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Brain research reveals a circuit for cocaine relapse
Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have identified which neurons are responsible for cocaine-seeking behaviors in rodents and where these neurons exert their effects within the brain. (2019-03-18)
Heart attacks increasingly common in young adults
Even though fewer heart attacks are occurring in the US -- in large part due to the use of medications like statins and a decline in smoking -- these events are steadily rising in very young adults. (2019-03-07)
Menstrual cycle phase influences cocaine craving
Menstrual cycle may influence addiction risk in women, according to a new study in Biological Psychiatry by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse and University of Maryland School of Medicine. (2019-03-05)
University of Guelph researchers uncover why environmental cues make drug addiction extra hard to beat
Besides triggering the brain's emotional and stimulus-response systems, environmental cues activate areas where memories are processed, according to this University of Guelph study. (2019-02-27)
A gene involved in ADHD could be related to addictive substance use
Some variations in the gene LPHN3-associated with the attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids and adults -- could favor likelihood to smoke, consume alcohol, cannabis and other addictive substances, according to an article published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, from the Nature Publishing Group. (2019-02-25)
MDMA users more empathetic than other drug users
Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests. (2019-02-08)
Women's hormones play role in drug addiction, higher relapse rates
Female-specific interventions are needed, but in the meantime, treatment centers could use this study to educate women about their stronger mental connections to places and objects. (2019-02-08)
Unexpected results suggest a few joints may not harm men's sperm
Researchers investigating the effect of cannabis smoking on men's testicular function have made the unexpected discovery that it is linked to higher sperm counts and higher testosterone levels among moderate users compared to men who never smoked it. (2019-02-05)
Erasing memories associated with cocaine use reduces drug seeking behavior
Researchers identified the brain circuits that form memories associating environmental cues with cocaine use. (2019-01-22)
Born to run: just not on cocaine
A study finds a surprising response to cocaine in a novel strain of mutant mice -- they failed to show hyperactivity seen in normal mice when given cocaine and didn't run around. (2019-01-16)
UTSA uncovers the disconnect between the brain's dopamine system and cocaine addiction
Now new data by UTSA shows how the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine changes when working for cocaine. (2019-01-10)
Urine drug testing may be important in early phases of addiction treatment
A new study performed by Boston Medical Center shows that urine drug testing can be a useful tool to treat patients with opioid use disorder in a primary care setting. (2018-12-20)
Study highlights correlations between violent death and substance use
Consumption of alcohol or at least one drug was associated with over half the violent deaths that occurred in São Paulo City in the period analyzed. (2018-12-07)
Neuroimaging study reveals 'hot spot' for cue-reactivity in substance-dependent population
Medical University of South Carolina neuroscientists have identified a region of brain that may be a new clinical target to treat addiction. (2018-11-20)
Duke forms prototype of robot dog nose
Every day, thousands of trained K9 dogs sniff out narcotics, explosives and missing people. (2018-11-19)
How exercise could help fight drug addiction
The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. (2018-11-14)
Moving the motivation meter
Rats given the drug that reduced dopamine were much less likely to work for preferred morsels of food. (2018-11-08)
Ohio researchers, partners find meth, similar drug overdoses growing rapidly
The number of overdose deaths involving methamphetamines and amphetamines in the state of Ohio increased more than 5,000 percent over the course of eight years, according to data collected by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health. (2018-11-06)
Cocaine-fentanyl overdoses underscore need for more 'test strips' and rapid response
Penn Medicine emergency department physicians are calling for more readily available testing strips to identify the presence of fentanyl in patients experiencing a drug overdose, and a rapid, coordinated response among health care providers and city agencies to help curb overdoses and identify high potency high risk drugs. (2018-11-01)
Cocaine adulterant may cause brain damage
People who regularly take cocaine cut with the animal anti-worming agent levamisole demonstrate impaired cognitive performance and a thinned prefrontal cortex. (2018-10-31)
Fentanyl test strips prove useful in preventing overdoses
A Brown University study found that many young adults who tried fentanyl test strips reduced overdose risk by using less, going slower or using with someone else present. (2018-10-18)
Fingerprint drug screen test works on the living and deceased
A revolutionary drug test can detect amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and opiates from the sweat of single fingerprint sample in just 10 minutes. (2018-10-08)
New protocol for measuring background levels of drugs in crime labs
When forensic chemists handle evidence that contains illegal drugs, trace amounts are inevitably released into the laboratory environment, which can cause detectable background levels of drugs in the lab. (2018-09-26)
Drug overdose epidemic has been growing exponentially for decades
Death rates from drug overdoses in the US have been on an exponential growth curve that began at least 15 years before the mid-1990s surge in opioid prescribing, suggesting that overdose death rates may continue along this same historical growth trajectory for years to come. (2018-09-20)
Gene therapy via skin protects mice from lethal cocaine doses
A study in Nature Biomedical Engineering shows that skin stem cells, modified via CRISPR and transplanted back to donor mice, can protect addicted mice from cocaine-seeking and overdose. (2018-09-17)
Cocaine addiction traced to increase in number of orexin neurons
A study in cocaine-addicted rats reports long-lasting increases in the number of neurons that produce orexin -- a chemical messenger important for sleep and appetite -- that may be at the root of the addiction. (2018-09-12)
Quest Diagnostics health trends study finds drug misuse rates remain constant at high levels and...
