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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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How Cocaine Really Affects Your Body
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img source: businessinsider   The truth is, cocaine can start affecting your brain in a matter of seconds. Once there, it interferes with the brain's normal process of absorbing and recycling certain hormones, including those involved in pleasure, desire, and most importantly, memory. Upon regular to heavy use, cocaine possesses negative effects, from simple nose bleeds to permanent lung damage and death. View the animated picture below for a complete breakdown.      

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How an Obituary Can Help Save Others from Addiction
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img source: public domain   Being addicted to drugs is becoming more of a reality, especially for those who have endured a loss of a loved one. This happened in the town of Burlington, VT.  Sean Tyler Stem passed from his addiction to heroin at the young age of 26. Although this occurrence seems all too common, his family wanted to make a more lasting mark.  The Stem family used this experience to combat drug abuse and reach for donations to kick start a campaign supporting drug abuse victims. The family’s efforts didn’t stop there, engraving a sentimental, yet hopeful,...

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The Death of Prince: Points to Overdose
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img source: The Guardian   The drug in question? Percocet. It is commonly prescribed in pill form and made up of one part over-the-counter-style pain killer, like Tylenol, and another part oxycodone — a powerful opioid pain-killing sedative that has its own history of inducing fatal overdoses. This prescription drug is very well known, especially around Minnesota, where Prince had resided for the majority of his 57 years.   During a conference, one speaker noted that Prince’s addiction to opioids started innocently enough after a dentist prescribed such opioids following a "minor dental procedure," the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported at the...

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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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