The price of preemies

Science, technology, and life.
Jan. 6 2005 1:55 PM

The Price of Preemies

And other news from the techno-frontier.

(Continued from Page 3)

Liberal spin: This cuts the scientific legs out from under what was really a political decision. Now give us the pill.



Item: The FDA will let some terminally ill people take Ecstasy.

Outlets: Washington Post, Dec. 27; Associated Press, Dec. 28

Gist: The FDA has approved a study to see whether Ecstasy can help terminally ill cancer patients mellow out, connect with their families, and find spiritual transcendence. Another study is testing Ecstasy on post-traumatic stress disorder. Two others are testing psilocybin ("magic mushrooms") on obsessive-compulsive disorder and terminal cancer.

Positive spin: 1) Maybe we're finally admitting it's OK to get high. 2) Psychedelic drugs and FDA-approved antidepressants affect the same parts of the brain. Why allow one but not the other?

Negative spin: The study still needs approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Good luck.




  News & Politics
Jan. 28 2015 2:33 PM When Jeb Bush and Bill Belichick Were High School Classmates The young Jeb wasn’t always straitlaced. There were his Andover years, when he and classmates (like the future Patriots head coach) cut loose.