The Promise of Ecstasy for PTSD

In July, the Food and Drug Administration took the important step of approving two final-phase clinical trials to determine whether a party drug that has long been on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Schedule I list of banned substances could be used to treat a psychiatric condition that afflicts millions. The drug is MDMA, a psychedelic commonly known …

Could How You Sleep Be Linked to ADHD?

An explanation for lost sleep: Late circadian rhythms in those with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may make them natural night owls.Could ADHD be a problem caused by a disruption in circadian rhythms?It’s an area of research that some experts say holds promise for developing new treatments for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many adults and children diagnosed with ADHD …

Keto-adaptation enhances exercise performance and body composition

Keto-adaptation enhances exercise performance and body composition responses to training in endurance athletes. Low-carbohydrate diets have recently grown in popularity among endurance athletes, yet little is known about the long-term (>4 wk) performance implications of consuming a low-carbohydrate high fat ketogenic diet (LCKD) in well-trained athletes. Method: Twenty male endurance-trained athletes (age 33 ± 11y, body …

The professor who cured his cancer with a cocktail of everyday pills, and 20 years on, remains disease free.

Ben Williams’ aggressive brain tumor was treated with conventional therapies – and with a mix of common drugs, including those for acne, insomnia and high blood pressure, as revealed in a new documentary. Could this approach work for others? One day, some two decades ago, Ben Williams set out from his home in San Diego, California, …

Op-Ed: It’s getting clearer — the diet-cancer connection points to sugar and carbs

In August of 2016, the New England Journal of Medicine published a striking report on cancer and body fat: Thirteen separate cancers can now be linked to being overweight or obese, among them a number of the most common and deadly cancers of all — colon, thyroid, ovarian, uterine, pancreatic and (in postmenopausal women) breast …

Nature / Q&A with Joel Weinstock

Helminths are worms that can live in the human intestine. Joel Weinstock, a gastroenterologist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, studies how they affect inflammation and the body’s immune response. He spoke to Nature about how helminths might lead to treatments for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Immune-mediated diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, type 1 …