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Vagus nerve stimulation may hold potential to reduce drug cravings, study shows
NEWS MEDICAL A new preclinical study led by a University of Texas at Dallas researcher shows that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy might have the potential... 15 hours
Potential way to reduce drug cravings: Vagus nerve stimulation therapy
SCIENCE DAILY A new preclinical study shows that vagus nerve stimulation therapy might have the potential to help people overcome drug addiction by helping them learn new behaviors to replace... 20 hours
Researcher finds potential way to reduce drug cravings
SCIENCE DAILY A new preclinical study shows that vagus nerve stimulation therapy might have the potential to help people overcome drug addiction by helping them learn new behaviors to replace those associated with seeking... 22 hours
SCS therapy can be key to reducing use of opioids in patients battling chronic pain, study finds
NEWS MEDICAL New research has found spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy can be key to reducing... 4 days
Experts slash opioid use while improving pain scores, study finds
SCIENCE DAILY A study of more than 100,000 surgical cases found patients’ pain scores improved even as doctors gave fewer opioids. As health officials across the U.S. look for ways... 5 days
Key signaling protein associated with addiction controls the actions of oxycodone on pain
MNT RGS9-2, a key signaling protein in the brain known to play a critical role in the development of addiction-related behaviors, acts as... 5 days
Opioids produce analgesia via immune cells
SCIENCE DAILY Opioids are the most powerful painkillers. Researchers have now found that the analgesic effects of opioids are not exclusively mediated by opioid receptors in the brain, but can also be mediated via the activation of receptors... 7 days
Analgesic effects of opioids can be mediated via immune cells
NEWS MEDICAL Opioids are the most powerful painkillers. Researchers at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have now found that the analgesic effects of opioids are not exclusively mediated by opioid... 1 week
A new twist on fusion power could help bring limitless clean energy
PHYS.ORG VIDEO In a world struggling to kick its addiction to fossil fuels and feed its growing appetite for energy, there's one technology in development that... 1 week
Reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse coronary atherosclerosis
NEWS MEDICAL People who use cocaine regularly are at high risk of coronary artery disease. A study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, reports... 2 weeks
Frequent online social interactions may mitigate symptoms of game addiction in teenagers
NEWS MEDICAL Teenagers who play video games for more than four hours a day suffer from symptoms of depression, but frequent use of social media and... 2 weeks
OHSU research suggests avenue for developing non-addictive treatments for chronic pain
NEWS MEDICAL OHSU research suggests an avenue for developing treatments for chronic pain that harness the medicinal properties of cannabis while minimizing the threat of addiction. 2 weeks
Pain promoter also acts as pain reliever
SCIENCE-NEWS A pain-sensing protein also regulates activity of pain-relieving opioids. 2 weeks
Remembering where to get high
SCIENCE DAILY Addiction-related memories are exceptionally strong and stable, suggesting that addictive drugs remodel the brain’s circuitry in a prominent and lasting way. In the past decade, researchers have used mouse models to unravel how cellular changes in the nucleus... 2 weeks
Hormonal fluctuations make women more sensitive to addictive properties of cocaine, study reveals
NEWS MEDICAL Hormonal fluctuations women undergo make them particularly sensitive, compared to men, to the addictive properties of cocaine, according to a study conducted... 2 weeks
Risky opioid prescribing rates drop after new VA initiative, study finds
NEWS MEDICAL Fewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a national initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, a... 2 weeks
Researchers reveal connection between female estrogen cycle, addictive potential of cocaine
SCIENCE DAILY A new study shows how high estrogen release during the estrus cycle increases the pleasure felt via the brain’s reward pathway. 2 weeks
Cocaine addicts make riskier decisions than healthy people after losing potential reward
NEWS MEDICAL People addicted to cocaine make riskier decisions than healthy people after losing a potential reward, according to a study published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive... 2 weeks
American effort reduced risky opioid prescriptions for veterans, study finds
SCIENCE DAILY Fewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a national initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, a new study... 2 weeks
New framework could help online addicts reduce their usage
SCIENCE DAILY Research has shown that internet addicts do not always feel guilty about their usage, and in many cases, they do not even perceive their usage as problematic. A new model... 2 weeks
Cocaine users make riskier decisions after losing a gamble
SCIENCE DAILY People addicted to cocaine make riskier decisions than healthy people after losing a potential reward, according to a study. In the study, researchers show that this heightened sensitivity to loss... 2 weeks
New model could help internet addicts realize problem and reduce usage
NEWS MEDICAL Research has shown that internet addicts do not always feel guilty about their usage, and in many cases, they do not even perceive their usage as... 2 weeks
Gambling addiction triggers the same brain areas as drug and alcohol cravings
MNT Gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, suggests new research. 3 weeks
Study identifies factors linked to disengagement from treatment for opioid use disorder
NEWS MEDICAL Individuals with opioid use disorder who are treated with buprenorphine, a commonly prescribed drug to treat addiction, are more likely to disengage from treatment... 3 weeks
Researchers identify factors associated with stopping treatment for opioid dependence
SCIENCE DAILY Individuals with opioid use disorder who are treated with buprenorphine, a commonly prescribed drug to treat addiction, are more likely to disengage from treatment programs if they are... 3 weeks
Study provides vital clues into biology of gambling addiction
NEWS MEDICAL Gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, suggests new research. 3 weeks
Gambling addiction triggers the same brain areas as drug and alcohol cravings
SCIENCE DAILY Gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, suggests new research. 3 weeks
Psychiatric and behavioral conditions are important risk factors for long-term opioid use
NEWS MEDICAL A wide range of pre-existing psychiatric and behavioral conditions and the use of psychoactive drugs could be important risk factors leading to long-term use... 4 weeks
Psychiatric conditions linked to increased risk of long-term opioid use
SCIENCE DAILY A wide range of pre-existing psychiatric and behavioral conditions and the use of psychoactive drugs could be important risk factors leading to long-term use of opioid pain medications. 4 weeks
Medical News Today: Could a narcolepsy drug help combat food addiction?
