Author Archives: Maria Parrotta

About Maria Parrotta

Maria Parrotta is a writer, student, and daring pharmacovigilante on a mission to be an approachable source of honest, relevant information about drugs, healthcare, science, and technology. She is often found teaching impromptu chemistry lessons at social gatherings, building her fleet of tiny motorized robots, or recruiting members for her new "pharmcore" band. She sleeps in lab goggles and dreams of nothing but science.

Top 5 Search Terms That Brought You Here

Search engines have made it far too easy for that kid who never stops asking questions (like me) to indulge in every fleeting curiosity that drove teachers nuts.  With search engine stats on WordPress, you can see all the random … Continue reading

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Understanding Bath Salts, Part III: Living Above the Law

“Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.” -Paracelsus We’ve come to the end of our mind-altering journey, and a new ban on synthetic drugs has finally saved … Continue reading

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Pints of Linux Make You Strong: Memoirs of the Broke, Nerdy, and Disconnected

Thanks for sticking with me, folks.  The past few weeks have been rough.  Mishaps with a roommate switcheroo left me sooner than expected with no internet service, and no internet service to order new internet service (meanwhile I had 6 … Continue reading

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Understanding Bath Salts, Part II (Appendix): Reference

Science can be confusing.  In my last post, I mentioned the endless variety of research chemicals out there.  I wish I could write a 3 part series on each and every one, but there just aren’t enough pictures of Russian … Continue reading

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Understanding Bath Salts, Part II: African Flowers and Stalinist Powers

My social function, besides providing living room chemistry lectures and restaurant-floor pill identification, is as the Chief Have-You-Heard-Of-This-Chemical Specialist. About 2 years ago, a good friend from Northern Virginia employed my services. If you’ve never experienced the DC suburbs, it’s … Continue reading

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Understanding Bath Salts, Part I: The Irony of Drugs (or Enjoy Your Semi-Legal Bath)

Remember that time the media completely made up a scary new drug craze that barely existed? Of course you do, they can’t get enough of it.  Because nothing gets Midwestern soccer moms glued to the screen like a terrifying load … Continue reading

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Burn Your Apron: Resume Tips for the Underemployed Scientist

You’re smart.  You’re talented.  You’re versatile.  You’re educated.  You’re waiting tables. Your resume sucks. I know.  Against the stifling forces of small town Appalachia, I made a break for DC to chase that ticket to the promised land, a diploma.   … Continue reading

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