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  • Sep 2018

    Using the immune system to combat addiction

    An unlikely relationship between immune proteins and addictive behavior may help researchers design innovative ways to tackle cravings and beat addiction.

  • Sep 2018

    How can I sleep with rheumatoid arthritis?

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disorder that affects the immune system and may cause joint stiffness or pain. RA may make sleep difficult, and a lack of sleep may make the condition worse. There are many tips for improving sleep including avoiding caffeine and alcohol. Learn more about how to sleep better with RA here.

  • Sep 2018

    Health benefits of hemp seeds

    Hemp seeds are small, brown seeds from the Cannabis sativa plant. They have a rich nutritional profile, with high concentrations of protein and healthful fatty acids. Wide-ranging research suggests that the seeds may reduce symptoms of specific ailments. Learn more about the benefits of hemp seeds here.

  • Sep 2018

    Can dietary changes help with microscopic colitis?

    Microscopic colitis (MC) is an inflammation of the bowel lining that causes recurrent diarrhea and abdominal pain. Doctors can often successfully treat MC using medication. However, some people with MC may benefit from trying probiotics or avoiding foods containing lactose, gluten, and caffeine. Learn more here.

  • Sep 2018

    Nicotine withdrawal symptoms and how to cope

    When someone stops using nicotine abruptly, they may experience certain physical and mental symptoms as their body adjusts. These may include irritability, sleeplessness, and cravings. In this article, we look at the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal along with the timeline, treatments, and tips for how to cope.

  • Sep 2018

    How uncontrolled inflammation leads to brain cell loss

    New research finds the mechanisms that may drive inflammation in the brain, leading to the loss of neurons with age. Can brain aging be reversed, however?

  • Aug 2018

    Can cannabis be a sleep aid?

    There are many potential benefits of using cannabis where the drug is legal. One of these is as a sleep aid. There are, however, things to be aware of when using cannabis as a sleep aid, including the potential for dependency. Learn more about the pros and cons of using cannabis for sleeping here.

  • Aug 2018

    Psychosis: Cannabis extract normalizes brain function

    New research shows that a single dose of the cannabis extract cannabidiol reduces abnormal brain activity in people with psychosis.

  • Aug 2018

    Can you overdose on caffeine?

    Caffeine occurs naturally in plants and is found in many foods and drinks, such as coffee, chocolate, and cola. Although too much caffeine can cause unpleasant side effects, accidental overdose is possible although rare. In this article, we look at the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment of caffeine overdose.

  • Aug 2018

    How can I get to sleep easily?

    Many people struggle with falling asleep. The time it takes to fall asleep varies from person-to-person, but there are several things that people can try to make themselves fall asleep faster. Tips to fall asleep naturally include exercise and avoiding caffeine around bedtime. Learn more about ways to fall asleep here.

  • Aug 2018

    Opioid crisis breakthrough: Non-addictive painkiller found effective

    Researchers have developed a compound that simultaneously stops the addictive action of opioids and relieves chronic pain as effectively as morphine.

  • Aug 2018

    Ketamine for depression may contribute to opioid dependence

    A new study warns that ketamine works almost like an opioid, and it raises concerns that the drug may do more harm than good in the long run.

  • Aug 2018

    The 'safest level of drinking is none,' says alcohol study

    A study of alcohol use and its effects on health in 195 countries during 1990–2016 concludes that 'there is no safe level' of consumption.

  • Aug 2018

    Is it safe to use marijuana while breastfeeding?

    Women who regularly use marijuana may wonder if it is safe to use while breastfeeding. The body processes marijuana slowly and stores it in fat, meaning that some of the chemicals may be present in breast milk. Learn about whether it is safe to use marijuana while breastfeeding, as well as about the possible risks.

  • Aug 2018

    Cannabis and some conditions hasten brain aging

    A study of blood flow in 128 brain regions in 30,000 people aged 0–105 years has identified behaviors and disorders that speed up brain aging.

  • Aug 2018

    Alcohol and heart health: Consistency may be key

    A new study joins the long line of studies looking at heart disease and alcohol. The authors conclude that consistency might be the key to reducing risk.

  • Aug 2018

    Is it safe to mix acetaminophen and alcohol?

    People take acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol or Tylenol, to treat pain and fever. In combination with alcohol, this drug can cause side effects, such as stomach upset, or severely damage the liver. In this article, we outline the risks of combining acetaminophen and alcohol and give tips on how to stay safe.

  • Aug 2018

    Can you drink coffee while breastfeeding?

    While many people avoid caffeine during pregnancy, they may wonder if it is safe to drink coffee again while breastfeeding. For most people, it is safe to consume a moderate amount of coffee while breastfeeding. In this article, we look at the risks and benefits of caffeine consumption for people who are breastfeeding.

  • Aug 2018

    Psychedelic compound triggers near-death experiences

    New research shows that DMT, the active ingredient in ayahuasca, has the same effect on the brain as what have been described as 'near-death experiences.'

  • Aug 2018

    What long-term cannabis use can do to your brain

    Cannabis and cannabis-based drugs are increasingly used for clinical purposes, but researchers warn they may also harm the brain. A new study explains how.

  • Aug 2018

    Why cannabis relieves IBD symptoms

    Cannabis users report that the drug relieves symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. A new study explains the mechanism behind this anecdotal evidence.

  • Aug 2018

    Psychedelic drugs 'may improve depression, anxiety, and PTSD'

    Psychedelic drugs have a bad reputation, but could they be used to enhance psychotherapy? Some researchers argue they may help with anxiety and depression.

  • Aug 2018

    Can you mix cephalexin and alcohol?

    Cephalexin, also spelled cefalexin, is an antibiotic. It belongs to a class of antibiotics known as first-generation cephalosporins, which doctors use to treat a range of bacterial infections. While some antibiotics are not safe to take when consuming alcohol, cephalexin does not usually cause adverse reactions.

  • Aug 2018

    Dementia: Both too much and too little alcohol may raise risk

    A large study with a follow-up period of 23 years concludes that both long periods of abstinence and long periods of heavy drinking raise dementia risk.

  • Aug 2018

    Is it safe to drink alcohol while breast-feeding?

    Is it safe to drink alcohol while breast-feeding? We explain how much alcohol enters breast milk and how long it takes for alcohol to metabolize out of the milk. Learn the recommendations and how to drink while breast-feeding without harming your baby.