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Last week I was walking on the boardwalk in Venice with my daughter and soon to be son-in-law and we passed a large green and white sign with a picture of a cannabis plant. Several, young people dressed in green scrubs were handing out flyers proclaiming that the doctor was in the “office” situated between…

I spent many years in Israel and was used to seeing men in various venues smoking a hookah. I remember being at a home where the host brought out several hookahs and invited the guests to join in. I tried it for a minute and found it quite unpleasant, but then I don’t smoke cigarettes,…

This week’s JAMA has a viewpoint article titled “The implications of marijuana legalization in Colorado”. I expected to read about side effects (there are many medical societies that still have great doubts about the use of marijuana, at least recreationally) and just perhaps something positive. Initially the article traces the timeline of marijuana’s legalization: In…

I didn’t have a chance to discuss this in my last website and even though I’m a week late I wanted to belatedly acknowledge the International Day of the Girl which was celebrated on October 11. In honor of that day, the CDC sent an email with information that they hoped would raise awareness about…

This article is not based on a Colorado medical journal…it’s from a review article that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 5. It was authored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at The National Institutes of Health. They stated that, “In light of the rapidly shifting landscape regarding the…

It’s been 50 years since the 1964 Surgeon General’s report that stated that smoking was harmful to our health. The Smoking and Health Report (what it was formally called) was based on a review of an estimated 7000 documents. It concluded that “cigarette smoking is causally related to lung cancer in men; the magnitude of…

We all know that Bacchus was a man. Based on gender stereotypes, most of us assume that women are less likely to excessively imbibe alcohol then men. (For the sake of transparency, the Superbowl was playing while I wrote this and all that celebrated testosterone caused me to make that last statement). But not necessarily so……

The CDC, most medical journals, and mainstream media have been covering the disastrous infections caused by the contamination of the steroid that was distributed by a compounding pharmacy in New England. Three potentially contaminated lots of this steroid were used by physicians in epidurals, and joint injections in over 14,000 persons. They have, so far,…

I’m sure anyone who has read a newspaper in the past few months is aware of the fears that are engulfing (of should I say filling) the French women who have received silicone implants. A company in France produced a popular (and apparently not too expensive) implant termed the Poly Implant Prothese (otherwise known as…

Here’s a great study for those of us who grew up in the 60’s, 760’s or, for that matte, up till present time. Smoking marijuana may not be as bad for our lungs as our parents, doctors (or we, to our kids) have said. A study published in the January 11, 2011 issue of JAMA…

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