Tagged: Drugs

Comparing technology to drugs isn’t simply a question of addiction - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 11, 2017

Greg Wadley, University of Melbourne Some experts say technologies such as social media and video games are like drugs. Others disagree. This debate is really about whether technologies are addictive. But the defining property of a psychoactive drug is not “addictiveness”, but the ability to change a user’s mental and emotional state. This ability – … Read More

Doctors and nurses can’t always tell if someone’s drunk or on drugs, and misdiagnosis can be dangerous - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 05, 2017

Lauren Monds, Research Fellow in Addiction Medicine, Research Officer in Forensic Psychology, University of Sydney and Celine van Golde, Associate Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Sydney Bob has arrived at the emergency department at 10am on a Tuesday after breaking several fingers slamming his hand in a car door. Bob is quite anxious; he … Read More

A future without antibiotics - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 24, 2016

Last week was World Antibiotic Awareness week, an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance. To follow-up, here at Te Pūnaha Matatini we are having a week-long conversation about the health, social, economic, and environmental impacts of infectious diseases in Aotearoa New Zealand. In this post, I want to touch on what … Read More

Another advantage of legal medical marijuana - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Sep 08, 2016

Another post at the ProMarket blog highlights the cost advantages of medical marijuana, at least in the institutional framework for healthcare currently in use in the US. A new working paper by University of Georgia researchers shows that medical marijuana leads to sharp drops in the number of prescriptions for branded drugs.The paper estimates savings of … Read More

Ethics, doping, the Olympics and Russia - Guest Work

Guest Work Aug 05, 2016

By Prof Ian Culpan, Director of the New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies, University of Canterbury. The recent scandal over the Russian doping situation and the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) subsequent decision regarding Russian athletes’ participation in the Olympic Games has created widespread interest, not only from those interested and/or committed to sport, but from the wider … Read More

Why do people choose expensive branded drugs over cheap generics? - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 21, 2015

Leslie Hallam, Lancaster University The Australian federal court has accused Reckitt Benckiser of misleading consumers. The UK-based company has been marketing products in their Nurofen range for specific types of pain. The truth is, they all contain the same active ingredient: an analgesic drug called ibuprofen. Ibuprofen can’t be targeted at any specific pains. No real … Read More

Question it! Science in Queenstown - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 27, 2015

From the 29th of August to the 4th of September, over 1,000 scientists will be descending on Queenstown for the annual Queenstown Research Week. And this year the public are invited! In addition to the conferences the scientists will be attending comes a fantastic array of events for the public. Hands on science Otago University’s chemistry, physics, geology, microbiology, food … Read More

The Price of Weed - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 17, 2014

Tim Worstall's likely right about the price of marijuana in a fully free market. He notes that the price of marijuana per kilogramme, in Malawi, where much international tobacco production takes place, runs as low as $3, so a pack of 20 joints would be maybe about $0.50. He makes a few predictions as consequence:So, yes, I feel confident … Read More