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Medical marijuana could reduce opioid use in older adults

Tue, 2018-05-01 06:51
A study shows up to 65 percent of older adults who use medical marijuana significantly reduced their chronic pain and dependence on opioid painkillers.

A potential new weapon in the addiction battle: FDA-approved diabetes and obesity drugs

Fri, 2018-04-27 18:09
Research reveals that FDA-approved drugs to treat diabetes and obesity may reduce cocaine relapse and help people who are addicted break the habit. Such medications work by targeting receptors for glucagon-like peptide 1, a hormone in the brain.

Maternal binge drinking linked to mood problems and alcohol abuse in offspring

Wed, 2018-04-25 10:02
A new study is the first to show that binge drinking by expectant mothers can impair the mental health of their offspring. Researchers report that rat mothers who drank in a binge-like manner during pregnancy and lactation were more prone to depressive behaviors -- and so were their offspring. Moreover, alcohol-triggered heritable changes in the mother made their offspring more vulnerable to mood disturbances and alcohol abuse as adolescents.

New app could make cannabis use safer

Tue, 2018-04-24 14:02
Researchers have developed a prototype app called 'Am I Stoned' that could help cannabis users understand how the drug is affecting them through a series of phone-based tasks.

Overdose risk factors in youth with substance use disorders

Tue, 2018-04-24 12:11
A team of investigators has identified factors that may increase the risk of drug overdose in adolescents and young adults.

Hemp shows potential for treating ovarian cancer

Mon, 2018-04-23 13:50
Results from some of the first studies to examine hemp's ability to fight cancer show that it might one day be useful as plant-based treatment for ovarian cancer. Hemp is part of the same cannabis family as marijuana but doesn't have any psychoactive properties or cause addiction.

A neurobiological link between PTSD and addiction

Mon, 2018-04-23 11:50
Recalling traumatic memories enhances the rewarding effects of morphine in male rats, finds new research. These findings may help to explain the co-occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction.

Prenatal cannabis use associated with low birth weights

Mon, 2018-04-23 10:50
With marijuana use during pregnancy on the rise, a new study shows that prenatal cannabis use was associated with a 50 percent increased likelihood of low birth weight, setting the stage for serious future health problems including infection and time spent in neonatal intensive care units.

New vaccine could help people overcome 'bath salts' abuse

Mon, 2018-04-23 06:54
Researchers have developed a vaccine for one of the most dangerous types of synthetic cathinones, or bath salts. The vaccine blunts the illegal stimulant's effects on the brain, which could help recovering drug users who experience a relapse.

How can medical marijuana benefit older adults?

Thu, 2018-04-19 11:10
Managing symptoms such as pain, nausea, and psychiatric illness can be challenging as people age. A new review highlights what's currently known about the indications and risks of medical marijuana use for older adults.

Decision-making predicts future drug addiction in recreational users

Thu, 2018-04-19 11:10
Activity in decision-making brain regions of people who use recreational stimulants predicts who will discontinue use and who will develop a drug use disorder, according to a new study.

Scientific guidelines for using cannabis to treat stress, anxiety and depression

Thu, 2018-04-19 08:01
In a first-of-a-kind study, scientists examined how peoples' self-reported levels of stress, anxiety and depression were affected by smoking different strains and quantities of cannabis at home.

People who use medical marijuana more likely to use and misuse other prescription drugs

Tue, 2018-04-17 16:11
Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use -- including pain relievers.

Text messaging tool may help fight opioid epidemic

Tue, 2018-04-17 13:56
Medical researchers have created a new automated text messaging service that may curb opioid abuse and prevent relapse. Patients receive text messages to gauge if they're feeling OK or struggling with potential relapse. Patients also can activate a panic button to request immediate help.

Position statement: Avoid using medical marijuana to treat sleep apnea

Mon, 2018-04-16 06:59
Medical cannabis and synthetic marijuana extracts should not be used for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Vaccines to treat opioid abuse and prevent fatal overdoses

Wed, 2018-04-11 14:13
A team of scientists is developing vaccines against heroin and prescription opioids, such as oxycodone and fentanyl.

New glaucoma treatment could ease symptoms while you sleep

Wed, 2018-04-11 07:04
Eye drops could one day treat glaucoma while you sleep -- helping to heal a condition that is one of the leading causes of blindness around the world.

More Americans aware of growing problem of opioid addiction

Thu, 2018-04-05 13:55
A new survey reveals the number of Americans who see opioid addiction as a significant issue for their community today is up significantly over just two years ago. Forty-three percent of Americans now say the misuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem, compared with 33 percent in 2016.

Medical marijuana gets wary welcome from older adults, poll shows

Tue, 2018-04-03 06:50
Few older adults use medical marijuana, a new national poll finds, but the majority support its use if a doctor recommends it, and might talk to their own doctor about it if they developed a serious health condition. And two-thirds say the government should do more to study the drug's health effects.

Legalized medical cannabis lowers opioid use, study finds

Mon, 2018-04-02 18:22
U.S. states that have approved medical cannabis laws saw a dramatic reduction in opioid use, according to a new study.

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