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Ohio father found guilty of injecting son with heroin every day for a month
An Ohio man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for injecting his son with heroin.

Derrick Buell of Columbus tried to withdraw a plea of guilty after a deal was struck with THE Franklin County Prosecutor's Office in June, but the judge denied that request.

Five of the six charges were dropped against him in that plea agreement.

Buell, whom police said was a well-known drug addict, was convicted for injecting his then 14-year-old son with heroin every day for a month last summer.

The boy's mother spoke with WSYX about the day she got her... [Read More]
Saturday, August 01st | Posted by Rob Cypher | 7 Replies
Director Of National Institute On Drug Abuse Says Cannabidiol Is Safe, Non-Addictive
The director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Nora Volkow, believes that cannabidiol (CBD) – a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid – is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” Volkow made the comments in an op-ed published by The Huffington Post.

Volkow further acknowledged, “[P]reliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions.”

... [Read More]
Friday, July 31st | Posted by 5-HT2A | 0 Replies
Take a Trip Through the Brain: New Imaging Tool

A new imaging tool developed by Boston scientists could do for the brain what the telescope did for space exploration. In the first demonstration of how the technology works, published July 30 in the journal Cell, the researchers look inside the brain of an adult mouse at a scale previously unachievable, generating images at a nanoscale resolution. The inventors' long-term goal is to make the resource available to the scientific community in the form of a national brain observatory.

"I'm a strong believer in bottom up-science, which is a way of saying that I would prefer to generate a hypothesis from the data and test it," says senior study author Jeff Lichtman, of Harvard University. "For people who are imagers, being able to see all of these details is wonderful and we're getting an opportunity to peer into something that has remained somewhat intractable for so long. It's about time we did this, and it is what... [Read More]
Friday, July 31st | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Trying to quit smoking? First strengthen self-control

The desire to quit smoking--often considered a requirement for enrolling in treatment programs--is not always necessary to reduce cigarette cravings, argues a review of addiction research published July 30 in Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Early evidence suggests that exercises aimed at increasing self-control, such as mindfulness meditation, can decrease the unconscious influences that motivate a person to smoke.

Scientists are looking to the brain to understand why setting a "quit day" isn't a surefire way to rid oneself of a cigarette habit. Recent neuroimaging studies have shown that smokers have less activity in the brain regions associated with self-control, raising questions around whether targeting these neurobiological circuits could be... [Read More]
Friday, July 31st | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Novel model developed to predict amount of nicotine emitted from e-cigarettes
Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers at the VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (CSTP) have developed the first ever, evidence-based model that can predict with up to 90 percent accuracy the amount of nicotine emitted by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette). The study was published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

The researchers, working in collaboration with investigators at the American University of Beirut, collected data about the voltage and other characteristics of various e-cigarette devices, the concentration of the liquid nicotine that could be put in the devices, and the length of time a user might inhale from the device in one puff. The team then... [Read More]
Friday, July 31st | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
How dangerous is Laughing Gas
The UK government is moving to ban the sale of nitrous oxide to clubbers and partygoers because of its dangers, but some users are protesting that the move is unfair. Exactly how dangerous is the gas? Empty silver canisters of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, have become a common sight outside clubs across the UK. Last July, more than 1,200 were reported to have been confiscated on just one Saturday night in London's Shoreditch.

The anaesthetic gas is still used for pain relief during dentistry and childbirth but outside of that legitimate arena there has been a legal grey area for years. It's already illegal to sell to under-18s if there is a risk they will inhale it. But it remains easy for adults to buy.

Mainstream online... [Read More]
Friday, July 31st | Posted by TheBigBadWolf | 6 Replies
Flirty model smuggling $134,000 in cocaine fails to charm border officers
A jetsetting model’s over-the-top flirting tipped off federal border patrol officers, who discovered $134,000 in cocaine hidden in her Mercedes Benz, authorities said.

Officers thought Anett Pikula seemed “overly talkative” when she was stopped on July 19 at an Arizona crossing.

