• The very culture of drugs is addictive | Barbara Ellen

    Getting hooked is not just about chemical propertiesA Canadian study suggests that people who think that they only use cocaine “recreationally” could bein danger of becoming addicted more easily than previously thought. After taking cocaine, participants underwent a PET scan while watching people with whom they had used the drug taking more cocaine. Just watching fellow participants take cocaine led to craving and a dopamine release in the dorsal striatum, which could lead to depende
  • Trump's budget dismays families hit by drug addiction crisis

    President Donald Trump's budget released this week would reduce funding for addiction treatment, research and prevention, and some families feel betrayed (Source: ABC News: Health)MedWorm Message: Have you tried our new medical search engine? More powerful than before. Log on with your social media account. 100% free.
  • Matriarch of the Wahlberg family to be honored by Bay Cove Human Services

    One of the state ’s biggest nonprofits that helps people with disabilities, mental health and addiction is honoring Alma Wahlberg, matriarch of one of Boston’s best-known families, whose first and last name is behind more than a dozen restaurants in the Boston area and across the country.Wahlberg will be the r ecipient of this year’s Changing Lives Award by Bay Cove Human Services, to be awarded at the Boston nonprofit’s annual gala on June 14.Wahlberg is the mother of ac
  • FDA Commissioner asks staff for ‘more forceful steps’ to stem the opioid crisis

    This study also found that the longer a person’s first exposure to opioids, the greater the risk that he or she will continue using opioids after one, or even three years. For example, when a person’s first exposure to opioids increases from one day to 30 days, that person’s likelihood of continuing to use opioids after one year increases from 6% to about 35%.
    Working together, we need to do all we can to get ahead of this crisis. That’s why we’ll also be soliciting
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  • Trump budget dismays families hit by opioid addiction crisis

    Some see President Donald Trump's proposed budget as a painful betrayal of those who trusted his campaign-trail pledge to make the opioid epidemic a priority (Source: ABC News: Health)MedWorm Message: Have you tried our new medical search engine? More powerful than before. Log on with your social media account. 100% free.
  • Austin company taps into power of IBM's Watson to end drug overdoses

    A new deal between a local software maker and one of the country's leading computer companies could revolutionize how drug addicts receive treatment. Here's how the partnership went down. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)MedWorm Message: Have you tried our new medical search engine? More powerful than before. Log on with your social media account. 100% free.
  • 'It is a crisis': A father's mission to save drug-addicted teens from dying

    Why an Ottawa-based entrepreneur has made it his life's mission to prevent drug-addicted teens from dying. (Source: CBC | Health)MedWorm Message: Have you tried our new medical search engine? More powerful than before. Log on with your social media account. 100% free.
  • The Candid, Honest Reasons These Women Called Off Their Engagements

    K.J., a single mom, had been in a relationship with Ben for three years before deciding that enough was enough: He didn’t seem to want to move in together, let alone get married.
    “With a broken heart, I went to break it off with him, and in a panic, he asked me to marry him,” she told HuffPost. “Our engagement was more stressful than ecstatic.” 
    In the end, the engagement didn’t pan out. But she’s not alone; many women and men call off relationships
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  • 5 Ways We Can Begin Taking Preventative Measures Today To Improve Brain Fitness

    This study was one of the catalysts for other researchers to begin exploring just how malleable the brain truly is, and how brain performance can be improved through deliberate practice.
    Combine these two categories of brain health—diagnosable diseases and “brain fitness”—and suddenly a new conversation has risen: can neuroplasticity-based brain training and related research-to-practice innovation actually impact mental health, help improve people’s lives, and final
  • One snort of cocaine is enough to get addicted

    The McGill University, Montreal, findings show that many takers of the white powder could be further along the road to dependency than they may have realised. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
  • Treating alcohol addiction by resetting balance in reward centers

    A new study has identified two pathways in the reward center of the brain that may be manipulated to help treat alcohol addiction. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)MedWorm Message: Have you tried our new medical search engine? More powerful than before. Log on with your social media account. 100% free.
  • Alcohol addiction may be treated by resetting reward center in brain

    A new study has identified two pathways in the reward center of the brain that may be manipulated to help treat alcohol addiction. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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  • BioCorRx to meet with the FDA for injectable, sustained-release opioid addiction therapy

