tell me if it’s safe to take a painkiller too when my head hurts.

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Eight Edition http://brainblogger.com/2008/06/07/drugs-and-pharmacology-eight-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2008/06/07/drugs-and-pharmacology-eight-edition/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2008 07:19:20 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=1026 Drugs and Pharmacology Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the eight edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss a variety of topics from anti-depressants and natural sleeping aids and their efficiency to the rise in tooth decay in children and whether fluoride supplementation is the answer.

If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspects. You can check out the archive for every edition.

For future editions, please remember to submit your blog entries using the online submission form. We will do our best to review and include your entry! Enjoy your readings…

Flowing OverEveryone Needs Therapy reports Definition — ADHD:

Hyperactive kids can be nervous, angry kids, too. Treat them. Treat their parents. Get it all done the first time around. Shop for good therapists.

PharmaGossip discuss Taro and Sun call it quits:

One year ago, India’s Sun Pharmaceutical had signed an agreement to acquire Taro Pharmaceutical Industries for $454 million. The latter company is a US-based generic drug maker and, after many delays in the acquisition, Taro finally terminated the deal altogether.

Health Chaos writes on Scoliosis and what to do?:

Why do I have scoliosis? I attribute it to the fact that the “girls” in my generation did no exercise. We read and studied while the boys all played sports. As an adult I was a runner for 30 years, but it was too late then to reverse the damage, and may even have made it worse.

Internet Marketing Blog asks Google Health Launched. Can We Entrust our Health to Google?:

Google has entered into the fray of online health record service via a simply branded service, Google Health. Although this is nothing new on the web parlance, having witnessed other internet players with their own health-related initiatives, including Microsoft and WebMD, we could not simply discount the fact that this is Google taking an initiative on health related issues.

Sensible Self-Improvement reports the Top 10 Natural Sleeping Aids to Help You Through Those Long Nights:

A Warm Glass of Milk: Often thought to be an old wives tale, many of us remember back to childhood when our mom would give us a warm glass of milk to help us get to sleep. Well guess what, it really does work. Milk, along with most other dairy foods contain an amino acid called Tryptophan, which your body converts to Melatonin and Serotonin, both of which are believed to induce sleep.

Flesh and Stone reports that One-quarter of disabled seniors use medicines that are unsafe or ineffective for them:

Thirty-three medications are regarded as inappropriate for people 65 and older, including Xanax, Demerol, Darvon and Procardia, and should be avoided because they are either ineffective or pose a high risk of side effects. In some cases a safer alternative is available.

Brain Stimulant asks Is the Pleasure Molecule Dopamine?:

The researcher Kent Berridge has done extensive research in this area. He has discovered that dopamine does not alter the experience of taste hedonics. Basically this means that dopamine doesn’t alter how good food tastes. So how does this translate into the real world? Well alcohol for instance can make food taste much better. That is often why people drink beer and pizza together.

the skeptical alchemist discusses ScienceCogs — results of a survey on the use of cognitive enhancers:

The buzz was so great that Nature set up a in-house survey, to be voluntarily completed over the Internet, to investigate what the general attitude (in the scientific crowd, that is) to cognitive enhancers is, how much they are used, for what reasons, and so on.

Life, Money & Development provides a Natural Recipe for a Healthy Prostate:

The prostate is a gland of the male mammalian reproductive system, whose main function is to produce a portion of the seminal fluid that constitutes semen. The prostate also contains some muscles that help expel semen during ejaculation. Additionally, the prostate also secrets a bit of proteic contents, including prostate-specific antigen (PSA), magnesium, enzymes, zinc, etc.

Parenting Squad reports Cavities Part 1 — Are Fluoride Supplements The Answer?:

Last year, in what was one of the most comprehensive studies in the past twenty-five years, the CDC determined that, after years of decline, tooth decay had actually risen in children between the ages of two and five.

Dr. Deb discusses Psychiatric Service Dogs:

Psychiatric Service Dogs can enhance the life of many. Children and adults with ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Anxiety, Agoraphobia, Depression, Epilepsy, Phobia, Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress, Tourette’s, and the list goes on.

Rants of a Gay Lunatic reports on To Take or Not to Take Medicine for Depression:

I have suffered from Chronic Depression for as long as I can remember. Even as a child I suffered immeasurably for whatever reason or no reason. I remember staying at a psychiatric hospital twice, and one time I stayed for a week in the hospital after a suicide attempt.

