Harm Reduction

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 2.55.37 PMTwo nationwide prospective studies of Chinese citizens conducted in 1991 (225,721 men) and 2006 (210,222 men and 302,669 women) find a worrisome trend - Chinese men now smoke more than a third of the world's cigarettes.

Cause-specific mortality using death registries and their nationwide health insurance system lead the authors to project an estimated 20 percent of all adult male deaths this decade in China will be linked to cigarettes their all-...

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A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paints a clear picture: needle-exchange programs under which addicts exchange dirty syringes for clean ones prevent the transmission of HIV.

The report comes on the heels of an outbreak (more than 70 cases of viral contagion) earlier this year of IV-drug-induced HIV in Scott County, IN. That spurred Gov. Mike Pence to reverse his position on...

NICOTINE & HEALTHA new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that near-complete elimination of nicotine from cigarettes might lead to declines in smoking, but its brief duration could not possibly show anything relevant to real-world smoking issues.

The study, "Randomized Trial of Reduced-Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes," was carried out in 10 locations from mid-2013 through mid-2014 and led by Eric C....

Calcium is an essential element needed by all living organisms. Since its introduction into the biological realm, there have been many studies investigating the link between calcium intake and its homeostatic role in living organisms. In animals, particularly human beings, a foundation of knowledge holds that calcium is vital for bone health, including the prevention of fractures.

To that point, a systematic review conducted at the University of Auckland illustrates this conclusion of milk-642734_1280calcium intake, and its overall correlation to the risk of fractures in...

512px-CVS_Pharmacy,_Lexington_MACVS recently announced that its stores are expanding over-the-counter access to Naloxone in 12 states, widening its availability to 14 states overall.

The drug is a lifesaving antidote to opioid overdose, and it now can be bought without a prescription in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

Tom Davis, vice president of pharmacy professional practices at CVS, said in a statement that "[n]aloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by...

RetireAre you planning your retirement? Well, maybe you might want to reconsider.

Most people count the years, months, weeks and days leading up to their permanent vacation from work. But based on new scientific information, you may want to hold off from leaving the workplace too soon, as this might be detrimental to your health.

A new research study published by the CDC cites a survey of nearly 85,000 Americans ages 65 and older for a period spanning of 15 years, which concludes that delaying retirement is beneficial to both health and socioeconomic status. These participants were cross-...

Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol and Vantage Tech 13 cigarettes can no longer be sold, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced. The four brands are sold by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., a division of Reynolds American Inc.

Under the 2009 Tobacco Control Act, new cigarettes must be reviewed by the FDA before being allowed on the market and products introduced after Feb. 15, 2007 must show substantially equivalent harm to a baseline "predicate" product. The FDA says the four products are different enough from predicates to raise concern, because they have higher levels of menthol and new ingredients which are harmful or potentially harmful.

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Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 12.36.12 PMAs if we don't have enough substance abuse problems (and deaths) is this country. The last thing we need is another way for young teens (and kids) to get access to alcohol.

But, not only do they have it, the alcohol they are now getting their hands on can be very dangerous. The method that they are using to get it can provide alcohol that is pure as 190 proof, (95 percent alcohol). This is as pure as alcohol can be made without the use of special techniques that are done in labs....

Screen Shot 2013-10-11 at 1.11.44 PMEven though diet soda has fewer calories than the regular version, that hasn't stopped some folks from devising involved theories to blame the low-calorie drink for the surge in obesity. There have even been studies purporting to support this theory, even though it's really difficult to believe that the food intake and physical activity data of free-living people are very accurate.

Thus, and not surprisingly, yet another study suggests that many people who drink diet soda to lose weight might sabotage these efforts by consuming more calories from other sources.

Dr. Ruopeng An...

Britt Marie Hermes. Credit: Naturopathic Diaries

People who like alternative medicine are always pleased when someone mainstream embraces their field, because it legitimizes their belief system.(1)

Alternative medicine is an easy narrative. Since it mostly requires belief, anecdotes are enough and recommendations needn't be bound by double-blind clinical trials. Want to believe that mimicking a symptom wards off a disease? Find a homeopath. Want to believe touching joints will prevent polio? Find an osteopath,...