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Scientists take drugs to boost brain power: study
AFP ^ | Apr 9

Posted on 04/09/2008 2:16:17 PM PDT by Aristotelian

Twenty percent of scientists admit to using performance-enhancing prescription drugs for non-medical reasons, according to a survey released Wednesday by Nature, Britain's top science journal. The overwhelming majority of these med-taking brainiacs said they indulged in order to "improve concentration," and 60 percent said they did so on a daily or weekly basis.

The 1,427 respondents -- most of them in the United States -- completed an informal, online survey posted on the "Nature Network" Web forum, a discussion site for scientists operated by the Nature Publishing Group.

More than a third said that they would feel pressure to give their children such drugs if they knew other kids at school were also taking them.

"These are academics working in scientific institutions," Ruth Francis, who handles press relations for the group, told AFP.

The survey focused on three drugs widely available by prescription or via the Internet.

Ritalin, a trade name for methylphenidate, is a stimulant normally used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, especially in children. Modafinil -- marketed at Provigil -- is prescribed to treat sleep disorders, but is also effective against general fatigue and jet lag.

Both medications are common currency on college campuses, used as "study aids" to sharpen performance and wakefulness.

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More than 57 percent of the respondents were 35 years old or younger.

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1 posted on 04/09/2008 2:16:18 PM PDT by Aristotelian
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To: Aristotelian

This freakin’ world has lost it’s collective mind.


2 posted on 04/09/2008 2:18:20 PM PDT by infantrywhooah (Hold your nose and vote in November. Even McCain is better than the alternatives)
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To: Aristotelian
The headline says scientists. The article say academics working in scientific institution. In my mind there is a great difference. But I'm not taking any of the mentioned drugs.
3 posted on 04/09/2008 2:19:37 PM PDT by isrul (Help make every day, "Disrespect a muzzie day.")
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To: Aristotelian
Wilson of the NIDA expressed surprise at the rate of substance abuse shown, but cautioned that the survey did not meet rigorous scientific standards.

So he's going to take the study home, pop some pills, and review it for accuracy.
4 posted on 04/09/2008 2:22:00 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Aristotelian
When do they start stripping Nobel Prizes like Olymic gold medals?
5 posted on 04/09/2008 2:26:59 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Rattenschadenfreude: joy at a Democrat's pain, especially Hillary's pain caused by Obama.)
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To: Aristotelian
A druggie is a druggie.

Period.

6 posted on 04/09/2008 2:29:02 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Aristotelian

Global warming experts?


7 posted on 04/09/2008 2:29:44 PM PDT by Eurale
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

They call it mellow yellow?


8 posted on 04/09/2008 2:37:25 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: infantrywhooah

Paging Tim O’Leary!


9 posted on 04/09/2008 2:39:53 PM PDT by fightinJAG (RUSH: McCain was in the Hanoi Hilton longer than we've been in Iraq, and never gave up.)
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To: Aristotelian
So, when the Global Warming People talk about being “toasted”, just what are they talking about?
10 posted on 04/09/2008 2:42:02 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Aristotelian

“In the survey, 80 percent of all the scientists — even those who did not use these drugs — defended the right of “healthy humans” to take them as work boosters, and more than half said their use should not be restricted, even for university entrance exams. “

Therefore, 80% of all the scientists, in the survey, are complete idiots.

Amazing, simply amazing.


11 posted on 04/09/2008 2:47:20 PM PDT by Gator113 (Obama has "changed" me. I am now "a Typical White Person”.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
A druggie is a druggie. Period.

Does the drinker of this qualify as one of your druggies?

12 posted on 04/09/2008 2:49:12 PM PDT by corkoman
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To: fightinJAG

Timothy Leary, O’fightinJAG.


13 posted on 04/09/2008 2:49:59 PM PDT by Rudder (Klinton-Kool-Aid FReepers prefer spectacle over victory.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So you never drink coffee, tea, smoke, take any RX or aspirin I take it?


14 posted on 04/09/2008 2:56:51 PM PDT by ffusco (Maecilius Fuscus,Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
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To: ffusco
Never.
15 posted on 04/09/2008 2:57:52 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Aristotelian

Oh great. Now Nobel nominees must pee in a cup before they can get their prize.

Whats next, caffeine, betel?


16 posted on 04/09/2008 2:58:07 PM PDT by Ender Wiggin
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To: Rudder

O’yeah!

As soon as I hit “post,” I was thinking waitaminute, did I just Irish-ize the LSD man? lol


17 posted on 04/09/2008 3:04:37 PM PDT by fightinJAG (RUSH: McCain was in the Hanoi Hilton longer than we've been in Iraq, and never gave up.)
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To: Aristotelian

Only dummies need inteligent enhancing dregs...


18 posted on 04/09/2008 3:21:17 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Gator113
“In the survey, 80 percent of all the scientists — even those who did not use these drugs — defended the right of “healthy humans” to take them as work boosters,

Crystal meth was developed by a Japanese chemist in the 1930s. It was though at first to be a great "performance enhancer" and was widely distributed to industrial workers and military personnel. It wasn't until six months or so later that the paranoia started becoming obvious. It was dropped as a bad idea then, it's still a very bad idea.

Regards,
GtG

19 posted on 04/09/2008 3:21:56 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: infantrywhooah
Ritalin, a trade name for methylphenidate, is a stimulant normally used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, especially in children. Modafinil -- marketed at Provigil -- is prescribed to treat sleep disorders, but is also effective against general fatigue and jet lag.

Both medications are common currency on college campuses, used as "study aids" to sharpen performance and wakefulness.

