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Written By: grant on April 10, 2014 No Comment

ABC (the Australian network) muses on the next generation… wondering why the kids are avoiding alcohol nowadays:

The findings of a survey of more than 2,500 young people published today in the medical journal Addiction shows half of Australian teens do not drink.

Between 2001 and 2010 the number of teens aged 14 to 17 abstaining from alcohol rose from [...]

Written By: grant on March 17, 2014 No Comment

The New York Times looks at the first new research into LSD therapy in four decades:

“I’d never taken the drug before, so I was feeling — well, I think the proper word for it, in English, is dread,” said Peter, 50, an Austrian social worker, in a telephone interview; he asked that his last name be omitted to [...]

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Written By: grant on March 13, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has promising research from Notre Dame in the fight against antibiotic-resistant germs – a new class of chemicals that should kill bacteria like MRSA, the “super bug”:

The new class, called oxadiazoles, was discovered in silico (by computer) screening and has shown promise in the treatment of MRSA in mouse models of infection. Researchers who screened 1.2 [...]

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Written By: grant on March 12, 2014 No Comment

The New York Times investigates the strange history of American antibiotics – and how the medicine hailed as a “superdrug” in the 1940s might have made us an overweight nation:

And yet, scientists still could not explain the mystery of antibiotics and weight gain. Nor did they try, really. According to Luis Caetano M. Antunes, a public health researcher at [...]

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Written By: grant on February 12, 2014 No Comment

Nature explains the unusual effects that chloride ions can have on our developing brains, and what that means for a drug that seems to help autistic kids socialize:

The findings, reported today in Science, do not suggest that autism spectrum disorders can be prevented in children. But researchers not involved in the study say that they add support to [...]

Written By: grant on January 15, 2014 No Comment

And your mood, of course, but Laboratory Equipment doesn’t get into that. No, all they focus on is the boost caffeine gives your long-term memory:

Michael Yassa, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins, and his team of scientists found that caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory [...]

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Written By: grant on October 17, 2013 No Comment

Outside meanders out of the campground and into the chem lab, following a Connecticut College experiment determining just how strong our junk-food cravings can get. As it turns out, the need for creamy filling gets pretty darn strong:

“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” Professor Joseph [...]

Written By: grant on August 19, 2013 No Comment

Science Daily doesn’t actually get into the parents’ responses, but it’s easy enough to imagine. Columbia University researchers have linked soft drinks to “aggression, attention problems, and withdrawal behavior” in children:

Shakira Suglia, ScD, and colleagues from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, University of Vermont, and Harvard School of Public Health assessed approximately 3,000 5-year-old children enrolled [...]

Written By: grant on July 21, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: Plate from <i>Kitab fi al-adwiyah al-mufradah</i> by Abu Ja`far al-Ghafiqi.

In the 11th century, this was the pinnacle of medical knowledge – a book called Kitab fi al-adwiyah al-mufradah compiled by an Andalusian scholar Abu Ja`far al-Ghafiqi.

It’s an illustrated guide to medicinal plants – a materia medica. Al-Ghafiqi, according to later historians, was “the greatest savant of medicinal plants, their names and their properties, and his work had no [...]

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