Ketamine, or related drugs, may be a useful treatment for Autism and Tourette’s, Lancaster University researchers report[1]. The also found for the first time, how a genetic alteration that increases the risk of developing both these disorders impacts on the brain. Autism affects an estimated 2.8 million people in the UK while Tourette’s Syndrome —… Read more

A one-off dose of ketamine could help heavy drinkers reduce their alcohol intake, according to a small experimental study[1] from University College London. Giving a shot of ketamine to heavy drinkers after reactivating their drinking-related memories led to a rapid decrease in urges to drink and a prolonged decrease in alcohol intake over nine months… Read more

Listening To Ketamine

At 32, Raquel Bennett was looking for a reason to live. She’d struggled with severe depression for more than a decade, trying multiple antidepressants and years of talk therapy. The treatment helped, but not enough to make it seem worth living with a debilitating mental illness, she says. “I was desperate.” In 2002, following a… Read more

A receptor called mGlu2 that is critical to the mechanism of fast-acting antidepressants such as ketamine when used to treat depression has been identified[1] by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). This discovery into how this type of receptor in the brain works with fast-acting antidepressants is a critical discovery in… Read more

First-hand accounts of what it is like to come close to death often contain the same recurring themes, such as the sense of leaving the body, a review of one’s life, tunnelled vision and a magical sense of reality. Mystics, optimists and people of religious faith interpret this as evidence of an afterlife. Skeptically minded… Read more