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THC makes rats lazy, less willing to try cognitively demanding tasks: UBC study
New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes laziness-- at least in rats. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience , found that tetrahydrocannabinol THC , the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, makes rats less willing to try a cognitively demanding task. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we found that when we gave THC to these rats, they basically ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Aug 25
Opioid receptors outside the brain targeted in rats; new direction for painkil...
Opioid abuse is a growing public health crisis, affecting up to 36 million people worldwide. Many of these individuals first get hooked on prescription painkillers that target mu opioid receptors in the brain. A study in rats published August 25 in Cell Reports suggests that a different approach that targets delta opioid receptors on sensory neurons in peripheral tissues might avoid the side effects and high abuse potential of currently available pain reli ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Aug 25
JNeurosci: Highlights from the Aug. 24 issue
Tone Deafness After Stroke Linked to Damage to Right Side of the Brain Stroke patients with tone deafness and other forms of amusia exhibit damage to the right temporal lobe of the brain. Using an advanced method for analyzing relationships between brain damage and behavior, researchers studied the brains of 77 stroke survivors and found impaired music ability was linked to lesions in areas of the right temporal lobe. Patients whose musical deficits persis ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Aug 25
How long do you want to live? Your expectations for old age matter
August 24, 2016 -- Why do some people want to live a very long time, while others would prefer to die relatively young In a latest study, a team of researchers including Vegard Skirbekk, PhD, at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, investigated how long young and middle-aged adults in the United States say they want to live in relation to a number of personal characteristics. The results showed that more than one out of six people would prefer to di ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 24
Lymph node stage may have clinical significance among NSCLC patients with stag...
DENVER - Analysis of a large non-small cell lung cancer NSCLC patient cohort with stage IV M1a disease identified lymph node staging as having clinical significance and an impact on prognosis. Lung cancer is the most common and fatal type of cancer with approximately 50 of new cases diagnosed at stage IV. In 2007, the 7th edition of TNM Classification for Lung Cancer added a new category, M1a, to stage IV classification. The M1a disease is defined as metas ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 24
Study shows diabetes treatment helps reduce weight in children with autism
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new study shows significant evidence that a common drug used to treat type shy 2 diabetes - metformin - is also effective in helping overweight children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder ASD who take antipsychotic medications maintain or reduce their body mass index BMI . This is a very special group, as young people with ASD present with many unique challenges. By definition, they experience communication difficulties, and t ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 24
Disruptions to sleep patterns lead to an increased risk of suicides
The link between sleep problems and suicidal thoughts and behaviours is made starkly clear in new research from The University of Manchester, published in the BMJ Open . In this study, conducted by researchers from the University s School of Health Sciences alongside the University of Oxford, 18 participants were interviewed about the role sleep problems have on suicidal tendencies. Three inter-related pathways to suicidal thoughts were identified arising ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 24
Among veterans, painkiller misuse strongly linked to starting heroin
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- A study of nearly 3,400 military veterans over 10 years found that when participants began to misuse opioid painkillers, they had a very high likelihood of also beginning to use heroin, researchers reported in the journal Addiction . As a result, the authors recommend that health care providers who serve veterans should watch closely for signs of non-medical use of opioid painkillers. This study quantifies the issue o ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 24
Majority of US doctors discussing electronic cigarettes with their patients
A new survey of US doctors reveals they are frequently discussing electronic cigarettes e-cigs with patients in a clinical setting. A substantial proportion of physicians also recommend e-cigs to their patients who smoke despite some controversy around the devices. Over 70 of the more than 560 physicians who participated in the written survey indicated that e-cigs can help patients reduce or eliminate smoking, and nearly half said that they believe e-cigs ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 24
Playing Games With Memory
In days gone by, my wife and I made it our practice to eat dinner at a neighborhood clam bar, a tavern that served the freshest fish in town. Nestled among warehouses and small factories on Niagara Street, a block from the river, it was the kind of place where the waitresses never wrote down an order. Once they knew what the regulars liked, they wouldn t bother to ask again they would just bring out the usual. If they were footsore, they would sometimes si ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Aug 24
Autistics as Undomesticated Humans
As I pointed out in a previous post , autistic authors often describe themselves as aliens from outer space, but remarkable new research by Antonio Ben tez-Burraco, Wanda Lattanzi, and Elliot Murphy suggests that people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder ASD might more accurately be described as less domesticated members of our own, self-domesticated species. Where domesticating other species is concerned, examples abound, but perhaps the most stri ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Aug 24
Self-Absorption: The Root of All (Psychological) Evil?
If you ve ever been called self-absorbed , you can be sure you weren t getting a compliment. Not only is the root definition of the term negative, but it s also super-saturated with unfavorable connotations. As generally understood, the concept is pretty much synonymous with self-preoccupied , self-centered , self-obsessed and even egotistical and selfish . Dictionaries e.g., Dictionary.com Random House Collins English Dictionary define self-absorption una ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Aug 24
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