    BioCorRx (OTC:BICX) said today that the FDA has granted the anti-addiction developer a pre-investigational new drug meeting, scheduled for Sept. 19.
    The Anaheim, Calif.-based company said it is slated to review the development and marketing plan for BICX101, an injectable, sustained-release formulation of naltrexone as a therapy for opioid addiction and alcohol use disorders.
    Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News.
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  • Today, Pro Skater Brandon Novak Is Two Years In Recovery From Opioids

    When he was in active substance use, Brandon Novak was a hurricane. A walking disaster. He’s the first to admit it. Whether he was shooting heroin, drinking wine, or smoking crack, Novak left a trail of burnt bridges and broken relationships behind him. The pro skateboarder, bestselling author, and Jackass star was famous in part for his drug and alcohol abuse. Now, two years sober, he’s challenging the mainstream media’s perception of him—and of long term recovery.
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  • Today, Pro Skater Brandon Novak Is Two Years Clean And Sober From Opioids

    When he was in active substance use, Brandon Novak was a hurricane. A walking disaster. He’s the first to admit it. Whether he was shooting heroin, drinking wine, or smoking crack, Novak left a trail of burnt bridges and broken relationships behind him. The pro skateboarder, bestselling author, and Jackass star was famous in part for his drug and alcohol abuse. Now, two years sober, he’s challenging the mainstream media’s perception of him—and of long term recovery.
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  • Resetting balance in reward centers may help treat alcohol addiction

    (Elsevier) The human brain functions on a delicate balance of reinforcing positive behaviors and suppressing negative ones, which takes place in the dorsal striatum, a brain region critical for goal-directed behavior and implicated in drug and alcohol addiction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)MedWorm Message: Have you tried our new medical search engine? More powerful than before. Log on with your social media account. 100% free.
  • Cuts to addiction services in England are ‘a false economy’

    ‘Savings’ in specialist services are increasing pressure elsewhere in the NHS, addiction expert warns Related items fromOnMedica Substance misuse grows in the 50+ age group UK ’s war on drugs has failed, say experts Medical cannabis should be made legal, say MPs Preventing drug-related deaths Failing national drugs policy behind rising death toll, say experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
  • Drug and drink addiction NHS help cuts are a ‘false economy’ says expert

    CUTS to NHS services treating drink and drug addicts are “a false economy,” a leading expert has warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)MedWorm Message: Have you tried our new medical search engine? More powerful than before. Log on with your social media account. 100% free.
  • Drink and drug service cuts will hit overstretched A & Es

    Cuts to addiction services will impact A&Es and cost the NHS more in the long run, claims a Royal College of Psychiatrists professor. Budgets for services in some areas have been slashed by 50%. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
  • Trump's Approach To The Opioid Epidemic: Neglect Treatment, Ignore The Experts

    WASHINGTON – Since taking office, President Donald Trump has systematically removed or limited the power of federal officials and government offices that have the expertise to confront the nation’s opioid epidemic.Trump asked Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to resign in late April. He still has an acting director running the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although he backtracked on his reported plan to essentially gut his Office of National Drug Control Policy, staffers wou
  • An Appeal To Bill And Melinda Gates For Your Help In Raising Healthy Children

    Dear Bill and Melinda,
    The purpose of this letter is first to commend you for raising your own children with strong screen and phone limits, as this will serve them well. Bill, thank you for declaring in a recent article, “We don’t have cellphones at the table when we are having a meal, we didn’t give our kids cellphones until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier.” Clearly, setting firm tech limits has long been a priority for your family, as a 200
  • IBC Foundation, PHMC to study 'warm handoff' strategy in opioid addiction battle

    The Independence Blue Cross Foundation, in its latest initiative to address the region ’s growing opioid addiction crisis, is teaming up with Philadelphia-based Public Health Management Corp. to study the effectiveness of a “warm-handoff“ program established by five Bucks County Hospitals.“Warm handoffs” refer to the transfer of overdose survivors directly from an emergenc y room into a treatment program.Daniel J. Hilferty, the president and CEO of Independence Blue
  • Cannabis could help crack cocaine addicts

    If the Canadian research proves true in further scientific trials, it could lead to the herb being used in similar vain to methadone for heroin addicts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)MedWorm Message: Have you tried our new medical search engine? More powerful than before. Log on with your social media account. 100% free.
  • Alcohol Research UK seeks motivated Communications Manager (Campaigns and Media) to join team

    Communications Manager (Campaigns and Media)
    This is an exciting opportunity to join a national organisation that is about to embark on a period of significant change. You will play a key role in developing some of our highest profile initiatives, including Dry January and Alcohol Awareness Week. You will also manage our relationship with the media.
    If you’re a motivated communications professional with a strong track record in delivering effective campaign strategies and media engagement,
  • Hookahs vs. Cigarettes (Addiction and Health Dangers)

