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Patented Pot? Not So Fast, Say Feds

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has removed a trademark category for medical marijuana after receiving a flood of applications from producers seeking to claim various products and brand names for the drug, the Wall Street Journal reported July 19. …

Dangers on Homefront Exceed Battlefield for Some Soldiers

Soldiers of the First Armored Division’s Fourth Brigade are statistically at higher risk of death upon returning to their home base of Fort Bliss, Texas, than they were while deployed in Iraq, the New York Times reported July 14. Drunk-driving …

Hospitals Vie to Become Medical-Marijuana Dispensaries in N.J.

Teaching hospitals in New Jersey say they should hold a monopoly over marijuana distribution as the state plans to implement its medical-marijuana law, NJ.com reported July 12. The New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals argues that secure buildings, patient connections, …

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Before Quitting May Help

Recent studies suggest that beginning nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) — nicotine-infused gums, patches, etc. — before quitting cigarettes may improve long-term cessation success, Reuters reported June 25. A study of 1,100 New Zealanders — half of whom began NRT two weeks …

Mexican President Defends Anti-Drug Efforts, Indicts U.S.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon this week compared the United States to a drug addict as he sought to shore up support for his antidrug efforts at home. “It is as though we have a neighbor next door who is the …

Supreme Court Relaxes Drug Deportation Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against automatic deportation of legal immigrants for minor drug offenses, the New York Times reported June 14.  The unanimous decision resolved longstanding confusion at the state and federal level on how to interpret the term …

Sarah Palin: Marijuana Use Relatively Minimal Problem in Society

Sarah Palin said that she does not support marijuana legalization but seemed to offer some support for decriminalization of the drug. CBS News reported June 17 that during a TV appearance with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) — who supports legalization …

Raves a Hotbed for Ecstasy Overdoses, Says CDC

Ecstasy overdoses cluster around “raves” — all-night dance parties where the drug is prevalent — and use of the drug is on the rise, USA Today reported June 12. The findings come from a new report by the U.S. Centers …

Study Says Teens Should Avoid Alcohol, Smoking to Prevent Headaches

Teens who drank a lot of alcoholic beverages and coffee, smoked, and got little exercise were more likely to suffer from migrane and tension headaches, according to German researchers. EScienceNews reported June 6 that headaches are among the most common …

Saudi Program Looks to U.S. for Addiction Treatment Guidance

In Saudi Arabia, where alcohol and other drug use is strictly forbidden by Islamic law, acknowledging and treating addicts poses significant challenges. But Mohammed Al-Turaiki, CEO of a Saudi treatment program, is trying to change all that, the Associated Press …