Today in Research: A Vaccine for HIV; LSD as Alcoholism Treatment

Discovered: An HIV vaccine, LSD as a treatment for alcoholism, what your heartbeat says about your personality, and kids need exercise.

  • A vaccine for HIV. Rather, for HIV-1, just one strand of the virus. Even so, this sounds like a monumental discovery to us. Doctors have found a way to eliminate what the research write up calls a "notoriously persistent form of the virus that does not respond to current therapies." This is a good step toward eliminating the virus altogether, continues the report. It just sounds good all around. [Immunity]
  • LSD might be a good treatment for alcoholism. This isn't exactly a new idea, but scientists have started to look at the psychedelic as a way to get the addicted to stop drinking. "It was rather common for patients to claim significant insights into their problems, to feel that they had been given a new lease on life, and to make a strong resolution to discontinue their drinking," explained researchers. "It was not unusual for patients following their LSD experience to become much more self-accepting, to show greater openness and accessibility, and to adopt a more positive, optimistic view of their capacities to face future problems," said another group of experimenters. Sounds like LSD might be a useful treatment for more than just alcoholism. [Journal of Psychopharmacology]

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