Addiction
Spotting slavery from space, and using iPads for communication disorders  Science Magazine · 11 hours
On this week’s show: We go to the AAAS annual meeting to talk communication disorders, we use satellites to spy on modern slavery, and we read a book... more
Medical News Today: Through my eyes: Opiate addiction  MNT · 12 hours
I remember my doctor telling me, 'Now, don’t get hooked on these sweetheart,' but it was too late. I already was. This is the story of my opiate addiction. more
More states say doctors must offer overdose reversal drug along with opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 19 hours
In a growing number of states, patients who get opioids for serious pain may leave their doctors' offices with a second prescription — for... more
Acetaminophen significantly reduced in-hospital delirium  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Patients treated with acetaminophen demonstrated a significant reduction in in-hospital delirium. Moreover, those given acetaminophen also were more likely to have shorter stays in the intensive care unit, less breakthrough pain. Those patients who did experience delirium had... more
Peer support, healing hands may curb prescription opioid misuse  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A program offering group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may help prevent patients on prescription opioids from spiraling down to drug misuse, overdose and death, according to a... more
Heavy cigarette smoking could damage vision, say researchers  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
New research suggests that smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day may damage a person’s vision and disrupt their ability to see colors. more
ERs often miss chance to send overdose survivors to addiction treatment programs  ABC NEWS · 2 days
The ability divert ER patients into addiction recovery programs is often lacking. more
Smoking More Than 20 Cigarettes a Day Can Damage Vision, Study Says  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Heavy smokers – those who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day — have significant changes in the red-green and blue-yellow color vision and a... more
Heavy smoking can damage vision  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can damage your vision, researchers find. more
Heavy smoking could lead to vision loss, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can damage your vision, a study co-authored by a Rutgers researcher finds. more
Smoking may blight immune response against melanoma and reduce survival  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Melanoma patients with a history of smoking cigarettes are 40 per cent less likely to survive their skin cancer than people who have never smoked, according to a... more
Study finds genetic vulnerability to use of menthol cigarettes  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
A genetic variant found only in people of African descent significantly increases a smoker's preference for cigarettes containing menthol, a flavor additive. more
Vapers develop cancer-related gene deregulation as cigarette smokers  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
If you think vaping is benign, think again. A small USC study shows that e-cig users develop some of the same cancer-related molecular changes in oral tissue as cigarette smokers, adding to... more
Genetic vulnerability to menthol cigarette use  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A genetic variant found only in people of African descent significantly increases a smoker's preference for cigarettes containing menthol, a flavor additive. The variant of the MRGPRX4 gene is five to eight times more frequent among... more
Opioid maker used rap video to push powerful painkiller  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a human-size bottle of a highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps... more
Drug company used rap video to push for higher doses, sales  ABC NEWS · 7 days
Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a life-size bottle of a highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant... more
New therapeutic molecules show promise in reversing memory loss related to depression, aging  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
New therapeutic molecules developed at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health show promise in reversing the memory loss linked to depression... more
Medical News Today: How does smoking affect people with asthma?  MNT · 1 week
Smoking, second-hand smoke, and e-cigarette vapor can all aggravate a person's asthma symptoms. Learn more about the link between asthma and smoking here. more
Breakthrough test developed to measure pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A breakthrough test developed by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers to measure pain in patients could help stem the tide of the opioid crisis in Indiana, and throughout the rest of the nation. more
Fentanyl deaths from 'Mexican oxy' pills hit Arizona hard  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A flood of illicit fentanyl flowing from Mexico into the Southwest is pushing the synthetic opioid into the top spot for all fatal drug overdoses in the U.S more
Insurance rules make it harder to treat opioid use disorder  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Insurance industry cost-control measures may be worsening the nation's opioid epidemic by limiting access to a key medication that treats addiction, according to experts. more
Relapse dreams more common in people with severe alcohol, drug addiction history  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Vivid dreams involving drinking and drug use are common among individuals in recovery. A study from the Massachusetts General Hospital Recovery Research Institute, published... more
Drinking and drug-use dreams in recovery tied to more severe addiction history  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Vivid dreams involving drinking and drug use are common among individuals in recovery. A study finds these relapse dreams are more common in those... more
