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  1. How MDMA And Other Psychedelics Could Change Therapy

    Psychedelic drugs that have been considered recreational for decades—and classified as drugs of abuse by the FDA—are showing major promise as potential solutions for hard-to-treat disorders and illnesses (see this goop piece on ibogaine and addiction, as well as this one on ayahuasca). Usually associated with the street names ecstasy or molly (although it’s not actually the same), the drug MDMA is in new clinical trials to treat PTSD and anxiety; other possible therapeutic applications are...
  2. The Senate Health Bill Is A Disaster For The Opioid Crisis

    AFTER SEVEN YEARS of promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans are now closer to achieving that goal than ever before. Thursday morning, they finally unveiled their secretly drafted healthcare bill. It is not, as some had hoped, a drastic departure from the House's version, which was passed last month. While being slightly less "mean," in that it provides more financial support to some lower-income groups, the Senate bill still lands punches to Obamacare in...
  3. Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Can Inhibit Masculinity

    Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) during pregnancy can inhibit the development of ‘male behavior’ in mice; new research from the University of Copenhagen shows that it can reduce sex drive and aggressive behavior. Paracetamol is popular for relieving pain. But if you are pregnant, you should think twice before popping these pills according to the researchers in a new study. In an animal model, Acetaminophen, which is the pain-relieving substance found in the pills, actually damages the...
  4. 24 Concrete Policy Steps To Reduce Opioid Addiction And Overdoses

    Drugs, mainly opioids, are killing Americans at a record rate. The number of drug overdose deaths in the country quadrupled between 1999 and 2010—and compared to the numbers we're seeing now, those were the good old days. Some 30,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2010. According to a new estimate from the New York Times, double that number died last year. And the rate of increase in overdose deaths was growing, up a stunning 19% over 2015. The Times estimate of between 59,000 and 65,000...
  5. New Treatments For Alcoholism May Target Brain's Extracellular Matrix

    A new study in Biological Psychiatry may pave the way for treating alcohol addiction by reducing motivation to drink, rather than by altering the effects of alcohol itself. Led by Drs. Kasia Radwanska and Leszek Kaczmarek of the Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland, the study reports a new mechanism behind alcohol seeking behavior. When people think about drugs to treat alcoholism, their first thought is usually a drug that stimulates or blocks a receptor for a chemical messenger. However, the...
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    Two New Studies Show Ibogaine’s Promise As Treatment for Opioid Addiction

    SANTA CRUZ, CALIF. — The promising results of two observational studies into treating opioid dependence with ibogaine, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound, have been published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Sponsored by the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in Mexico and New Zealand, both studies show that ibogaine should be further studied as a potential treatment for opioid dependence through rigorously...
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    Drug Overdoses Are Now The Leading Cause of Death For Americans Under 50

    AKRON, Ohio — Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times. The death count is the latest consequence of an escalating public health crisis: opioid addiction, now made more deadly by an influx of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. Although the data is preliminary, the...
  8. Cannabis Compound Could Unlock New Cognitive Treatment For Schizophrenia

    IHMRI researchers have discovered that an active compound in cannabis plants may alleviate cognitive impairment, providing a vital opportunity in the treatment of schizophrenia. The compound, Cannabidiol (CBD), can influence learning, memory and attention, offering potential solutions to several core symptoms of schizophrenia that can be a challenge to alleviate with existing medicines, such as cognitive impairment. The researchers hope to use this knowledge to develop new and improved...
  9. Australia - Valium recalled after drug maker Roche discovers evidence of tampering

    Patients across Australia are being warned to stop taking Valium after the drug's maker discovered evidence of tampering. Valium's manufacturer, Roche, this week issued a recall note for all batches of Valium five-milligram tablets that had been supplied in blister packs of 50 tablets. Other batches are not affected. Patients across Australia are being warned to stop taking Valium after the drug's maker discovered evidence of tampering. Valium's manufacturer, Roche, this week issued a...
  10. Drug that boosts confidence in your own actions may help OCD

    Life is full of decisions, and sometimes it’s difficult to know if you’re making the right one. But a drug that blocks the rush of noradrenaline through your body can boost your confidence, and may also lead to new treatments for schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder. How much we trust our decisions is governed by the process we use to assess our own behaviour and abilities, known as metacognition. Our judgements shape how we’ll behave in future. For example, if you play Frisbee...
  11. Social Laughter Releases Endorphins In The Brain

    Finnish and British researchers have revealed how laughter releases endorphins in the human brain. The more opioid receptors the participants had in their brain, the more they laughed during the experiment. The recent results obtained by researchers from Turku PET Centre, the University of Oxford and Aalto University have revealed how social laughter leads to endorphin release in the brain, possibly promoting establishment of social bonds. Social laughter led to pleasurable feelings and...
  12. Older Australians are using more drugs while more teens just say ‘no’

    Older Australians are using illicit drugs at higher levels while teenagers are smoking, drinking and using illicit drugs less. New data, which challenge popular perceptions of drug use, show the proportion of people in their 40s who’ve used illicit drugs over the previous 12 months has risen 2 per cent. The figure rose from 14 to 16 per cent between 2013 and 2016, data released from the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey shows. Overall, the most common recently used drugs were...
  13. Ketamine could help thousands with severe depression, doctors say

    Psychiatrists hail benefits of ‘transformational’ drug, and call for more trials to explore its potential Thousands of people with severe depression could obtain urgent relief if experimental treatment using ketamine were made more widely available, medical experts say. The drug has been championed by doctors and psychiatrists as a potentially life-changing treatment for those with depression who are resistant to medication or suicidally depressed. Medics are calling for more specialists...
  14. Strokes May Cause Increased Preference For Alcohol, Research Suggests

    Brain changes after stroke may lead to increase in alcohol-seeking behavior, at least in animal models, according to research published in the journal Scientific Reports. Although it is known that excessive alcohol intake (more than two drinks per day) is a risk factor for stroke, there hasn't been much scientific study about how alcohol-related behavior might change after a stroke has occurred. When researchers at the Texas A&M College of Medicine looked into the issue, they found that...
  15. Oxytocin Reduces Craving For Methamphetamine

    Many people have suggested that addiction hijacks the body’s natural drives in the service of compulsive drug use. A new study now suggests that hijacking another natural system in the brain may help overcome drug addiction. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the study shows that administration of oxytocin — a naturally occurring molecule well known for its role in social bonding and childbirth — reduces drug-seeking behavior in methamphetamine-addicted rats. “There are virtually no...
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