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2010-07-09 13:48:04

Discovery could lead to better ways of predicting drug abuse risk and treating addictions A specific and remarkably small fragment of RNA appears to protect rats against cocaine addiction - and may also protect humans, according to a recent study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health. The study was published today in the journal Nature. RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecules are known to play critical roles in the translation of...

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2010-04-20 06:45:00

While ecstasy became infamous as a drug taken at night clubs or during parties, new research suggests that it might help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Ecstasy, also known as methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), was outlawed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 1985. However, researchers led by South Carolina psychiatrist Dr. Michael Mithoefer, found that the drug helped PTSD patients overcome their symptoms. Mithoefer conducted a study involving 20 patients,...

2010-04-13 09:49:00

CORAL GABLES, Fla., April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (NasdaqCM: CPRX) announced today that it has signed a definitive Clinical Trial Agreement (CTA) with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to jointly conduct a U.S. Phase II(b) clinical trial evaluating CPP-109, Catalyst's formulation of vigabatrin, for the treatment of cocaine addiction. As part of the CTA, NIDA, under their agreement with Veteran's Administration Cooperative Studies...

2010-03-15 14:55:00

Normal individuals who scored high on a measure of impulsive/antisocial traits display a hypersensitive brain reward system, according to a brain imaging study by researchers at Vanderbilt University. The findings provide the first evidence of differences in the brain's reward system that may underlie vulnerability to what's typically referred to as psychopathy. The study in the current issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a...

2010-02-25 04:00:00

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) has been selected as a "Top Tier" program by The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy. The Top Tier initiative, which is being followed closely by Congress, focuses on identifying and validating social programs meeting the highest standard of evidence of effectiveness. LST is a substance abuse and violence prevention program that has been extensively tested and proven to produce "sizeable and sustained effects" on...

2010-02-23 07:03:00

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (NasdaqCM: CPRX) announced today that it has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to conduct a U.S. Phase II(b) clinical trial evaluating CPP-109, Catalyst's formulation of vigabatrin, for the treatment of cocaine addiction. It is anticipated that NIDA, under their agreement with Veteran's Administration Cooperative Studies Program, will provide...

2010-01-28 07:00:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Omeros Corporation (Nasdaq: OMER) today announced that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is providing support for the Company's Addiction program. NIDA will fund substantially all of the costs of a Phase 2 clinical study to be conducted by New York State Psychiatric Institute researchers. In its Addiction program, Omeros is developing proprietary compositions that include peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-gamma)...

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2009-12-15 06:05:00

Marijuana is becoming increasingly popular with teens in the US, as they smoke less cigarettes and slow down on binge drinking and the use of methamphetamines, according to a survey released Monday by White House drug expert Gil Kerlikowske. Prescription pain pills and attention-deficit-drugs have also become a popular way to get high, according to the 35th annual "Monitoring the Future" survey of 47,097 8th, 10th and 12th grade students by the University of Michigan for the National...

2009-11-09 10:04:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix House, the nation's leading non-profit alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention program, announced today its appointment of Deni Carise, Ph.D., a nationally and internationally recognized leader in substance abuse treatment and research, as Chief Clinical Officer, effective January 1, 2010. "Dr. Deni Carise is at the very forefront of substance abuse treatment research and her work has resulted in a significant transformation of the ways...

2009-10-28 13:56:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- California religious and community leaders, who have witnessed first hand the ravages of drugs on impressionable youth as well as the homeless, sick and mentally ill, gathered today at a press conference to speak out against legalizing marijuana sales and use in California. More than 150 members of a faith-based coalition, representing numerous faiths and religious denominations, were joined by community activists and former drug addicts and...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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