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Vaping promotes the same cellular responses found in smokers with emphysema  NEWS MEDICAL · 51 minutes
E-cigarette "vaping" is widely assumed to be safer than cigarette smoking, but scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have uncovered evidence suggesting... more
Anxiety, depression associated with increased opioid use following surgery  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 hour
Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the... more
Anxiety, depression linked to more opioid use after surgery  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 hours
Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the... more
Scorpion toxin that targets 'wasabi receptor' may help solve mystery of chronic pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 hours
Researchers have discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the 'wasabi receptor,' a chemical-sensing protein found in nerve cells that's responsible for the... more
E-cigs can trigger same lung changes seen in smokers, emphysema  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
Scientists found that the lungs of vapers -- like the lungs of smokers -- have elevated levels of protease enzymes, a condition known to cause emphysema in smokers.... more
Study explores obstacles to treating opioid use disorder with an effective medication  NEWS MEDICAL · 11 hours
In an effort to find ways to improve long-term outcomes for people with opioid use disorder, University of Massachusetts Amherst epidemiology researcher Elizabeth Evans... more
Massage Therapy Foundation announces research grant to address pain and opioid use in veterans  NEWS MEDICAL · 17 hours
The Massage Therapy Foundation has awarded $210,000 for a research grant to the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain... more
Medical News Today: How do nicotine-free e-cigarettes affect blood vessels?  MNT · 19 hours
New research looks into the short term effects of vaping on blood vessels. Nicotine-free e-cigarettes may be more harmful than experts previously believed. more
Reported illness among vapers reaches 150 possible cases  ABC NEWS · 21 hours
Officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases of breathing illness in people who vape more
Reported illnesses among vapers reaches 150 possible cases  ABC NEWS · 22 hours
Officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases of breathing illness in people who vape more
Hazardous patterns of prescription opioid misuse in the US  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Among adults aged 18 years and older, 31 percent used prescription opioids only as prescribed by a physician medically and 4 percent misused them. Thus, the overwhelming majority (88 percent)... more
Mysterious lung disease linked to vaping spreads across 14 US states  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
The CDC is investigating a series of cases of mysterious, severe lung disease. The cause is not known, but every patient uses an e-cigarette. more
North Carolina schools add e-cigs to 'no smoking' signs  ABC NEWS · 1 day
North Carolina public schools have added a picture of an electronic cigarette to their "no smoking" signs more
Drug that treat human breast cancer might also work for canine lung cancer  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Despite those velvet paintings of poker-playing dogs smoking pipes, cigars and cigarettes, our canine friends really don't use tobacco. But like many... more
Patients who start long-term buprenorphine treatment are less likely to use opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
In a first-ever randomized trial, patients at a short-term inpatient program began long-term outpatient treatment with buprenorphine before discharge, with better outcomes than detox... more
Quitting smoking associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Heavy cigarette smokers with at least a 20 pack-year smoking history can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 39% within five years if they quit, according to a... more
2 drug companies settle with counties in opioid-crisis suit  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Two drugmakers have reached settlements on claims filed by the first two Ohio counties set to go to trial in the national opioid lawsuit. more
Alternative to 'revolving door' of opioid detox and relapse  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
In a first-ever randomized trial, patients at a short-term inpatient program began long-term outpatient treatment with buprenorphine before discharge, with better outcomes than detox patients. more
Pharmaceutical company settles with counties in opioid suit  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Endo Pharmaceuticals says it has reached a settlement in its claims with the first two Ohio counties set to go to trial in the national opioid lawsuit. more
Quitting smoking could reduce risk of cardiovascular disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Heavy cigarette smokers with at least a 20 pack-year smoking history can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by 39% within five years if they quit, according to a study published today... more
Nicotine-free e-cigarettes can damage blood vessels  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A Penn study reveals single instance of vaping immediately leads to reduced vascular function. more
New addiction research center receives trove of molecules from embattled opioidmaker  Science Magazine · 2 days
Purdue Pharma will share drug candidates and blood samples with Oklahoma State University, the beneficiary of a previous legal settlement more
Cigarettes Can't Be Advertised On TV. Should Juul Ads Be Permitted?  NPR · 2 days
