PTSD: Agony and Ecstasy

In November of 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave permission for the commencement of large-scale Phase 3 clinical trials into the use of MDMA (Ecstasy) in the treatment of PTSD. If successful, the trials could see an illicit street substance become a potent treatment for PTSD by 2021. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Continue reading “PTSD: Agony and Ecstasy”

Kratom: Medicinal or Criminal

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) moved earlier this year to list the herbal supplement kratom as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act. This would place kratom alongside Heroin, LSD, Morphine, and Ice as substances that have a high potential for abuse and a risk to public health. The ban, proposed toContinue reading “Kratom: Medicinal or Criminal”

Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Alcohol and drug misuse and related disorders are major public health challenges that are taking an enormous toll on individuals, families, and society. Neighborhoods and communities as a whole are also suffering as a result of alcohol- and drug-related crime and violence, abuse and neglect of children, and the increased costs of health care associatedContinue reading “Substance Use Disorder (SUD)”

New Research Shows Benefits of High-Intensity Statins

In a study publishing this week in JAMA Cardiology, Stanford researchers show that taking high-intensity statins could increase heart patients’ chances of survival over taking moderate-intensity statins. There are currently seven main types of statins prescribed in the United States. A set of guidelines put forth by the American College of Cardiology and the American HeartContinue reading “New Research Shows Benefits of High-Intensity Statins”

Herbal Supplements You Shouldn’t Try

Supplement Safety – It seems like these products should be harmless. After all, you use herbs all the time when you’re cooking. But some may not be safe, especially if you have certain medical conditions or take some medications. Talk with your doctor before taking any supplements. St. John’s Wort This popular supplement is oftenContinue reading “Herbal Supplements You Shouldn’t Try”

Complementary Medicines

A new multimillion dollar deal between Swisse Wellness and CSIRO has raised questions about the integrity of Australia’s premier scientific research organisation and the motivations behind the deal. Another important question is whether consumers will benefit from such partnerships. Swisse manufactures complementary and alternative medicines, which are widely used by different populations. Research has shownContinue reading “Complementary Medicines”

Wikipedia – The World’s ‘Dr Google’

Health professionals have a duty to improve the accuracy of medical entries in Wikipedia, according to a letter published today in Lancet Global Health, because it’s the first port of call for people all over the world seeking medical information. In our correspondence, a group of international colleagues and I call on medical journals toContinue reading “Wikipedia – The World’s ‘Dr Google’”