Alcohol dependence, psychiatric disorders share genetic links: Key alcoholism gene influences how quickly body metabolizes alcohol

In the largest study of genetic factors linked to alcohol dependence, an international team of researchers identified a gene known to affect risk, and they determined that many other genes also contribute to risk for alcohol dependence to a lesser degree. In addition, the study linked genetic factors associated with alcohol dependence to other psychiatric disorders, such as depression, and […]

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Molecular mechanisms of an African folk medicine: Analysis of leaf extract reveals novel chemistry for therapeutic ion channel activation

Researchers in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine have discovered the molecular basis for therapeutic actions of an African folk medicine used to treat a variety of illnesses and disorders including diabetes, pain, headaches, paralysis and epilepsy. The herbal medicine, a leaf extract from the shrub Mallotus oppositifolius, has been used […]

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Sex addiction is mor 10% of men and 6% of women hooked

Sex addiction is more common than previously thought: One in 10 men and one in 12 women are hooked, study shows Sex addiction has been turned down from the diagnostic manual of psychiatric disorders  But clinicians now recognize compulsive sexual behavior disorder  Previous estimates predicted that about twice as many men struggle to control sexual urges as do women  But  […]

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Public health officials to deliver ‘important update’ about supervised consumption in London

Londoners can expect new information about the city’s temporary overdose prevention site and two proposed permanent sites Thursday morning. A media release from the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) says there will be a news conference in conjunction with the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) at 9:30 a.m., to provide an “important update.” Medical officer of health Chris Mackie and RHAC executive […]

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