Podcast Episode 36: NOT the Female Viagra

FDAWith all of the recent world events, you might have missed the headlines about the new FDA approval of “female Viagra”, flibanserin. This drug, which has been propped up as a step towards gender equality in healthcare, is not what it seems. Unfortunately, the drug in question is more of a get-rich-quick scheme than a miracle cure. It turns out, the drug has less than a 30% success rate and comes with some serious side effects. Why did the FDA approve such a potentially dangerous and misleading drug? Dr. John has the inside scoop from a source that sat in on the FDA hearing (who will not be named) and is here to tell us all about it.

Turns out this week is an FDA heavy news cycle. Did you hear that the FDA has recently approved a narcotic for children? Dr. John explains why this is good AND bad.  Tune in to hear the details of the decision from Murphy and Dr. John!

For our trade secret, Dr. John tells us about the healing powers of music. Turns out, listening to your favorite music after a surgery can do a lot to help you deal with pain.  Music even helps people with epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. So the question is, what’s your therapeutic playlist?

In this week’s medical moment, kids are going back to school! Every school year brings its own challenges and this week we have a very special guest, the forensic psychologist Dr. Max Wachtel, here to talk about dealing with the development of your children.  The two doctors talk about the importance of sleep, dealing with bullying, and behavioral changes in your children. What is the secret to keeping your kids healthy and happy? Ask the docs!

Have any topics you’d like covered next week? Email them to nocopayradio@gmail.com, or tweet us @nocopayradio.

 

Want to learn more about today’s stories?

Read more about the “female Viagra” here.

Learn about the FDA’s approval of narcotics for kids here.

Read about the healing power of music here.

And as always, check in with us the week after next for a new episode!