Medical Transcription Herald offers an extensive Medical Transcription Terminology List (Part 1 and 2):

We are in a world of constant change. New procedures, drugs, instruments etc., come into effect daily or sometimes outplace the old ones. Updating information constantly is essential in any career, as is with medical transcription.

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Seventh Edition http://brainblogger.com/2008/05/07/drugs-and-pharmacology-seventh-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2008/05/07/drugs-and-pharmacology-seventh-edition/#comments Wed, 07 May 2008 08:28:15 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=934 Drugs and Pharmacology Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to our latest round of Drugs and Pharmacology with our seventh edition. Today, we dispel marijuana myths, help protect you from medical errors, and get to the bottom of the autism-vaccine controversy.

If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. Don’t worry, we’ll format it to match the blog carnival (or even include it in the main post).

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspects. You can check our Drugs and Pharmacology archive for all editions.

For future editions, please remember to submit your blog entries using the online submission form. We will do our best to review and include your entry! Enjoy your readings…

PillsRN Central reports 25 Tips to Help Protect Yourself from Medical Errors:

There are few people who haven’t heard the horror stories about patients who have gone in for a simple medical procedure and ended up with legs amputated or undergoing unnecessary surgical procedures. While these cases are few and far between, millions of medical errors are made each year that can leave patients with infections and additional injuries, many of which can be life threatening.

Toxic World Blog reports Smog and Premature Death – Science Has Linked Them, The White House Denies It:

If the White House wants to look any dumber, I honestly cannot see how after reading a report on MSNBC.com about the link between the ozone in smog and premature deaths. The National Academy of Sciences review of the data clearly shows that people are dying because of effects of short-term exposure to pollution.

Caffeine Addiction reports on the Health Effects Of Caffeine:

Too much caffeine can lead to cardiovascular problems.
When you consume caffeine your blood pressure and heart rate will rise. Additionally, over time, an overuse of caffeine can lead to heart disease.

Teen Drug Abuse blogs reports on Myths About Marijuana:

Sure, it can’t directly kill you – but that doesn’t mean that pot is risk-free. Regular marijuana use has been shown to be associated with long-term problems, including poor academic performance, memory loss and lung cancer. To a developing brain, like those of teenagers, marijuana can be especially toxic — using pot can lead to panic attacks, depression and other mental health problems, not to mention increased anxiety.

Health Chaos reports Here we go again; more drugs:

I was dismayed to read and see all the news about blood pressure and cholesterol reducing drugs this week. I really believe that my previous internist received her MD by watching the drug ads on television.

Food Matters reports Are Drugs Killing You?:

Modern Medicine is now the third leading cause of death in America! Most of us don’t know how many people are actually dying at the hand of the very system that is supposed to save us. What is even more astonishing is that the information about these travesties is completely hidden and not talked about.

LiveSmarter reports 30 Environmentally Friendly (and effective) Alternatives to Traditional Medicines and Procedures:

While the benefits of advanced medical treatments help patients combat painful, scary and even deadly diseases, they often release toxic contaminants into the atmosphere and may disrupt the natural processes of a patient’s body.

Parenting Squad reports Are Autism and Vaccinations Linked?:

From my research, most of the medial industry seems to believe that there is not a relationship…which does not exactly surprise me. The reasoning behind this is that the age most children get vaccinated, is the same age children regress in their development if they have autism (between 1 and 2 years of age).

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Sixth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2008/04/10/drugs-and-pharmacology-sixth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2008/04/10/drugs-and-pharmacology-sixth-edition/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:23:56 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/?p=863 Drugs_Pharmacology_Carniva.jpgWelcome to the sixth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology — a monthly blog carnival that aims to review posts “related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspects.”

Please remember to submit your blog entries using the online submission form. We will do our best to review and include your entry! Enjoy your readings…

Adverse/Side Effects

J. R. White presents “Why People Stop Taking Anti-Depressants” Part 1, 2, and 3 posted at Brain Blogger.

Joshua Seth presents Aspartame Dangers posted at Joshua Seth Blog.

DrugsSusan presents Belgians Jailed for Refusing Polio Vaccination posted at Global bioethics blog.

Mark Schauss presents Blood Pressure Vaccine – Breakthrough or Another Reason to Drop Responsibility? posted at Toxic World Blog – Detoxify and Heal Your Body.

