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New Company Delivers HIV Meds to Your Doorstep
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img source: Forbes.com   Nurx is a relatively new company to enter the pharmaceutical market. In 2014, Nurx began offering birth control pills to be delivered straight to your door through an easy to use web interface. Now, Nurx is adding HIV-prevention pills (Preexposure medication known simply as PrEP).   The innovative approach is to combine a smartphone app-based interface with speedy delivery of medications. Nurx hopes that populations like gay men of color, transgender women, and sex workers that are hardest to reach will now have more access to these necessary medications.   The app interface first begins with...

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Pregnancy: Antidepressant Use Linked to Autism
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img source: newsmomsneed The topic of antidepressant exposure during pregnancy and autism has been discussed over the years, due to the prevalence of children being diagnosed with autism and so many women taking antidepressants during pregnancy. It is a fact that serotonin plays a crucial role in embryonic development, as this neurotransmitter is vital for fetal brain formation. A Canadian study suggests that the overall risk is low, “less than 1 percent of the nearly 150,000 babies in the study were diagnosed with autism by age six or seven”, however, children of women taking antidepressants during second and thirds trimesters were,...

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Can Intellectual Stimulation Help With Drug Addiction?
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  A new UC Berkeley study is challenging the idea that addiction is hardwired in the brain. The study examined the behavior of mice with short stimulation in a learning environment. Their findings show that a brain’s reward system can be rewired to bolster it against drug dependence. “We have compelling behavioral evidence that self-directed exploration and learning altered their reward systems so that when cocaine was experienced it made less of an impact on their brain,” said Linda Wilbrecht, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley and senior author of the paper just published in the journal,...

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