Health and Science in the News – March 2021

Music, Memories, and Well-being

In Science News, Claudia Lopez Lloreda shares the story of how music therapy can improve well-being in people, especially the elderly. University of Kentucky music therapist, Alaine Reschke-Hernandez, partnered with neuroscientists to explore how music-associated memories impact dementia.

Great News for Individuals with Peanut Allergies

The FDA has approved the drug Palforzia to decrease the allergic reactions some individuals have with peanuts, including anaphylaxis. Although individuals with peanut allergies must still avoid peanuts in their diets, this drug offers relief from life-threatening reactions with accidental exposure.

In another related story, experimental therapy trials have begun to see whether toothpaste can be a vehicle for a variety of allergan treatments – including allergies to peanuts and bee stings.

New Treatments for Depression

Researchers are finding that supervised micro-dosing of traditional hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD and Ketamine, may be useful in treating some patients with depression in a therapeutic setting. It is believed that the mode of action for these agents is to promote brain connectivity and neuroplasticity.

Death by…. Black Licorice?

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine discussed how eating too much black licorice caused the death of a 54-year-old man. Why did this happen? Black licorice contains a compound call glycyrrhizin which alters the body’s potassium levels, which in turn, can cause high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms.

For more information about these stories and more, please tune into the Podcast, “Health and Science in the News”.


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