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Medical Use of Cannabinoids

In the last twenty years, the medical use of cannabinoid...

Authors: Danilo De Gregorio, PharmD, Ph.D.

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Sex-Related Differences in Addiction

Substance use disorder (SUD) is a chronic disease characterized by persistent relapse, despite an individual’s willingness or desire to stay abstinent. Historically, men drink larger amounts of alcohol than women, but the data indicate that consumption for men and women is becoming more similar and has been for the last several decades. Sex differences in alcohol use patterns emerge by the end of adolescence (~17 years of age) and persist across adulthood.
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Emerging Research on the Use of Psychedelics in the Treatment of Mental Illness

In the last 30 years, revived interest in the application of psychedelic compounds in psychiatry has created a huge body of scientific knowledge on the pharmacological and therapeutic action of these compounds.
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The kidneys have a major role in maintaining a healthy extracellular environment within our bodies. Homeostasis is achieved by an elaborate intrarenal system that helps modulate extracellular and intracellular volume and electrolyte composition. Thus, the kidneys are great protectors for the host in the setting where alterations in temperature, humidity and access to water and/or food is limited. Just as the kidney is a major regulator of homeostasis, it has its own high energy demands and is especially susceptible to
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Climate Change and Zoonoses: Disease Pathogens, Vectors and Hosts

In the next decades, the planet will see significant climate changes defined by more severe weather events, including increased warmth, rainfall, heat, droughts, as well as more frequent and powerful tornadoes and hurricanes. The host, pathogen and, in certain instances, intermediate host/vector are all part of the epidemiological cycle of diseases determined by a complicated combination of various environmental variables (e.g., humidity and temperature). Millions of people's lives, particularly in poor nations, will be jeopardized in direct and indirect ways.
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Global Warming and Ancient Microorganisms

Global warming is just one of the many facets of climatic change. The word "global warming" commonly refers to the measured increase in global average temperature in terms of intensity and rate over the last few decades. It is driven by the greenhouse effect caused by a sharp rise in CO2 emissions from increased global use of fossil fuels, as well as the chopping down of trees and forests. The temperature rises faster at the poles and less close to
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Genetic Basis of COVID-19 Susceptibility and Severity

The emergence of the second Sarbecovirus in the 21st century has led to a pandemic that has disrupted human society in an unprecedented mode in recent history. More than 80 million people have been infected worldwide by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, while the global death toll of the resulting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) amounts to over 1.7 million, as of December 30, 2020. A key
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