From the category archives:


Candy, Cigarettes, Morning After?

by pharmacy on March 7, 2012

Vending machines have carried all kinds of chips, snacks, drinks, and OTC pharmacy items, but the one located in the student health center at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania raises the ante to a controversial new level. For a reasonable $25, students and faculty can buy a single dose of Plan B out of a dispenser. [click to continue…]


An Epidemic of Poisoned Kids

by pharmacy on November 16, 2011

A recent study by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati, published online in the Journal of Pediatrics, cites an alarming increase in the number of children under five years of age poisoned at home by accidentally ingesting medications. Approximately 95% of those poisonings were the result of children taking medicines on their own. As a result, pediatric poisoning cases resulting in visits to emergency rooms have dramatically increased. Dr. Randall Bond, co-author of the study, said that “the problem of pediatric poisoning in the U.S. is getting worse, not better.” [click to continue…]


September Was Pain Awareness Month

by pharmacy on November 9, 2011

Everybody has pain. In hard numbers, about 75 million American suffer from chronic pain, including epidemic proportions of people with “invisible” causes, like fibromyalgia, lupus, or Crohn’s disease. People with pain, especially those without a visible cause, often face skepticism, derision, and  exasperation from families tired of hearing excuses. It’s difficult for other people to understand something they cannot see or feel. Constant mild to moderate pain disrupts a person’s life, reducing the ability to focus, work, exercise, and even sleep. After a while, a person in constant pain enters sleep-deprivation zombieville, equally unable to sleep or fully awaken. The more severe the pain, the more serious the consequences. Left untreated, chronic pain often leads to depression, feelings of worthlessness, and increased risk of suicide. [click to continue…]


A Bite of the Poison Apple: Diseased Food Epidemics

by pharmacy on October 26, 2011

There have been a spate of recalls this year, including ground turkey – twice – alfalfa sprouts, papayas, bologna, hazelnuts, and, most recently, cantaloupes. Wait…cantaloupes? It sounds a little reminiscent of “The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.” How could an innocuous, non-exotic fruit like cantaloupe be deadly? But on two separate occasions this year, there have been health warnings from the CDC. The first outbreak was traced to Del Monte brand. Twenty people scattered across nine states contracted a strain of salmonella and fell ill, but no one died. That’s the good news. [click to continue…]


The Scarification of Cigarettes

by pharmacy on July 20, 2011

Dry little warnings printed on the package didn’t do the job. Thirty years of dire public service announcements didn’t get it done, either. Education isn’t working, even though the statistics should be enough to ensure nobody ever smokes again, anywhere on earth. Despite all this effort, and despite the fact that 5.4 million people die as a direct result of smoking each year, people still smoke. [click to continue…]


HCG: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Truth

by pharmacy on March 29, 2011

HCG is the latest magic bullet in the weight-loss battle, and like all those that came before, it has its ups and downs. Dieters desperate for anything that seems like a solution are jumping on the bandwagon in droves, but is it healthy? [click to continue…]


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