Category: Health

What is it the Falsified Medicine Directive? Is it enough to face the illegal pharmaceutical market?

Every year more and more patients use falsified medicines (FM), and this is not dreadful only for the pharmaceutical sector, but especially for the consumers.  As a matter of fact, FM could have a wrong dosage – either too high or too low – or even can be made with toxic ingredients. According to the…

Glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide, between debates and uncertainties

The European Union member countries have renovated for five years the authorization for using the glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide, since years subject of concerns and worries. Years of criticism on the use of the chemical compound in agriculture, considered by many carcinogenic to humans. Even the International Agencies (like the European Food Safety Authority EFSA,…

The formidable challenge of climate change: Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Green Energy

The death toll from the last Mexico earthquake, 7.1 magnitude, rose to 282, including at least 137 in Mexico City. It is almost certainly set to rise as rescue workers continue to search the precarious ruins amid the threat of aftershocks, collapsing rubble and gas leaks. A interesting coincidence is the fact that two large…

In the Eyes of Tantalus: Medical Cannabis Under Threat in U.S.

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By Hunky the Centaur A mystified world watches in disbelief and sadness as Trump’s America devolves from its leadership role in the Free World. Countless examples of international floundering are being cautiously noted by allies. Equally glaring, but on a more domestic scale, has been the president’s admiration of authoritarian leadership, and inclination towards racist…

US, the only industrialized nation without health coverage

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The president Trump has been applying pressure to Republicans to get rid of Obamacare. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is the largest overhaul of the US healthcare system since the 1960s. The Trump’s bill would also make cuts to Medicaid, the health-insurance program for the poor. Under the Senate Republican…

Augusto Odone, a Great Man

Translated by Claudio Peli I met Augusto Odone in 2007. We were introduced by Ambassador Mario Alessio. Augusto was getting on in years and betrayed the weariness of a very unconventional life: a life devoted to fighting his son’s disease as well as the prejudices of the entire scientific community. He asked me to take…