Though tobacco ads have been banned from TV for about 50 years, the marketing of electronic cigarettes isn't constrained by the law. Public health advocates consider... more
US attorney seeks to block plan for supervised drug center  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Photos of young people lost to the opioid crisis are perched outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Monday as a judge inside weighs a plan for a... more
SLU researchers receive $2.1 million to find non-addictive pain medications  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Neuropathic pain affects between 15 and 20 million people in the U.S. This type of pain can occur after injuries to the nervous system due to trauma, disease... more
Genetic variant increases risk of addiction in the presence of childhood stress  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
What causes some people to become alcoholics or drug abusers when faced with stress, but not others? This question has plagued addiction researchers for... more
Researchers find biological system that manages cells' response to opioid drug exposure  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
A team at Scripps Research in Florida has discovered a biological system that manages cells' response to opioid drug exposure. The unexpected discovery offers... more
CDC warns on lung diseases linked to vaping  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Vaping or using e-cigarettes has gained immense population over the past few years. It's widely regarded as a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking. Now, health officials warn against vaping as the Centers... more
Discovery of anti-opioid pathway offers new route to designing safer pain medications  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A team has discovered a biological system that manages cells' response to opioid drug exposure. The unexpected discovery offers new ideas for improving the... more
Mormon church warning: Beware of those fancy coffee drinks  ABC NEWS · 6 days
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name and that vaping is banned despite... more
Study finds no harm to newborns from opioid maintenance treatment during pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
A new Pharmacology Research & Perspectives study found no harm to newborns from opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) during pregnancy compared with no treatment. more
Doctors suspect vaping behind dozens of lung illnesses in US  ABC NEWS · 7 days
As many as 50 people in at least six states have come down with breathing illnesses that may be linked to vaping more
Million-dollar opioid drug ring started small, No. 2 says  ABC NEWS · 7 days
A Utah man who prosecutors call the second-in-command of a massive online opioid drug ring says it started with selling Adderall to pay for student loans more
Addiction intervention in hospital is a 'reachable moment'  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Patients who meet an addiction medicine consult team while they're in the hospital are twice as likely to participate in treatment for substance use disorder after they go home, according to new... more
Genetic behavioral screen identifies an orphan anti-opioid system  Science Magazine · 1 week
Opioids target the μ-opioid receptor (MOR) to produce unrivaled pain management but their addictive properties can lead to severe abuse. We developed a whole animal behavioral platform for unbiased discovery of genes... more
Does opioid maintenance treatment during pregnancy harm newborns?  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study found no harm to newborns from opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) during pregnancy compared with no treatment. more
US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 1 week
US makes new push to add disturbing images of smoking-related diseases to cigarettes more
Doctors can change opioid prescribing habits, but progress comes in small doses  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
When they started practicing medicine, most surgeons say, there was little or no information about just how many pain pills patients needed after specific... more
Surgeons report success in reducing opioid prescribing without increasing patients' pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study shows how one state's surgeons reduced the number of opioids they prescribed to thousands of patients -- without causing patients to feel more... more
Vaping companies sue to delay US review of e-cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Vaping companies sue US government to delay review of electronic cigarettes more
Vaping Is Causing Severe Breathing Problems in Some Teens  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Teens are coming down with serious breathing problems after vaping. It's a mystery why. more
Vaping companies sue to delay US e-cigarette review  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Vaping companies sue US government to delay review of electronic cigarettes more
Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Air pollution -- especially ozone air pollution which is increasing with climate change -- accelerates the progression of... more
Naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder during pregnancy, favorable for mom, baby  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Infants born to mothers taking naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder during pregnancy developed no signs of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) during their... more
Using cannabis and opioids for pain increases mental health issues  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Opioid misuse has become a significant public health problem. Despite efforts to control its use, opioid is still the most widely prescribed class of medicines. Now, a new... more
