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2014-05-15 23:04:27

Recovery professionals hope to increase awareness of helpful recovery alternative. New York, New York (PRWEB) May 15, 2014 As reported by The New York Times (5/13) in the article, Drugs to Aid Alcoholics See Little Use, Study Finds, the journal of the American Medical Association has discovered that while drugs exist to help alcoholics resist drinking as well as to help them fend off heart issues, they are rarely prescribed. The FDA has already approved the two medications, naltrexone and...

2012-02-03 19:00:09

Journal of Psychopharmacology special issue on alcohol A new editorial released this week offers clarity and structure on confusing drug and alcohol addiction terminology for prescribers, users and regulators. "Through a glass darkly: can we improve clarity about mechanism and aims of medications in drug and alcohol treatments?" is published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, the official journal of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE. David Nutt and...

2011-04-05 00:13:22

In order to develop new medications for alcoholism, researchers need to understand how alcohol acts on the brain's reward system. A previously unknown mechanism has been shown to block the rewarding effects of alcohol on the brain, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Research has shown that the glycine receptor in the brain's reward system plays a role in the development of alcoholism. This receptor normally acts as a brake on the brain's communication, and has...

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2011-03-01 09:31:56

Discovery could lead to new therapies for alcoholism University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers have identified two genes associated with binge drinking that may open doors to new, more effective treatments for excessive alcohol drinking. The scientists found that manipulating two receptors in the brain, GABA receptors and toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), "caused profound reduction" of binge drinking for two weeks in rodents that had been bred and trained to drink excessively. The...

2011-02-28 15:00:00

Discovery Could Lead to New Therapies for Alcoholism BALTIMORE, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers have identified two genes associated with binge drinking that may open doors to new, more effective treatments for excessive alcohol drinking. The scientists found that manipulating two receptors in the brain, GABA receptors and toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), "caused profound reduction" of binge drinking for two weeks in rodents that...

2010-09-08 14:18:37

Acamprosate reduces the number of patients being treated for alcoholism who return to drinking, according to a new Cochrane Systematic Review. The drug showed moderate benefits in trials when used in addition to non-drug treatments. Drinking too much alcohol increases the risk of ill health. According to the World Health Organization, alcohol misuse is at the root of around a quarter of all cases of oesophageal cancer, liver disease and epilepsy, as well as road accidents and homicides....

2010-04-06 07:27:00

Alcohol-use disorders (AUDs), referring to both alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence, affect nearly 8.5 percent of the American population, are associated with numerous medical, psychiatric, family, legal, and work-related problems, and cost an estimated $185 billion in 1998. A new study has found that oral naltrexone can reduce both alcohol- and non-alcohol-related healthcare costs for patients with AUDs. Results will be published in the June 2010 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical &...

2009-06-22 10:12:55

In this trial, a sample of alcohol-dependent patients received naltrexone, acamprosate or placebo for 12 weeks. While there were no differences in outcomes between treatment groups, those who believed they had been taking active medication consumed fewer alcoholic drinks and reported less alcohol dependence and cravings. That is, irrespective of actual treatment, perceived medication allocation predicted health outcomes.Double-blind placebo-controlled trials are intended to control for the...

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2009-01-26 11:55:00

U.S. researchers said on Sunday that at least one in five men in developed countries are at risk of abusing or becoming dependent on alcohol during their lifetimes. Women, on the other hand, have only half that risk, with an 8 to 10 percent chance of becoming dependent on alcohol. The researchers said there is help in the form of several effective treatments, despite the popular belief that nothing works. Dr. Marc Schuckit of the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and the University...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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