Researchers report changes in brain chemistry in people who take the medication Ritalin without it being prescribed to them. Changes impacted body weight, risk taking behaviors and locomotive activity. Additionally, women were more sensitive to the behavioral effects that men.
A new study reports on the importance of REM sleep for the developing brain and questions the increasing use of REM disrupting medications in children.
Researchers suggest serotonin metabolism in the pineal gland could play a role in the underlying cause of depression. The findings were based on biochemical changes which were seen to be in association with improvements in depression.
SSRI antidepressants, such as Prozac and Paxil, interact with opioid medications to make them less effective at providing relief from chronic pain. Tramadol relies on activation of the CYP2D6 enzyme to control pain, but SSRIs inhibit this enzyme. Researchers suggest prescribing different classes of antidepressants which do not suppress the enzyme may benefit those in need of opioid medications. Alternatively, non-opioid pain killers should be considered for those who can not switch from SSRIs.
From microdosing to improve cognition, to treating a range of mental health disorders, researchers evaluate the rise in the use of psychedelics and their potential as medicines.
Researchers report low daily doses of a drug used for anxiety can help protect the developing brain from the neurodevelopmental side effects of CMV infection.
A new method is up to 92% accurate in predicting which patients with bipolar disorder will respond to lithium.
According to a new study, even when people are aware they are taking a placebo, they still feel relief from pain.
A new study reports low doses of THC can help to lower social anxiety and stress, while higher levels can increase anxious feelings.
University of Adelaide researchers report schizophrenia linked genes in bipolar patients may explain why some don't respond to lithium.