Pod Mod E-Cigarettes Are A Big Problem:

80% of 15-to-24-year-olds who try Juul (pod mod e-cigarettes) continue using the product4 and social media posts often say “addicted to my Juul” are common. Juul and other pod mods use protonated nicotine formulations derived from the nicotine salts in loose-leaf … Continue reading

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Adrienne Speaks Out About Losing Her Daughter to Mental Health And Substance Use Disorder

From Adrienne’s post on Facebook: Dear Family and Friends, Tomorrow, August 31, is International Drug Overdose Day. We are deep in the agony of grief.  Our beloved daughter, Alana Rosenwhite, passed away three weeks ago from an opioid overdose.  She … Continue reading

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Soldiers And Suicide: Predictive Tools Needed.

Risk Factors Associated With Attempted Suicide Among US Army Soldiers Without a History of Mental Health Diagnosis Robert J. Ursano, MD1; Ronald C. Kessler, PhD2; James A. Naifeh, PhD1; et alHolly B. Herberman Mash, PhD1; Matthew K. Nock, PhD3; Pablo A. Aliaga, MA1; Carol S. Fullerton, PhD1; Gary H. Wynn, MD1; Tsz Hin H. Ng, MPH1; Hieu M. Dinh, BS1; Nancy A. Sampson, BA2; Tzu-Cheg Kao, PhD4; Steven G. Heeringa, PhD5; Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH6,7,8 Author Affiliations JAMA Psychiatry. Published online … Continue reading

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Computational System To Predict Outcome of Immunotherapy: Nature Medicine (2018)

Signatures of T cell dysfunction and exclusion predict cancer immunotherapy response Peng Jiang, Shengqing Gu, Deng Pan, Jingxin Fu, Avinash Sahu, Xihao Hu, Ziyi Li, Nicole Traugh, Xia Bu, Bo Li, Jun Liu, Gordon J. Freeman, Myles A. Brown, Kai … Continue reading

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Having A Long Term Family Doctor Decreases The Probability Of Death by 53%: British Medical Journal.

Sir Denis Pereira Gray, former head of the Royal College of General Practitioners, spear-headed research that analyzed 22 different studies. His conclusion, published in the British Medical Journal, claims that a long-term FD who knows you inside and out decreases … Continue reading

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Moving From Confusion To Clarity about Concussion And TBI:

There is considerable confusion about what constitutes a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). The consequence is that children with TBIs are remaining in certain sports too long. Their brain injuries worsen. This is inappropriate behaviour by parents and coaches … Continue reading

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MDMA (Ecstacy) Used To Treat PTSD: It Might Work?

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Phase 3 Trials: FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD, Agrees on Special Protocol Assessment Our highest priority project is funding clinical trials of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) as a tool to assist psychotherapy for the treatment of … Continue reading

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Lay Health Workers Helping Cancer Patients Proves Important:

Effect of a Lay Health Worker (LHW) Intervention on Goals-of-Care Documentation and on Health Care Use, Costs, and Satisfaction Among Patients With CancerA Randomized Clinical Trial Manali I. Patel, MD, MPH, MS1,2,3,4; Vandana Sundaram, MPH5; Manisha Desai, PhD5; et alVyjeyanthi S. Periyakoil, MD6,7; James S. Kahn, MD2,6; Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD4,8; Steven … Continue reading

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Editing The Genes Of White Blood Cells With Crispr : Gina Kolata New York Times July 12 2018

Researchers have a found a way to use electrical fields, not viruses, to deliver both gene-editing tools and new genetic material into the cell. By speeding the process, in theory a treatment could be available to patients with almost any … Continue reading

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Genetic Basis For Mental Health Disorders: Source- Science

Nine researchers from U of T’s Faculty of Medicine contributed to a major international study, published in the journal Science, showing the underlying genetic similarities between mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The team, led by Harvard University’s Broad Institute, … Continue reading

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