Doctors need stricter guidelines when it comes to how they prescribe opioid painkillers, concludes the American Academy of Neurology, which believes that a loosening of regulations in the late 1990s helped spur what's been described as an epidemic of opioid addiction. Read more.
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From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health.
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A sedative called thalidomide goes on the market in Germany, and soon it’s being called a “wonder drug” that’s “completely safe. In fact, doctors in Australia and Europe are so convinced of its safety that they begin prescribing it as an “off-label” treatment for morning sickness in pregnant women. But then, to their horror, those same doctors began seeing their patients giving birth to babies with terrible defects, most notably a condition called phocomelia, in which the infants’ arms never developed and hands instead grew from their upper arms like flippers. The drug was banned in 1962, but not before 10,000 babies were born with birth defects. Get the full story.