More than half of Americans tested misused their prescription drugs in 2017. (2018-09-06)
Investigators find that bile acids reduce cocaine reward
Bile acids -- gut compounds that aid in the digestion of dietary fats -- reduce the desire for cocaine, according to a new study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. (2018-08-31)
The use of psychoactive substances and illegal drugs in the Albanian society
The aim of the research is to create a representative picture of the prevalence and the total number of drug users in Albania from 2012 to 2016, and compare those numbers to previous years with other available data. (2018-08-30)
Bifunctional compound tackles pain relief and opioid dependency
Huiping Ding and colleagues have developed a painkilling compound that both relieves pain and suppresses opioid dependency in primates. (2018-08-29)
CU researchers identify potential target for treating pain during surgery
A research team lead by faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine have published a study that improves the understanding of the pain-sensing neurons that respond to tissue injury during surgery. (2018-08-28)
Illicit drug use could be higher than previously thought; soars during special events
America's drug problem may be even worse than officials realize. (2018-08-20)
Study finds racial disparities in prescribing opioids for chronic pain
Yale researchers have identified racial disparities in the treatment of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain. (2018-08-20)
SMURF1 provides targeted approach to preventing cocaine addiction relapse
A class of proteins that has generated significant interest for its potential to treat diseases, has for the first time, been shown to be effective in reducing relapse, or drug-seeking behaviors, in a preclinical study. (2018-08-14)
Study examines for risk factors associated with initiation of substance use
Not all individuals who initiate use of a substance such as nicotine, alcohol, cannabis, and cocaine eventually develop a substance use disorder, indicating that the risk factors for substance use and for substance use disorder (SUD) differ to some extent. (2018-08-08)
Exercise can help beat cocaine addiction, study finds
Exercise can help prevent relapses into cocaine addiction, according to new research led by the University at Buffalo. (2018-08-08)
Cocaine relapse is reversed with BDNF microinjections in the brain
Investigators at the Medical University of South Carolina discover that brain-derived neurotropic factor reduced cocaine relapse in a preclinical model when administered before a cue-induced relapse event, as reported in Addiction Biology. (2018-08-03)
Bile acids from the gut could help to treat cocaine abuse
Bile acids that aid fat digestion are also found to reduce the rewarding properties of cocaine use, according to a study publishing on July 26 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by India Reddy, Nicholas Smith, and Robb Flynn of Vanderbilt University, Aurelio Galli of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues. (2018-07-26)
Researchers find that hunger hormones offer promising avenue for addiction treatment
Hormones that signal the body's state of hunger and fullness could be the key to new treatments for drug and alcohol addiction. (2018-07-17)
Childhood adversity increases susceptibility to addiction via immune response
Childhood adversity permanently alters the peripheral and central immune systems, increasing the sensitivity of the body's immune response to cocaine, reports a study by researchers at the IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation and University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Italy. (2018-07-17)
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