Tag Archives: Perinatal

’Hackademy Awards’ Announced: ’Nine’ Called Smokiest Movie of Year

The star-powered (but ill-fated) musical ’Nine’ got a thumbs-down as the year’s smokiest movie as part of the annual Hackademy Awards, named each year by Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails. “Direction of the star-studded PG-13 musical soared far above the …

Moral Judgment Still Plays a Role in Prescribing Pain Meds

Few doctors still believe that pain is God’s will and that treating it could be a sin, but morality and legality still play a major role in prescribing pain medication, Time magazine reported Feb. 24. Up to 15 percent of …

Marijuana School Attracts Thousands of Students

California-based Oaksterdam University’s classes on growing and marketing marijuana have attracted nearly 7,000 students and have a waiting list with hundreds of more potential enrollees, USA Today reported Feb. 9. Launched in Oakland in 2007, the school now has satellite …

FDA Urges Drug Companies to Focus on Abuse Potential

New voluntary guidelines issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) direct pharmaceutical companies to more closely examine the abuse potential of new drugs and help determine if and how they should be listed under the Controlled Substances Act, …

Mass. Smoking Program for Poor Seen as Health Reform Model

Federal lawmakers say that a Massachusetts initiative to give free smoking-cessation aid to poor residents could serve as a model for national healthcare reform, the New York Times reported Dec. 16. During the first two years of the program, the …

Reynolds American Acquiring Nicotine Replacement Company

Tobacco company Reynolds American recently confirmed that it will be buying Niconovum, a maker of nicotine gum and other products that help people quit smoking, ABC News reported Dec. 2. The $44 million acquisition “extends the harm-reduction strategies [Reynolds American] …

Smoking in China Seen Doubling by 2020

China will have twice as many smokers in a decade as it has today if the government does nothing to halt current trends, health experts warn. Reuters reported Dec. 4 that a study by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and …

Magazines Popular with Youth More Likely to Contain Alcohol Ads, Study Finds

Magazines with the highest proportion of young readers also are the most likely to contain alcohol ads, according to researchers who accused the alcohol industry of intentionally marketing to underage drinkers. Science Daily reported Dec. 3 that researchers studied ad …

AMA Calls for More Research into Medical Use of Marijuana

The federal government should consider moving marijuana out of Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in order to facilitate clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medications, the American Medical Association (AMA) said in a new policy statement. In adopting …

L.A. Finally Drafts Medical-Marijuana Rules

More than a year and a half after it first began drafting regulations for medical-marijuana clinics, the city of Los Angeles has released proposed rules to control the dispensaries’ proliferation. The Los Angeles Times reported Nov. 14 that the proposed …