Psychedelic compound boosts cancer patients' mindset

Dec 2, 2016

Psychedelic compound boosts cancer patients' mindset

Cancer patients often experience mental anguish and stress, but a single dose of a hallucinogen found in psychedelic mushrooms, along with psychological counseling, improved their mindset, two studies said Thursday. The approach “significantly lessens mental anguish in distressed cancer patients for months at a ...

Dec 1, 2016

Miracle alcoholism 'cure' may not work: Dutch study

A drug touted as a miracle cure for alcoholism and prescribed for this purpose in France, may work no better than counseling, Dutch researchers said Wednesday. Without proof of its efficacy, prescribing high doses of the drug known as baclofen may be irresponsible, they ...

Man's best friend? It may be genetic

Sep 30, 2016

Man's best friend? It may be genetic

If you think dogs are drawn to your winning personality then think again — the attraction may be genetic, according to a study released Thursday that pinpoints genes linked to interspecies amity. Providing food and playing fetch, of course, also forge strong bonds. But ...

Sep 15, 2016

World's biggest collection of pickled brains moves to Belgium

A new collection in the psychiatric hospital of Duffel in the north of Belgium makes for a ghoulish sight: around 3,000 preserved brains that were originally saved by a British doctor. The collection of frontal lobes, hippocampi and other key parts of the brain ...

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

Sep 15, 2016

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

An endangered crow species from Hawaii that already is extinct in the wild displays remarkable proficiency in using small sticks and other objects to wrangle a meal, joining a small but elite group of animals that use tools. Scientists said on Wednesday that in ...