Daily Archives: February 18, 2011

Pop Star’s Use of Salvia Puts Hallucinogen in the Spotlight

After a video surfaced on the Internet of pop star Miley Cyrus — giggling and semi-coherent, holding a bong — many wondered what the 18-year-old singer had inhaled. According to Cyrus, her addled state was the effect of taking in smoke from the leaves of the Salvia divinorum plant, including its active ingredient, a potent hallucinogen called “salvinorin A.” Continue reading

New clinical guidelines on tonsillectomies in children published

I find that most parents and many primary care physicians are confused about when a child should and should not be considered for a tonsillectomy. The CNN “The Chart” blog is reporting that, according to Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, “over half a million tonsillectomies are done every year in the United States.” Continue reading