An "epidemic" of vaping amongst US teens  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this week that in 2018 there are around 4.9 million American teenagers who are using tobacco in the form of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and... more
Medical News Today: How safe are e-cigarettes? The debate continues  MNT · 1 week
As more people use e-cigarettes, debates about their safety continue. For now, NHS England and Scotland conclude that smoking tobacco does more harm. more
Mild ecstasy use linked to greater empathy, PTSD research  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
MDMA or ecstasy is a popular rave drug used in party circuits to generate euphoria and become more sociable. Researchers from the University of Exeter and University College London have... more
Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A large study shows cigarette smoking rates for U.S. kids have stopped falling, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible more
New heated tobacco device causes same damage to lung cells as e-cigs and smoking, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study that directly compares new heated tobacco devices with vaping and traditional cigarettes shows... more
New heated tobacco device is as toxic as vaping and traditional cigarettes  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study that directly compares new heated tobacco devices with vaping and traditional cigarettes shows that all three are toxic to human lung... more
Hormonal cycles may make women more prone to drug addiction, higher relapse rates  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Women's hormonal cycles may not only make them more prone to drug addiction but also more affected by triggers that lead to... more
Coroners issue warnings following new opioid death spikes  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Coroners in two of Ohio's largest counties have issued drug abuse warnings following the reappearance of an opioid so powerful it's sometimes used to sedate elephants more
Changing nature of opioid epidemic could be responsible for increase in overdose deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The opioid epidemic in the United States could be responsible for 700,000 overdose deaths between 2016 and 2025, according to a new... more
Novel protein sensor allows researchers to observe nicotine's movements in cells  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
When a person takes a puff on a cigarette, nicotine floods into the brain, latching onto receptors on the surface of neurons and producing feelings of... more
FDA questions Juul, Altria commitment to combat teen vaping  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
FDA questions commitment to stop teen vaping from e-cigarette maker Juul, partner Altria more
Feds halt 2 Tennessee pharmacies' opioid dispensing for now  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A prosecutor says the Justice Department has filed a first-of-its-kind complaint to stop two Tennessee pharmacies, their owner and three pharmacists from dispensing opioids and other controlled substances more
FDA wants new meetings with Juul, Altria on teen vaping  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
FDA wants new meetings with e-cigarette maker Juul and partner Altria, questions commitment to stopping teen vaping more
JUUL under scrutiny for raising nicotine levels in e-cigarettes  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new report has been released that scrutinizes the steady nicotine increases in flavored e-cigarettes by the popular vaping company, JUUL. more
What ‘dope sick’ really feels like  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Detoxing off heroin or opioids without medication is sheer hell. I should know. For many users, full-blown withdrawal is often foreshadowed by a yawn, or perhaps a runny nose, a sore back, sensitive skin or a... more
Indoor smoking bans may not fully protect children, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The harmful effects of exposure to tobacco smoke have been known for many years. Cigarette and cigar smokers are at significantly higher risk of contracting all sorts of... more
JUUL raises nicotine levels in its e-cigarettes  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Popular e-cigarette manufacturer Juul is one of the fastest growing vaping companies around. It has been targeting youngsters and adolescents with their flavoured e-cigarettes. The company has recently come under scrutiny for steadily raising... more
Game behavior can give a hint about player gender  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers from ITMO University report that they have predicted personality features such as gender using data from an online gaming platform. This is one of the first studies of machine... more
MUSC researchers examine the way estrogen affects drug addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Male rats have held steady as the focus of most addiction studies in the past. But as the field begins to take female rats into account, scientists see that drugs like methamphetamine... more
New study points to potential cure for addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The Akay Lab biomedical research team at the University of Houston is reporting in the journal Nature Scientific Reports that a possible cure for addiction may be found by following the pathways... more
Nicotine while pregnant alters genes, study suggests  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers report that a possible cure for addiction may be found by following the pathways of significantly altered dopamine neurons in newborns who were chronically exposed to nicotine in utero. more
US attorney in Philadelphia sues over safe injection site  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia has filed suit to stop a nonprofit from opening a safe injection site to address the city's opioid problem more
New study estimates prevalence and risk factors for misuse of prescribed opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety study estimates the prevalence and risk factors for self-reported misuse of prescribed opioids in the general adult population. more
