Science and Nature

The Stress of Natural Disasters Lingers Long After Landfall

Post-disaster, loss and devastation can trigger many people to use drugs and alcohol.

It feels like the U.S. is imploding – from Hurricane Harvey tearing through Texas, Hurricane Irma on its destructive path toward Florida, and the raging and unrelenting forest fires in Oregon, Los Angeles, and Montana threatening highly populated areas and decimating areas of natural beauty. As a nation, we are in a state of extreme […]

5 Drug Safety Issues Surrounding the FDA Approval Process

What constitutes a stamp of approval from the Food & Drug Administration?

“All too often, patients and clinicians mistakenly view FDA approval as [an] indication that a product is fully safe and effective. Nothing could be further from the truth. We learn tremendous amounts about a product only once it’s on the market and only after use among a broad population.” ~ Dr. Caleb Alexander, co-director of the […]

NIAAA Study Shows Impact of Drinking Before Conception

We know drinking during pregnancy is dangerous, but what about drinking before conception?

We’ve all heard about the extensive damage that can occur to a fetus when a mother is drinking alcohol during her pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), complications can include miscarriage, stillbirth, plus a range of enduring physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities, encompassing what’s known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. […]

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