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There’s a sea change coming for the $1 billion marijuana-based industry you’ve never heard of

A compound in the plant that’s been linked to a range of potential health benefits — but doesn’t cause a high — is increasingly being eyed for its use in salves, oils, balms, and beverages. It’s also the active ingredient in a new drug that’s on the cusp of federal approval.

A Google translation isn’t enough evidence to send someone to jail, finds the judge in a narcotics case

Police turn to Google Translate to ask a Mexican man with limited English skills if they can search his car. A Kansas federal court tried to determine if that was the right thing to do — and ruled that it couldn't be the determining factor in sending a man to prison.

There could be a troubling human cost to the race to offer cheaper generic drugs

According to a study in the Journal of Operations Management, generic drug price competition is linked to an increase in the number of drug recalls. Higher competition was also found to be associated with lower FDA plant inspection scores.

A meditation app loved by Wall Street and Silicon Valley wants to unveil a prescription-strength version with FDA approval

The $250 million mindfulness app company Headspace has big plans to turn meditation into medicine. A favorite self-improvement tool in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street, the app already hopes to roll out a series of prescription-grade meditation tools approved by the FDA.

Police are warning against ‘Snapchat pills,’ the latest dangerous drug to use a popular logo

Two people are in hospital after taking drugs police are calling 'Snapchat pills.' Dangerous substances are sometimes included in ecstasy pills and pressed into shapes resembling famous logos or brands.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

The FDA is sounding the alarm on the next group of drugs that could be abused

To get ahead of the latest trends in drug addiction, the Food and Drug Administration sifts through internet forums and online mentions to detect concerning patterns. The agency discovered through this process that drug abuse is shifting from prescription opioids to opioid substitutes.

A ‘breakthrough’ depression drug inspired by ketamine is attracting more attention from big pharma

After 35 years of mediocre depression drugs, pharmaceutical companies are jazzed about several new drugs inspired by the club drug ketamine. Allergan, the multinational drugmaker known for Botox, recently dove into research on an injectable depression drug. Now they're going after an oral pill.

11 ‘bad habits’ that are actually healthy, according to science

Admitting you enjoy naps, the occasional glass of wine, or hitting the couch instead of the gym every once in a while can often land you a prime spot in the shame corner. But there's plenty of scientific research to support your allegedly bad habits.

A drug derived from marijuana just got a big lift that will likely make it the first of its kind to get federal approval

A drug derived from marijuana to treat epilepsy is on the brink of winning US government approval. In its third large clinical trial, Epidiolex appeared to significantly reduce the worst symptoms of two severe forms of childhood epilepsy.

The first drug for opioid withdrawal has gotten the green light — and it targets risky symptoms that others ignore

Lofexidine, sold under the brand name Lucemyra, is the first drug of its kind to target the painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal, which can trigger a cycle of use, addiction, and overdose.