HEROES awarded two grants to support opioid intervention program in Houston  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The Houston Emergency Response Opioid Engagement System was recently awarded two grants that will help fund the opioid intervention program through the end of 2020. more
Are Electronic Cigarettes Facilitating Illicit Drug Use?  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
In this interview, Dr. Michelle Peace provides an introduction to her research into the use of e-cigarettes for the inhalation of illicit drugs. more
Opioid-related auto fatalities in Maryland remain stable from 2006 to 2017  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new approach to defining opioid-related auto fatalities provides insight into the nature and distribution of opioid-involved deaths in the state of Maryland, say the authors... more
OxyContin reformulation to curb opioid abuse led to hepatitis C surge, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Public health officials have blamed the shift from prescription opioids to injectable heroin as a cause of the rise in hepatitis C... more
Blog Post » NIMH and the HEAL Initiative: Collaborating to address the opioid epidemic  NIMH · 2 weeks
Dr. Gordon discusses NIMH’s role in the HEAL (Helping End Addiction Long-term SM) Initiative -- the National Institutes of Health(NIH)’s... more
Fatal opioid-related car crashes in maryland hold steady over decade  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new approach to defining opioid-related auto fatalities provides insight into the nature and distribution of opioid-involved deaths in the state of Maryland. more
Rise in overdoses from opioids in diarrhea drug  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A new study has uncovered a new threat in the opiate epidemic: overdoses of loperamide, an over-the-counter diarrhea medication, have been steadily increasing in number and severity nationwide over five years. more
The Truth About E-cigarettes: Quit Smoking this World Cancer Day  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
We asked Dr. Lion Shahab, one of the UK's leading experts on e-cigarettes and smoking, to provide the truth about the safety of vaping and for his advice... more
Must-reads of the week from Brianna Labuskes  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Happy Friday! I’m here to tell you that if you aren’t following the Subsys opioid trial you are missing out—salacious and horrifying details galore are emerging, including stories about executives giving doctors lap dances.... more
Lawsuit details how the Sackler family allegedly built an Oxycontin fortune  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The first nine months of 2013 started off as a banner year for the Sackler family, owners of the pharmaceutical company that produces OxyContin, the addictive... more
Opioid overdose epidemic likely to increase in the U.S in coming years  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A study from investigators at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Technology Assessment projects that the opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S. is likely... more
Worsening of overdose crisis predicted: Limits of focusing on prescription opioids  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A study from investigators projects that the opioid overdose epidemic in the US is likely to increase in coming years, and that measures based on restricting... more
E-cigarette flavorings shown to be harmful to the human lungs  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Scientists have discovered that two chemicals that are commonly used to flavor e-cigarettes can cause harm to the human lungs. more
Chemicals used to flavor e-cigs may impair lung function  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Two chemicals widely used to flavor electronic cigarettes may be impairing the function of cilia in the human airway, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School... more
News Brief: Senate Rebuke, Opioid Lawsuit, Gene-Editing Embryos  NPR · 3 weeks
Senate rebukes Trump's Syria decision. Legal documents allegedly detail allegations of years of deceptive opioid practices. A new experiment in the U.S. aimes at creating gene-edited human embryos. more
Opioid maker considered profiting off addiction treatment  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Newly disclosed court documents reveal that the company behind a prescription painkiller at the heart of the nation's overdose crisis considered marketing anti-addiction drugs more
Vaping twice as good as gum for quitting smoking finds study  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study has revealed that using e-cigarettes are twice as effective as chewing nicotine containing gum or using nicotine skin patches in quitting smoking. The... more
Lawsuit: Opioid maker considered move into addiction drugs  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Newly disclosed court documents reveal that the company behind a prescription painkiller at the heart of the nation's overdose crisis considered marketing anti-addiction drugs more
Facebook at 15: It's not all bad, but now it must be good  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
It is almost too easy to bash Facebook these days. Nearly a third of Americans feel the country's most popular social media... more
E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as nicotine replacement treatments, shows new study  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as nicotine replacement treatments, such as patches and gum, at helping smokers to quit, according to... more
E-cigs outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
E-cigarettes beat nicotine gum and patches when it comes to quitting smoking more
Use of e-cigarettes increases risk of stroke, heart attack, coronary heart disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Using e-cigarettes increases your odds of having a stroke, heart attack and coronary heart disease, according to preliminary research to be presented in Honolulu... more
Research finds steep rise in infection-related stroke due to opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The opioid epidemic is fueling a steep rise in infection-related stroke hospitalizations, according to preliminary research to be presented in Honolulu at the American Stroke Association's... more
