nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

STUDY: Great News. Ecstasy Use Doesn't Cause Cognitive Impairment (It's A Pre-Requisite)

Your tax dollars at work.  New evidence, contrary to previous studies, shows that ecstasy doesn't mess up your ability to think.

OK, they did a better study than before.  Previous efforts didn't control for other factors, like the use of other drugs at the same time.

But, removing the confounding factors from the eligible population of about 1500 left only 52 who could be compared to 59 controls.  Kinda' small numbers.  The study was published in the journal Addiction (Feb 11, 2011).

So, is it OK to use the drug?  According to lead author John Halpern,
"No. Ecstasy consumption is dangerous: illegally-made pills can contain harmful contaminants, there are no warning labels, there is no medical supervision, and in rare cases people are physically harmed and even die from overdosing."
Oh...the taxpayer funded part:  this was a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

I always thought "cognitive impairment" was what led to people using things like ecstasy.

Doc D

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