This story is almost TWELVE YEARS OLD!!! Since when do we feature such ancient articles?
That said, much of the information in the article has been superceded by subsequent research. Low-dose (certainly not fatal) doses of ecstasy, taken only occasionally, do not cause a longterm drop-off in serotonin receptors. Similarly, memory is not impacted for any length of time.
The structure in this article is very well done. It is incredibly organized and effective in getting the point across. The lede may be short, but it draws readers in by giving a good idea what the article is about and why we should care but it leaves out the main points making readers continue on to find out more. The article is all about the drug Ecstasy and how it causes a severe depletion of serotonin in the brain (one of the key brain chemicals contributing to feelings of well-being and happiness). After the lede, the entire article consists of and is backed up by sources, research and studies one after the other. It starts with a paper written in an issue of Neurology, then goes into studies conducted at the Johns Hopkins ... More »