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Novel compound halts cocaine addiction, relapse behaviors

Yesterday, 10:26 AM

A novel compound that targets an important brain receptor has a dramatic effect against a host of cocaine addiction behaviors, including relapse behavior, an animal study has found. The research provides strong evidence that this may be a novel lead compound for treating cocaine addiction, for which no effective medications exist.<img src="http://feeds.feedbur.../~4/Dbt6SssOvFs" height="1" width="1"/>

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Legalizing medical marijuana doesn't increase use among adolescents, study says

Yesterday, 07:27 AM

Parents and physicians concerned about an increase in adolescents' marijuana use following the legalization of medical marijuana can breathe a sigh of relief. According to a new study that compared 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical marijuana laws, legalizing the drug did not lead to increased use among adolescents.<img src="http://feeds.feedbur.../~4/qLdcdOxy5O0" height="1" width="1"/>

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Critical new protein complex involved in learning, memory

22 Apr 2014

A protein complex that plays a critical but previously unknown role in learning and memory formation has been identified by researchers. "This is a critical building block that regulates a fundamental process -- memory," said the lead author of the study. "Now that we know about this important new player, it offers a unique therapeutic window if we can find a way to enhance its function."<img src="http://feeds.feedbur.../~4/yQHBXxLVxm4" height="1" width="1"/>

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Report recommends insurers use prescription monitoring data to reduce opioid abuse, deaths

22 Apr 2014

A ground-breaking report has been published recommending that medical insurers use prescription monitoring data to reduce the overdoses, deaths and health care costs associated with abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs. "This report documents the emerging consensus among leaders in the insurance and workers' compensation industry that knowing the full prescription history of an insured patient will help to provide safe and effective care and keep costs under control," said an expert.<img src="http://feeds.feedbur.../~4/kdKVcdmPHjY" height="1" width="1"/>

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Life stressors trigger neurological disorders, researchers find

22 Apr 2014

When mothers are exposed to trauma, illness, alcohol or other drug abuse, these stressors may activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that can go awry and activate conditions such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and some forms of autism. Until now, it has been unclear how much these stressors have impacted the cells of a developing brain. Past studies have shown that when an expectant mother exposes herself to alcohol or drug abuse or she experiences some trauma or illness, her baby may later develop a psychiatric disorder later in life. But the new findings identify a molecular mechanism in the prenatal brain that may help explain how cells go awry when exposed to certain environmental conditions.<img src="http://feeds.feedbur.../~4/YjL-IkjDcJk" height="1" width="1"/>

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Want to quit smoking? New study says try 'self-expanding' activities

21 Apr 2014

If you are trying to quit smoking, one method to incorporate is to do new, exciting “self-expanding” activities that can help with nicotine craving. This is the take-home message from a new study. "Our study reveals for the first time using brain imaging that engaging in exciting or what we call 'self-expanding' activities, such as puzzle-solving, games, or hobbies with one's partner, appears to reduce craving for nicotine," said one researcher.<img src="http://feeds.feedbur.../~4/9ZilSSfPSQE" height="1" width="1"/>

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Regulating legal marijuana could be guided by lessons from alcohol, tobacco, study says

21 Apr 2014

Recent ballot initiatives that legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington for recreational uses are unprecedented. A new study outlines how regulations on alcohol and tobacco may provide guidance to policymakers concerned about the public health consequences of legalizing marijuana. Among the issues outlined in the study are how to reduce youth access to marijuana, how to minimize drugged driving, how to curb dependence and addiction, how to restrict contaminants in marijuana products, and how to discourage the dual use of marijuana and alcohol.<img src="http://feeds.feedbur.../~4/d92qDxpSl7s" height="1" width="1"/>

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