Hookah smoking not a safe option, finds new study  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
With the decline in cigarette smoking, students have taken to other ‘safer’ forms of smoking, especially hookah smoking. However, a pioneering study shows that a single puff from a hookah... more
Adults who combine opioids and cannabis have more mental health issues  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A researcher from the University of Houston has found that adults who take prescription opioids for severe pain are more likely to have increased anxiety, depression... more
Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Not a good mix: A researcher has found that adults who combine prescription opioids for severe pain and cannabis report elevated anxiety and depression... more
Cigarette butts pose big microplastic hazard in the oceans  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
You've seen it before: A driver idling at a stoplight flicks a cigarette butt out the window or a worker during a smoking break drops one to the sidewalk. more
New soft neural implant can be wirelessly controlled using a smartphone  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Researchers have developed a soft neural implant that can be wirelessly controlled using a smartphone. It is the first wireless neural device capable of indefinitely delivering... more
Region hit hard by opioids embraces jail-based treatment  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Officials in western Massachusetts are embracing a controversial solution as the region struggles with a dramatic spike in fatal overdoses: sending men to jail for court-ordered addiction treatment more
60% of privately insured children received opioids after tonsillectomy, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Sixty percent of privately insured children undergoing tonsil removal received opioids –with average prescriptions lasting about six to 10 days – a new study finds. more
NIH awards $2.3 million for pilot project to develop opioid vaccine  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The NIH has awarded $2.3M for a pilot project, led by Boston Children's Hospital, to develop a vaccine that would protect people with opioid use disorder... more
Study shows how cigarette smoke drives tumor aggressiveness in head and neck cancer  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world. The vast majority of cases are head and neck... more
Over $1.6 million grants to support research on opioid pain medication use during pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
An interdisciplinary team of experts from Indiana University, along with other researchers across the U.S. and Sweden, have received grants... more
Survey shows increasing use of opioids to treat migraine headaches  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
An increasing number of Americans are using opioids to treat their migraine headaches, despite the fact that opioids are not the recommended first-line therapy for migraine in most... more
Cancer Patients Get Rare Blood Infection After Nurse Dilutes Opioids with Tap Water  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Half a dozen cancer patients in New York developed a rare infection after they received injectable opioids that a nurse had diluted... more
New data indicate rise in opioid use for migraine treatment  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
An increasing number of Americans are using opioids to treat their migraine headaches, despite the fact that opioids are not the recommended first-line therapy for migraine in most... more
Opioid use and misuse 3 months after ED visit for acute pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Opioid use at the three-month follow-up in emergency department patients discharged with an opioid prescription for acute pain is relatively low and not necessarily... more
Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths. more
Marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new Economic Inquiry study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths more
New study explores the effects of cannabis on brain neurochemistry  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new Addiction Biology study provides the first evidence of a blunted response to stress-induced dopamine signaling in the brain's prefrontal cortex in individuals at high risk for... more
Feds clarify change on opioid meds for government workers  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Feds clarify that limits on opioid painkillers for government employees will apply to those injured on the job more
Smartphone-controlled soft brain implant to treat brain disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression, pain disorders and addictions could now be treated from within the brain itself using an intriguing new soft implant in the brain itself. more
Scientists can now manipulate brain cells using smartphone  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Researchers have developed a soft neural implant capable of delivering multiple drugs and colour lights which neuroscientists believe can speed up efforts to uncover brain diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, addiction, depression,... more
Medical News Today: Could a cannabis substance replace opioid pain relievers?  MNT · 2 weeks
Canada-based scientists have finally discovered how the cannabis plant produces molecules that may relieve pain without the risk of addiction. more
Opioid use recovery requires persistence, range of services  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Successful recovery from opioid use disorder appears to be even more challenging than recovery from alcohol use disorder, and individuals with opioid use problems may require more intensive medical, psychological and social... more
