Issue 7: Hangover Club, Cow's Milk and Type 1 Diabetes, and more




Happy New Year!
We here at MEDICINE hope you had a responsible yet ratchet New Years. As for us we were poppin' bottles (in moderation) and having a good time. But to be real we missed you and giving you the news that matters. So here is what is happening in MEDICINE.

Beer and Nutt: The Future of Hangovers?
We can sequence the entire human genome and even make changes to it using CRISPR, but we still don't know how to treat man's most pernicious foe - the hangover. Today there exists no real scientifically accepted cures, but that hasn't stopped both Dr. Joseph Beer and Dr. David Nutt (their real names) from trying. Dr. Beer launched a company called the Hangover Club in NYC that offers IV re-hydration. Basically for around $200 a nurse will come to your home and hook you up to an IV and give you a liter of lactated ringers along with vitamin B12, vitamin C, magnesium, and glutathione. Does it work or is it placebo? It's hard to tell as science hasn't validated the treatment and even on the company's website it says, "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease." Interestingly they even have a cheaper bus option that one VICE reporter tried out.
Taken from HANGOVER CLUB site.
NUTT: He's a British neuropsychopharmacology professor trying to make a synthetic version of alcohol called Alchosynth that doesn't give you a hangover at all. It's a benzodiazipine derivative that is designed to mimic the effects of alcohol by stimulating GABA receptors in the brain, but avoiding the same receptors that lead to the undesirable effects such as headache and inability to concentrate. Nutt thinks that by 2050 Alchosynth will completely replace regular alcohol. We should note that Nutt was also a senior drug advisor for the British government, but was fired after he made statements saying that taking ecstasy was safer than riding horses. Clearly Nutt is a controversial dude, but he does have quite a bit of scientific cred as he has close to a 100 patents on various alchosynth compounds and has been in the field since 2005. 
Picture of Dr. Nutt (courtesy of VICE)
Indian Doctors Protest
Thousands of doctors across India have been protesting the Indian Government's recent decision to allow homeopathic doctors (aka doctors who didn't go to medical school and practice medicine taken from ancient Hindu texts) to practice allopathic medicine (aka modern evidence based medicine) after taking an abridged primer course. Indian doctors have called the government's decision a slippery slope towards quackery, and even the Indian Medical Association has said the plan will, "lead to an army of half-baked doctors". India is currently undergoing a severe shortage of doctors and per some estimates there are only 12 doctors/nurses/midwives per 10,000 people. This is why the government proposed its new plan, unfortunately they may be sacrificing quality for quantity.

Cute Little Babies, Cow's Milk & T1DM  
Researchers from the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh got some bad news about their highly anticipated clinical trial involving >2000 adorable little babies. They wanted to know if giving babies modified cow's milk with broken up (hydrolyzed) proteins would prevent type 1 diabetes in children with genetic risk factors. Scientists have long suspected that cow's milk plays a role in the development of T1DM, but the current scientific evidence has been scant. In this study after the babies were breastfeed, they were either given the hydrolyzed formula (exp group) or the normal formula (control) for several months. The babies were followed for 11.5 YEARS and it turns out that the hydrolyzed formula was ineffective at preventing T1DM. Good news for all you milk lovers...except if you're lactose intolerant.