Welcome to the New Year and the first issue of The Neuropsychotherapist for 2019 under our exciting new brand, the Science of Psychotherapy! This year promises to have an international flavor that I’m sure will both fascinate and intrigue you.
People who regularly take cocaine cut with the animal anti-worming agent levamisole demonstrate impaired cognitive performance and a thinned prefrontal cortex. These findings from two recent studies at the University of Zurich indicate that levamisole could have a toxic effect on the brain. Drug-checking programs should therefore be expanded, argue the researchers.
Researchers have now uncovered that a gene called Maged1 plays a crucial role in controlling these pathological changes.
Teens who spend lots of time using digital devices are prone to psychiatric problems, reports a team of scientists in a new study. Children who are heavy users of digital devices are twice as likely as infrequent users to show symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the study finds.