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DEA Targets New Drug, Kratom, Schedule 1 Substance like Heroin
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has added another drug to its controlled-substance list. This drug, which is growing acclaim for its various uses, is also still relatively unknown to most of the general public. Kratom, or Ketum, is a plant species Mitragyna speciosa which is most related to the coffee plant. Kratom has been promoted on many websites as a “safe and harm free” herbal supplement to treat aches and pain.   What does the DEA think?   Well, on September 30, 2016, the DEA will include kratom on its Schedule 1 Controlled Substance List. This classification will put kratom...

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New Study Shows, More Babies Born Drug Dependent - One Every Hour
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  Since 2009, over 13 thousand babies were born with drug withdrawal symptoms and this number continues to grow each year, putting it at a rate of one baby per hour.  "We were surprised by the magnitude of the increase," says researcher Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar at the University of Michigan.   So, what is drug dependence? And are babies growing more addicted to drugs? Drug dependence occurs when a person develops a physical dependence on a drug, disabling them from leading a normal and healthy lifestyle. This dependence leads to withdrawal symptoms if...

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Opioid Addiction Crisis: Harvard Medical Students Request Better Training
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img source: Michael Dykstra   Back in March, The White House asked medical schools to sign a pledge to require students to learn new federal guidelines for safe opioid prescription use. “We are over 10 years into this epidemic, and I don’t think we’ve seen a robust enough response from the medical community,” said Michael Botticelli, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Dr. Ted Parran of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine has taught remedial courses for doctors who tend to over-prescribe painkillers. He’s taught this for over 20 years!   Last November, Governor Charlie...

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The Natural Antidepressant: Can Warmth Make You Happier?
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  Making your body warmer has a dramatic antidepressant effect, according to a new report published in the prestigious journal JAMA Psychiatry. Clemens Janssen, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, leads researchers in studying approximately 30 people with depression who were also not receiving any treatments. About half were randomized to receive whole-body hyperthermia (WBH), which utilized a setup to raise their core body temperature to 38.5 degrees Celsius (37 degrees being the normal temperature). The remaining individuals received a placebo treatment which mimicked the “Hot-Box” hyperthermia treatment, but at a much lower setting.   The results: Although both groups became...

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Increasing Dopamine Will Make You Happier. Here's How
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img source: public domain   It should not be a secret that altering your dopamine levels can directly affect your mood, behavior, and energy. However, did you know that dopamine levels can also be altered by your perception? A simple change on your outlook, can have profound effects on your day-to-day happiness. Here are some ways you can increase dopamine levels, without needing pills:   First, and foremost, don’t get addicted. Upon inspection of addictive behavior, studies show an underlying cause of low dopamine levels. The “addiction” whether it be food, drugs, etc… presents a quick-hit to correct your dopamine...

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