Ed Ergenzinger

Mental Health | Depression | Neuroscience

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As the doctor gave her a physical exam, Mary* was unable to maintain eye contact. Although her depression had left her with a limited range of emotions, she still struggled to keep from crying.

“Restricted and tearful affect,” wrote the examining physician.

The results of her physical examination and routine…

Cannabis | Health | Science

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As President-elect Joe Biden prepares for his inauguration Wednesday, stakeholders in the US cannabis industry eagerly anticipate the increasingly likely prospect of federal legalization of cannabis.

House Democrats intend to re-introduce the MORE Act, which would federally legalize cannabis, and pass it relatively quickly. …

Mental Health | Health

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In Japan, the term shinrin-yoku or “forest bathingemerged in the 1980s as a physiological and psychological exercise to take in the forest atmosphere as an eco-antidote to tech-boom burnout. …

Cannabinoids | CBD | Health

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Prior research has shown that a substantial number of patients who require pain medication have substituted medical cannabis for opioids, reporting that cannabis provides better pain relief and fewer side effects. …

Cannabis | Health | Science

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I’ve written a number of articles about cannabis research. Every time I write one about new research finding some undesirable effect associated with marijuana use, someone in the comments accuses me of bias.

Sometimes I respond to defend myself. “I reported research results,” I’ll say. “I did not advocate for…

Health | Science | Quirky

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In the June 18 issue of the journal JAMA Network Open, researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) and their colleagues describe a successful new science-based tool to treat hiccups.

“Hiccups are occasionally annoying for some people, but for others, they…

Mental Health | Neuroscience

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A couple of years ago, I was prescribed olanzapine (Zyprexa). I had a severe manic episode that led to a diagnosis of bipolar I disorder. Luckily, I responded quickly to the drug. It helped me sleep when I had only been able to doze off for a few minutes a…

Ed Ergenzinger

Patent attorney with a PhD in neuroscience. Sometime adjunct professor. Writer. Carbohydrate enthusiast.

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