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Stanford researchers are figuring out how ketamine fights depression — and why the drug has been called ‘the most important discovery in h...

A new Stanford study is the first to illuminate how ketamine works in the brain to alleviate depression. The research suggests that the drug engages the opioid system — the same one that's activated by opioid painkillers — in addition to affecting the glutamate system.

We took a scientific look at whether weed or alcohol is worse for you — and there appears to be a winner

When comparing weed and alcohol, there are lots of factors to consider, including effects on your heart, brain, and behavior. Overall, alcohol seems to be worse for you.

There’s even more evidence that your waistline is one of the best ways to tell if you’re healthy — especially as you age

Researchers are learning that the amount of fat we hold around our waistlines is a good indicator of our overall health. A new study found that waist-to-hip ratio is linked to cognitive performance.
A child migrant released from Customs and Border Protection in June in McAllen, Texas.

A judge has ordered the Trump administration to stop giving detained migrant children mind-altering drugs. Here’s what they do.

A federal judge found US government officials in violation of child welfare laws for putting detained migrant children on mind-altering drugs without a guardian's consent. The drugs are used to treat mood disorders, but can cause symptoms of those disorders as well, such as anxiety.

A startup backed by Peter Thiel has churned out 20,000 doses of magic mushrooms, and is making more

Compass Pathways has made two 250-gram batches of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. Compass is testing the drug in Europe and North America and has funding from Peter Thiel to study psychedelics for depression.

Doctors are calling out a new drug that helps people with addiction for costing more than $1,700 a week — while a generic costs just $1

Two months after it became the first federally approved drug of its kind to treat addiction, doctors are calling out Lucemyra, a new branded medication to treat opioid withdrawal, for costing $1,737 more per week than a similar generic drug.

The Thai soccer coach taught his team to meditate in the flooded cave — and it may have played a powerful role in keeping them alive

Ekapol Chanthawong, a former Buddhist monk, helped his soccer team survive in the cave in Thailand by encouraging them to meditate. The practice has a host of health benefits and may be uniquely suited to help people cope in periods of heightened stress.

A pharma CEO says a new depression drug could have lasting effects after one short course, like antibiotics — here’s what experts think

Sage Therapeutics CEO Jeff Jonas said the new drug could help depressed people feel well "with just a two week course of treatment — similar to how antibiotics are used." No existing drug works that way, and this one hasn't yet been studied beyond a limited time frame when most drugs fail.

There’s a sea change coming for the $1 billion marijuana-based industry you’ve never heard of

A compound in the plant that’s been linked to a range of potential health benefits — but doesn’t cause a high — is increasingly being eyed for its use in salves, oils, balms, and beverages. It’s also the main ingredient in a drug that just became the first of its kind to win government approval.

You can control this new software with your brain, and it should make Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg nervous

Nuro uses a non-invasive approach that doesn't involve brain surgery — and it could be a game-changer for patients with no other means of communicating. The company also has big plans to expand.