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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...

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2009-10-21 12:40:00

The new weapon in the war on drug and nicotine addiction may soon come in the form of a vaccine. Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, told reporters that the Institute intends to convince drug companies that a vaccine for drug and nicotine addiction would be successful. "There is an enormous amount of research and development in vaccines for cancers and a wide variety of disorders," she said at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago. "We can take...

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2009-10-06 06:20:00

In the first successful study of a vaccination approach to treating drug addiction, a vaccine that uses the immune system to help block the euphoric effects of cocaine had a promising effect among 38 percent of subjects who received it, according to a Baylor College of Medicine researcher who headed the study. While the shots did not have a perfect effect, the researchers believe the small success is promising enough to indicate that the new vaccine approach could be widely used to treat...

2009-10-01 09:52:57

Weill Cornell study points to subtle differences between boys and girls New research by Weill Cornell Medical College researchers looks at the specific ways parents and peers influence teenagers to smoke, drink and use marijuana in combination. Among their findings: attitudes toward smoking influenced teenagers' use of multiple drugs (smoking, drinking and marijuana), and that this manifested itself differently in boys and girls. For girls, friends were shown to be central. Ambivalent or...

2009-09-08 10:31:10

Almost a quarter of a million individuals addicted to heroin are incarcerated in the United States each year. However, many prison systems across the country still do not offer medical treatment for heroin and opiate addiction, despite the demonstrated social, medical and economic benefits of opiate replacement therapy (ORT). According to new research from The Miriam Hospital, Brown University and their affiliated Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, just half of all federal and state...

2009-07-27 11:46:00

RADNOR, Pa., July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council has been selected as the NIMH Outreach Partner for the state of Pennsylvania. Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council joins Outreach Partners in each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. In addition to the 55 state partners, there are over 80 National Partners, including professional, consumer, advocacy, and service-related organizations that represent groups primarily concerned with...

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2009-05-05 06:25:00

A new program, backed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, aims to guide health workers past the stigma of asking important patient questions about serious substance abuse problems. This ensures that more patients are asked for simple clues to addiction at every doctor's visit. The program is a step-by-step computerized guide that takes patients' answers to various behavior questions, analyzes their risk for a serious substance use problem, and instructs doctors on what to do next. Some...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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