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Addiction Overview

submitted by: admin on 07/17/2016
10% of Americans are addicted to drugs, much of this is from medications prescribed by physicians. Typical programs for rehabilitation are unsuccessful. What it takes for a successful program is reviewed and new breakthroughs in medications to support the chemical brain disease resulting from drug addiction is reviewed.              

Ethical Issues in Medical Research

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Yale School of Medicine researchers found a clinical trial with neurontin was a seeding trial used by Big Pharma to promote the drug and increase prescriptions. Seeding trials are not illegal but are unethical because they offer no research. They took advantage of 2700 patients and 772 investigators to complete the publication. These people gained nothing for...

Inpatient Sleeping Drug Quadruples Risk of Falls

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  According to a Mayo Clinic study published in November of 2012 in the journal, Hospital Medicine, the use of sleeping pills such as Ambien (zolpidem) quadruple the risk of falls. These drugs, which stimulate GABA brain receptors, have side effects such as dizziness, ataxia, hallucinations, and even sleep walking, may be much of the reason why. Falls...

Intestinal Microbes Regulate Inflammation

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  Commensal bacteria in the human intestine produce a neurotransmitter called GABA that may play a role in preventing or treating inflammatory bowel disease. Bifidobacter dentium produces large amounts of GABA that regulates pain and inflammation. GABA may reduce pain and inflammation by stimulating the GABA receptor sites on nerve cells in the brain...

Probiotics May Reduce Anxiety

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  Normally we think of probiotics for our gut. In a double blind, placebo controlled study, two probiotic strains, Lactobacillus helviticus and Bifidobacter longum were shown to lower levels of anxiety. These probiotics were shown to increase the number of GABA receptors, which induce relaxation, in the brain. They also reduce gut inflammation. Mental...