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March 15, 2014 |
It costs about $2,000 to buy an ounce of the illegal drug, the therapist said - enough for roughly 150 doses. She pays her longtime dealer in cash; he gives her a Ziploc bag of white powder. Back home, she scoops the contents into clear capsules. She calls it "the medicine"; others know it as MDMA, the active ingredient in the party drug Ecstasy. MDMA has been banned by the federal government since 1985 as a dangerous recreational drug with no medical value. But interest is rising in its potential to help people suffering from psychiatric or emotional problems.
June 7, 1999 |
The contraceptive sponge making a comeback: The Today contraceptive sponge, a product that drew a small but fiercely loyal group of female users earlier this decade, will soon be available again in the United States. The sponge will be reintroduced by Allendale Pharmaceuticals Inc., which bought the rights to the product from the manufacturer that had withdrawn it due to production problems. At one time, the sponge was the most popular nonprescription contraceptive in the country.
June 23, 2003 |
A small part of the brain is providing new clues to social anxiety disorders. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School studying images of brain activity found that adults who were timid as children display very different brain signal patterns from those who were bold and outgoing when younger. The findings come from a 2-decade-old research project that has followed a group of more than 100 people from age 2 to adulthood, monitoring their behavior and psychiatric changes over time.
June 19, 2009 |
The Philadelphia Phillies put left fielder Raul Ibanez on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a strained left groin. "It's been bothering him, I guess, a little bit off and on since the beginning of April," General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Ibanez is batting .312 with 22 homers and 59 RBIs, ranking second in the NL in homers and RBIs.
May 18, 2012 |
She's a 26-year-old former party girl with social anxiety issues, a motorcycle-riding iconoclast who dropped out of USC and attends meetings in Led Zeppelin T-shirts. Megan Ellison is also the most powerful new producer in Hollywood, running a burgeoning movie company from her $33-million compound in the hills above the Sunset Strip - and giving a critical boost to the kinds of adult dramas the major studios have all but abandoned. Hollywood has long attracted wealthy, star-struck investors who don't appreciate the difficulty (or "complexity")
March 1, 1999 |
They don't write checks in public because they fear people watching them write. They don't go shopping. They have problems with authority figures, so they are typically underemployed or unemployed. They don't visit doctors for the same reason, so they are rarely identified and treated. The mysterious illness that afflicts them is a syndrome called social anxiety disorder.
February 21, 2005 |
Years ago, when parents came to him worried because their kids seemed abnormally shy, Murray Stein, a psychiatrist at UC San Diego, would tell them not to worry -- that most children outgrow periods of intense shyness. "Now we're not so quick to dismiss their concern," he says. Although most very shy kids do emerge from their shells, as many as one in three become more and more troubled, according to Stein, one of the country's leading experts in childhood anxiety disorders.
November 5, 2007 |
In the early 1980s, a profound shift in psychiatry set the stage for the growth of psychiatric diagnoses in kids. In a third revision of the manual often called the profession's bible (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM), the American Psychiatric Assn. began adding descriptions of newly recognized anxiety disorders. The new entries set forth symptoms of extreme shyness, worry or fear.