Can Psychedelic Drugs Treat Anxiety and Depression?

Shortly before his 22nd birthday, Octavian Mihai, then a student at New York University, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the bone marrow and blood. Although a CT scan showed that the disease had spread throughout his body, Mihai’s oncologist was confident the cancer…

Probiotic may help treat colic in infants

Probiotics—or “good bacteria”—have been used to treat infant colic with varying success. In a new trial published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, investigators have shown that drops containing a particular probiotic strain (Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12) reduced the duration of daily crying by more than 50% in…

CAR T-cell therapy may be harnessed to treat heart disease

CAR T-cell therapy, a rapidly emerging form of immunotherapy using patients’ own cells to treat certain types of cancers, may be a viable treatment option for another life-threatening condition: heart disease. In a first-of-its-kind study, published today in Nature, researchers at Penn Medicine used genetically modified T cells to target…

How to treat OCD, as well as symptoms and causes

One of the most common and enduring misconceptions about OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) is that it’s simply about cleaning or counting. In reality, the condition affects people in myriad ways – although it can include those things – to the point it may take many people a long time to…

Vanderbilt collaboration yields promising compound to treat arrhythmia

A collaboration between Vanderbilt University professors of chemistry and medicine yielded a promising compound to treat arrhythmia from an unlikely place: the fungal natural product verticilide. Jeffrey Johnston, Stevenson Professor of Chemistry, said the natural product isn’t active except in insects, but the synthetic mirror-image version – or enantiomer –…

New therapeutic strategy to treat Alzheimer’s

Researchers from the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona (UBNeuro) have identified a potential therapeutic strategy to treat Alzheimer’s, according to a study published in Journal of Neuroscience. In a model of the illness in mice, astrocyte cells in the brain release proteins that favour survival of neurons….