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Cannabis and Psychosis: Getting Harder to Argue Against Causation
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019 03:33 PM

With the ever changing legal status of cannabis across the world, and the associated potential for an increase in the use of the substance, one has to wonder if we are at the onset of a new "opioid epidemic."  A recent study has found that people who used cannabis every day were at higher risk of developing a first psychotic episode versus people who never used cannabis, in a case-control study conducted in Europe and Brazil.

Compared with non-users, daily cannabis users had more than a three-fold higher odds for incident psychosis.Daily users in cities with relatively widespread availability of high-potency cannabis — defined as a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration ≥10% — saw an even higher chance for psychosis versus non-users.  The bulk of evidence to date indicates “that for some individuals there is an increased risk of psychosis resulting from daily use of high potency cannabis,” which the current study supports. 

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TBCE Proposes New Rules (March 2019)
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:18 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) proposes new amendments to their rules.  

Rules effected include: 

  • 75.1 Unsafe and Unsanitary Conditions
  • 77.4 Misleading Claims
  • 78.14 Acupuncture
  • and the repeal of 80.4 Schedule of Sanctions and the adoption of a new 80.4 Schedule of Penalties.

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Did you Know? TMB
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:15 PM

Did you know that you can look up TMB licensee information for physicians, PAs acupuncturists, medical rad-techs, respiratory care practitioners, perfusionists, medical physicists and surgical assistance online?

These licensee profiles contain consumer-oriented professional background information, license status, educational background, disciplinary actions, and other helpful information.

To search the TMB database visit:  www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/look-up-a-license

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Kentucky Sues Drug Distributor Over Opioid Epidemic
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:13 PM

Kentucky’s attorney general has sued AmerisourceBergen Corp, accusing the drug distributor of contributing to opioid abuse in the state by filling suspiciously large or frequent pharmacy orders of prescription painkillers.

The lawsuit by the Kentucky Attorney General was his fourth to date seeking to hold a corporation responsible for its role in the national opioid epidemic. Two prior cases targeted AmerisourceBergen’s main drug distribution competitors, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp.

Beshear in a statement called stopping large supplies of opioids fueling addiction a priority. “One way to do that is to continue to drag these billion-dollar opioid distributors into Kentucky court to seek damages for their irresponsible actions,” the AG said.

Hundreds of lawsuits by states, counties and cities have accused drugmakers of pushing addictive painkillers through deceptive marketing and wholesale distributors of failing to report suspicious drug orders.

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Physician-Senators on Vaccine Mandates
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:06 PM

Two Republican senators, both physicians, clashed over whether the government should make vaccinations mandatory.

When Sen. (and ophthalmologist) Rand Paul, MD (R-Ky.) said some vaccine mandates had “run amok,” that drew the attention of Sen. (and gastroenterologist) Bill Cassidy, MD (R-La.). “If you are such a believer in liberty that you do not wish to be vaccinated, then there should be a consequence and that is that you cannot infect other people," Cassidy said in defending school vaccination requirements.

While most senators agreed on the need for vaccination, Paul disputed the need to make it mandatory.  He noted that, in the past, a government-mandated vaccine for rotavirus was reversed when it was discovered that the vaccine caused intestinal blockages in children. Paul also pointed out that flu vaccines are sometimes “completely wrong” when scientists choose the wrong strain of vaccine.  “[I]t is wrong to say that there are no risk to vaccines," he said, noting that the government's Vaccine Injury Compensation program has paid $4 billion since 1988.  And still, Paul said, no informed consent is required for a vaccine.

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