Why is the US banning kratom, the virtually harmless herb? | Marc Lewis

It acts on opioid receptors, hence the anxiety. But since some heroin users take it to ease withdrawal, its proscription could have some very harmful effects indeed Just this morning I got an email from a head shop Id dropped into on my last trip-up to San Francisco. I didnt recall leaving my email address,…

ASMR and ‘head orgasms’: what’s the science behind it? | Pete Etchells

Pete Etchells: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is the technical term for what some call head orgasms, or brain tingles. But what is the state of scientific research behind the sensation? Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is a curious phenomenon. Those who experience it often characterise it as a tingling sensation in the back of…

Magic mushrooms can reduce cancer patients’ anxiety, surveys depict

Magic mushrooms are seen in a grow room at a farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands .Image: AP Photo/ Peter Dejong After Tammy Burgess was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 55, she fell into the grips of crippling anxiety. “I would just lay on the couch. I didn’t go to work, ” she recently told researchers…

From inboxing to thought showers: how business bullshit took over

The long read: Vacuous management-speak is easily laughed off but is there a real cost to talking rubbish? In early 1984, executives at the telephone company Pacific Bell made a fateful decision. For decades, the company had enjoyed a virtual monopoly on telephone services in California, but now it was facing a problem. The industry…

The EPAs Pollution Estimates Stink. Everyone Utilizes Them Anyway

This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Engineer Jim Southerland was hired by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1971 to join the nascent war on air pollution. He came to enjoy the chore, analyse orange clouds from an ammunition plant in Tennessee and taking air samples…

Analyzes Depict That There’s A Good Chance You’re Overmedicating Your Children

googletag.cmd.push( function() googletag.display( ‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’ ); ); Getting your their children to swallow medicine when they’re sick is hard enough, but could the way you administer medicine actually make them sicker? According to a study published by Dr. Shonna Yin, an associate professor from the NYU School of Medicine, mothers are four times more likely to…

Doctors warn of codeine dangers after occurrence of acute confusion in daughter, 14

Lack of efficacy and risk of poisoning and craving suggest use of over-the-counter codeine narcotics may be unwarranted, says report Doctors have issued a warning about the use of over-the-counter medications containing codeine following what is believed to be the first published lawsuit of acute disarray in a 14 -year-old girl. The dangers associated with…

Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

Research indicates we may be predisposed to speak more than one language, and that doing so brings health benefits, such as delaying the onset of dementia In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing terms backward and forward. Their cutlery dances during more emphatic gesticulations and they occasionally…

Why is the US banning kratom, the virtually harmless herb? | Marc Lewis

It acts on opioid receptors, hence the anxiety. But since some heroin users take it to ease withdrawal, its proscription could have some very harmful effects indeed Just this morning I got an email from a head shop Id dropped into on my last trip to San Francisco. I didnt recall leaving my email address,…