Let’s put how I feel as the doctor’s wife aside for a moment. I’m a longtime journalist who cares deeply about the ethics and integrity of my trade, and I know when a fellow journalist’s work fails to meet basic standards of accuracy, fairness — and decency.
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This morning, in Atlanta, Ga., former President Jimmy Carter announced his opposition to marijuana legalization and expressed support for Smart Approaches to Marijuana (Project SAM), an organization on whose board I’m proud to serve.
Here’s the full statement issued by SAM:
At meeting with state legislators...
We have learned more about brain maturation in the last decade than we’ve ever known — but the science hasn’t been communicated quickly, loudly or effectively enough to the public.
It’s hard to boil down research findings into pithy soundbites and slap them on bumper stickers. And the science...
“Oh, now, isn’t this all just so edgy?!”
“So cool! So stylish! And so right for Spring 2013!”
Can’t you almost hear the pretentious banter in the offices of Urban Outfitters, which is pushing an array of druggie duds and doodads these days? And can’t...
In the last several months, my colleagues and I have noticed rising levels of THC in the urine of our young patients — but the average increase I present here surprised even us.
THC, which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the active ingredient in marijuana that gives users a high and is chiefly responsible for...
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May 08, 12
I’m a big fan of a series of videos recently produced by the Child Mind Institute.
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“Nearly 50 percent of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) never get treated. Early, effective care can change their...
Apr 09, 12
From the files of “Out of the Mouths of Babes” — and as recounted on my Facebook Wall to the delight of dozens of friends, who offered enthusiastic thumbs up:
Christine Tatum is recovering from the trauma of visiting a garden center with her 5-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter this evening. “Look,...
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