Can mindfulness help anxiety? Study suggests meditation works as well as drugs – National |

Mindfulness meditation worked as well as a standard drug for treating anxiety in the first head-to-head comparison. The study tested a widely used mindfulness program that includes 2 1/2 hours of classes weekly and 45 minutes of daily practice at home. Participants were randomly assigned to the program or daily use of a generic drug sold under the … Read more

Can Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Help People with Type 1?

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Andrew Briskin New drugs have been developed to help people with type 2 diabetes lose weight, lower glucose, and prevent complications. These options have not been approved to treat type 1. Researchers suggest that these therapies could provide major benefits for people with type 1 … Read more

Behind the Urban Legends About Drugs in Your Halloween Candy

There’s a new monster in town this spooky season. On August 30, the Drug Enforcement Agency released a warning about “rainbow fentanyl” — colorful batches of the potent synthetic opioid reportedly found in drug busts across 26 states. The warning described it as “a new method used by drug cartels to sell fentanyl made to … Read more

Savvy Updates, 10/17/22: Dexcom G7 Global Rollout, T2D Drugs Help T1Ds, BefA Gut Bacteria & Beta Cell Production, FDA TAP Pilot Program for New D Devices

Dexcom Announces Global Rollout of G7, as reported by Andrew Briskin for, 10 October 2022. Dexcom, one of the leading manufacturers of CGM, announced on Oct. 4 that its latest product, the Dexcom G7, is now available for people with diabetes, ages 2 and up, in five additional countries: United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, and Hong … Read more

Trying to survive: To access lifesaving drugs, young cancer patients face huge hurdles – National |

Four years ago, Ontarian Rebecca Grundy got a nightmare diagnosis that sent her into a blind panic. She was only 28 years old and had no reason to believe she was anything other than perfectly healthy, except for a few headaches. But after waking up on a stretcher in the hallway of a Toronto hospital … Read more

Biden Just Took a Major Step Towards Decriminalizing Marijuana

President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he would pardon “[pardon] all prior federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana,” impacting some 6,500 people with those charges. (Officials say no one is presently incarcerated under federal simple possession convictions.) The policy also includes all charges for simple marijuana possession in the District of Columbia, meaning … Read more

Weed Is More Popular Than Cigarettes For The First Time

A Gallup poll released late last week found that marijuana use has outpaced cigarettes for the first time on record, with 11 percent of respondents saying they smoke cigarettes and 16 percent saying they regularly use marijuana. This news follows a trend of sinking rates of cigarette consumption, as well as a trend of increased … Read more

The Troubling Return of the DARE Program in Schools

But research mounted about DARE’s ineffectiveness and federal funding began to dry up. By 2012, the program’s annual budget was just $3.5 million and had all but petered out, although it did continue in some schools. Why is DARE back? The first sputtering reignition was in 2017, when DARE rolled out a new program focused … Read more

The drugs don’t work (and other mental health myths)

There can be little doubt that public attitudes to mental health have already turned a corner. Just consider the sheer number of public figures – from Robbie Williams and Lady Gaga to Baroness Davidson – who have opened up about their struggles. According to one analysis of English newspapers, the number of articles stigmatising mental … Read more