Lockdowns cause more deaths than coronavirus itself

Last year’s data revealed that the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns have caused more deaths than the disease itself. Those in power ignored the norms of governance, journalism, academic freedom and science. They misled the public about the origins of the virus and the true risk it posed. They claimed unprecedented powers to impose untested strategies, with terrible collateral damage. There’s … Continue reading Lockdowns cause more deaths than coronavirus itself

Johnson & Johnson agrees to pay $263 million in New York opioid settlement

Johnson & Johnson on Saturday, June 26, agreed to pay $263 million to resolve claims that it fueled an opioid epidemic in New York state and two of its largest counties. The settlements removed the pharmaceutical company from a jury trial that started Tuesday, June 29, on Long Island, New York. Several big opioid makers and distributors … Continue reading Johnson & Johnson agrees to pay $263 million in New York opioid settlement

Soda consumption linked to accelerated aging and increased mortality risk

A recent study by researcher from the University of California, San Francisco says that drinking soda can increase the risk of all-cause mortality and accelerate aging. The findings build on mounting evidence of the adverse effects drinking soda and other sugary beverages have on the body, which include obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, … Continue reading Soda consumption linked to accelerated aging and increased mortality risk

More people died from fentanyl overdose than coronavirus in San Francisco last year

More people died from fentanyl overdose than coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco last year, a microcosm of a larger nationwide problem coinciding with the pandemic. Data from San Francisco’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner shows that 708 people were killed by fentanyl in 2020, an astonishing 118 times more since the introduction of the drug in … Continue reading More people died from fentanyl overdose than coronavirus in San Francisco last year

Under pressure: Doctors are pressured to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day

Patients may be more likely to receive prescriptions for opioids when they come in for checkups and appointments later in the day — even when they don’t really have a need for the drugs. According to the researchers, this could be linked to the daily pressures and time constraints that doctors face, which could interfere with their … Continue reading Under pressure: Doctors are pressured to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day

Death toll from drug overdose soars during pandemic

With normal and healthy people turning to drugs to combat depression during the seemingly endless lockdowns caused by the pandemic, the number of deaths from drug overdose have soared to an all-time high according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC’s provisional data shows more than 81,230 people died from a drug overdose … Continue reading Death toll from drug overdose soars during pandemic

Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Study Supports HDAC Inhibitor as Possible Lung Cancer Treatment

A person’s genetic code can contribute to their risk for developing non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which accounts for about 85% of lung cancers. Epigenetics, the study of chemical tags that impact gene expression without altering the genetic sequence, is shown to also profoundly influence the development of cancer. In a study by Asan Medical Center researchers … Continue reading Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Study Supports HDAC Inhibitor as Possible Lung Cancer Treatment

Epigenetic Study Finds New Potential Drug Targets for Asthma and Allergies

A new epigenetic study has identified 30 genes connected to allergies and asthma that make people more susceptible to these conditions. Using the newly discovered gene targets from this study, scientists could potentially create drugs to combat allergic diseases and reduce allergic responses. About 6.8 million children and 18.7 million adults in the U.S. suffer … Continue reading Epigenetic Study Finds New Potential Drug Targets for Asthma and Allergies

HDAC Inhibitor Could Sharpen Memory and Treat Cancer

New research has found that a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor drug used to treat cancer could also help sharpen memory and improve one’s ability to learn a new language. It could even help rewire the brain and sustain neurons which could be of benefit to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Researchers from Rutgers published a study … Continue reading HDAC Inhibitor Could Sharpen Memory and Treat Cancer

DNA Methylation Gives Epigenetic Hope to Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Not only is cocaine a highly addictive drug, but it also comes with an incredibly high chance of relapse even after someone has abstained and experienced symptoms of withdrawal. A new study is illuminating the epigenetic changes made to DNA during the withdrawal stage for those trying to rid themselves of the drug and offers … Continue reading DNA Methylation Gives Epigenetic Hope to Cocaine Addiction Treatment