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The Depression-Fighting Powers of 'Shrooms

A small study by a research team in London suggests that psilocybin, an hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms, can “reset” the brains of people with depression. Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial College London, told t...

Too Much Exercise Can Be Hard on Men's Hearts

White men who exercise at higher than average levels are far more likely to experience a buildup of plaque in the heart arteries by middle age than those who exercise at low levels, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Illinoi...

Allergy Drug May Repair Multiple Sclerosis Nerve Damage

An existing allergy drug may help increase nerve speed in multiple sclerosis patients, according to results from a phase II clinical trial published in The Lancet. Researchers say that a medication derived from or including the antihistamine medicati...

Climate Change Could Spur Disease Outbreaks

Most scientist agree greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will continue to boost average temperatures and increase the risk of droughts and powerful storms worldwide. A new study suggests this effect, called climate change, is also associated with outb...

U.S. Obesity Rate Hits Record High

The obesity rates in the United States have now climbed to nearly 40 percent in adults and almost 20 percent in adolescents – the highest rates ever recorded – according to a new report from the CDC. This alarming trend has continued despite numerous ...

Study Links Celiac Disease to Childhood Infections

Rates of celiac – an autoimmune disorder that causes intestinal damage in response to dietary gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley – are rising and researchers aren’t sure why. Some studies have suggested that childhood infections may pl...

A Genetic Clue to Peanut Allergy

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada have identified a gene associated with peanut allergies. This discovery provides new evidence that genes play a role in the development of food allergies and may lead to improvements in food ...

Rates of Conditions that Up Stroke Risk Continue to Rise

From 2004 to 2014, most of the more than 900,000 people hospitalized for stroke in the United States had at least one known stroke risk factor. According to a study published in Neurology, about 80 percent of strokes that occurred during that time pe...