The War On Drugs Is Lost And We Should Finally Face It – PROSECUTION

MY LORD –

On 18th June 1971, Richard Nixon, the president of the United States declared the War on Drugs. Today, the US alone spends $51bilion every year on that endeavour, with over a quarter of a million dollars already spent since I started my summation. In summer 2016, we will be reaching almost 50 years of that war, and there is still no victory on the horizon.

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Engineering Music to Sound Better With Cochlear Implants

 

When hearing loss becomes so severe that hearing aids no longer help, a cochlear implant not only amplifies sounds but also lets people hear speech clearly.

Music is a different story.

“I’ve pretty much given up listening to music and being able to enjoy it,” says Prudence Garcia-Renart, a musician who gave up playing the piano a few years ago.

“I’ve had the implant for 15 years now and it has done so much for me. Before I got the implant, I was working but I could not use a phone, I needed somebody to take notes for me at meetings, and I couldn’t have conversations with more than one person. I can now use a phone, I recognize people’s voices, I go to films, but music is awful.”

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Blind woman’s joy as she is able to read the time thanks to ‘bionic eye’

A patient who is the first in the UK to receive the world’s most advanced ‘bionic eye’ has been able to read the time for the first time in more than five years.

The moment Rhian Lewis, 49, realised she had correctly told the time is captured on BBC’s ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’, to be broadcast on Wednesday 6 January 2016.

Surgeons at the Oxford Eye Hospital at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital implanted a tiny electronic chip at the back of Rhian’s retina in her right eye as part of ongoing NHS-funded research of the technology.

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Marijuana: A Key To Understanding the Brain ?

Cannabis, weed, grass, hash… a striking variety of names  used to describe this well-recognized drug illustrates its popularity. It may be smoked with tobacco, or using bongos in different forms, including hashish. Known for its recreational and medical uses, cannabis still seems to be an intriguing source of natural substances, of a remarkable potential in treating popular diseases. What if nature has hidden a clou to medical development between green leaves of herbs, like Cannabis sativa?

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Oxford Neurosoc Online

Oxford Neurosoc Online is the new service available to our Members. You can use 30GB of Google Drive space, collaborate with others on Sheets, Docs or Slides, share calendars and group lists, and use Hangouts for calls, chats and streaming.

We will seek to expand this service in the forthcoming months, so please do share your suggestions and indeed any feedback you may have at admin@neurologicalsociety.org

Your login will be your email address at neurologicalsociety.org. If you wish to obtain this address or have any technical problems, please contact us at admin@neurologicalsociety.org

The login button will be displayed on the right-hand side of the website, just under the social networking links.

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The Society supports AllTrials Initiative – Sign the petition today!

It’s time all clinical trial results are reported.

Patients, researchers, pharmacists, doctors and regulators everywhere will benefit from publication of clinical trial results. Wherever you are in the world please sign the petition:

Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered.

Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated.

All trials past and present should be registered, and the full methods and the results reported.

We call on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to achieve this.

Sign the petition today and support our common cause. 

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Does bilingualism really delay age at onset of dementia?

Can you really make that assumption, based on the evidence? Let’s explore it in detail.

ARGUMENT: Bilingualism delays age at onset of dementia, independent of education and immigration status.

The purpose of the study was to determine the association between bilingualism and age at onset of dementia and its subtypes, taking into account potential confounding factors.

 

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