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April 30, 2016

In the Face of Chronic Pain, Clinicians Seek Best Practices for Management While Evading Opioid Abuse

Apr. 16, 2016 — Researchers have discussed best practices in management of chronic pain in people with ... read more

Effects of Alcohol, Methamphetamine, and Marijuana Exposure on the Placenta

Apr. 5, 2016 — In the United States, prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is the most common preventable cause of developmental delay. Animal studies have shown some of the adverse effects of PAE on placental ... read more

Anabolic Steroid Abuse Is Associated With Increased Systolic Hypertension Risk

Apr. 4, 2016 — Anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) abuse is associated with severe blood pressure (BP) increase and hypertension, new research ... read more

Rat Study Reveals Long-Term Effects of Adolescent Amphetamine Abuse on the Brain

Mar. 30, 2016 — A study of rats given regular, high doses of amphetamine finds that those exposed to the drug at an age corresponding to human adolescence experience long-term changes in brain function that persist ... read more

Genome-Wide Association Study of Cannabis

Mar. 30, 2016 — Cannabis dependence is a serious problem worldwide and it is of growing importance in the United States as marijuana becomes increasingly legal, report ... read more

Prenatal Steroids Reduce Risk of Brain Bleeding in Preemies, Stanford Study Finds

Mar. 24, 2016 — Prenatal steroid treatment reduces by half a premature baby's risk for a severe form of brain hemorrhage after birth, a study has found. The research, on nearly 26,000 premature infants, ... read more

Treating Withdrawal Symptoms Could Help Cannabis Users Quit, Study Finds

Mar. 23, 2016 — Treating symptoms of cannabis withdrawal could help heavy users stay clean longer, finds a new study. Marijuana's long half-life and users' reports of primarily psychological withdrawal ... read more

Heavy, Persistent Pot Use Linked to Economic, Social Problems at Midlife

Mar. 23, 2016 — People who smoked cannabis four or more days of the week over many years ended up in a lower social class than their parents, with lower-paying, less skilled and less prestigious jobs than those who ... read more

White Delinquent Youth More Likely to Abuse Hard Drugs Than Blacks

Mar. 17, 2016 — Abuse and dependence on 'hard drugs' (cocaine, hallucinogen or PCP, opiate, amphetamine and sedatives) are less common among delinquent African American youth than those who are ... read more

How Kappa Opioid Receptors Drive Anxiety

Mar. 17, 2016 — A cellular mechanism has been discovered by which kappa opioid receptors (KORs) drive anxiety. These proteins inhibit the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate in a part of the brain that ... read more

Mar. 16, 2016 — The percentage of Americans who reported using marijuana in the past year more than doubled between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, and the increase in marijuana use disorders during that time was nearly as ... read more

Examination of Effect of CMS Policy to Suppress Substance Abuse Claims Data

Mar. 15, 2016 — Researchers examined the association between implementation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) suppression policy of substance abuse-related claims and rates of diagnoses for ... read more

New Technique Could More Accurately Measure Cannabinoid Dosage in Marijuana Munchies

Mar. 15, 2016 — As more states decriminalize recreational use of marijuana and expand its medical applications, concern is growing about inaccurate dosage information listed on edible products. So, scientists have ... read more

Drug Overdoses in Pennsylvania Increased 14-Fold in Past 4 Decades

Mar. 10, 2016 — White women, younger people are increasingly the victims of overdose deaths, a first detailed analysis about drug overdoses in Pennsylvania ... read more

Variation in Medical Marijuana Program Regulations Impacts Enrollment

Mar. 7, 2016 — A new study found that while 14 of the nation's 24 medical marijuana programs were essentially nonmedical in practice, they enrolled more than 99 percent of overall participants. Fewer than one ... read more

Group Identifications Affect Likelihood of Teenagers Smoking, Drinking and Taking Cannabis

Mar. 7, 2016 — Teenagers who interact positively with their family, school and friends are far less likely to smoke, binge drink and use cannabis than peers who fail to identify with these social groups, according ... read more

Cannabis Use in Psychotic Patients Linked to 50 Percent Higher Hospital Admission Risk

Mar. 4, 2016 — Cannabis use among people experiencing a first episode of psychotic illness is linked to a 50 per cent heightened risk of hospital admission -- including compulsory detention (sectioning) -- as well ... read more

Most Teens Who Misuse Prescription Stimulants Say They Use Other People's Medication

Mar. 3, 2016 — Using someone else's medication is the most common form of prescription stimulant misuse among adolescents, according to a study, which found that 88 percent of teens who used the drugs ... read more

Hair Forensics Could Yield False Positives for Cocaine Use

Mar. 2, 2016 — Hair analysis has become standard practice for determining whether someone has abused illicit drugs. But some experts have questioned whether current methods to wash away external contaminants from ... read more

Young Marijuana Users Respond Differently to Social Exclusion

Mar. 2, 2016 — Young adults who regularly use marijuana display altered brain activation patterns during social exclusion, research indicates. In a recent study, participants played a computerized game of catch ... read more

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