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Brain Scans May Reveal Most Effective Anti-Drug Messages

( - COLUMBUS, Ohio -- What if you could look into the brains of potential drug abusers and see what messages would be most likely to persuade them to “just say no?”

Dec 7, 2017 - 10:11:28 AM

Anti-Malaria Drug Shows Promise as Zika Virus Treatment

( - La Jolla, Calif., November 17, 2017 — A new collaborative study led by researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) and UC San Diego School of Medicine has found that a medication used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virus.

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:15:15 AM

The Right Way to Address Drug Addiction

( - Drug addiction still remains as one of America’s leading causes of death. With at least 64,000 dying from overdose and other related deaths....

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:13:03 AM

New Drug Combination Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis Shows Promise

( - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A two-drug combination therapy for cystic fibrosis is effective in improving lung function in patients with certain mutations in the CFTR gene responsible for the disease.

Nov 6, 2017 - 12:34:47 PM

CDC Reports Rising Rates of Drug Overdose Deaths in Rural Areas

( - Rates of drug overdose deaths are rising in nonmetropolitan (rural) areas, surpassing rates in metropolitan (urban) areas, according to a new report....

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:52:50 PM

Study Suggests Psychedelic Drugs Could Reduce Criminal Behavior

– Classic psychedelics such as psilocybin (often called magic mushrooms), LSD and mescaline (found in peyote) are associated with a decreased likelihood of antisocial criminal behavior

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:21:00 AM

Moving Toward a Pay-for-Value Model of Prescription Drug Pricing

( - One of the health care issues about which seemingly all Americans agree: Prescription drug prices have skyrocketed. And they keep going higher. How do Americans get better value for their health care dollars?

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:14:17 AM

CDC Launches Campaign to Help States Fight Prescription Opioid Epidemic

( - Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching Rx Awareness, a powerful communication campaign featuring real-life accounts of people recovering....

Sep 25, 2017 - 11:47:40 AM

New Program to Address Opioid Crisis

( - CHICAGO – In response to the opioid crisis, Rush University Medical Center is developing a comprehensive program that will provide opioid screening and treatment for patients identified as opioid users....

Sep 15, 2017 - 9:46:49 AM

Dangerous Drug Use Trend Among High School Seniors

( - Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs), commonly marketed as “Spice” and “K2”, are potent new psychoactive compounds being used among high school students, with a high risk of adverse health outcomes.

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:22:39 AM

Online Education Boosts Proper Use of Drugs That Prevent Blood Clots

( - Results of a yearlong study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) with more than 900 nurses at The Johns Hopkins Hospital suggest that well-designed online education....

Aug 17, 2017 - 11:22:10 AM

Opioid Crisis Impacts ICUs with More Admissions, Deaths

( - The opioid crisis in the United States is resulting in increased admissions to hospital intensive care units and in increased numbers of ICU deaths from opioid overdoses

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:55:50 AM

Drug to Treat Opioid Addiction Underprescribed

( - WASHINGTON -- A drug approved for private physicians to treat opioid addiction is being underprescribed, and a survey of addiction specialists suggests that many of them are not willing to increase their use of it

Aug 3, 2017 - 4:05:57 PM

Reversing the Damage of the Heroin Epidemic

( - Our country is going through another heroin epidemic.Heroin use is rising across the United States among all demographics. Even those with normally low use rates are increasing: women, the wealthy and people with private insurance.

Jul 19, 2017 - 2:21:54 PM

Fear of Arrest Stops Some Needed Calls to 911 After Opioid Overdose Is Administered

( - INDIANAPOLIS -- Fear of being arrested still undercuts an Indiana law that shields anyone who administers naloxone from criminal charges

Jul 19, 2017 - 11:07:22 AM

Spare the Surgery: Drugs May Combat Hydrocephalus

( - New Haven, Conn.—Clinically available drugs may help combat a potentially lethal form of hydrocephalus now treated mainly by brain surgery, a new Yale-led study has found.

Jul 18, 2017 - 9:04:29 AM

4 of 5 Mayo Opioid Prescriptions After Surgery Exceeded Upcoming Guidelines

( - ROCHESTER, Minn. – More than 4 in 5 opioid prescriptions given after surgery over a recent two-year period at Mayo Clinic exceeded guidelines now in the works, the clinic’s researchers have found.

Jul 13, 2017 - 10:02:20 AM

Researchers Find Handwritten Opioid Prescriptions Are More Prone to Mistakes

( - In a small study of opioid prescriptions filled at a Johns Hopkins Medicine outpatient pharmacy, researchers found that handwritten orders for the drugs contribute heavily....

Jul 7, 2017 - 10:10:04 AM

As Competition Goes Down, Generic Drug Prices Rise

( - If the cost of your generic prescription drug has risen, it may be due to a lack of competition among drug manufacturers, according to a University of Florida College of Pharmacy study.

Jul 5, 2017 - 12:10:10 PM

Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Higher Death Risk

( - Popular heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been linked to a variety of health problems, including serious kidney damage, bone fractures and dementia.

