First-Ever LSD Microdosing Study Will Pit the Human Brain Against AI

by Daniel Oberhaus Amanda Feilding used to take lysergic acid diethylamide every day to boost creativity and productivity at work before LSD, known as acid, was made illegal in 1968. During her downtime, Feilding, who now runs the Beckley Foundation for psychedelic research, would get together with her friends to play the ancient Chinese gameContinue reading “First-Ever LSD Microdosing Study Will Pit the Human Brain Against AI”

Acceleration of drug discovery by A.I.

To create a new drug, researchers have to test tens of thousands of compounds to determine how they interact. And that’s the easy part; after a substance is found to be effective against a disease, it has to perform well in three different phases of clinical trials and be approved by regulatory bodies. It’s estimatedContinue reading “Acceleration of drug discovery by A.I.”

Compound in frog slime discovered to “blow up” the flu virus

by Katie Forster Powerful new remedies for the flu could be created using a molecule found in frog slime after scientists discovered it destroys the virus. Mucus from a colourful species of Indian frog contains a compound that kills influenza, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Immunity. The frog, called hydrophylaxContinue reading “Compound in frog slime discovered to “blow up” the flu virus”

Talking to a Computer May Soon Be Enough to Diagnose Illness

By Vanessa Bates Ramirez In recent years, technology has been producing more and more novel ways to diagnose and treat illness. Urine tests will soon be able to detect cancer: https://singularityhub.com/2016/10/14/detecting-cancer-early-with-nanosensors-and-a-urine-test/ Smartphone apps can diagnose STDs:https://singularityhub.com/2016/12/25/your-smartphones-next-big-trick-to-make-you-healthier-than-ever/ Chatbots can provide quality mental healthcare: https://singularityhub.com/2016/10/10/bridging-the-mental-healthcare-gap-with-artificial-intelligence/ Joining this list is a minimally-invasive technique that’s been getting increasing buzzContinue reading “Talking to a Computer May Soon Be Enough to Diagnose Illness”

n Alzheimer’s, Excess Tau Protein Damages Brain’s GPS and may be responsible for wandering

Grid cell from the entorhinal cortex (EC) of the mouse brain, firing repeatedly and uniformly in a grid-like pattern. When a mouse moves through its environment, grid cells are activated, with each cell representing a specific location. This creates a triangular coordinate system that allows for spatial navigation. The accumulation of tau protein in theContinue reading “n Alzheimer’s, Excess Tau Protein Damages Brain’s GPS and may be responsible for wandering”

Bird flu strain may have jumped from cat to human

A veterinarian appears to have been infected with a strain of avian flu known as H7N2 that spread among more than 100 cats housed at New York City animal shelters. If confirmed, this would be the first known transmission of this bird flu strain from cat to human, officials said. New York City health officialsContinue reading “Bird flu strain may have jumped from cat to human”

Taurine, a common additive to energy drinks, may help lessen the symptoms in first episode psychosis.

Supplementation with taurine, the additive found in many energy drinks, may improve the symptoms in young people suffering a first episode of psychosis (FEP), according to a new study presented at the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) meeting. Taurine, an amino acid naturally occurring in the body, exhibits an inhibitory neuro-modulatory effect in the nervousContinue reading “Taurine, a common additive to energy drinks, may help lessen the symptoms in first episode psychosis.”

F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy as Relief for PTSD Patients

By DAVE PHILIPPS After three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, C. J. Hardin wound up hiding from the world in a backwoods cabin in North Carolina. Divorced, alcoholic and at times suicidal, he had tried almost all the accepted treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder: psychotherapy, group therapy and nearly a dozen different medications. “Nothing workedContinue reading “F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy as Relief for PTSD Patients”

Cat ownership linked to schizophrenia and other mental illness

A pair of new studies links childhood cat ownership and infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) with later onset schizophrenia and other mental illness. Researchers published their findings in the online Schizophrenia Research and Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. In the Schizophrenia Research study, investigators compared two previous studies that suggested childhood cat ownership couldContinue reading “Cat ownership linked to schizophrenia and other mental illness”

Pupil response to negative facial expressions predicts risk for depression relapse

Pupil dilation in reaction to negative emotional faces predicts risk for depression relapse, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Researchers at Binghamton University, led by PhD student Anastacia Kudinova, aimed to examine whether physiological reactivity to emotional stimuli, assessed via pupil dilation, served as a biological marker of riskContinue reading “Pupil response to negative facial expressions predicts risk for depression relapse”