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July 21, 2004

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Pharmacotherapy report
The CCLE released our first major policy report on July 1. This was a large endeavor for us; it is the first report examining the future implications of using new pharmaceutical drugs to fight the effects of illicit drugs. To learn more about this major CCLE project, read our press release.

Making Choices for Children
Visit the Web site for this CCLE project to learn how Sen. Kennedy is stalling the Child Protection Safety Act bill.

Judges Against the Drug War
3 new excerpts have been posted to the Web site, and we've create a volunteer forum for those who'd like to get involved in sustaining this one-of-a-kind database of judge's opinions against the injustices caused by drug prohibition.

The CCLE welcomes Dale Carrico as our 2004 Summer Fellow. Dale is pursuing his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.  Learn about his interests and expertise.


Parmar, Neil. Deception Detection: Brain Fingerprinting spots crime and innocence. Psychology Today. Jul/Aug 2004. Quotes Wrye Sententia about the legality of brain fingerprinting. >> Read more 

Boire, Richard Glen. Neuroceuticals and Freedom of Thought. Radio interview with Nora Young, NEXT, Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC Radio1). Aired July 2 & 3, 2004.

Richard Glen Boire. Adslinger. Adbusters Magazine. July/August 2004.

Lamb, Gregory. Strange Food for Thought. Christian Science Monitor. June 17, 2004. Quotes Richard Glen Boire on various neuroethics and neuropolicy issues related to cognitive enhancement. >> Read more


'Smart pills' make headway
Rita Rubin, USA Today, July 7, 2004
"Thanks to recent strides in understanding how the brain works, it's only a matter of time before medications specifically designed to improve mental ability or cognition, hit the market. ...Companies with such evocative names as Sention and Memory Pharmaceuticals are focusing on medications to treat patients whose brains are impaired by disease or injury. But the real market for such drugs might be healthy people who would simply like to be a little quicker on the uptake." >> Read more

UCLA study seeks end-stage cancer patients for psilocybin study
If you know of someone who is an end-stage cancer patient and who might be interested in participating in this study, please contact the study nurse, Marycie Hagerty at:

Also, this study was featured in an interesting L.A. Weekly article by Judith Lewis titled The Hallucinogenic Way of Dying: Can psilocybin reduce death anxiety in end-stage cancer patients? >> Read more

Brain implants 'read' monkey minds
July 8, 2004, news service
"Brain implants have been used to "read the minds" of monkeys to predict what they are about to do and even how enthusiastic they are about doing it. It is the first time such high level cognitive brain signals have been decoded and could ultimately lead to more natural thought-activated prosthetic devices for people with paralysis...." >> Read more 

Zapping the Blues:
Magnetic therapy for depression enters widespread trials
Gregory T. Huang, MIT's Technology Review, March 2004
"Magnetic brain stimulation has been used experimentally for years. Mark George, a neurologist and psychiatrist,...says that in a number of limited trials the technique helped severely depressed patients--though modestly and for short periods. ...Magnetic therapies have only recently entered large-scale human testing in the United States." >> Read more

US Marine Corps Seeks to Censor Sunshine Project Website
Announcement - 15 July 2004
"Citing alleged dangers to US Department of Defense research programs and employees, the United States Marine Corps is insisting that the Sunshine Project (a non-profit group that works to stop biological weapons) remove three US government documents from its website. The situation pits a small non-profit organization that seeks to uphold arms control treaties against the US Department of Defense, which wishes to keep its research on chemical weapons secret. " >> Read more

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