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What to know about alcohol intoxication

What to know about alcohol intoxication

Alcohol intoxication refers to a temporary condition that occurs when a person drinks an excess of alcohol at one time. Alcohol intoxication causes physical and behavioral symptoms that range from mild to severe. Severe alcohol intoxication — or alcohol poisoning — is a dangerous condition that requires immediate medical attention. Although people can safely consume […]

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Study outlines concerns around natural psychoactive substances

Study outlines concerns around natural psychoactive substances

New research finds that over a period of 17 years, people in the United States increased their use of natural psychoactive substances, believing them to be safe. This has led to many reports of adverse symptoms in adults and children alike. Share on PinterestKratom and other natural psychoactive substances may need tighter regulations. People have […]

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One ketamine shot could help heavy drinkers cut down

One ketamine shot could help heavy drinkers cut down

New research finds that the combination of a single shot of ketamine and a memory retrieval technique can significantly reduce alcohol cravings and harmful drinking behavior among people who drink heavily. Share on PinterestNew research shows that ketamine can help heavy beer drinkers significantly reduce their consumption. Approximately 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each […]

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Weed: Can it kill you?

Weed: Can it kill you?

While marijuana may have both short and long term adverse side effects, there is limited research as to whether using it can cause death. Smoking weed can, however, impair judgment and motor skills, so smoking cannabis before driving or doing other dangerous activities may increase the risk of an accident. However, most experts consider the […]

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How a hallucinogenic brew makes the brain live in a dream

How a hallucinogenic brew makes the brain live in a dream

Ayahuasca is a psychoactive brew that people from the Amazonian regions traditionally use as a spiritual medicine. This brew reportedly induces strong hallucinations, but what, exactly, does it do to the brain? Share on PinterestHow does the main active ingredient of ayahuasca impact what happens in the brain? A new study investigates. Researchers have discovered […]

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Targeting one gut bacterium may treat alcoholic liver disease

Targeting one gut bacterium may treat alcoholic liver disease

Precision targeting of bacteria in a different way to antibiotics shows promise as a treatment for alcoholic liver disease, according to new research in mice. Share on PinterestTargeting a specific bacterium has helped scientists eliminate alcoholic liver disease in mice. A recent Nature study paper describes how an international team of scientists used bacteriophages, which […]

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Specialists call for ‘aggressive’ measures against e-cigarettes

Specialists call for ‘aggressive’ measures against e-cigarettes

After uncovering a key mechanism that could explain how e-cigarettes harm the lungs, brain, and cardiovascular system, a team of researchers now calls for much stricter regulation of these electronic devices. Share on PinterestMore researchers are pressing for even tighter regulation of e-cigarettes, citing dangers to health. Electronic cigarettes — e-cigarettes, for short — were […]

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E-cigarettes just as, if not more, harmful than traditional cigarettes

E-cigarettes just as, if not more, harmful than traditional cigarettes

Are e-cigarettes less harmful than conventional cigarettes that contain tobacco? From a cardiovascular point of view, at least, new research answers with a resounding “no.” In fact, says one study author, “e-cigs may confer as much and potentially even more harm to users” than traditional cigarettes. Share on PinterestDespite popular perception, e-cigarettes may not be […]

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Could cannabis use help avert depression in PTSD?

Could cannabis use help avert depression in PTSD?

Could people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) benefit from using cannabis to help reduce depressive episodes and thinking about suicide? A study of a population survey from Canada suggests that the preliminary answer is yes. Share on PinterestNew research looks into the benefits of cannabis for relieving depressive symptoms in PTSD. A recent paper on […]

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Can meditation, hypnosis, and CBT help address the opioid crisis?

Can meditation, hypnosis, and CBT help address the opioid crisis?

A first-of-its-kind review and meta-analysis of specialized literature suggests that mind-body therapies, such as meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy, can help ease physical pain and prevent the development of opioid use disorder. Meditation and other mind-body therapies could help relieve pain and reduce opioid use, according to a new review. Opioids are a class of […]