The real dangers of fake marijuana –Implications for the legalization of marijuana

Designer drugs have been increasingly popular in the United States. These substances are the product of adding various chemicals to herb-based drugs like marijuana. A type of designer drugs, known as “Spice “ and “K2”, belong to a subclass of designer drugs also known as synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoids are human manufactured substances that exert … More The real dangers of fake marijuana –Implications for the legalization of marijuana

Physical urticarias – Rare causes of hives you should be aware of

Many of us have experienced hives before: the raised, red, extremely itchy patches of skin resulting from an allergic reaction to a medication, a type of food, or even an insect bite. We dread them because they are super annoying and even painful at times. Most of the time, it is pretty simple to avoid … More Physical urticarias – Rare causes of hives you should be aware of

Social Media’s Effects on Adolescent Mental Health

“Do it for the ‘gram,’” has become a common phrase among children and teenagers alike, signifying doing an act or posing in a certain manner specifically to later post a photo on Instagram and receive numerous likes. This is just one example of social media potentially dictating adolescents’ lives. Though harmless in theory, social media … More Social Media’s Effects on Adolescent Mental Health

Is cell phone radiation harmful in pregnancy and childhood?

Cell phones have become a major part of everyday life in the last few decades. With the increase in cell phone usage across all ages, races, and socio-economic status, there is growing concern for consequences of cell phone radiation exposure in pregnant women and children. Below we’ll explain the major issues with cell phone radiation … More Is cell phone radiation harmful in pregnancy and childhood?

Five Important Facts about Opioids (narcotic pain killers)

1. Not all painkillers are the same • There are many types of medicines to help with pain. You might choose to buy something at the drug store like aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or a “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug” – NSAID (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen). • Or your doctor/nurse practitioner may prescribe pain medicine. It may be a … More Five Important Facts about Opioids (narcotic pain killers)

Rodenticides: Keep critters at bay but keep children away

This year, four children in Texas died after an unpleasant smell was noticed in their home. It was later discovered that the landlord had sprayed rodenticides around the outside of the house. How could this have been prevented? In another news report, a 1-year old boy experienced vomiting and green diarrhea after his mother found … More Rodenticides: Keep critters at bay but keep children away

iScreen, you screen, we all scream for screen time!

In a world where technology is everywhere, how much screen time is too much?   We all know too much TV is bad for us. Everyone remembers being scolded by their parents for watching too much television, hearing “it’s bad for your eyes,” or “you’re turning into a couch-potato.” But in the 21st century, the … More iScreen, you screen, we all scream for screen time!