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Sustainable method to produce lifesaving opiate antidotes at reduced cost: Cost of current method limits availability and generates harmful waste products

Overdose from opiates has skyrocketed. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.1 The high cost of antidotes such as NARCAN® prevents many first responders from having access to lifesaving antidotes when they need it most.2 Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center […]

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Vaping of E-cigarettes during pregnancy a danger to the child

Risks do not underestimate the fact that E-cigarettes during pregnancy, endangering the child Despite warnings from doctors not to smoke during pregnancy, many expectant mothers again and again to the cigarette. You are disturbing the development of the child in the womb and increase the risk for various diseases later in life. What is not […]

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Gender impacts brain activity in alcoholics, study finds: Research may lead to gender-specific treatment

Compared to alcoholic women, alcoholic men have more diminished brain activity in areas responsible for emotional processing (limbic regions including the amygdala and hippocampus), as well as memory and social processing (cortical regions including the superior frontal and supramarginal regions) among other functions. In 2015, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health Alcoholism found […]

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Experiences of ‘ultimate reality’ or ‘God’ confer lasting benefits to mental health: The encounter experiences, whether spontaneous or originated by a psychedelic, resulted in similar positive impact

People over the millennia have reported having deeply moving religious experiences either spontaneously or while under the influence of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin-containing mushrooms or the Amazonian brew ayahuasca, and a portion of those experiences have been encounters with what the person regards as “God” or “ultimate reality.” In a survey of thousands of […]

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Using an anti-smoking drug to control neurons

An anti-smoking drug now has a new job — as a chemical switch to turn select neurons on or off. The drug latches on to designer proteins, called ion channels, that control whether or not a neuron will send a message. By putting those proteins only in certain groups of neurons, scientists can target modulation […]

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Menstrual cycle phase influences cocaine craving: Addicted female rats have stronger craving for cocaine during estrus than non-estrus

Menstrual cycle may influence addiction risk in women, according to a new study in Biological Psychiatry by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse and University of Maryland School of Medicine. In female rats, craving for cocaine during abstinence from the drug was stronger during estrus — the phase in which ovulation occurs — […]