E-Cigarettes Linked to Heart Attacks, Strokes  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
A new study has found a link between e-cigarette use and an increased risk of stroke and heart attacks. more
Forensic anthropologist to study impact of opioid addiction on bones  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Bones are a living record that constantly change over a person's life. Forensic anthropologists are tasked with deciphering clues from bones, and their study of skeletal remains aids... more
Witness: Exec gave lap dance to doctor in drug bribes scheme  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A former employee of a drug company that's accused of bribing doctors to write prescriptions for its highly addictive fentanyl spray says she watched her boss... more
CHOP physician-researchers analyze opioid prescription patterns in children  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
As the opioid epidemic continues to plague the United States, physician-researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia analyzed prescription patterns in children. more
Study highlights the detrimental effect of prescription opioids on labor markets  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Prescription opioids may be negatively affecting labor force participation and unemployment nationwide, according to findings in a new study co-authored by economists at the University of... more
Prosecutor: Drug founder driven by greed in bribing doctors  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A federal prosecutor says a drug company founder was driven by greed to bribe doctors around the country to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray more
Injection of opioids may increase infective endocarditis risk  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
People who inject drugs are at a high risk for a number of health issues. In a new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, researchers discovered a significant... more
'I couldn't save him': One family's pain after an overdose  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Hundreds of thousands of American families have buried loved ones lost to the opioid epidemic more
Opioid injecting linked to substantial rise in bacterial heart infections  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A study of people who inject drugs found a significant increase in the risk of infective endocarditis, a serious infection of the lining of the heart, possibly linked... more
New research reveals that prescription opioids are used long-term to treat severe osteoarthritis  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
New research published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology, reveals that prescription opioids are commonly... more
Moms of the dead from drugs: "Where is the outrage for us?"  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A mom who lost her own son to opioids now leads an organization of parents just like her. They do what they can to... more
Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Q&A: Federal response to opioids encompasses treatment, criminal enforcement and research. But is it helping? more
After the overdose: A family's journey into grief and guilt  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The scope of the opioid epidemic is tallied in increasingly grim death counts. Twenty years in, the crisis has claimed more than 400,000 lives. Each of those lost... more
Families hoping for justice from prescription bribes trial  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The trial of a drug company founder accused of scheming to bribe doctors into prescribing a powerful painkiller is putting a spotlight on the deadly opioid crisis more
Penn's novel ERAS protocol for spinal surgery patients reduces opioid use  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A novel "Enhanced Recovery After Surgery" (ERAS) protocol developed by Penn Medicine for patients undergoing spinal and peripheral nerve surgery significantly reduced opioid use. more
Researchers find promising technique for estimating rural intravenous drug use  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A study published today in the American Journal of Public Health estimates that 1,857 people injected drugs in the last six months in Cabell County, W.Va., a rural... more
Cocaine addiction: Could targeting this brain circuit prevent relapse?  MNT · 4 weeks
Scientists identify a brain circuit that strengthens with cocaine use and demonstrate how weakening its connections can reduce drug-seeking in rats. more
Medical News Today: Cocaine addiction: Could targeting this brain circuit prevent relapse?  MNT · 4 weeks
Scientists identify a brain circuit that strengthens with cocaine use and demonstrate how weakening its connections can reduce drug-seeking in rats. more
Columbia researchers develop 'Cascade of Care' model to reduce opioid overdose and death  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 50, as the opioid epidemic continues unabated.... more
New book says mindfulness is key to breaking work addiction  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Bryan Robinson describes his book as an “ultimate guide to finding time to relax, slow down and live better.” more
African Americans who smoke cigarettes are more likely to develop peripheral artery disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
African Americans who smoke cigarettes are more likely than those who don't smoke to develop peripheral artery disease, according to new research... more
UC team designs new naloxone-dispensing smart device  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Like many cities across the country, Cincinnati has been rocked by the opioid epidemic, with an ever-fluctuating range of 50 to 80 overdoses per week across the Tristate. Many of those victims are revived... more
Opioid overdose patients can be safely discharged an hour after administration of naloxone  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 month
Suspected opioid overdose patients treated with naloxone are safe for discharge from the emergency department after one hour. more
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