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Cockroach, scorpion and turpentine extract for heart disease?

10 Nov 2023

What would you think if after a heart attack your doctor prescribed capsules of extracts of ginseng, Chinese scorpion, cockroach, leech, peony root, sandalwood and turpentine? I suspect this might...

A Dead Cow, Moldy Hay and Drug Discovery

31 Aug 2023

There are roughly 20,000 prescription medicines approved for use around the world and in developed countries two thirds of the population takes one or more of them. Then there are all the non...

Forget the Willow Bark Extract — Go For Aspirin

28 Sep 2022

Contrary to popular belief, aspirin does not occur in nature, it is not found in the willow tree. But there is a connection. Aspirin, or acetyl salicylic acid, was first produced commercially by...

Assessing Reports Linking Espresso and Cholesterol

19 May 2022

This article was originally posted in the Montreal Gazette....

Do the holidays cause heart attacks?

23 Dec 2021

This article was first published in The Skeptical Inquirer

Is taking a daily Aspirin a good idea?

28 Oct 2021

This article was originally published in the Montreal Gazette

Statins Have a Proven Track Record

25 Nov 2020

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.


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