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2011-07-18 12:10:00

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 15, 2011, U.S. District Judge William Pauley III sentenced a defendant charged with selling Ecstasy to 26 months in prison, less than half the 63 to 78 months recommended by current sentencing guidelines. This watershed event took place because the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represented the defendant, presented scientific evidence challenging the sentencing guidelines as being promulgated in a time of...

2011-05-05 06:00:00

SEATTLE, May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER) today announced that its phosphodiesterase 7 (PDE7) inhibitors demonstrated robust efficacy in animal models of nicotine addiction. These data add to earlier studies showing strong effects in models of cocaine addiction as well as binge eating. Omeros' PDE7 program was founded on the Company's discovery of a previously unknown link between PDE7 and any movement disorder, such as Parkinson's disease. Omeros believes...

2011-05-03 00:06:10

NIH-funded study shows how secondhand smoke may increase vulnerability to nicotine addiction Exposure to secondhand smoke, such as a person can get by riding in an enclosed car while someone else smokes, has a direct, measurable impact on the brain"”and the effect is similar to what happens in the brain of the person doing the smoking. In fact, exposure to this secondhand smoke evokes cravings among smokers, according to a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA),...

2011-04-22 12:34:30

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Psychiatry. The award was established in honor of Dr. Stuart Yudofsky, professor and chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, who was also its first recipient. Significant contribution Each year, the award honors a mental health professional who has made significant contributions...

2011-04-15 00:00:28

Baby Boomers are aging in massive numbers. But behind closed doors the silent specter of drug addiction is also rising. This increase in substance abuse among the elderly, particularly prescription drug abuse, negatively impacts health, finances, and dims the idea of golden years. The Recovery Place takes a proactive stance to educate and support these seniors and soon-to-be-seniors quietly battling a "shhh! We don't talk about these things!" drug addiction. Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB)...

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2011-03-30 06:20:00

Australian researchers studying the effects of drug use in the real world, attended parties where people were using a particular drug known as ecstasy (which often also contains a variety of other drugs), discovering that the drug posed far greater risk on users' brains than anyone previously believed. Dr. Thomas Newton, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, who was not involved in the study, told Reuters that what was most concerning "is that most studies looking at toxicity in people...

2011-03-28 22:50:16

With the decision to merge the NIAAA and NIDA into a single institution, many leading alcohol researchers believe that this could hinder alcoholism and addiction research     * A recent decision was made to merge the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) into a yet unnamed institution    * Other leading scientists (including the leading alcohol researchers who co-authored the paper) believe that...

2011-03-23 16:19:00

Cannabis Should Be Subjected to the Standards of Federal Regulators Rather than to Voters' Whims at the Ballot Box CHEVY CHASE, Md., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citing the dangers of marijuana, the lack of clinical research on a controlled substance with a high potential for abuse, and the physician's oath to "first, do no harm," the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) today issued a white paper recommending a halt to using the weed as a medicine in states where it...

2011-03-09 18:09:00

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, March 7, Professor Lyle Craker, Director of the Medicinal Plant Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, filed the final brief in his ten-year fight to persuade the Drug Enforcement Administration to allow him to grow marijuana for medical research. Craker is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and law firm Jenner & Block. Craker is seeking a license to grow marijuana under contract to the...

2011-03-08 04:00:00

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study has found that Botvin's LifeSkills Training (LST) program is the top evidence-based drug abuse prevention program in the United States, based on use by elementary schools. According to the study, more elementary schools in the US choose to use the LST program over all other evidence-based prevention programs. Based on the study, among the evidence-based curricula, LST was the program used most frequently and by the most...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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