Archive for the 'Drugs & Medicine' Category

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated

• June, 2009

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated By Melody Petersen May 19, 2009 Prescription pill dependency among American troops is on the rise Marine Corporal Michael Cataldi woke as he heard the truck rumble past. He opened his eyes, but saw nothing. It was the middle of the night, and he was facedown in the sands of western Iraq. His loaded M16 was pinned beneath him. Cataldi had no idea how he’d gotten to where he now lay, some 200 meters from the dilapidated building where

Price of cocaine set to plunge

• May, 2009

Price of cocaine set to plunge, UN warns 18 Feb 2009 The price of cocaine is set to plunge further because Europe is being flooded with the drug through new smuggling routes, the United Nations drugs chief Hamid Ghodse has warned. Traffickers are exploiting networks in West Africa and Eastern Europe to bring the drug in from South America. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said cocaine prices would continue to fall unless action was taken to block the new supply routes. It comes less

Second team finds natural super flu fighter

• May, 2009

Second team finds natural super flu fighter Reporting by Maggie Fox; Additional reporting by Julie Steenhuysen in Chicago; Editing by Eric Walsh Thu Feb 26, 2009 An antibody being developed by a Dutch drug company chokes off both seasonal flu and the H5N1 avian flu virus and might offer a way to develop better treatments and vaccines. Crucell NV’s antibody, a naturally occurring immune system protein, grabs onto a hidden part of flu viruses, stopping them from infecting cells, they reported in the journal Science.

Psychedelic Fish – Named New Species

• May, 2009

Psychedelic Fish – New Species .::. <<video>> <<Editors notE>> Behold our very own brand of fish: the Psychedelic Fish -aka Mandarin Fish-. Named because of his funky movements and of course, psychedelic colors and stripes. More information about this fish, please check out the following page on wikipedia and learn all about it

HIV Mutates to Death With New Drug

• February, 2009

HIV Mutates to Death With New Drug Eric Bland, Discovery News Feb 9 2009 HIV is notorious for its ability to mutate and evade drugs designed to destroy it. Now scientists are testing a new drug that actually speeds up that rate of change in the hope that the deadly virus will mutate itself to death. “The HIV virus is so dependent on mutation that it really lives on the edge of existence,” said John Reno, Chief Operating Officer for Koronis Pharmaceuticals, the company developing

ADHD drugs for kids need hallucination warning

• February, 2009

ADHD drugs for kids need hallucination warning By Rita Rubin, USA TODAY Visual or tactile sensations of bugs an uncommon, but possible, reaction, study finds. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommended Wednesday that the agency add information about a possible risk of hallucinations in children to the labels of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder drugs. The committee also urged the FDA to develop a consumer-friendly medication guide explaining to parents that they should talk to their child’s doctor about stopping the medication should hallucinations occur.