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12:00 AM EDT March 25, 2014

Recreational drug users who switch from ecstasy to mephedrone don’t understand the dangers

Contrary to popular belief among recreational drug users, mephedrone has several important differences when compared with MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. These differences mean that mephedrone could leave a user with acute withdrawal symptoms and indicate that it may have a higher potential for developing dependence than MDMA according to a study published in British Journal of Pharmacology.

October 28, 2013

Regular cocaine and cannabis use may trigger addictive behaviours

New cocaine and cannabis research reveals that regular cannabis users have increased levels of impulsive behaviour. It had previously been argued that this increased impulsivity after cannabis administration was only experienced by occasional users, but that regular users were no longer affected in this way. Published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, the results provide evidence for how drug use may trigger addictive behaviours.

November 08, 2012

Testing Pain Killers on Humans Could Save Money and Speed the Arrival of New Drugs

Could inflicting controlled pain on human volunteers be a effective way to test new drugs?

September 29, 2011

Alcohol-Related Behaviour Changes – Blame Your Immune System

New research from the University of Adelaide suggests that immune cells in your brain may contribute to how you respond to alcohol.

July 21, 2011

How Maternal Smoking or Nicotine Use Increases the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Later Life

Scientists now understand more about why being exposed to nicotine while you were a fetus will increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease as an adult.

May 26, 2011

Why Caffeine Can Reduce Fertility in Women

Caffeine reduces muscle activity in the Fallopian tubes that carry eggs from a woman’s ovaries to her womb, reports the British Journal of Pharmacology.

August 18, 2010

Novel Diabetes Hope Comes From Chinese Herbs

Emodin, a natural product that can be extracted from various Chinese herbs including Rheum palmatum and Polygonum cuspidatum, shows promise as an agent that could reduce the impact of type 2 diabetes. Findings published in this month’s edition of the British Journal of Pharmacology show that giving emodin to mice with diet-induced obesity lowered blood glucose and serum insulin, improved insulin resistance and lead to more healthy levels of lipid in the blood. It also decreased body weight and reduced central fat mass.

April 14, 2010

Towards Treating Female Sexual Dysfunction: Research Reveals Secrets of Female Sexual Arousal

By using a novel prototype drug, researchers have discovered more about the mechanisms underlying female sexual arousal. These findings are published today in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

August 05, 2009

Neuropathic Pain: The Sea Provides A New Hope Of Relief

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