“Flirtation was what was going on,” Customs and Border Protection spokesman Garrett Reinhart told the Associated Press.

Suspicious officers sent the curvy 39-year-old for a second look, and a drug-sniffing dog quickly keyed in on a secret compartment at the engine... [Read More]
Wednesday, July 29th | Posted by Rob Cypher | 0 Replies
Police Planted 50g Heroin In Pot-Smoker's Car

Two police officers were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of planting a large amount of heroin in a man’s car and then arresting him. The man spent three months in jail until doubts surfaced about the case, and he was released in March.

The two officers are from the intelligence branch of the police’s Southern District and were arrested by the Justice Ministry’s internal affairs unit.

Two other men suspected of involvement in the planting of the drugs were also arrested. Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court remanded all four... [Read More]
Tuesday, July 28th | Posted by MikePatton | 0 Replies
There Are More Marijuana Legalization Initiatives than GOP Presidential Candidates

Not counting initiatives for industrial hemp or non-plant medical marijuana or low-THC cannabidiol oil, there are at least* 20 efforts going on in 8 states nationwide to legalize medical and recreational access to cannabis in 2016. As of this week, there are 16 Republican candidates running for president in 2016.


Arizonans for Mindful Regulation (AZFMR) will... [Read More]
Monday, July 27th | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
'Successful aging' linked to harmful drinking among over 50s

The over 50s who are 'successful agers'--healthy, active, sociable, and well off--are more at risk of harmful drinking than their less successful peers, concludes research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Harmful drinking is a "middle class phenomenon" which may be a hidden health and social problem in otherwise successful older people, warn the researchers, who call for explicit guidelines on alcohol consumption for this group.

They base their findings on more than 9000 responses to the two most recent waves (2008-9 and 2010-11) of the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing (ELSA)--a long term study of a representative sample of those aged 50 and above living independently at home in England.

Given that... [Read More]
Monday, July 27th | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Whitney Houston's Daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown Dead at 22
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina has died at the age of 22. She passed away outside Atlanta in the hospice care facility where she's been since June 24 ... when her family decided to take her off all meds. As we first reported, a specialist had told them there was no chance of recovery.

The family says Bobbi Kristina was surrounded by family and, "She is finally at peace in the arms of God."

Bobbi Kristina was found submerged in her bathtub on January 31, and police believe she was underwater for anywhere between 2 and 5 minutes. Paramedics were able to resuscitate her, but she was in a medically induced coma and placed on life support.

Ultimately, Pat Houston and Bobby -- co-guardians for Bobbi Kristina -- had to make the decision to withdraw medications. It was a rare moment of agreement for the Browns and Houstons ... who had battled about BK's condition... [Read More]
Monday, July 27th | Posted by TheBigBadWolf | 0 Replies
Doctors Protest Big Pharma's Out Of Control Greed Which Is Bankrupting Ill Patients
Americans diagnosed with cancer are at risk of losing their life savings because cancer drug costs are escalating almost as fast as the worst forms of the disease, according to a Mayo Clinic medical journal article decrying these costs signed by scores of nationally known oncologists.

“In the United States, the average price of new cancer drugs increased 5- to 10-fold over 15 years, to more than $100,000 per year in 2012,” the article said. “The cost of drugs for each additional year lived (after adjusting for inflation) has increased from $54,000 in 1995 to $207,000 in 2013. This... [Read More]
Sunday, July 26th | Posted by 5-HT2A | 0 Replies
Australia May Legalize Medical Marijuana In August

Senate committee representing all Australia’s major parties is preparing a Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill to legalize medical marijuana, despite warnings of regulatory complications with both Australian and international law, a report says.

The committee includes the Coalition (the Liberal Party, the National Party, the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party, and Queensland Liberal branch the Liberal National Party), the Labor Party and crossbench senators. They will “strongly recommend” parliament pass a cross-party bill setting up a medical... [Read More]
Sunday, July 26th | Posted by 5-HT2A | 0 Replies
'Laughing gas' teenager dies after party in Bexley
A teenager believed to have taken so-called laughing gas at a party in south-east London has died.

