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    Anyone thinking of giving up smoking as a New Year's resolution should think carefully about what quitting aids they should use to help achieve this — particularly if the results of a new study are anything to go by. Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine suggests that a commonly prescribed drug to help those who smoke to quit, called varenicline (brand name Chantix), may raise the risk of having a cardiovascular event. Cardiovascular events are...
  2. The desperate fight to stop fentanyl from invading California

    No longer just a problem for the East Coast and the Midwest, the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is showing up in California's street drugs too, moving public health groups to take steps to lessen its impact. In 2015, 135 Californians died from fentanyl overdoses, according to preliminary data from the California Department of Public Health. The agency says that number jumped to 234 in 2016. While the raw number of deaths is relatively small for a state the size of California, the...
  3. Psilocybin Might Treat Depression By Reviving Emotional Responsiveness In The Brain

    New research suggests that psilocybin-assisted therapy helps alleviate treatment-resistant depression by reviving emotional responsiveness in the brain. Psilocybin is the primary mind-altering substance in psychedelic “magic” mushrooms. The drug can profoundly alter the way a person experiences the world by producing changes in mood, sensory perception, time perception, and sense of self. The new study, published in the scientific journal Neuropharmacology, found that depressed people had...
  4. The most vulnerable need advocates to campaign on their behalf: New Zealand's experience of naloxone

    Getting naloxone into the community was recommended by the World Health Organisation, and some countries like the USA, Australia, Scotland, Wales have made excellent progress, but here in New Zealand it has been difficult to get naloxone on the drug policy agenda let alone into the community, despite the fact that Coroner data indicates that every week someone dies of an opioid overdose. Why should this be so difficult when naloxone has no abuse potential, is relatively cheap, easy to...
  5. Gene Therapy For Inherited Blindness Sets Precedent: $850,000 Price Tag

    A landmark gene therapy to treat a rare, inherited form of blindness will cost $850,000 — a price tag so daunting that its maker will offer health insurers partial rebates if the drug doesn't work and is seeking to pilot an installment payment option. The drug, called Luxturna, is the realization of a long-sought scientific dream: The one-time treatment corrects a faulty gene to improve vision, allowing patients to see the stars or their parents' faces. Only 1,000 to 2,000 people in the...
  6. The Upcoming MDMA Research Will Transform Mental Health Care

    For decades I have dreamed of giving MDMA (the recreational form is known as ecstasy or molly) to patients legally. In the early 1980s I prescribed MDMA legally. At the time, the power of this simple molecule to relieve emotional suffering and heal relationships deeply moved and inspired me as a psychiatrist. Then in 1985 the DEA chose to place MDMA in the most restrictive Schedule I category. Now, almost thirty years later, I will again dose a patient with MDMA legally as a member of the...
  7. The evidence keeps piling up: e-cigarettes are definitely safer than smoking

    Although not harmless, the evidence is unequivocal that vaping is much safer than smoking. But misinformation and scaremongering could still be putting people off switching Search for the term ‘vaping’ online and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it is an activity fraught with risks. The top stories relate to health problems, explosions and that vaping leads to smoking in teenagers. For the average smoker seeking information on vaping, a quick internet search offers little reassurance....
  8. Fasting downregulates 5-HT2C receptors

    There is a lot of information about health benefits of fasting, both physical and psychological. Its benefits range from improving Insulin sensitivity to making you happier. The study that focused on the Abelson helper integration site 1 (Ahi1) protein as a mediator of feeding behavior has found its critical role in appetite control. It was found that while fasting increased Ahi1 expression, it decreased the expression of 5-HT2C receptors in the hypothalamus. The 5-HT2C receptor is a...
  9. Antidepressants During Pregnancy Increase Risk of Psychiatric Diagnosis in Children

    New research, based on data from almost a million children in Denmark, suggests that mothers who use antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to have children who are diagnosed with psychological problems. In fact, mothers who continued using antidepressants during pregnancy were 27% more likely to have a child with a psychiatric diagnosis than mothers who discontinued use before becoming pregnant. Specifically, children were 176% more likely to develop a mood disorder, and 23% more...
  10. FDA Approves SUBLOCADE™ (Buprenorphine Extended-Release), the First and Only Once-Monthly Injectable

    [URL]http://www.indivior.com/investor-news/fda-approves-sublocade-buprenorphine-extended-release-first-monthly-injectable-buprenorphine-formulation-treat-moderate-severe-opioid-use-disorder/[/URL] FDA Approves SUBLOCADE™ (Buprenorphine Extended-Release), the First and Only Once-Monthly Injectable Buprenorphine Formulation to Treat Moderate to Severe Opioid Use Disorder 11.30.2017 | PDF Version Click here for SUBLOCADE: Product Details, Clinical Information and Price Fact Sheet Click here for Full...
  11. Science Suggests We're Making Fish Homicidal Through Antidepressants We Flush Into The Water

    New research has found that human antidepressant medications are accumulating in the brains of fish in the Great Lakes region. Earlier research indicates the drugs could be making fish antisocial and unnaturally aggressive. The scientists behind the recent study, from Ramkhamhaeng University and Khon Kaen University, both in Thailand, and the State University of New York at Buffalo, looked at fish living in the Niagara River, which connects Lake Erie and Lake Ontario via Niagara Falls....
  12. Therapists Are Taking MDMA To Learn How To Treat PTSD

    San Francisco therapist Veronika Gold was in the waiting room of her doctor’s office when she discovered an email she had been waiting for. It was an invitation to participate in a program sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and it had been sitting in her junk mail for weeks. The program is part of an FDA-approved study of MDMA assisted therapy for patients with treatment-resistant PTSD, and it would certify Gold to administer this new treatment...
  13. Unfounded Pot Hysteria Spreads on the Internet

    A local Colorado NBC-affiliated news station recently ran a misleading and irresponsible story with the headline “Colorado doctors claim first marijuana overdose death.” In reality, experts have drawn no scientific or otherwise solid correlation has been drawn between cannabis and the death in question. The sensationalized story is based on to a recent case report on the death of an 11-month-old who experienced a seizure and myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle. The baby who...
  14. Ohio councilman: After 2 overdoses, no more EMS

    An Ohio town has been so overwhelmed by drug overdose emergencies that a councilman proposed a three-strikes penalty so EMS would not respond to an overdose victim who has required two previous interventions. Middletown City Council member Dan Picard told the local Journal-News that arresting those who overdose on heroin or other drugs adds to the problem by straining the city budget. “John Smith obviously doesn’t care much about his life, but he’s expending a lot of resources and we...
  15. Kratom Products Can Kill You, FDA Says

    Kratom, a plant product used by some as a home remedy for opioid addiction and by others just for fun, can kill you and doesn’t belong on the market, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The FDA says it will seize shipments of kratom and issued a public health warning telling people not to use it. “The FDA is aware of reports of 36 deaths associated with the use of kratom-containing products,” the agency’s commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, said in a statement. “There have been...
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