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November 25, 2015

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November 25, 2015

New Options for Treating Autism

Nov. 18, 2015 — The operating mechanism of oxytocin, the molecule involved in social behavior, has been researched by a team of European scientists. The results obtained in the research suggest that one of the ... read more

Researchers Find New Risk Posed by Opioid Pain Medication

Nov. 17, 2015 — Patients with no recent history of taking opioid pain medication had a 25 percent higher risk of chronically using the drugs if they received them when discharged from the hospital, according to ... read more

What Leads to the Local Adoption and Implementation of Recreational Marijuana Policies?

Nov. 17, 2015 — When states move to legalize marijuana, local governments are faced with enacting -- or in some cases restricting -- the policy change in their jurisdictions. Using Colorado as a case study, a new ... read more

New Enzyme Therapy Shows Proof of Concept as Treatment for Cocaine Overdose

Nov. 9, 2015 — A long-acting enzyme that rapidly and safely metabolizes cocaine in the blood stream is currently being investigated in animal models as a possible treatment for cocaine ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Conducting an economic analysis of drug use is a particularly difficult endeavor, but for one researcher, it just meant taking a look at the history ... read more

Warning Over Online Access to Sleeping Tablets

Nov. 5, 2015 — The prescription only sleeping tablet zopiclone, that can become addictive if used for more than a few weeks, is easily available online, warn ... read more

Increase Seen in Prescription Drug Use in United States

Nov. 3, 2015 — Between 1999-2012, overall prescription drug use increased among US adults, with this increase seen for the majority of but not all drug classes, according to a ... read more

New Enzyme Therapy Shows Proof of Concept as Treatment for Cocaine Overdose

Oct. 29, 2015 — A long-acting enzyme that rapidly and safely metabolizes cocaine in the blood stream is currently being investigated in animal models as a possible treatment for cocaine ... read more

Researchers Study Differences in Ischemic Stroke in Marijuana Users

Oct. 26, 2015 — Strokes in young adults who use marijuana are more likely to be caused by stenosis, narrowing of the arteries, in the skull than strokes in non-users, new research shows. Previous studies found an ... read more

'Love Hormone' Helps Produce 'Bliss Molecules' to Boost Pleasure of Social Interactions

Oct. 26, 2015 — The hormone oxytocin, which has been associated with interpersonal bonding, may enhance the pleasure of social interactions by stimulating production of marijuana-like neurotransmitters in the brain, ... read more

More Than 25 Percent of Women Giving Birth Who Test Positive for Marijuana Also Using Other Drugs

Oct. 23, 2015 — As an increasing number of states legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use, health officials expect consumption of tetrahydrocanabis during pregnancy to increase. A new study suggests a ... read more

Heavy Drinkers, Drugs Users Underestimate Their Levels of Consumption Compared to Others'

Oct. 19, 2015 — Heavy drinkers and users of illegal drugs downplay their relative levels of consumption, when comparing themselves to others, reveals research. The research shows that 68 per cent of respondents were ... read more

College Students Say Prescription Stimulants Easy to Find on Campus

Oct. 16, 2015 — Seven out of 10 college students say it is somewhat or very easy to obtain controlled stimulants without a prescription, according to a new survey conducted on eight US ... read more

Brief Interventions in Primary Care Clinics Could Curb Patients' Drug Use

Oct. 16, 2015 — A few minutes of counseling in a primary care setting could be an effective tool in steering people away from risky drug use, and possibly full-fledged addiction, a new report suggests. The ... read more

Nonmedical Prescription Opioid Use Disorders, Deaths Increase in the US

Oct. 13, 2015 — From 2003 to 2013, the percentage of nonmedical use of prescription opioids decreased among adults in the U.S., while the prevalence of prescription opioid use disorders, frequency of use, and ... read more

Many Use Prescription Painkillers, Most See Abuse as Major Health Concern

Oct. 7, 2015 — More than one in four Americans has taken prescription painkillers in the past year, even as a majority say that abuse of these medications is a very serious public health concern, according to new ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers compared three different drug delivery models based on ionic liquids. Scientists have developed a powerful API-IL concept to access structural diversity and dual-action pharmaceuticals. ... read more

Marijuana Extract Doesn't Reduce Postoperative Nausea, Vomiting

Oct. 6, 2015 — The marijuana extract tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) isn't effective in preventing nausea and vomiting after surgery in patients at high risk of this common complication, reports a ... read more

Risk Profiling Is Key to Managing Pain in Era of Opioid Abuse

Oct. 5, 2015 — Patients undergoing rehabilitation for physical injuries and their physicians can better understand who is most at risk of abusing opioids by reviewing their family history, lifestyle and environment ... read more

Primary Care-Based Addiction Treatment Lowers Substance Dependence in People With HIV

Sep. 29, 2015 — A program that integrates addiction treatment into primary care for patients with or at risk for HIV, has been shown to lower patients' substance dependence and encourage their engagement in ... read more

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