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Some Supplements Are Full Of Untested, Experimental Stimulants, Study Finds Some Supplements Are Full Of Untested, Experimental Stimulants, Study Finds

Doctors have criticized the Food and Drug Administration recently for its inaction on supplements that contain potentially dangerous prescription drug ingredients. But new research published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests the FDA’s track record is even worse than that. The agency doesn’t seem great at…

The FDA Is Failing to Keep Us Safe From Tainted Supplements, Report Finds The FDA Is Failing to Keep Us Safe From Tainted Supplements, Report Finds

The Food and Drug Administration is not doing enough to ensure that supplements don’t contain unlabelled, potentially dangerous drugs, according new research published Friday in JAMA Network Open. More than half the time, the study found, the FDA doesn’t enforce recalls of supplements that knowingly include unapproved…

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to Scientists Who Used Evolution to Create Safer Chemicals and New Drugs The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to Scientists Who Used Evolution to Create Safer Chemicals and New Drugs

A trio of scientists from the U.S. and the UK have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year for using evolution to their advantage, developing new methods of creating molecules that have already helped us produce safer, greener chemicals and new drugs.

Report Offers Disturbing New Details on Deadly Bleeding Outbreak Linked to Synthetic Cannabis Report Offers Disturbing New Details on Deadly Bleeding Outbreak Linked to Synthetic Cannabis

Since March, hundreds of people in the U.S. have come down with horrific, Ebola-like symptoms of bleeding. The initially mysterious cases are now thought to have been caused by synthetic cannabinoid products that were laced with rat poison. And a new report published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine…

World Health Organization Study Finds Alcohol Responsible for Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide World Health Organization Study Finds Alcohol Responsible for Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide

Alcohol is responsible for over one in 20 of all deaths worldwide, according to the most recent edition of a World Health Organization (WHO) report that comes out every four years.

The Current U.S. Drug Overdose Crisis Began in the Late 1970s, Study Finds The Current U.S. Drug Overdose Crisis Began in the Late 1970s, Study Finds

The devastation wrought by opioids in recent years is only part of a much larger drug crisis in the United States that stretches back four decades, according to a new study published Thursday in Science. Since 1979, the study found, the overdose death rate has been exponentially climbing, even as the deadly drugs of…

Scientists Gave MDMA to Octopuses—and What Happened Was Profound

When humans take the drug MDMA, versions of which are known as molly or ecstasy, they commonly feel very happy, extraverted, and particularly interested in physical touch. A group of scientists recently wondered whether this drug might have a similar effect on other species—specifically, octopuses, which are seemingly…

A Common Antidepressant Might Help Bacteria Become Superbugs A Common Antidepressant Might Help Bacteria Become Superbugs

A common antidepressant, sold under the brand name Prozac, could be helping some bacteria build resistance to antibiotics, suggests a new study from Australia. The study, published in Environment International, found that fluoxetine was capable of inducing antibiotic resistance in laboratory strains of Escherichia coli…

Bizarre Reaction to Antibiotics Gave Woman ‘Black Hairy Tongue’ Bizarre Reaction to Antibiotics Gave Woman ‘Black Hairy Tongue’

While recovering in hospital after a serious car accident, a 55-year-old woman from Missouri began to complain of nausea and a bad taste in her mouth. A subsequent oral examination revealed an alarming sight—the patient’s tongue had turned black and was covered in hair-like structures. But while this rare condition…

A Common Painkiller Has Serious Heart Risks, Study Finds A Common Painkiller Has Serious Heart Risks, Study Finds

A commonly used painkiller might be too risky for people to keep taking, suggests a new study published this week in the BMJ. It found that people who use diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), are more likely to come down with cardiovascular disease than people who take other NSAIDs or…

The 'Holy Grail' of Safe Opioids Might Be One Step Closer to Reality The 'Holy Grail' of Safe Opioids Might Be One Step Closer to Reality

The ultimate goal of pain medicine—a powerful painkiller with few to no side effects, such as dependence or overdose—is still elusive. But a team of researchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina believe they’ve come closer to reaching it. Their latest study, published Wednesday in Science…

A Genetic Study Using 23andMe Data Finds Link Between Schizophrenia and Cannabis Use A Genetic Study Using 23andMe Data Finds Link Between Schizophrenia and Cannabis Use

There’s evidence of a connection between cannabis use and schizophrenia, but it’s unclear whether the drug leads to the disorder, or vice versa. A new study published Monday, which relies partly on genetic data from 23andMe volunteers, might offer a little clarity on that link. It found that people genetically at…

Scientists Accuse Big Tobacco of Trying to Undermine Anti-Smuggling Efforts Scientists Accuse Big Tobacco of Trying to Undermine Anti-Smuggling Efforts

In what might be one of the least shocking revelations ever, the authors of two recently published papers accuse tobacco companies of further dishonesty (you know, besides decades-long attempts to downplay the addictiveness of cigarettes). They allege the tobacco industry has been scheming to take over an…

There's No Such Thing as Safe Alcohol Consumption, Huge New Study Finds There's No Such Thing as Safe Alcohol Consumption, Huge New Study Finds

You don’t have to go far to find people, including doctors and researchers, who will argue that a little bit of alcohol can actually help you live a longer, healthier life. But an enormous new study published Thursday in the Lancet seems poised to rip that idea to shreds. Its findings not only reaffirm that alcohol is…

Sewage Study Finds American Drug Use May Be Worse Than We Thought Sewage Study Finds American Drug Use May Be Worse Than We Thought

Our sewage reveals a lot more about us than what we ate over the weekend. Scientists at Murray State University in Kentucky have been studying sewer water for the past few years, hoping to pinpoint the level of drug use within local communities. Their latest research, presented this week at the American Chemical…

FDA Finally Approves a Cheaper, Generic Version of the EpiPen FDA Finally Approves a Cheaper, Generic Version of the EpiPen

A life-saving but increasingly expensive treatment for severe allergic attacks is poised to become cheaper.

The Psychedelic Drug DMT Can Simulate a Near-Death Experience, Study Suggests The Psychedelic Drug DMT Can Simulate a Near-Death Experience, Study Suggests

Not everyone who is close to death—or thinks they are, at least—has a “near-death experience.” But those who do often hallucinate that they leave their bodies, meet otherworldly beings, see bright flashes and tunnels of light, and more. Those who take the psychedelic drug dimethyltryptamine, or DMT— a compound found…

More Than 70 People Overdosed on Synthetic Weed in Connecticut This Week More Than 70 People Overdosed on Synthetic Weed in Connecticut This Week

Synthetic cannabinoids are behind yet another mass overdose in the U.S. More than 70 people in New Haven, Connecticut suffered overdoses thought to be caused by the lab-made drug known as K2 within the span of a day, NBC Connecticut reported Wednesday. As a result, 72 people were sent to a hospital to be checked out,…

Skyrocketing Rates of Fentanyl Deaths Led to the Deadliest Year for Opioid Overdoses Ever Skyrocketing Rates of Fentanyl Deaths Led to the Deadliest Year for Opioid Overdoses Ever

More people are dying from drug overdoses in the U.S. than ever before, according to a new preliminary report released Wednesday by the federal government. There were an estimated 72,287 drug overdose deaths last year, the report found, with the majority caused by opioids. The toll is yet another record high.

New York Becomes Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing  New York Becomes Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing 

The State of New York is suing Purdue Pharma, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers, for what it says is the company’s role in driving the opioid crisis. On Tuesday morning, the attorney general’s office announced that it was filing a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company for…

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