Scientists can now manipulate brain cells using smartphone  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A team of scientists have invented a device that can control neural circuits using a tiny brain implant controlled by a smartphone. The device could speed up efforts to uncover brain diseases... more
New core curriculum designed to educate primary care providers on substance use disorders  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Dr. Michelle Lofwall, professor of behavioral science and psychiatry in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, is one of three national... more
E-cigarette giant Juul's campaign donations favor Democrats  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
E-cigarette giant Juul Labs donated nearly $100,000 to members of Congress during the first half of 2019, with most of the money going to Democrats. more
Hospitalizations highlight potential dangers of e-cigs to teens’ lungs  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
E-cigarette use can harm the lungs, and eight Wisconsin teens who developed severe lung injuries after vaping may be the latest victims. more
Investigating alternatives to opioids for dogs in pain  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Opioids are among the most effective pain relievers in dogs and cats, but amid the U.S. opioid crisis it has become much more difficult for animal hospitals to access these drugs. This,... more
Medical News Today: Cigarette smoke increases superbug's antibiotic resistance  MNT · 3 weeks
Scientists have exposed bacterial strains to cigarette smoke in the laboratory and found that the smoke increased the bacteria's resistance to antibiotics. more
Arizona asks for US Supreme Court involvement in opioid case  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Arizona's attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to force the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, to return billions of dollars they took out of... more
Vaping trends and detrimental effects of e-cigarette usage  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
In recent news, researchers have found that the liquid used in e-cigarettes, when heated, reacts to form irritating chemicals called acetals, formed from chemicals used to flavor and perfume foods and other... more
Ketamine isn't an opioid and treats depression in a unique way  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Ketamine has gotten a bad rap as an opioid when there's plenty of evidence suggesting it isn't one, experts say. They believe this reputation may hamper... more
Connecticut launches investigation into vaping health claims  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Connecticut is joining other states in investigating vaping manufacturer Juul Labs more
Astrocytic MORs in the hippocampus responsible for conditioned place preference  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
If somebody asks me "are you a coffee addict?" I may say, "Yeah it seems like, but on the one condition, only in my office." I don't have... more
Penn State researchers explore how the opioid epidemic affects society  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The devastating consequences of the opioid crisis are far-reaching in the United States, impacting public health as well as social and economic welfare. more
Cigarette smoke can make MRSA bacterium more resistant to antibiotics  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Cigarette smoke can make MRSA bacterial strains more resistant to antibiotics, new research from the University of Bath has shown. more
Irritating Compounds Can Show Up In 'Vape Juice'  NPR · 3 weeks
Among the possibly harmful compounds are "acetals," which form when some ingredients combine on the shelf and can inflame airways when inhaled, researchers say. more
Researchers estimate societal costs of the opioid epidemic  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The devastating consequences of the opioid crisis are far-reaching in the United States, impacting public health as well as social and economic welfare. more
Irritating Compounds Discovered In 'Vape Juice'  NPR · 3 weeks
Research chemists who analyzed a number of flavored e-liquids found that some ingredients combine on the shelf to create "acetals" — compounds likely to irritate or inflame airways when inhaled. more
Opioid use score does not predict adverse patient outcomes after spinal surgery  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
An opioid use score based on state prescription databases does not predict complications or other adverse outcomes in patients undergoing spinal surgery, reports a... more
Big question in opioid suits: How to divide any settlement  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A big question looms as roughly 2,000 state and local governments seek to hold the drug industry accountable for the nation's opioid crisis: How to divide the money... more
UChicago awarded $17 million grant to tackle opioid addiction in criminal justice settings  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
It's estimated that more than 130 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. Particularly at risk are people transitioning through the... more
The science behind giving up  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Findings offer new insight into the complex world of motivation and reward by discovering the science behind giving up. The study is among the first to describe the effects of the complex nociception modulatory system. The researchers said... more
Juul exec: Never intended electronic cigarette for teens  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Juul co-founder says company never intended its electronic cigarettes to be used by underage teens more
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