Benzodiazepines: What You Should Know Before Filling Your Prescription 

The opioid crisis is still in full swing, but that doesn’t mean opioids are the only class of drugs hurting people. Benzodiazepines, like Xanax, Versed, Ativan, or Valium, are a class of drugs that are prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders. Prescriptions for and overdoses caused by benzodiazepines, which depress the central nervous system, have increased at alarming rates over the last twenty years

Source: Benzodiazepines: What You Should Know Before Filling Your Prescription | The Science of Addiction

New Study Reveals What A Single Energy Drink Does To Your Body | IFLScience

Energy drinks are loaded with stimulants and, more often than not, sugar as well. That shouldn’t come as a shock; it’s in the name. So surprise surprise, chugging these things is probably not great for your body. But with headlines suggesting just one can of the stuff could raise your heart disease risk, some Red Bull connoisseurs may already be panicking about their poor tickers.

Source: New Study Reveals What A Single Energy Drink Does To Your Body | IFLScience

Banana Molecule Fights HIV And Hepatitis C | IFLScience

Scientists often discover disease-fighting compounds in all sorts of weird and wonderful places. Anti-cancer molecules have been found in corals and wasp venom of all places, and antibacterial agents have been sourced from the bright blue blood of horseshoe crabs. Now, to add to this bizarre list, it turns out that bananas might soon be added to our antiviral armamentarium.

Source: Banana Molecule Fights HIV And Hepatitis C | IFLScience

GM Tomatoes Contain 50 Red Wine Bottles’ Worth Of Resveratrol | IFLScience

Resveratrol, a compound produced by a range of plants, has been making headlines over the last year or so, with studies sharply divided on how beneficial said molecule may or may not be to human health. A group of researchers and bioengineers at the John Innes Centre have decided to fall firmly on one side of the fence, announcing that they have discovered a way to make resveratrol in industrial quantities by producing it in genetically modified tomatoes, along with other phenylpropanoids, a group of compounds resveratrol belongs to.

Source: GM Tomatoes Contain 50 Red Wine Bottles’ Worth Of Resveratrol | IFLScience

Mediterranean diet may slow aging of the brain – CNN.com

As we age, our brains naturally shrink and our risk of having a stroke, dementia or Alzheimer’s rise, and almost everyone experiences some kind of memory loss.Scientists know that people who exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, avoid smoking and keep mentally stimulated generally have healthier brains than people who aren’t as careful about diet and exercise. This latest study from the journal Neurology shows how one easy-to-follow diet (which includes wine!) may make your brain about five years younger.

Source: Mediterranean diet may slow aging of the brain – CNN.com