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Rhino pills, as the many products named for the horned beast are known, are a familiar sight at gas stations all over the country.

Despite the arrest of their creator, rhino pills, over-the-counter sex supplements for men, continue to be sold despite troubling side effects. In rare cases, people who took the pills have suffered life-threatening injuries. Some researchers question why the FDA hasn’t cracked down further on products it knows are in violation of the law. Read more»

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Public health officials who use certain “execution drugs” to treat COVID-19 patients face competition from states that use those drugs to end lives rather than save them. Read more»

Despite being banned, piracetam is widely available—and hugely popular—as a supplement promoted as boosting cognitive ability. Unintimidated by FDA warning letters, sellers are advertising this forbidden ingredient in online bazaars. Read more»

Cancer survivor Michael Retsky is among a group of researchers investigating an inexpensive painkiller that may prevent the recurrence of breast cancer but lacks the commercial potential to get a large clinical trial.

Michael Retsky awoke from surgery to bad news. The tumor in his colon had spread to four of his lymph nodes and penetrated the bowel wall. When Retsky showed the pathology report to William Hrushesky, his treating oncologist, the doctor exclaimed, "Mamma mia." Read more»

Groundbreaking research by a young Australian scientist and clinical psychologist on how the brain stores memories could ultimately lead to a cure for anxiety. Read more»