Herbal, Organic, & Nutritional Supplements

J. R. White presents Ignoring Natural Remedies posted at Brain Blogger.

Burton Kent presents When Herbalists Feel Rotten, This Is What They Do. posted at Acupuncture Marketing for Clinics, saying, “A herbal medicine student managed to stay well for 6 years, but finally caught the flu bug going around.”

New Drugs

Karen Vieira presents New Anti-Cancer Drug for Aggressive Brain Tumors posted at Brain Blogger.

Pharmaceutical Companies & Programs

Dan Abshear presents Pharmaceutical Industry Exposed: Desire for an Ethical Resurrection and Medicine Deception: Uncovering the Facts posted at Brain Blogger.

Sally Thompson presents 25 Shocking Facts About the Pharmaceutical Industry posted at NOEDb: Nursing Online Education Database.

cancer presents Asbestos can be fully removed – invention from Poland. posted at Mesothelioma Survivor Portal.

Psychiatric Drugs

Jeremy presents Bibliography: Psychopharmacology posted at Advances in the History of Psychology, saying, “An annotated bibliography of peer-reviewed histories of psychopharmacology and pharmacopsychology.”

Misc.

Anthony presents Breakthrough in Treating Crohn’s Disease posted at Joyful Digesting, saying, “Study finds that steroids aren’t necessarily the best way to start treating Crohn’s.”

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Drugs and Pharmacology, Fifth Edition http://brainblogger.com/2008/03/07/drugs-and-pharmacology-fifth-edition/ http://brainblogger.com/2008/03/07/drugs-and-pharmacology-fifth-edition/#respond Fri, 07 Mar 2008 14:14:46 +0000 http://brainblogger.com/2008/03/07/drugs-and-pharmacology-fifth-edition/ Drugs_Pharmacology_Carniva.jpgWelcome to the fifth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology — a monthly blog carnival that aims to review posts “related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspects.”

Please remember to submit your blog entries using the online submission form. We will do our best to review and include your entry! Enjoy your readings…

Adverse/Side Effects

Michael H presents Deodorants, Antiperspirants and Your Health posted at ControlYourImpact.com, saying, “It might be a surprise to learn that the antiperspirant you use daily is in fact an over-the-counter (OTC) drug. This article is the first in a series that provides a comprehensive look into the adverse effects of antiperspirants and deodorants.”

Burton Kent presents Legal Drugs Kill Far More People Than Illegal Drugs! posted at Acupuncture Marketing for Clinics, saying, “Discusses how 51% of drugs are shown to have serious side effects – AFTER release on the market.”

FitBuff presents Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports – Your Questions Answered! posted at FitBuff.com’s Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog, saying, “While most people think they understand this topic on a basic level (put needle in butt, become magically stronger, Tarzan hit ball far), we’re going to look at the issue in further detail…”

Herbal, Organic, & Nutritional Drugs

Spencer Jones presents Colloidal Silver Cures MRSA Infections posted at Colloidal Silver Secrets, saying, “Antibiotic-resistant super-pathogens such as MRSA have been in all of the medical news headlines lately, because these infections have increased over 100% in the general population over the past five years. Fortunately, recent clinical studies demonstrate that the mineral silver — particularly in the form of colloidal silver — cures these deadly infections even when prescription antibiotics fail.”

Pharmaceutical Companies & Programs

Charles H. Green presents What the Pharmaceutical Industry Must Do to Regain Trust posted at Trust Matters, saying, “The deepest hole to dig out of is that of trust loss. Here’s how Pharma can, step by step, do just that, and restore its reputation.”

Jose DeJesus MD presents Physicians Dispensing Generics – Real World Results and Usual and Customary Charges Artificially Rigged posted at Physician Entrepreneur.

Psychiatric Drugs

Dr Shock presents 6 Different Definitions of Treatment Resistant Depression posted at Dr Shock MD PhD, saying, “About the definition of treatment resistant depression.”

Rose Walbrugh presents Depression – Is a new perspective needed? posted at FreeMyMind.Net, saying, “There may be a much milder and more effective alternative to anti-depressants.”

Recreational Drugs & Alcohol

DotLobby presents Breaking Bad Habits – 4 Tips to Drop ‘Em All! posted at DotNLP, saying, “Initially, they only intended to develop a model and explanation as to why certain individuals were so much more successful than their peers…”

Misc.

JC Jones MA RN presents Improving Health Literacy: Healthline Launches Drug Search posted at Healthline Connects, saying, “Online tools for consumers to help prevent medication errors.”

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