How does ketamine work to fight depression?

Researchers have figured out how the drug ketamine's antidepressant effect works in the brain. The work could lead to safer versions of the treatment.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Dec. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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Team makes trash into Parkinson’s drug and amino acid

Scientists have found a way to create the Parkinson's drug L-DOPA and the amino acid proline out of garbage materials.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Nov. 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Drug curbs drinking for people with alcohol withdrawal

A drug originally used to treat high blood pressure can help people with alcohol withdrawal symptoms reduce or eliminate their drinking, researchers say.

Bill Hathaway-Yale • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~4 min

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Antidepressant may prevent severe COVID complications

New findings suggest fluvoxamine, a drug commonly taken for social anxiety disorder or depression, could prevent some serious complications of COVID-19.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
Nov. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Antipsychotics for kids are down, but risks remain

Though prescriptions for antipsychotic medications for kids have declined, doctors are still giving children these prescriptions for off-label conditions.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~4 min

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Spending on ‘orphan drugs’ for kids rose 65% in 5 years

The percentage of health spending that went to "orphan drugs" for rare childhood diseases rose 65% in 5 years. Families’ portion rose even faster.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Oct. 12, 2020 ~4 min

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AI tool could predict how drugs will react in the body

Metabolic Translator, a new deep-learning tool, may offer a way to see how drugs in development will work in the body, not just the lab.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

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Antipsychotics for depression may come with higher death risk

Adults who added an antipsychotic to their depression treatment had a death risk compared to patients who added an antidepressant, a new study finds.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~4 min

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A dose of ketamine can treat ‘lazy eye’ in adults

Subanesthetic ketamine, already a treatment for depression and pain, can also treat amblyopia, or "lazy eye." Here's how.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~3 min

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Opioids after knee surgery are stronger in some states

The opioid prescription you get after knee surgery depends on where you live. Many are at strength levels linked to a risk of overdose death.

Rae Lynn Mitchell-Texas A&M • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~4 min

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