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Sanjay Gupta MD: Psychedelic medicine gets a closer look

Drugs like LSD and MDMA are generating new interest among doctors for use in psychotherapy.

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DHL to Deliver Medicine via Drone

Another delivery drone will hit the skies–this time it’s Deutsche Post DHL’s parcelcopter. On Wednesday, DHL said it will start using an unmanned aircraft to carry medicine to the small German island of Juist.

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BBC Pleasure and Pain – 2011 Documentary with Michael Mosley

Pleasure is vital for our survival – without it we wouldn’t eat or have sex, and would soon die out as a species. But how does pleasure work and what gives us the most pleasure in life?

In an attempt to find out, Michael Mosley learns how the hottest chilli in the world creates euphoria in the brain, why parents have an overwhelming surge of love for their newborn child and what happens if you turn

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Woman testifies at medical marijuana hearing

Chronic pain sufferer Katie Crosby (center) flanked by her parents, Lindsey, left, and Robin, testifies in front of a Georgia legislative committee Wednesday looking into the possibility of legalizing cannabis oil as a pain medicine. She received an ovation from most of the 120 people interested in the issue attending the hearing.

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CELLS ‘PRESS DOWN’ TO MAKE WOUNDS HEAL FASTER

Scientists have uncovered more details about how our bodies repair wounds.

They say having a clearer idea of how the process works might help researchers develop drugs that speed up healing.

Earlier studies identified two processes at play in mending injury in the body. One involves the “purse-string” mechanism where a ring of proteins forms at the edge of a wound and tightens like the strings of a purse.

READ MORE:http://www.futurity.org/cells-wounds-heal-763932/

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JUST A LITTLE BIT OF DAIRY MAY CUT YOUR RISK OF STROKE

One serving of milk or cheese every day may be enough to ward off heart disease or stroke, even in communities where dairy is not a traditional part of the diet.

A study of nearly 4,000 Taiwanese looked at the role an increased consumption of dairy foods had played in the country’s gains in health and longevity.

READ MORE:http://www.futurity.org/dairy-stroke-heart-disease-768222/

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FRUIT FLY EYES OFFER CLUES TO HUMAN CANCER

Scientists are using the eyes of fruit flies to better understand the human retinoblastoma protein gene, in which mutations are a leading cause of eye cancer.

In the current issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers provide the first detailed examination of a set of mutations similar to those present in the human cancer gene, says study coauthor Irina Pushel, an undergraduate at Michigan State University.

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‘MAGIC’ MUSHROOMS MAY TURN SMOKERS INTO QUITTERS

A small number of long-time smokers were able to quit after carefully controlled experiences with the hallucinogen found in “magic mushrooms.”

The smokers, who had failed many previous attempts to quit, used the mind-altering drug psilocybin under close supervision and in the context of a cognitive behavioral therapy treatment program.

READ MORE:http://www.futurity.org/magic-mushrooms-quit-smoking-763812/

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HOW DOCTORS CAN GET LGBT TEENS TO OPEN UP

When doctors talk to teens about sex, only about three percent of them do so in a way that encourages LGBT teens to discuss their sexuality, a new study reports.

“Physicians are making their best efforts, but they are missing opportunities to create safe environments for teenagers to discuss sexuality and their health,” says lead investigator Stewart C. Alexander, an associate professor of consumer science at Purdue University who focuses on health communication.

READ MORE:http://www.futurity.org/doctors-lgbt-teens-770892/

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WILL ‘VIP’ PROTECT US FROM THE FLU AND HIV AND MALARIA?

Efforts to develop broadly effective vaccines for HIV and malaria have had limited success. Now scientists are testing a totally different approach—one that so far seems very promising.

Unlike vaccines, which introduce substances such as antigens into the body hoping to illicit an appropriate immune response, the new method provides the body with step-by-step instructions for producing specific antibodies shown to neutralize a particular disease.

READ MORE:http://www.futurity.org/vip-vaccines-hiv-flu-malaria-768232/