Can medical marijuana curb the heroin epidemic?

In the 1930s, Harry J. Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, embarked on a fierce anti-marijuana campaign. Highlighted by the 1936 anti-marijuana film Reefer Madness – where marijuana is depicted as a dangerous narcotic that makes good kids become sex-crazed killers – his propaganda efforts also maliciously linked marijuana use to African Americans and ethnic minorities.

The Human Genome Project pieced together only 92% of the DNA – now scientists have finally filled in the remaining 8%

When the Human Genome Project announced that they had completed the first human genome in 2003, it was a momentous accomplishment – for the first time, the DNA blueprint of human life was unlocked. But it came with a catch – they weren’t actually able to put together all the genetic information in the genome. There were gaps: unfilled, often repetitive regions that were too confusing to piece together.

What is aphasia? An expert explains the condition forcing Bruce Willis to retire from acting

Swathi Kiran, Boston University Actor Bruce Willis, 67, is “stepping away” from his career in film and TV after being diagnosed with aphasia, his family announced on March 30, 2022. In a message posted on Instagram, his daughter, Rumer Willis, said that the condition was “impacting his cognitive abilities.” Swathi Kiran, director of the AphasiaContinue reading “What is aphasia? An expert explains the condition forcing Bruce Willis to retire from acting”

AI maps psychedelic ‘trip’ experiences to regions of the brain – opening new route to psychiatric treatments

Galen Ballentine, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and Sam Friedman, Harvard University For the past several decades, psychedelics have been widely stigmatized as dangerous illegal drugs. But a recent surge of academic research into their use to treat psychiatric conditions is spurring a recent shift in public opinion. Psychedelics are psychotropic drugs: substances that affectContinue reading “AI maps psychedelic ‘trip’ experiences to regions of the brain – opening new route to psychiatric treatments”

Maryland National Guard Lends Helping Hand to Meritus Medical Center

Although the number of COVID-19 patients and hospitalizations are decreasing in Maryland, many healthcare workers such as the ones that Meritus Medical Center remained busy, as the pandemic continues. At the direction of Governor Larry Hogan, 1000 members of the Maryland National Guard are being mobilized to assist state and local health officials to provide some relief.