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Alzheimer’s Drug Curbs Compulsive Buying in Shopaholics

Alzheimer’s Drug Curbs Compulsive Buying in Shopaholics

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — A drug used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may curb compulsive buying in shopaholics, a new study found.The drug, called memantine, helps people with Alzheimer’s disease think more clearly by re…

New Synthetic Drug Amped Used to Get High

New Synthetic Drug Amped Used to Get High

George Doyle/Thinkstock(RICHMOND, Va.) — Amped, a new type of synthetic drug that falls into the street category of “bath salts,” is being used by people in Virginia to get high, and likely in other parts of the country as well.The drug is…

Woman Discovers Cocaine Hidden in Tampons

Woman Discovers Cocaine Hidden in Tampons

File photo. (Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock)(SALT LAKE CITY) — A Utah woman was shocked when she discovered cocaine inside of tampons she purchased. Now police are investigating whether the discovery could be connected to a larger smuggling scheme. Ci…

Obama’s Drug Czar Stumps for ‘Third Way’ Policy

Obama’s Drug Czar Stumps for ‘Third Way’ Policy

Office of National Drug Policy(WASHINGTON) — To hear President Obama’s drug czar tell it, the leading voices on drug policy are kind of crazy.“Over the past few years, this public debate on drug policy lurches between two extreme views,&rd…

After YouTube Plea, Dying Mom Clears Hurdles to Start Trial Drug

After YouTube Plea, Dying Mom Clears Hurdles to Start Trial Drug

John Foxx/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) — A mother dying of breast cancer and desperate to get a drug that has yet to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration appears to have cleared her final hurdle and expects to get her first do…

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Depression, Hollywood Drug Scene

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Depression, Hollywood Drug Scene

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LONDON) — Demi Lovato shines on stage and on screen with a big smile and down home charm that catapulted her to stardom in her early teens, but the former Disney star’s life has recently been filled with challenges.At 20-years-o…

Early Use of Drug Might Slow Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

Early Use of Drug Might Slow Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

Comstock/Thinkstock(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) — Early use of the multiple sclerosis drug interferon beta-1a might slow and even stop progression of the disease, according to new research from the American Academy of Neurology.Patients who received interferon…

One-Third of Cancer Patients Don’t Get Drugs They Need for Pain

One-Third of Cancer Patients Don’t Get Drugs They Need for Pain

Pixland/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — As many as one-third of cancer patients may be receiving inadequate treatment to control their pain, even though many medicines are available to help, new research suggests.Pain is one of the most-feared and worst symptom…

Florida Man Threatened to Snort Dead Woman Ashes

Florida Man Threatened to Snort Dead Woman Ashes

File photo. Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(POLK COUNTY, Fla.) — A Florida man is under arrest after police say he stole a dead woman’s ashes and said he was going to snort them.Joseph Pointer, 51, of Lakeland, was arrested on Thursday by authorities in…

Obama’s Drug Plan: Fewer Arrests, More Treatment

Obama’s Drug Plan: Fewer Arrests, More Treatment

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama’s new strategy to curb drug abuse takes the focus off of prison and puts it on treatment.In the plan released Tuesday, the Obama administration says that the “mass incarceration” o…

Rx Drug Scam Uses DEA Identities to Terrify Victims into Paying Up

Rx Drug Scam Uses DEA Identities to Terrify Victims into Paying Up

Hemera/Thinkstock(FORT WORTH, Texas) — The websites seem so simple, so inviting — buy prescription diet pills or sleep aids without a prescription. But it could be a trap.A few clicks on certain websites can lead to phone calls that sound like this: …

Teaching Old Drugs New Tricks for Rare Diseases

Teaching Old Drugs New Tricks for Rare Diseases

TedMed(WASHINGTON) — Sam Burns of Boston is a ninth-grader stuck in an 80-year-old man’s body. He has progeria, a rare disease that has aged his body faster than his mind. Although his condition limits him physically, he says there’s nothi…

Pharmacies Fueling Prescription Drug Trade?

Pharmacies Fueling Prescription Drug Trade?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The prescription drug trade is booming and the Drug Enforcement Administration believes some rogue pharmacies could be fueling the epidemic.On Friday, the DEA confirmed that it is now investigating Walgreens, the n…

Pharmacies Targeted by Dealers, Addicts Desperate for Painkillers

Pharmacies Targeted by Dealers, Addicts Desperate for Painkillers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In Phoenix, two men tied up pharmacy employees while another stole painkillers.On New Year’s Eve in 2011, an armed robber demanding Oxycontin and money at a Long Island, N.Y., pharmacy encountered an off-duty Bureau …

New Rx Sleep Drug: Promising or Perilous?

New Rx Sleep Drug: Promising or Perilous?

iStockphotos/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Your eyes snap open, but the room is dark and the alarm clock reads 2 a.m.It’s a frustrating but all-too-familiar scenario for many. A new sleep aid called Intermezzo, available in pharmacies with a prescription sta…

JetBlue Pilot Rage Likely Not Panic; Drugs or Brain Tumor Possible

JetBlue Pilot Rage Likely Not Panic; Drugs or Brain Tumor Possible

Scott Olson/Getty Images(AMARILLO, Texas) — Clayton Osbon, the pilot who was subdued aboard JetBlue flight 191 after going into a rage, may have had a toxic reaction to infection, drugs or even an encephalitic event caused by a brain tumor.On a routin…

Fake Pharmacies Create Drug Shortages

Fake Pharmacies Create Drug Shortages

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — University of Maryland head women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese is not afraid of challenging authority, especially off the court when it involves her 4-year-old son, Tyler, who has leukemia. Frese was shocked whe…

Bias Can Exaggerate Drugs’ Effectiveness

Bias Can Exaggerate Drugs’ Effectiveness

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Doctors — and patients — might not be getting all the information they need about the safety and effectiveness of certain drugs because of “publication bias,” the tendency of researchers and medical…

Swimsuit Model Accused of Heading International Drug Ring Captured

Swimsuit Model Accused of Heading International Drug Ring Captured

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) — The international swimsuit model accused of being the mastermind of a worldwide drug ring run out of a Hollywood apartment has been arrested in Australia after skipping out on bail over a month ago. Simone Farrow, who wa…

Drug Lord Escapes Again: Who’s Tipping Him Off?

Drug Lord Escapes Again: Who’s Tipping Him Off?

STR/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — American officials have become so frustrated with a Mexican drug lord’s ability to elude capture that they’ve started telling jokes about it.Time and again, U.S. drug agents have provided Mexican law enforcement with…

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