Harm Reduction

The FDA is going after the most egregious violators of common sense: those who are clearly targeting children. To name and shame the bad actors who are doing a great harm to legitimate smoking cessation efforts, we offer them up here. Take a look; it's truly shameful.
Is being overweight in childhood linked to mom's prenatal caffeine intake? If it is, it's not terribly well supported by this new study published in BMJ.
As part of a new Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, earlier this month agency officials launched a large-scale, nationwide, undercover blitz to crack down on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors at both brick-and-mortar and online retailers.
It's a drive to end tobacco smoking. New nicotine delivery systems from the FDA's "low to no" nicotine cigarettes, as well as JUUL's nicotine vaporizers, are getting a lot of media attention. As a physician, I use the scientific evidence and my experience in counseling my patients. Here's what you should consider. 
H.R. McMaster Sr. was a resident of a senior living facility in Philadelphia that provides a host of supportive services. Reportedly, while receiving care there he suffered a stroke. An investigation is now underway into the death of the father of the former National Security Advisor.
There's simply no benefit to supplemental Calcium or Vitamin D for the patient who is well. So why do we continue to waste our money on these supplements? The US Preventative Services Task Force again weighs in to recommend against their use. 
It's one thing for Gary Bettman to be on the wrong side of a health issue as important as concussion-caused brain damage. It's quite another for the National Hockey League Commissioner to go on America's largest sports-talk radio station and be incorrect about the underlying science. But the medical experts swiftly straightened him out.
Baby aspirin is prescribed for many people who, as it turns out, will experience no benefit. It results from the difficulty in reconciling population studies with the patient in front of you. Doctors end up broadening the groups. Call it "Indication Creep."  
It's no surprise that drug traffickers are quite creative about distributing their products. Recently, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Homeland Security pounced on an operation that used Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh objects to disguise illegal shipments.
K2, a dangerous synthetic cannabinoid product – also known as spice, synthetic marijuana, legal weed or fake weed – is wreaking havoc in Illinois and hospitalizing dozens.   In Illinois, synthetic cannabinoids have killed two and hospitalized fifty-six for extreme bleeding. This toll is expected to rise. Believing they are like "pot" or "marijuana" is the public's first mistake.
The history of societies and climatic change have much to teach about fragility and resilience. Will we look to our past to envision our future?
I had the distinct pleasure of being a reviewer for the 2018-2019 Community Grants program for Komen this Fall. This is what I learned.