Brief History of 8 Hallucinogens

Humans have been ingesting mind-altering substances for a very long time. Hallucinogen-huffing bowls 2,500 years old (http://www.livescience.com/5240-ancient-family-heirlooms-snort-hallucinogens.html) have been found on islands in the Lesser Antilles, and traditional cultures from the Americas to Africa use hallucinogenic substances for spiritual purposes. Here are some notable substances that send the mind tripping. LSD is commonly known asContinue reading “Brief History of 8 Hallucinogens”

Researchers look down a different path for new antidepressants

As a teenager growing up in New Mexico, Zach Weinberg had the same thing for breakfast every day of high school. Next to his tortilla and cream cheese, which he insists is delicious, was a small, round, yellow pill – an antidepressant called Lexapro. By his senior year, the only thing different was the colorContinue reading “Researchers look down a different path for new antidepressants”

Are Bacteria Making You Hungry?

Over the last half decade, it has become increasingly clear that the normal gastrointestinal (GI) bacteria play a variety of very important roles in the biology of human and animals. Now Vic Norris of the University of Rouen, France, and coauthors propose yet another role for GI bacteria: that they exert some control over theirContinue reading “Are Bacteria Making You Hungry?”

Bullying by Childhood Peers Leaves a Trace That Can Change the Expression of a Gene Linked to Mood

A recent study by a researcher at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress (CSHS) at the Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine and professor at the Université de Montréal suggests that bullying by peers changes the structure surrounding a gene involved in regulating mood, making victims more vulnerable to mental health problems as they age. The studyContinue reading “Bullying by Childhood Peers Leaves a Trace That Can Change the Expression of a Gene Linked to Mood”