I think I’m losing my mind! – Are You?

Have you been feeling weird lately? Like things are slightly off?  Or not as energetic as you might like? Yes? Thought so.  How’d I know? Because it’s perfectly normal to be somewhat tired, somewhat drained, somewhat unhappy!  It’s a hell of a lot...
Adderall vs Ritalin – Benefits, Problems

Adderall vs Ritalin – Benefits, Problems

Adderall vs Ritalin: By the time you’re done reading this article, you will know how Adderall and Ritalin compare.  Is one better than the other? If you want to know what Ritalin actually is and how it works, see here. And are you confused by all your medication...

Can you die from a panic attack?

Basically, Can a Panic Attack Kill You?* Can an ordinary panic attack end with you in a casket? Cutting-edge research is finding more and more about panic attacks, and it’s turning out to be a lot nastier than we had thought. We’ve always known that panic...
Are Cholesterol Target Levels Too Low?

Are Cholesterol Target Levels Too Low?

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the single biggest cause of health problems and death in the USA and the world. Statins offer a way to help treat CHD, but have become perhaps too heavily pushed. And the target level of cholesterol to reach may have been lowered too...

Benefits of Ezetimibe for Heart Disease?

Cholesterol lowering medications have been increasingly prescribed in the United States. The best selling medication of all time is Lipitor, one such drug. This blog will be exploring statin use and safety over the next week. A recent non-statin drug is Ezetimibe. It...
Problems with Abilify for Depression

Problems with Abilify for Depression

Abilify: way oversold You probably have seen a TV ad recently for Abilify. I do all the time. It’s terrible. Each time I’m amazed at the audacity of its makers, Bristol-myers Squibb.  They’re making a killingoff those ads; they sold 30% more in 2009...

What is Swine Flu?

In mid February 2009, an influenza virus infecting pigs began to shift. It adopted some viral characteristics from avian, or bird, flu and started to target human-specific molecular patterns. By the end of April, officials in Mexican began to notice that the typical...

Merck Sued Over Fosamax – is it Safe?

Merck Sued Again Over the past week, more lawsuits against Merck & Co, makers of the recalled drug Vioxx, gained traction. Plantiffs claim that bone medication Fosamax caused osteonecrosis of the jaw. Merck is going to argue there’s no proof, and that they...

Treatment of Autism

Noticing Autism The first step to treating autism is recognizing it. Parents typically become concerned with their children roughly starting at ages 1-2, when they notice certain problems. Development of speech may suddenly slow down or stop, and the child may start...

Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

Do Vaccines Cause Autism? There’s nothing more scary for parents than the thought that they might hurt their children. The controversy about vaccines and autism is frightening, but seems to have little scientific backing. It started in 1998. The Lancet reported...