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medicine

The field of medicine has witnessed changes and developments for decades. But there are some medicines that survived the test of time and are still used today. Especially Ethnobotany, a scientific study of traditional plant knowledge, has given medicines like morphine, aspirin, ephedrine, etc.   John de la Parre, Northeastern University’s doctoral candidate described a new field called Ethnophytotechnology, which is the use of plant biotechnology to...

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The term ‘psychedelic’ is derived from the Greek wordspsyche, "soul, mind" and delein, "to manifest", hence "soul-manifesting", the inference being that psychedelics can access the soul and develop unused potentials of the human mind. Scientifically speaking, the primary action of a psychedelic is via serotonin receptor agonism, leading to an altered state of consciousness. Although these drugs are mostly associated with recreation, parallelism can be...

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Opium, drugs, and heroines have been a major problem in history. The addiction that these substances develop can make nations go to war. The opium war between China and the British Empire is one such example. Modern nations have sought to curb the ill effects of drug addiction via the means of strict laws that punish the addicts. They think in this way drug production...

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Often, the poor are more prone to airborne diseases for not having enough money to afford proper living and access to quality healthcare. Various airborne diseases like tuberculosis and respiratory infections like pneumonia tend to attack the people who dwell in poor living conditions. Clean water, lack of food, and lack of proper sanitation can also prove to be fatal. This issue is often overlooked by the people belonging...

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Opioids can be crushed by Cannabis

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, and many others. Every day more than 130 people die from opioid overdose as suggested by the US data; there has been a 30% increase in drug overdose cases in India since the...

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People, especially youngsters, tend to think that taking drugs is not as dangerous as taking alcohol. This is a misconception that has led to an increased rate of drugged-driving death cases which seem to be in the rise and has, now, outnumbered drunk-driving deaths. Amaura Kemmerer directs the Office of Prevention and Education at Northeastern – OPEN - centre at Northeastern University which provides non-judgemental...

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cancer

Cancer is a broad term. It describes the disease that results when cellular changes cause the uncontrolled growth and division of cells.Some types of cancer cause rapid cell growth, while others cause cells to grow and divide at a slower rate.   Most of the body's cells have specific functions and fixed lifespans. While it may sound like a bad thing, cell death is part of a...

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No doubts, the mankind is paving its way inching closer and closer to the dooms day. Is there any way left to construe the merciless feats of manhandling? Really! A broken window is capable enough to induce a person to commit crime? Strange but undeniable as the research by the Northeastern University’s professors unfolded ambiguous results.   Initially, researchers theorised that graffiti, abandoned buildings, panhandling, and other...

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To the people who can never get around medical terms, an opioid is, in fact, drugs, prescribed or otherwise. They never posed to be a threat – until now. It had become a cause of death around the World. By now, opioid overdose has killed over 47,600 people; the numbers are of 2017 alone. If one goes on to do the math, then that is...

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Various chronic diseases like viral infections, cancer, diabetes, etc. are genetic. Drugs have been designed by scientists that can target and disrupt the activity of problematic genes, but these therapeutics are difficult to deliver effectively. Very few have made it to the market.   Researchers at the Northeastern University have devised a delivery system that could ensure that more of these drugs, known as oligonucleotides, reach their...

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