So bascially we've found the steroids of the academic world?

20 posted on 04/09/2008 3:25:00 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Party ahead of principles; eventually you'll be selling out anything to anyone for the right price.)
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To: Aristotelian

When I was in college, I remember hearing about other students taking performance enhancing drugs, and using hypnosis, to give them an advantage when taking tests.

For some odd reason, these kids never seemed to do as well as the smart kids, who didn’t try to cheat.


21 posted on 04/09/2008 3:26:11 PM PDT by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: Centurion2000

I always used to think the 60’s and 70’s were the times of pill popping mania but I think it’s worse now. It has just moved from illicit drugs to prescription ones


22 posted on 04/09/2008 3:31:43 PM PDT by infantrywhooah (Hold your nose and vote in November. Even McCain is better than the alternatives)
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To: Gator113
Therefore, 80% of all the scientists, in the survey, are complete idiots.

That must be why they defend the drugs. If they were not idiots, they would realize that as more and more took Smart Pills, the Global Warming Fraud woud collapse.

23 posted on 04/09/2008 3:38:34 PM PDT by Gorzaloon
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Extra credit for consistency!


24 posted on 04/09/2008 4:00:58 PM PDT by ffusco (Maecilius Fuscus,Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
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To: Eurale

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The late astronomer and author, Carl Sagan was a secret but avid marijuana smoker, crediting it with inspiring essays and scientific insight, according to Sagan’s biographer.


25 posted on 04/09/2008 4:10:15 PM PDT by Aristotelian ("Sock it to me!" Judy Carne)
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To: Aristotelian
Ritalin, a trade name for methylphenidate, is a stimulant normally used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, especially in children.

Huh? Okay, could someone explain to me why a HYPERactivity disorder is treated with a stimulant!?

26 posted on 04/09/2008 4:28:28 PM PDT by wvguy (Montani semper liberi)
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To: wvguy

The brains of children react differently from adults to drugs like amphetamines.


27 posted on 04/09/2008 5:09:07 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: wvguy

The brains of children react differently from adults to drugs like amphetamines.


28 posted on 04/09/2008 5:18:09 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
The brains of children react differently from adults to drugs like amphetamines.

Not quite. Most kids, if you give them speed, will react in the same manner as adults. The brains of people with some anomalies that fall under terms such as ADD etc react differently to amphetamine in which there is almost a calming effect. Its called a paradoxical reaction.

29 posted on 04/09/2008 5:21:51 PM PDT by corkoman
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To: snarks_when_bored
See what happens when you learn to type too fast? LOL ... I'm 62. All we had in college were little green footballs (amphetamines). The after effects were dreadful! BTW, ritalin can screw up a healthy person's thyroid regulation. Now coffee's active, caffeine, is a chemical which (related to/as xanthenes[sp?]) peps you up short term and opens the bronchial tree so you breathe better! Good for your sexual functioning, also, as a cardiovascular enhancement. The viagra class of drugs, however, can have a dangerous abdominal artery effect leading to aneurism if abused. Not reported much in the med lit because of PC!
30 posted on 04/09/2008 5:25:27 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: wvguy

With ADHD, the brain is more or less chronically under-aroused, as it doesn’t get enough natural stimulation from normal day to day activities. And it’s thought that the hyperactivity is something of a homeostatic response, which kicks in to try and increase stimulation until an optimal arousal level is achieved. That is, in the absence of enough stimulation, the person essentially tries to seek it out for themselves - hence the presence of hyperactivity, or inclinations towards daydreaming, risk-taking, etc. Once the person is stimulated enough, they become calmer. Taking stimulant drugs is just an easier, more reliable means of accomplishing the same thing, without the negative consequences and externalities of the other means.

I have ADHD myself and take Adderall XR on a regular basis.


31 posted on 04/09/2008 6:29:34 PM PDT by Government Is Slavery
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To: corkoman

I stand corrected.


32 posted on 04/09/2008 6:58:55 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: MHGinTN

My brain drugs of choice are Ghirardelli’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips.


33 posted on 04/10/2008 8:39:12 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: infantrywhooah
...it’s collective mind.

The fact that it's a "collective mind" to begin with is the biggest part of the problem.

34 posted on 04/10/2008 8:46:24 AM PDT by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: Aristotelian

Since Benezedrine inhalors were made illegal and probably for good reason because of a tendency to trigger clotting, alternatives, even more dangerous have been sought. Coffee and cigarettes are still legal in some places.


35 posted on 04/10/2008 8:50:14 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: Centurion2000

Ritalin and Provigil use are pretty common at academically competitive universities. I’ve seen it. Since they’re approved prescription drugs, cooperative MDs will write the script.


36 posted on 04/10/2008 8:52:53 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Government Is Slavery
With ADHD, the brain is more or less chronically under-aroused, as it doesn’t get enough natural stimulation from normal day to day activities. And it’s thought that the hyperactivity is something of a homeostatic response, which kicks in to try and increase stimulation until an optimal arousal level is achieved. That is, in the absence of enough stimulation, the person essentially tries to seek it out for themselves - hence the presence of hyperactivity, or inclinations towards daydreaming, risk-taking, etc. Once the person is stimulated enough, they become calmer. Taking stimulant drugs is just an easier, more reliable means of accomplishing the same thing, without the negative consequences and externalities of the other means.

That makes sense. Thanks for helping me understand!

37 posted on 04/10/2008 3:15:02 PM PDT by wvguy (Montani semper liberi)
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To: wvguy

No problem! :)


38 posted on 04/11/2008 3:53:40 PM PDT by Government Is Slavery
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