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The latest news about psychopharmacology and drug research

Body clock drugs could ease psychiatric disorders and jet lag

Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) have successfully used a drug to reset and restart the natural 24 hour body clock of mice in the lab. The ability to do this in a mammal opens up the possibility of dealing with a range of human difficulties including some psychiatric disorders, jet lag and the health impacts of shift work.

Endocannabinoid Blockers Improve Obesity-Related Health Complications

An experimental compound appears to improve metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity, according to a preliminary study led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. A report of the study, which was conducted with obese mice, appears online today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Study Finds Link Between Estradiol and Depression, Anxiety

A study from the University of Albany found that the administration of the hormone estradiol to aged female mice decreased anxiety-like and depression-like behaviors. This finding may help explain the onset of depression during and after menopause.

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