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4 Your Health: Mind altering drugs easing cancer patients suffering

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Tucson- A hallucinogenic drug, may help ease anxiety and depression in cancer patients.

A Johns Hopkins study monitored 51 adults with life threatening cancer as they took a large dose of Psilocybin, the active compound in "magic mushrooms".

The patients reported feeling less fearful of death, a sense of optimism and an overall better quality of life after taking the drug. Even six months later 80-percent felt less anxiety and depression. But experts say hallucinogenics should never be used outside a health care setting

It has also been revealed that...the majority of people with depression don't get the minimal amount of treatment needed for their condition.

Harvard researchers reviewed data from 50,000 people in 21 countries. Only one in five with depression, received adequate treatment in countries with high incomes but in poorer nations, only one in 27 people were getting suitable care.

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

And there's evidence that white wine may increase the risk of melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer.

A new study from Brown University, followed over 200,000 adults for 18 years. It showed that each drink per day, of white wine, increased the risk of melanoma by 13 percent in white men and women.

White wine drinkers were also 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanomas in parts of the body with less sun exposure than non-drinkers.

Beer, red wine and liquor, did not significantly affect the risk of melanoma.

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