U.S. Law Against Drug Reimportation: Originally, it Was a Good Idea, But Has Outlived its Purpose

One thing has become abundantly clear over the past several years: federal laws prohibiting Americans from importing cheaper prescription drugs from other countries exist primarily for one reason. That reason is to protect Big Pharma's exorbitant profits and allow them to continue their merciless price gouging as they bankrupt...

“Benzos”: the Other Addiction Crisis That Nobody’s Talking About

By now, most Americans have at least heard about the opioid addiction crisis in this country – even those who haven't been directly impacted by it themselves. The CDC reports that deaths due to overdose of prescription medications such as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine and other opioid-based narcotics increased 400%...

Cancer Immunotherapy Takes a Step Forward

Using the body's own defenses against cancerous tumors has been the virtual “Holy Grail” for oncology researchers. One of the primary challenges in this field of study lies in the fact that cancer cells are not foreign pathogens. Rather, they are native cells that have mutated in such a...

An Old Technology Used to Prevent Brain Damage in Newborns Can Help Cancer Patients Keep Their Hair – But Getting Insurers to Cover...

One of the emotionally devastating side effects of cancer chemotherapy is hair loss or alopecia. A device that was approved in 2007 for the treatment of a condition known as neonatal encephalopathy, which puts newborn infants at risk for brain damage, can help prevent this side effect. However, most...

Virtual Reality: a Non-Addictive Alternative to Opioid Pain Medications

It is a concept that has been around for a few years, but with the growth of the nation's opioid addiction crisis, the use of virtual reality (VR) as a pain management tool is gaining more attention from the medical community – including the Centers for Disease Control.An early...

Loperamide Diarrhea Medication Overdose: Trading One Deadly Addiction For Another?

Last November, paramedics in the Pittsburgh suburb of Fox Chapel were called to the home of 29-year-old Arjun Patel, where they found the young man dead. This past week, the medical examiner for Allegheny County revealed the cause of Patel's demise: an overdose of a common, over-the-counter diarrhea medication...

The Dangers of Synthetic Cannabis, aka “K2” and “Spice”

Throughout the 2500-year long history of naturally-grown cannabis, there have no recorded cases of a person actually dying or suffering serious side effects from a marijuana overdose. The same, however, cannot be said for its artificially-created counterpart. Between 2010 and 2015, physicians across the country reported treating a total...

Popular Medication for Sexual Dysfunction May Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer as Well

Sildenafil – originally sold by Pfizer under the brand name Viagra, but now available in generic form – has a number of medical purposes beyond the one for which it was originally developed. In addition, treating erectile dysfunction, sildenafil can be prescribed off-label for pulmonary hypertension, altitude sickness, and...

“Bee Sting” Acupuncture: Dubious at Best. At Worst, Fatal

Simply because something reportedly represents “ancient wisdom” does not necessarily mean it is wise. Unfortunately, this is the perception of many people when it comes to alternative medical treatments and therapies – and some pay for those perceptions with their lives. A recent case illustrating such dangers was recently...

Cannabis Does Not Appear to be a “Gateway Drug”, and Appears Safer than Alcohol

The idea that the use of cannabis leads to the use of hard narcotics and addiction has been around practically since the release of the propaganda film, Reefer Madness in 1936. That concept has been questionable, to say the least – and for the past several months, scientific research...