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Mystery Mechanisms

By Tanya Lewis | July 29, 2016

Scientists still don’t know exactly how some commonly used drugs work. Here’s a look at three such compounds.


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Clues to Lithium’s Mechanism

By Tanya Lewis | July 8, 2016

A study in roundworms hints at how the drug may exert therapeutic effects.

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CDC Offers Advice to Limit Opioid Scripts

By Kerry Grens | March 17, 2016

Aimed at primary care providers, the recommendations encourage non-narcotic alternatives or short-term opioid prescriptions and patient monitoring.


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Studies: Psychedelics Not Bad for Mental Health

By Tracy Vence | March 10, 2015

Two independent investigations suggest hallucinogens like LSD are not linked to psychological problems and may actually confer certain benefits.

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In Vitro Alzheimer’s?

By Molly Sharlach | October 13, 2014

A new three-dimensional culture method recreates the plaques and tangles of the neurodegenerative disease.


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Recognizing Basic Science Contributions

By Andrea Ballabeni, Andrea Boggio, and David Hemenway | January 1, 2014

A “basic bibliography” for new drugs would provide scientists with soft incentives and acknowledge the value of basic biomedical research.


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Awarding Science Defense Again

By Abby Olena | November 5, 2013

David Nutt wins the second John Maddox Prize for promoting science despite opposition.


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Putting Bad Memories to Bed

By Kate Yandell | September 11, 2013

Researchers selectively erase methamphetamine-related memories in mice and rats.


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HIV Protein Boosts Cocaine's Effect

By Kerry Grens | August 15, 2013

Mice whose brains express the HIV-1 Tat protein show a heightened response to the drug and appear more vulnerable to relapse.

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Inherited Resistance to Cocaine

By Ed Yong | December 17, 2012

Cocaine-using rat fathers pass epigenetic changes on to their sons that make them resistant to coke addiction.


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