MNT Researchers found that a prescription drug used to treat narcolepsy reduced impulsivity in men, which is considered a driver of food addiction and obesity. 4 weeks
Could a narcolepsy drug help combat food addiction?
MNT Researchers found that a prescription drug used to treat narcolepsy reduced impulsivity in men, which is considered a driver of food addiction and obesity. 4 weeks
Gulf Breeze Recovery underscores importance of high-quality programs for treating opioid addiction
NEWS MEDICAL As opioid addiction hits record highs, Gulf Breeze Recovery, a Florida-based addiction recovery center, stresses the importance of high-quality, successful programs for treating addiction. 4 weeks
Fighting painkiller addiction at home
PSYCPORT A tamper-resistant electronic pill dispenser for use at home dispenses a drug to curb cravings and prevent abuse while waiting to get in a treatment program. 1 month
How scientists are hunting for a safer opioid painkiller
SCIENCE-NEWS Scientists are sorting through chemical structures, twisting and turning known drugs and exploring new ways to ease pain. 1 month
MedUni Vienna scientists show that addictive cravings can be detected after death
NEWS MEDICAL A protein known as FosB in the reward centre of the brain alters in chronically ill people suffering from an addictive disorder (e.g. heroin... 1 month
Addictive cravings still detectable after death
SCIENCE DAILY A protein known as FosB in the reward centre of the brain alters in chronically ill people suffering from an addictive disorder (e.g. heroin addiction): it is genetically modified, split off and shortened. This modification under... 1 month
Deaths from Fentanyl Overdoses Double in a Single Year
LIVE SCIENCE The number of people in the U.S. who died from an overdose of the opioid painkiller fentanyl more than doubled in just a single year, according to a new report. 1 month
Study: Communities Most Affected By Opioid Epidemic Also Voted For Trump
NPR Voting patterns show that areas where Donald Trump did well were also places where opiate overdoses and deaths occurred. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Shannon Monnat... 1 month
Startup Ransomly keeps phone addicts in check
PHYS.ORG Zack Prager, 39, doesn't like to wash the dishes. In fact, to the chagrin of his fiance, the San Diego software developer has been known to choose app time, particularly Facebook and Instagram time,... 1 month
Over-the-counter antioxidant may promote reductions in alcohol use in marijuana-dependent teens
NEWS MEDICAL An over-the-counter antioxidant known as N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is showing early promise at promoting abstinence from or reduced use of alcohol in marijuana-dependent adolescents, report researchers at... 1 month
Drug for narcolepsy could help food addicts lose weight
SCIENCE DAILY Overweight people could be given help with the discovery that a drug used for sleep disorder could also reduce the impulse for food, report scientists. 1 month
Rural communities see steep increase in babies born with opioid withdrawal
SCIENCE DAILY The number of babies born with drug withdrawal symptoms from opioids grew substantially faster in rural communities than in cities, a new study suggests. 1 month
Opioid users treated in compulsory drug detention centre more likely to relapse, study shows
NEWS MEDICAL People with chronic opioid use disorders are more likely to relapse and do so sooner if they are treated in... 2 months
Geisinger physicians report opioid therapy to be ineffective in treating chronic pain
NEWS MEDICAL A new study by a pair of Geisinger Health System physicians reports that the use of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain is not... 2 months
PinnacleHealth’s initiative helps reduce opioid prescriptions in primary care setting
NEWS MEDICAL PinnacleHealth Medical Group, a network of more than 200 primary care providers and specialists, singled out opioid abuse epidemic and initiated a formal opioid reduction program in 2014. 2 months
QUT neuroscientist shows how brainpower could be key to mange stress and lose weight
NEWS MEDICAL A QUT neuroscientist internationally acclaimed for her research on alcohol and sugar addiction claims brainpower rather than willpower is the... 2 months
Researchers developing opioid vaccines to help prevent overdose fatalities
NEWS MEDICAL In 2014, the number of deaths from opioid overdoses in the U.S. jumped to its highest level on record. The spike brought national attention to the epidemic and the awareness... 2 months
Toward opioid vaccines that can help prevent overdose fatalities
PHYS.ORG In 2014, the number of deaths from opioid overdoses in the U.S. jumped to its highest level on record. The spike brought national attention to the epidemic and the awareness... 2 months
Risk for misuse of opioids and stimulants: what does employment status have to do with it?
MNT Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that employment status is a factor... 2 months
Study examines link between employment status and nonmedical use of prescription opioids
NEWS MEDICAL Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that employment status is a factor in nonmedical use of prescription opioids and prescription... 2 months
A new twist on fusion power could help bring limitless clean energy
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