Brain Candy: Boost Your Brain Power with Vitamins, Supplements, Drugs, and Other Substance

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Medical - 240 pages
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Keep forgetting where you put your keys? Wish you could get through the crossword faster? Experiencing too many "intellectual pauses"? Then this is the book for you.

Brain Candy is an authoritative, comprehensive, and above all, cutting-edge look at what you can take to rev up your brain—enhance memory, think faster, sharpen creativity, focus better. The only authors yet to tackle this subject who are experts in both brain function and drug action, Theodore Lidsky and Jay Schneider explain in plain English what the effects of these substances are on the body. For aging baby boomers—and for anyone else who wants a quicker wit—Brain Candy has all the answers.

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An excellent introduction and reference guide to nootropics, smart drugs, and other memory- and brain-enhancing supplements. Weighs the pros and cons of each and offers synopses of research done to date. Read full review


Introduction I
Why Cant I Remember?
Chemistry and the Brain
Smart Drugs and Nootropics
Amino Acids I 52
Oxygen 202

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Page 23 - A new drug application, for example, typically includes safety data on several hundred to several thousand patients. If an adverse event occurs in 1 in 5,000 or even 1 in 1,000 users, it could be missed in clinical trials. But it could pose a serious safety problem when the drug is used by many times that number of patients.
Page 23 - There is simply no way that we can anticipate all possible effects of a drug or device during the clinical trials that precede approval.

About the author (2010)

Theodore I. Lidsky, PhD, specializes in research on the brain and behavior. Currently he is director of the Laboratory of Electrophysiology at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities.

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