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MDMA will be approved to aid therapy for PTSD suffers by 2021: research group

Dr. Ingrid Pacey says MDMA can help overcome one of the major hurdles for conventional PTSD treatments

For the first time in decades, Canadian researchers are probing the potential of a psychedelic drug – ecstasy – for use in psychotherapy in a clinical trial approved by Health Canada. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), is investigating the use of MDMA, the pure form of the party drug ecstasy, to assist therapy sessions for people with treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The early research coming from this team has shown promise in treating those who suffer from some of the most challenging forms of PTSD. Filling a gap Currently available PTSD treatments have little effect on […]

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University of Waterloo team competes in NASA retrieval robot competition

University of Waterloo team competes in NASA retrieval robot competition

TORONTO – A team of 60 engineers from the University of Waterloo competed against teams from across the globe on Thursday, hoping to impress NASA with their retrieval robot. NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge kicked off with small mechanical creatures searching through an 8,000-square-metre park at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. to track down and collect geological samples. The competition’s objective is to encourage innovation in “autonomous navigation” and “robotics technologies” to improve NASA’s missions both in space and on earth. The treasure hunt-like event sees robots search for samples in a variety of environments – from hills […]

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