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Ultrasound can temporarily increase mood, study suggests

A study recently published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience suggests that targeting a region of the prefrontal cortex with transcranial focused ultrasound (tFUS) — a new ultrasound technique — may temporarily elevate mood. The findings could both open the door to further mood-enhancing techniques and support further research into consciousness.…

WHO gives advice on handling mental health toll from the coronavirus

The World Health Organization acknowledged that the coronavirus is causing stress in the global population and published mental health tips that include specific advice for health-care workers, caretakers of children or older adults, and people in isolation. The guidelines, which were released last week, were developed by WHO’s mental health department and…

Opioid-Related Deaths May be Undercounted: Study

There may have been almost 100,000 more opioid-related overdoses between 1999 and 2016 than reported due to incomplete death records, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Rochester found that 71.8% of unclassified drug overdoses during that period involved opioids, translating into 99,160 additional opioid-related deaths—28% more than reported. The…

What happens when you mix weed and alcohol?

People often use alcohol and weed together. Both drugs have similar effects on the body and mind, including drowsiness, slowed reflexes, and changes in judgment and time perception. Combining weed and alcohol can increase the effects of both drugs and cause adverse reactions. The combination can also lead people to…

More Than One-Fourth of Opioid Poisonings Involve Children and Teens: Study

More than one-fourth of opioid poisonings involve children and teens, and they have become increasingly severe in recent years, according to new research. One-fifth of opioid poisonings among children and teens were likely suicide attempts, Emory University researchers reported at the Society for Critical Care Medicine annual meeting. They analyzed…