Get ahead in Silicon Valley: take nootropic brain drugs

Some in Silicon Valley claim that a combination of supplements, over-the-counter medications and other chemicals taken together can improve cognitive functionUpgrade your mind with a brain stimulatorUpgrade your diet with meals in a beakerJesper Noehr, 30, reels off the ingredients in the chemical cocktail he’s been taking every day before work for the past six months. It’s a mixture of exotic dietary supplements and research chemicals that he says gives him an edge in his job without ill effects: better memory, more clarity and focus and enhanced problem-solving abilities. “I can keep a lot of things on my mind at once,” says Noehr, who is chief technology officer for a San Francisco startup. The chemicals he takes, dubbed nootropics from the Greek “noos” for “mind”, are intended to safely improve cognitive functioning. They must not be harmful, have significant side-effects or be addictive. That means well-known “smart drugs” such as the prescription-only stimulants Adderall and Ritalin, popular with swotting university students, are out. What’s left under the nootropic umbrella is a dizzying array of over-the-counter supplements, prescription drugs and unclassified research chemicals, some of which are being trialled in older people with fading cognition. Continue reading...
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Source: Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileira - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Book forum Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Marriage and Divorce Publishers Relationships YourTango Source Type: blogs
Conditions:   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder;   Depression Interventions:   Behavioral: Traumatic memory reactivation;   Behavioral: Neutral memory reactivation Sponsor:   Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Recruiting
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Authors: Muruganandam P, Shukla L, Sharma P, Kandasamy A, Chand P, Murthy P Abstract BACKGROUND: Opioid substitution therapy is an evidence-based treatment for opioid dependence syndrome. Retention in treatment is a crucial mediator of treatment success. Our study aims to examine factors associated with early treatment non-compliance among patients who are initiated on office-based Buprenorphine Maintenance Treatment (BMT). METHOD: This is a prospective observational study conducted among 89 subjects who were initiated on BMT and were followed up to 6 weeks. At baseline, we evaluated subjects using: Mini Intern...
Source: Asian Journal of Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Asian J Psychiatr Source Type: research
New research carries a warning for both parents and doctors: prescription meds in the home are fueling the addiction crisis among kids and teens.
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New research carries a warning for both parents and doctors: prescription meds in the home are fueling the addiction crisis among kids and teens.
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AbstractMen having sex with men are known to exhibit heightened sexual activity. This raises the conjecture that different sexual orientations exhibit different levels of sex addiction risk, which is also affected by personality. The present study examined the prevalence of the sex addiction risk within the context of sexual orientation and personality in Israeli men while also validating the Hebrew Bergen-Yale Sex Addiction Scale (HBYSAS). Results based on 177 participants showed that the HBYSAS is appropriate for assessing the risk for sex addiction in Israeli men. Furthermore, results showed that sex addiction risk vari...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
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