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  1. School Culture May Contribute To Overdiagnosis, Study Finds

    New research, led by Ylva Odenbring at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, finds that the professional culture of different schools may impact how children’s behavior is perceived and the ways in which school staff intervene. Officials at a school that was more focused on ADHD diagnoses described children’s behavior in terms of individual illnesses, taking children out of the context of their social interactions, race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Officials at schools that were less...
  2. Magic Mushrooms May ‘Reset’ Brains of Depressed Patients

    Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a ‘reset’ of their brain activity. The findings come from a study in which researchers from Imperial College London used psilocybin – the psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms – to treat a small number of patients with depression in whom conventional treatment had failed. In a paper, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe...
  3. Human Minibrains Reveal Effects of 5-MeO-DMT

    These are DMT-responsive receptors. A Brazilian study, published in Scientific Reports on October 09, 2017, has identified changes in signaling pathways associated with neural plasticity, inflammation and neurodegeneration triggered by a compound from the family of dimethyltryptamine known as 5-MeO-DMT. "For the first time we could describe psychedelic related changes in the molecular functioning of human neural tissue", states Stevens Rehen, study leader, Professor of Federal University...
  4. Serotonin contributions to cocaines allure.

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    A home-brewing technique used to extract morphine from unwashed poppy seeds can produce lethal doses of the drug, according to research at Sam Houston State University. Madeleine Swortwood, an assistant professor in the Department of Forensic Science, began investigating the issue after being contacted by the father of a 21-year-old man who died after ingesting home-brewed poppy seed tea. It is one of many deaths and overdoses in morgues and emergency rooms that have been suspected from the...
  6. How to help someone with an opioid problem.

    INDIANAPOLIS — Last Sunday, as part of a yearlong series examining the impact of opioid addiction in Indiana, The Indianapolis Star shared with readers the stories of people who have been affected by the epidemic. IndyStar shared the heartfelt words of parents grieving the loss of children, the personal accounts of people in recovery and the concerned voices of lawmakers and medical and public safety experts. Here, IndyStar provides information and advice that might help keep you and your...
  7. Cancer patients report 'magic mushrooms' ease cloud of doom.

    One of the less-discussed impacts of cancer is the one it has on the mental and emotional state of those facing the life-threatening disease. Patients of cancer are prone to developing depression and anxiety, which in turn can make them more vulnerable to succumbing to the disease. One could argue, then, that any treatment that can ease the psychological toll the disease takes can reduce suffering and even prolong lives. CNN has reported in 2016 that: Patrick Mettes was overcome with...
  8. Expectations influence effectiveness of SSRIs.

    Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety but their superiority over placebo has been questioned, generating considerable debate among researchers and clinicians. In a new study, Uppsala University researchers show that the way in which the treatment is described to the patient can be as important as the treatment itself. In the debate among clinics and researchers on SSRIs, it has been argued that SSRIs may lack specific therapeutic...
  9. Healing schizophrenia related to pot

    Young people with symptoms of schizophrenia due to their high cannabis use in adolescence will soon be treated with a team of scientists from Western University, Ontario. Cannabis use is associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia of 37%, according to a broad international genetic study published in January. Until now, scientists did not understand exactly how the substance operated on the brain to have such effects. The mystery is now up. The active substance of the pot, THC,...
  10. Does marijuana affect your sleep?

    If you speak to someone who has suffered from insomnia at all as an adult, chances are good that person has either tried using marijuana, or cannabis, for sleep or has thought about it. This is reflected in the many variations of cannabinoid or cannabis-based medicines available to improve sleep – like Nabilone, Dronabinol and Marinol. It’s also a common reason why many cannabis users seek medical marijuana cards. I am a sleep psychologist who has treated hundreds of patients with...
  11. Cannabis: The miracle plant

    CBD or Cannabidiol is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp; it's unlike medical marijuana products, which usually have a high concentration of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Although CBD may not make you "trippy," it's beneficial for the human body in other ways and is drastically more helpful than many of today's harsh, addiction fueling over the counter pills. A huge reason why CBD bonds so well with the body is because our bodies are already equipped with cannabis receptors. The...
  12. Marijuana remedies from history.

    It seems like science only recently has started to acknowledge the benefits of cannabis — especially when it comes to medical marijuana policies. We all know this has been a long time coming, but most people would be pretty shocked to find out how long it has been ready to happen. Marijuana remedies from history's annals show that this plant has been a cure for just about everything at one point or another. Here are some of the most surprising remedies we've seen in historical literature....
  13. Epigenetics of addiction: Untangling relapse and addiction in the brain.

    Why do some drug users continue to seek out drugs despite the prospect of losing family, friends, health or livelihood? There are notable features — cues — of the early drug-using environment that often develop into persistent and powerful triggers for relapse. Epigenetic factors — enzymes in the brain that alter the packaging and accessibility of genes without changing the genes themselves — influence this process, according to research at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)...
  14. The post anti-biotic era is here. Now what?

    WHEN ALEXANDER FLEMING came back from a Scottish vacation in the summer of 1928 to find his London lab bench contaminated with a mold called Penicillium notatum, he kicked off a new age of scientific sovereignty over nature. Since then, the antibiotics he discovered and the many more he inspired have saved millions of lives and spared immeasurable suffering around the globe. But from the moment it started, scientists knew the age of antibiotics came stamped with an expiration date. They just...
  15. Breaking memory circuits with marijuana.

    Paranoia. Munchies. Giggles. Sleepiness. Memory loss. Although the effects of cannabinoids–the active components of marijuana–are familiar to many, their neurobiological substrates are poorly characterized. Perhaps the effect of greatest interest to both neuroscientists and to cannabis users hoping to preserve their cognitive function, is short-term memory impairment that often accompanies marijuana use. Our partial understanding of its physiological and behavioral effects is not for want...
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