The 18-year-old was taken to hospital after collapsing in a street in Bexley, shortly after 23:15 BST on Saturday. He died two hours later.

The Metropolitan Police said he was believed to have been drinking alcohol as well as ingesting legal high nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.

Seventeen people in the UK died between 2006 and 2012 after taking the ... [Read More]
Sunday, July 26th | Posted by Phenoxide | 5 Replies
Memory-loss man case 'like nothing we have ever seen before'

University of Leicester psychologist describes unique case as new to science. A 38-year-old fit and healthy man suffered memory loss after a local anaesthetic and root-canal treatment at his dentist. For the past decade he can only remember up to 90 minutes. And he awakes each day thinking it is the same day he went to the dentist. Symptoms are akin to those depicted in movies such as Groundhog Day and Memento. And, there is no evidence that the treatment at the dentist can be blamed for his condition.

"One of our reasons for writing up this individual's case was that we had never seen anything like this before in our assessment clinics, and we do not know what to make of it. We had never seen anything like it before." -- Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Dr Gerald Burgess, University of Leicester

A University of Leicester clinical psychologist has described treating an individual with a 'Groundhog... [Read More]
Sunday, July 26th | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Born an addict: Clues from umbilical cords
Every baby born that enters this world, arrives with an umbilical cord in tow. For those babies born addicted to drugs, that umbilical cord is now a key connection -- a hard to hide clue -- for identifying what drugs are coursing through a newborn's veins. The drug(s) detected will help physicians determine the best treatment and what withdrawal symptoms to expect.

"We may already know the mom has an ... [Read More]
Sunday, July 26th | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Lord Sewel quits as Lords deputy speaker after drug claims
Lord Sewel is facing a police inquiry after quitting as House of Lords deputy speaker over a video allegedly showing him taking drugs with prostitutes.

Lords Speaker Baroness D'Souza said he had also quit as chairman of the Lords privileges and conduct committee in the wake of the Sun on Sunday's story.

The footage showed him snorting powder from a woman's breasts with a £5 note.

Baroness D'Souza said his behaviour was "shocking and unacceptable" and that she was referring him to the police.

"Lord Sewel has this morning... [Read More]
Sunday, July 26th | Posted by Phenoxide | 0 Replies
Are fish getting high on cocaine?

Both prescription and illegal drugs such as morphine, cocaine and oxycodone have been found in surface waters in Canadian rivers. New research from McGill shows that wastewater discharged from wastewater treatment plants in the Grand River watershed of southern Ontario has... [Read More]
Sunday, July 26th | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Electronically controlled drugs could minimize side effects

Potential side effects of many of today's therapeutic drugs can be downright frightening -- just listen carefully to a drug commercial on TV. These effects often occur when a drug is active throughout the body, not just where and when it is needed. But scientists are reporting progress on a new tailored approach to deliver medicine in a much more targeted way. The study on these new electronically controlled drugs appears in the journal ACS Nano.

Xinyan Tracy Cui and colleagues note that in the lab, "smart" medical implants can now release drugs on demand when exposed to various... [Read More]
Sunday, July 26th | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Innovative algorithm is helping scientists decipher how drugs work inside the body
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have developed a computer algorithm that is helping scientists see how drugs produce pharmacological effects inside the body. The study, published in the journal Cell, could help researchers create drugs that are more efficient and less prone to side effects, suggest ways to regulate a drug's activity, and identify novel therapeutic uses for new and existing compounds.

"For the first time we can perform a genome-wide search to identify the entire set of proteins that play a role in a drug's activity," says study co-author Dr. Andrea Califano, the Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical Systems Biology and chair of the department of Systems Biology at CUMC.

Scientists design drugs to pinpoint molecular targets in the cell. However, when a drug enters the human body, it becomes part of an incredibly complex system,... [Read More]
Sunday, July 26th | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies

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