HEALTH

EpiPen Uproar Highlights Company’s Family Ties to Congress

The CEO of a former Fortune 500 company, who is also the daughter of a U.S. senator, is under fire from for jacking up the rates of life-saving anti-allergy device known as the EpiPen.

Heather Bresch, whose father is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., became president of Mylan Pharmaceutical in 2009 and CEO in 2012. She is no stranger to controversy: She moved Mylan’s headquarters to the Netherlands last year after a corporate “inversion” merger with Abbott Laboratories.

The move enabled the company to operate its headquarters in the U.S. but maintain corporate citizenship in Holland, benefiting from a lower tax rate.
READ MORE: https://theintercept.com/2016/08/24/epipen-uproar-highlights-companys-fa...

Could Medical Cannabis Break the Painkiller Epidemic?

A body of research suggests yes, but scientists are having to fight red tape to study whether medical marijuana could substitute for opioid drugs.

Six days before Prince died, the iconic pop star was hospitalized after possibly overdosing on Percocet. His death on April 21 involved overdosing on another painkiller, fentanyl. Both are among the prescription opioids that alleviate the pain of millions of Americans every year—often at the price of their needing ever greater amounts and the risk of overdose. The U.S. “is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Prescription opioid overdoses killed more than 165,000 Americans between 1999 and 2014, and the health and social costs of abusing such drugs are estimated to be as much as $55 billion a year.
READ MORE: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/could-medical-cannabis-break-t...

After decades of practising as a psychotherapist, I am convinced that our treatment of psychosis is thoroughly wrong-headed

Martha is in her mid 30s. Her bright blonde hair is natural. She sat on one side of a corner from me, her body tense and passive at once, the odd mixture one sees with people who are gripped with inner distress but whose musculature is flattened out by atypical antipsychotics. She carries the tight, extra weight that also accompanies those drugs. Her eyes are shy and furtive, checking the room, checking my face.
READ MORE: https://aeon.co/essays/treating-acute-psychosis-with-drugs-can-prolong-t...

8 Paralyzed Patients Learn To Walk Again Using Virtual Reality

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) rehabilitation remains a major clinical challenge, especially in cases involving chronic complete injury. Clinical studies using body weight support systems robotic assistance and functional electrostimulation of the leg have proposed potential solutions for assisting SCI patients in walking. Yet, none of these approaches have generated any consistent clinical improvement in neurological functions, namely somatosensory (tactile, proprioceptive, pain, and temperature) perception and voluntary motor control, below the level of the spinal cord lesion.
READ MORE: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep30383

A Revolution in Head Lice Treatment - It's a Lot of Hot Air!

No need for chemicals that don't work, kill them completely with a hair dryer.
READ MORE: http://www.healthinschools.org/News-Room/EJournals/Volume-7/Number-9/A-R...

Psychologist reveals science behind a fulfilling single life

Dating shows, dating apps – they all strive to make sure none of us end up uncoupled forever. But it turns out many single people embrace their single lives, and are likely to experience more psychological growth and development than married people, according to a psychologist who presented at the American Psychological Association’s 124th Annual Convention.

“The preoccupation with the perils of loneliness can obscure the profound benefits of solitude,” said Bella DePaulo, PhD, a scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “It is time for a more accurate portrayal of single people and single life – one that recognizes the real strengths and resilience of people who are single, and what makes their lives so meaningful.”
READ MORE: https://scienceblog.com/486863/psychologist-reveals-science-behind-fulfi...

Is Your Lighting Making You Sick?

With the growing use of energy saving lamps and the development of new lighting technologies, comes the long-term concern that some people who have conditions that react to light might be negatively affected by this shift.
READ MORE: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2016/07/is-your-lighting-making-you-sick.html

How Watching Regular Mass Killings on the News Can Cause Serious Health Impacts

After a week in which the public witnessed multiple violent deaths in just a few days—first Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police officers, and then five fellow officers in Dallas at the hands of a sniper, not to mention the Bastille Day attacks in Nice—an entire country (and world) is experiencing what psychologists call collective trauma.
READ MORE: http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/watching-regular-mass-killings-n...

Scotland Bans Fracking, Forever

The Scottish Parliament voted to ban fracking countrywide on Wednesday, making a moratorium on the controversial technique a permanent affair.
READ MORE: http://www.ewao.com/a/scotland-just-banned-fracking-forever/

Australian science program Catalyst under review and host suspended after airing episode on the dangers of Wi-Fi radiation

The ABC will apologise to its viewers and review its science program Catalyst after an independent investigation found a controversial episode on the potential health risks of Wi-Fi that went to air earlier this year breached its editorial standards.

The damning finding - which will see reporter Maryanne Demasi suspended from on-air assignments until at least September - comes two years after a similar investigation slammed a Catalyst program questioning the use of cholesterol-reducing medications.

As with the earlier program on cholesterol, the Wi-Fi episode will be removed from the internet.
READ MORE: https://www.sott.net/article/321626-Australian-science-program-Catalyst-...

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