Category: Drugs

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Eat More Pizza?

  Despite the bad rep that pizza seems to have nowadays because of its relatively high caloric content (with macros consisting of relatively high saturated fat and carb content) that may be contributing to the...

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Hookah: The Unbeknownst Silent Killer

It has been brought to my attention that for some reason, people are misled to think that hookah is a “safe” alternative to cigarette smoking. Indeed, hundreds of hookah bars have already been set...

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Newly Constructed Cancer Drug – Carboranes

Carboranes have three main structural components: boron, carbon, and hydrogen. This compound doesn’t directly target cancer cells. Instead, they help work synergistically with other cancer drugs by making them bind more tightly to their respective targets,...

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Fasting suppresses bone growth?

In case you’ve missed my last few post, I’ve been looking into some of the physiological effects (besides intended ones eg weight loss) of intermittent fasting (IF) and caloric reduction. I was incredulous when...

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How we learned the poppy kills cancer

Let’s take a little break from hypotheses and conclusions to take a look into how drugs are discovered. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Harish C. Joshi at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) who...

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Top 200 Drugs Last Year, Part Deux

Last week Airlats brought you a list of the top 200 drugs by US prescriptions, and wow was it popular. Once again, graciously compiled by Njardarson Group is a list of the top 200 drugs by...

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ADHD Medication – Stunts Growth In Males?

Almost 10% of Americans ages 3-17 are diagnosed with the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder today. Males are twice as likely to have ADHD than females. The number of people diagnosed with ADHD has been rapidly...

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Top 200 Drugs Last Year

Graciously compiled by Njardarson Group (The University of Arizona): Edon Vitaku, Elizabeth A. Ilardi, Jón T. Njarðarson are the top 200 drugs by total prescriptions written in the United States. Top 200 Pharmaceutical Products by...

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Cocaine May Speed Up Aging

Recent research by scientists at Cambridge University suggests that cocaine may speed up the aging process of the brain. Abusers’ neurons age more quickly due to the loss of grey matter in the brain,...

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The World of LSD

Many recreational drugs are sold in the illegal market. LSD and cocaine are two of many hallucinogens. These drugs belong to a group of pharmacological agents that causes subjective changes in perception, thought, emotion,...

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Grapefruit & Medication – A Deadly Combination?

  The number of prescription drugs that can interact with grapefruit is increasing. Grapefruit contains furanocoumrarins which are capable of blocking CYP3A4, enzymes in the liver that normally break down medications, left in the...

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Anti-inflammatory Drugs – Aspirin cures cancer?

Recent research and accumulating evidence has shown that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have a shot in the battle against cancer. Recent experiments show that NSAIDs stimulate cell apoptosis and inhibit angiogenesis. In fact, further...

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Laughing Gas – An Extensive Overview

Laughing gas, scientifically known as nitrous oxide (N2O), has been used as a sedation technique in many medical procedures. This colorless and odorless gas was discovered in 1772. One of the pioneers of N2O...

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Miracle Pill: Aspirin – how does it work?

Aspirin goes by many names: Bayer Aspirin, Ecotrin, acetylsalicylic acid, etc. It’s acknowledged everywhere as the go-to pill for headaches and pain. Long ago, Hippocrates noted that willow bark powder can ease pain. The compound, known...

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Marijuana health risks – Weed causes psychosis!

There’s a strong association between illicit drug use and psychosis. Traditionally, researchers envision three possibilities: Drugs cause psychotic diseases People suffering from psychotic diseases self medicate Another factor increases occurrence of both drug use and psychosis...