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Keeping Up with Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Researchers have found a new way to weaken bacterial defenses against antibiotics
Researchers have found a new way to weaken bacterial defenses against antibiotics(Credit: exty/Depositphotos)

Bacteria are quickly evolving resistances to antibiotics, to the extent that our best drugs might not work in the terrifyingly-near future. Scientists are hard at work developing new antibiotics, or finding ways to make existing ones more effective. Now, researchers from Thomas Jefferson University have found a new way to weaken bacterial defenses, slowing down the development of antibiotic resistance. read more

Bad News for Alzheimer’s Sufferers

Biogen has abandoned late-stage clinical trials for a previously promising Alzheimer's drug
Biogen has abandoned late-stage clinical trials for a previously promising Alzheimer’s drug(Credit: AndrewLozovyi/Depositphotos)

A shockwave reverberated through the Alzheimer’s research community today after pharmaceutical company Biogen announced it was discontinuing two massive final phase human trials into the previously promising Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab. The announcement is the latest in a long line of failed Alzheimer’s drugs targeting the popular amyloid protein hypothesis. read more

Drugs and Transgenders – Two Sides of the Same Coin

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The medical profession, it seems, often succumbs to a pack mentality, just like many other sectors of society.

They appear just as susceptible to peer pressure and intimidation as any other profession. Or maybe it’s just intellectual sloth. Maybe it’s a combination of both.

Two points come to mind. Prescription drugs and the LGBT movement – specifically, the latest fad of transgenderism. They seem unrelated, but they are not.

The opioid epidemic that has a strangle hold on the nation did not begin with drug cartels pushing these “medications” on the unsuspecting.

It started, innocently enough, in the offices of our local physicians. read more

Alzheimer’s Treatment Found in Tea and Carrots

A new study in mice has shown the compounds in green tea and carrot could have...
A new study in mice has shown the compounds in green tea and carrot could have a role to play in reversing Alzheimer’s symptoms(Credit: Kesu01/Depositphotos)

One of the many ways scientists are working to unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s is by conducting experiments on mice that have been genetically engineered to develop the disease. Researchers pondering the protective potential of compounds found in green tea and carrots have again taken this route and returned some promising results, with the Alzheimer’s mice demonstrating unimpaired cognitive function following a carefully designed bout of treatment. read more

Is the El Chapo Act a Pipe Dream?

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Recently Texas Senator Ted Cruz reintroduced the El Chapo Act, which if passed and signed into law would result in the confiscation of, “illegally obtained profits resulting from any criminal drug trafficking enterprise led by Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera.’ for border security measures, which could include a wall. This includes any funds forfeited by Guzman in this case or future cases involving his former associates.”

The bill introduced by Cruz is actually called the “El Chapo” Act. It’s not only the former drug kingpin’s name, but an acronym for “Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act.

I don’t know … pretty cheesy Ted, but hey, the government does love their acronyms. They probably have a department of acronyms department whose sole job it is to craft these silly things.

Anyway, it is an interesting idea for border wall funding and it would, technically, fulfill Donald Trump’s promise to make Mexico pay for the wall, since Guzman was based in Mexico. Yeah – ok – semantics. read more

Kamala Harris – Typical Democrat Hypocrite

from the Washington Free Beacon:

Kamala Harris Packed California Prisons With Pot Peddlers

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) admitted in an interview this week to using marijuana, an act that landed thousands in prison while she was California’s Attorney General and opposed legalization of the drug.

The drug use admission to the “Breakfast Club” came as part of Harris’ attempt to erase the reputation she earned as a California prosecutor. She is now calling for legalizing marijuana as a first step to end the War on Drugs, but opposed marijuana legalization during both her 2010 campaign for Attorney General and 2014 re-election campaign, when she notably lost support from the marijuana industry after she laughed at her Republican opponent for supporting legalization. read more

Oh Look – Kamala Harris – Another Democrat Liar

from Daily Wire:

Kamala Harris Says She Listened To Tupac And Snoop While Smoking Weed In College. There’s Just One Problem.

Did Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) smoke marijuana in college, or while she was arresting people for minor drug offenses?

Sen. Kamala Harris’ Acknowledgement of Pot Use Is ‘Huge Step’: Cannabis Advocate
That was the question circulating social media Monday evening, after Harris said she smoked a “joint” in college during an interview with the radio show, “The Breakfast Club.” Co-host “Charlemagne tha God” asked Harris if she had ever smoked marijuana, to which the California senator replied: “I have.” read more

Old Drug Sees New Life for Anxiety and Depression

New evidence suggests ketamine can reduce anxiety related to major depression, and substance abuse depression
New evidence suggests ketamine can reduce anxiety related to major depression, and substance abuse depression(Credit: kmiragaya/Depositphotos)

Two new studies suggest the psychiatric benefits of ketamine treatment may extend beyond just the targeting of depression. The research demonstrates ketamine may be helpful in targeting both anxiety- and substance abuse-related depression. read more

Starbucks Policy Coming Back to Bite Them

from the American Thinker:

Starbucks learns the price of virtue-signaling, now must install needle disposal boxes in bathrooms ‘open to all’Image result for used needle boxes

The expression “clueless liberal” now has an emblem: the Starbucks logo.  The coffee chain has discovered what anyone who understands human nature could have predicted – as many of us did.  When the chain announced last May that it was opening its bathrooms to non-customers and allowing them to stay in its stores as long as they want without paying for anything, it was utterly predictable that all sorts of troubled people with nowhere else to shoot up, turn tricks, or bathe would start using the restrooms of the virtue-signaling chain. read more

FDA Is too Over-Cautious

from Walter Williams:

FDA Policies Kill

Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can make two types of errors — statistically known as the type I error and type II error. With respect to the FDA, a type I error is the rejection or delayed approval of a drug that is safe and effective — erring on the side of over-caution — and a type II error is the approval of a drug that has unanticipated dangerous side effects, or erring on the side of under-caution. read more