FDA approves large-scale trials of ecstasy to treat PTSD
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of MDMA in large-scale clinical trials, The New York Times reports, amid emerging evidence that the illegal party drug could be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Phase 3 research will involve at least 230 patients, the Times reports, and will be funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), an organization that advocates for the medical use of marijuana, LSD, and MDMA (also known as ecstasy). MAPS has already funded six Phase 2 studies of MDMA, involving 130 PTSD patients in total. In one study involving 19 PTSD patients, 56 percent said their symptoms declined in severity after receiving three doses of MDMA; by the end of the study, two-thirds didn’t meet the criteria for having PTSD.
Depressive Behaviors Caused by Disrupting Brain’s Internal Clock: Mouse Study
Disruptions of daily rhythms of the body’s master internal clock cause depression- and anxiety-like behaviors in mice, reports a new study.
The research is in Biological Psychiatry. (full access research)
Study Zeros In On Gene That Limits Desire to Drink Alcohol
In the largest study of its kind, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers and colleagues in Europe identified a gene variant that suppresses the desire to drink alcohol.
The research is in PNAS. (full access paywall)
Brain activity predicts the force of your actions
Researchers have found a link between the activity in nerve clusters in the brain and the amount of force generated in a physical action, opening the way for the development of better devices to assist paralysed patients. A clear link between the activity in nerve clusters in the brain and the amount of force generated in a physical action has been demonstrated by Oxford University researchers, opening the way for the development of better devices to assist paralysed patients. Coordinated patterns of electrical activity in the basal ganglia – clusters of nerve cells in the brain – were shown to predict how much force is generated in the voluntary physical actions they help control, such as making a fist or raising a leg.
one more thing wrong with the Boomers
Greater Stroke Risk for Generation X Than Baby Boomers
Older baby boomers–those born between 1945 and 1954–can proudly boast a new label: the “stroke-healthiest generation,” according to a Rutgers study that found the lowest incidence of ischemic stroke in this age group within the past 20 years. In contrast, the rate of stroke more than doubled among Generation X, people born between 1965 and 1974, during the same time period.
Probiotics, or beneficial live bacteria that are introduced into the body, have become increasingly popular as a way to improve health and well-being. Previous studies have shown a direct correlation between gut microbes and the central nervous system. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, using a zebrafish model, determined that a common probiotic sold in supplements and yogurt can decrease stress-related behavior and anxiety. 5582/
Religious Beliefs Activate Neural Reward Circuits in Same Way As Sex and Drugs
Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
The research is in Social Neuroscience. (full open access)
Atheist. so no. in PTSD recovery.religion is a form of mental illness which is where the perversion of profane/profound in favor of cognitive dissonance and denial/abuse/withholding prevents the actual enlightenment to move to the realization that one is in charge of oneself. prayers wishful thinking, while mediation has resolution
what you said described a cult that has no good manner or logic at all. ignorance aren’t a choice at all,we live in a system where everyone lives in it not outside.
Getting back to the topic at hand…does anyone know anything about Satanism?I do not subscribe to any religion because I believe God lives within each person. And is present there to give us the power to develop ourselves into becoming our best God-given human being. All these varying religions are confusing to me. Why can there not be only one God? The one who is present in each human being. Why must each civilization have their own version of God…it makes no sense to me….all this fighting/warring between different belief systems.
the difference between a cult and a religion, is time and membership.
Crowley, which the modern version is Scientology or Anton Levey which is a struggling San Francisco tourism attraction? And, the internet is searchable, you don’t need a person.
Brain Pattern Flexibility and Behavior
Researchers analyzed how brain regions are connected to each other to facilitate high-level cognitive reasoning.
The research is in NeuroImage. (full access research)