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2014-04-09 11:43:37

Small financial incentives, totaling as little as £30, can dramatically increase the likelihood of people who inject drugs completing a course of hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, according to new research published in The Lancet. Researchers in the UK found that people undergoing treatment for heroin addiction who received a maximum total of £30 supermarket vouchers in equal or graduated installments in return for full compliance with a regimen of three HBV vaccine injections were at...

2014-03-12 11:39:12

Gender identity issues more likely among children with autism and related disorders or ADHD, study finds Children and teenagers with an autism spectrum disorder or those who have attention deficit and hyperactivity problems are much more likely to wish to be another gender. So says John Strang of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, USA, leader of the first study to compare the occurrence of such gender identity issues among children and adolescents with and without...

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2010-05-29 08:55:00

British researchers said Friday that prescribing heroin to addicts who cannot kick the habit helps them stay off street drugs. Doctors have had little success in treating the 10 percent or more of heroin users who do not respond to methadone, which is a standard medication to fight the addiction. Users often spiral downward into crime and disease spread by dirty needles and unhealthy living. Heroin clinics can at least help addicts get off the street. "What we are dealing with here is a...