PTSD and psychoactive drugs: MDMA treatment shows potential, but others lack evidence

Can psychoactive drugs be used to treat mental health problems? The idea has been around for years, and recently received some attention in the media. Interest in the potential of drugs such as MDMA (scientific name 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), ketamine, psilocybin and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) has been growing among scientists and […]

Study ties chronic itch to sleep loss and possible signal of increased heart disease risk

Many people suffer from a skin disorder known as chronic pruritic dermatosis, commonly referred to as “chronic itch.” Recent research has suggested that chronic itch may be at the root of other related medical conditions, including sleep disturbances. Now, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have gone a step further, providing more […]

As domestic violence spikes, many victims and their children have nowhere to live

COVID-19 has left many victims of domestic violence facing difficulties feeding their children and accessing services for safe housing, transportation and childcare once they leave shelters, according to a Rutgers study published in the journal Violence Against Women. “Many survivors exiting domestic violence shelters are reporting difficulties in accessing resources […]

Nursing faculty links heart failure trajectory to caregiver and social issues

Two new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statements led and co-authored by Lisa Kitko, Penn State College of Nursing associate dean for graduate education and associate professor, articulated that heart failure-related issues, as they pertain to patients’ caregivers, like financial and healthcare discrepancies, can significantly impact the patient’s illness trajectory. […]