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Synthetic cannabis restrictions linked to decreased psychiatric patients

Amy Guest posted in on May 15th, 2015.

When new laws restricted the availability of synthetic cannabis in 2013 the number of people needing emergency psychiatric services after using synthetic cannabinoids reduced by half, say Dunedin researchers. The Psychoactive Substances Act limited the availability of synthetic drugs to 50 shops nationally, with products having to meet certain safety-requirements. Data from Dunedin’s Emergency Psychiatric Service was reviewed […]

Limiting brain damage in stroke victims – new research

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 4th, 2010.

Current therapies for stroke victims depend on rapid access to medical care. Within hours of a stroke, irreversible brain damage begins spreading to neighbouring regions of the brain. Now a New Zealand neuroscientist’s team has found a promising way to enhance recovery in these surrounding areas, even when treatment is delayed. The study is published […]

Dom Post: New Zealand scientists find new cancer drug

Peter Griffin posted in on November 30th, 2009.

Ruth Hill of the Dominion Post reports on a new class of anti-cancer drugs, developed by New Zealand scientists from Auckland University, which lack the side-effects of chemotherapy. Called ‘prodrugs’, they are inactive until triggered by the body’s own processes and shown great promise in lab tests thus far, although the drugs are still several […]

New Research: Promising new weight loss drug

Amanda Johnson posted in on October 24th, 2008.

A study published in The Lancet on 23 October investigates the effects of a new drug, tesofensine, on weight loss in obese patients. The drug has been shown to be safe in animal studies and has produced unintended weight loss in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. This new study suggests that tesofensine might […]

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