Jul 5, 2017 - 10:24:58 AM

Most Reproductive-Age Women Using Opioids Also Use Another Substance

( - PITTSBURGH,  – The majority of reproductive-age and pregnant women who use opioids for non-medical purposes also use at least one other substance, ranging from nicotine or alcohol to cocaine

Jul 3, 2017 - 9:51:15 AM

Study Illuminates Serotonin Contributions to Cocaine’s Allure

( - Once a hip drug of the ‘70s and ‘80s party scene, cocaine is not only making a comeback, it’s proving its staying power thanks to its potent allure.

Jun 28, 2017 - 10:33:24 AM

Taking Opioids for Pain? Speak up. Ask the Hard Questions.

( - Opioids often are the go-to pain killer for everything from back aches and injuries to post-surgical pain, as evidenced by the more than 300 million prescriptions written each year.

Jun 21, 2017 - 12:04:40 PM

Why Amazon Should Keep Prescription Drugs Off its Voluminous Shelves

( - Amazon hit a milestone this month after the price of one share hit U.S. $1,000 for the first time, giving it a total value of close to $500 billion.

Jun 14, 2017 - 11:49:43 AM

AMA Wants New Approaches to Combat Dangerous Synthetic and Injectable Drugs

( - CHICAGO – Responding to the health and safety threat posed by the abuse of new designer drugs that are synthesized and marketed to circumvent drug laws....

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:42:18 AM

New Study Design Holds Promise for Drug Safety Research

( - Philadelphia – As the pace of drug approvals accelerates and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) faces potential budget cuts....

Jun 12, 2017 - 11:06:29 AM

Heroin’s Use Rising, Costing Society More Than $51 Billion

( - Heroin use in the United States was estimated to cost society more than $51 billion in 2015, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jun 9, 2017 - 10:46:45 AM

Canadian Scientists Honored for Role in Breakthrough Drug

, June 8, 2017 -- Two Toronto scientists who spearheaded the research that brought a life-saving drug to patients around the world are being honored at the annual Cooley's Anemia Foundation Gala tonight in New York City.

Jun 8, 2017 - 8:19:26 AM

Florida’s Prescription Drug Database is Underused

( - Nearly seven years after a statewide database was created to encourage safer prescribing and to reduce opiate abuse and diversion....

May 31, 2017 - 11:23:36 AM

Nonprescription Use of Ritalin Linked to Adverse Side Effects

( - BUFFALO, N.Y. – New research from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions that explored the potential side effects of the stimulant drug Ritalin on those without ADHD showed changes...

May 15, 2017 - 9:12:35 AM

A Slingshot to Shoot Drugs Onto the Site of an Infection

( - An international team of researchers from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of Montreal has reported, in a paper published this week in Nature Communications, the design and synthesis of a nanoscale molecular slingshot

May 9, 2017 - 11:01:37 AM

Take-back Service Helps Prevent Adolescent Opioid Misuse

, April 28, 2017 -- Medication theft from the home is a leading cause of prescription drug overdose deaths....

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:11:13 PM

An Investigative Report on Why Prescription Drugs Cost So Much

, April 27, 2017 -- President Trump said recently that drug companies are "getting away with murder."

Apr 27, 2017 - 10:43:47 AM

American Medical Association Welcomes HHS Opioid Strategy

( - CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association (AMA) said today it looks forward to working with the Trump Administration as it implements a new strategy for combating the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Apr 20, 2017 - 4:06:49 PM

New Warnings About the Use of Codeine and Tramadol in Children & Nursing Mothers

, April 20, 2017 -- The health and safety of children is a top priority at the FDA, which is why today we are requiring a series of changes to the labeling of two types of opioid medications....

Apr 20, 2017 - 1:07:53 PM

New Imaging Technique Shows Effectiveness of Cystic Fibrosis Drug

( - COLUMBIA, Mo. (April 13, 2017) ― According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, more than 30,000 Americans are living with the disorder.

Apr 13, 2017 - 10:26:12 AM

From Opioid-Free to Long-Term User, in One Operation

( - ANN ARBOR, MI – Having surgery always comes with risks. But a new study suggests a new one to add to the usual list: the risk of becoming a long-term opioid user.

Apr 13, 2017 - 10:12:01 AM

6 Things You Should Know About the Opioid Crisis

( - Park Ridge, Illinois—While opioid drugs play an important role in pain management, an alarming increase in opioid diversion, opioid use disorder...

Apr 12, 2017 - 3:54:00 PM

New Imaging Technique Shows Effectiveness of Cystic Fibrosis Drug

( - COLUMBIA, Mo. (April 12, 2017) ― According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, more than 30,000 Americans are living with the disorder. It currently has no cure

Apr 12, 2017 - 12:46:27 PM

Knowledge as an “Antidote" to the Opioid Crisis

( - The numbers are staggering. More than 2.5 million adults in the United States are struggling with addiction to opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin.

Apr 12, 2017 - 9:57:20 AM

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