    Title: Hookahs vs. Cigarettes (Addiction and Health Dangers)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
  • New Springer book: Guerilla Science by Ernesto Altshuler

    (Springer) Like the ants he studies, author Ernesto Altshuler has thrived by flirting with chaos. Facing challenges became a natural part of Altshuler's way of doing science. He became addicted to it. This book chronicles that addiction, the sense of freedom it gave him and the discoveries he made in experimental physics and the dynamics of social insects. Gallows humor and Altshuler's own cartoons capture the spirit of guerrilla science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
  • 8 Habits That Make Millennials Stressed, Anxious And Unproductive

    A version of this article was originally published on Forbes. Sign up for Caroline’s newsletter to get her writing sent straight to your inbox.According to the American Psychological Association (APA), millennials experience more stress and are less able to manage it than any other generation. More than half of us admit to having lain awake at night during the past month from stress.
    Not surprisingly, millennials are also more anxious than older Americans. The APA reports that 12 percent o
  • FDA commissioner Gottlieb calls for ‘ more forceful steps ’ to curb opioid epidemic

    Scott Gottlieb, the new head of the Food and Drug Administration, called on his staff Tuesday to explore “additional, more forceful steps” to curb the opioid crisis — and especially to find ways to reduce the number of new cases of addiction. Calling the epidemic his “highest initial priority,” Gottlieb suggested that the agency consider mandatory […]Related:Trump budget seeks huge cuts to disease prevention and medical research departmentsJust one alcoh
  • Checking Patient's Drug History May Help Curb Opioid Abuse

    TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 -- Doctors can help stem the U.S. opioid epidemic by checking their patients'drug history before prescribing powerful painkillers, a new study suggests.Addicts frequently " doctor-shop " in an attempt to obtain opioids such as... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
  • Recreational cocaine: Brain area involved in addiction activated earlier than thought

    (McGill University) Even among non-dependent cocaine users, cues associated with consumption of the drug lead to dopamine release in an area of the brain thought to promote compulsive use, according to researchers at McGill University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
  • Long-term anabolic steroid use linked to damage to heart and arteries

    ©shutterstock.com/Pivot/©istock.com/Eraxion/New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that long-term exposure to anabolic-androgenic steroids may be associated with substantial impairment of the heart, including a reduction in pumping performance and damage to the. .. (Source: NIDA News)
  • Wisconsin Increases Efforts to Help Young People Battling Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced a new investment to support young people battling addiction and mental health disorders. The Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS) applied for, and received, the federal grant to improve treatment for adolescents and youth with substance use disorders and/or mental health disorders. The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides $760,000 in annual funding for four years starting...(see
  • Media Advisory: Intestinal fungi linked to worsening of alcoholic liver disease

     WhatA new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is among the first to suggest that intestinal fungi may contribute to the development of alcoholic liver disease (ALD). ALD encompasses a broad range of liver diseases, from simple steatosis (fatty liver) to end-stage liver disease, or cirrhosis (liver cell death). Liver cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of mortality worldwide, with approximately half of those deaths due to alcohol misuse.   (Source: NI
  • Addictions program expansion will help the community, and Eastern Niagara's bottom line

    Eastern Niagara Hospital ’s CEO says an expansion of its chemical dependency program is one part of a larger plan to shore up operations and strengthen the hospital system.With one final approval expected in early June by state health officials, the hospital will move its 20-bed inpatient addictions treatment program fr om Lockport and expand it to 30 beds at its Newfane site, where it previously operated a 63-bed inpatient hospital.Clare Haar, CEO, says the 30-year-old program provides a
  • There’s One Thing You Can’t Forget As You Embrace Change

    Everyone knows that change can be hard, whether it hurts you or is for the benefit of all involved. Change happens everywhere all the time from the changing of the weather and the seasons to changing of emotions or even changing appearances. Sometimes you only really notice changes which spark your memories of what once was.When it comes to personal changes from breaking habits or recovering or even solving problems in relationships, change can be one of the hardest obstacles anyone faces. Steph
  • 1 in 4 Americans Knows Someone Hooked on Opioids: Poll

    MONDAY, May 22, 2017 -- More than a quarter of Americans -- and 1 in 3 millennials -- say they know someone addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers, according to a new survey from the American Psychiatric Association (APA).Also, most... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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