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neuropharmacology

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Can Psychedelic Drugs ‘Reconnect’ Depressed Patients with Their Emotions?

Two new studies consider the potential of using psychedelics to help treat depression. Imperial College London researchers report psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, can help to relieve symptoms of depression without the dulling of emotions associated with SSRIs. The researchers note the psychedelic experience could help to maintain long term mental health for those with treatment resistant depression.... Read More...
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Diabetes Drug ‘Significantly Reverses Memory Loss’ in Alzheimer’s: Mouse Study

Lancaster University researchers report a drug developed to treat diabetes shows promise in reversing memory loss associated with Alzheimer's in mouse models of the disease. The drug appears to have a neuroprotective effect, enhancing brain growth factors while reducing amyloid plaques, chronic inflammation and oxidative stress. The drug also slows down the rate of neuron loss.... Read More...