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2010-01-27 16:50:59

Prenatal alcohol exposure is widely known to impair brain development in exposed offspring. Rodent studies have shown that developmental deficits in newborns related to altered levels of a brain chemical called serotonin (5-HT), leading to subsequent alterations in patterns of neonatal acute pain responses and/or hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) stress reactivity. New findings show a "blunted response" to an acutely painful event "“ a heel lance "“ in alcohol-exposed human...

2009-12-08 07:04:00

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Waismann Method, a pioneering medical opiate detoxification procedure, offers one of the most advanced medical procedures worldwide with the medical expertise and advanced technology to treat dependencies to Zolpidem, a prescription medication widely used for the short-term treatment of insomnia and prescribed under trade names including Ambien and Edluar. The Waismann Method of Rapid Ambien Detox involves a safe, medically-assisted...

2009-09-18 16:17:26

U.S. researchers found adolescent rats seem less vulnerable to withdrawal effects than adult rat drug-users. Study leader Kyle Frantz of Georgia State University in Atlanta and colleagues found the younger animals less motivated to seek the drugs after a period of abstinence than the older ones were. The younger rats also showed fewer signs of drug withdrawal. The model is important, and the results are interesting because they suggest that younger animals do not show the same level of...

2009-09-17 07:35:39

As part of efforts to understand drug abuse, Georgia State University researchers are finding that adolescent rats appear to be less vulnerable to the long-term effects of withdrawal and relapse in certain types of drug use than rats that take the drugs in adulthood. The laboratory of Kyle Frantz, associate professor of neuroscience, studied reinstatement of drug seeking in adolescent and adult rats which were given morphine, heroin, and cocaine. Surprisingly, the younger animals were less...

2009-08-17 16:03:40

 Although exercise is good for your health, extreme exercise may be physically addicting. Rats given a drug that produces withdrawal in heroin addicts went into withdrawal after running excessively in exercise wheels, according to new research. Rats that ran the hardest had the most severe withdrawal symptoms.The scientists who conducted the study reason that if excessive exercise is addicting, then maybe, to feel good, addicts could take moderate exercise instead of drugs. The findings...

2009-07-09 09:05:30

A clinical report from Dresden supports the impression that "Spice Gold" is strongly addictive. In the current edition of Deutsches Óžrzteblatt International (Dtsch Arzteblatt Int 2009: 106[27]: 464-7), Ulrich S. Zimmermann, from Dresden Technical University, and his colleagues describe a young man who developed physical withdrawal symptoms after regular consumption of this designer drug, accompanied by a dependence syndrome.Since 22 January 2009, "Spice Gold" has...

2009-05-07 11:38:00

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Methadone medication frequently depresses estradiol, progesterone and testosterone hormone levels to menopausal levels, even in women less than thirty years old. Hormonal suppression, caused by methadone, can cause depression, anxiety, fatigue, weight gain, bone loss, bladder pain, decreased pain tolerance, hot flashes, and increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Dr. Rick Sponaugle, Medical Director of Florida Detox, observed, "Thirty of the...

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2009-05-05 14:55:50

American Idol judge Paula Abdul says she sought treatment for an addiction to painkillers last year. In an interview to appear in the June issue of Ladies' Home Journal, Abdul discussed how she checked herself into the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., last fall to wean herself off her medications. She also said the medication was why she may have seemed disoriented while on the air from time to time. I could have killed myself, the magazine quoted her as saying about going through...

2008-09-11 03:00:08

By Klinger, Gil Merlob, Paul Abstract: Depression is common in women of childbearing age and especially during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are increasingly being used to treat depression prior to and throughout pregnancy. Up to 30% of the newborn infants exposed to SSRIs may present with clinical signs during the first days after birth. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) describes this clinical syndrome resulting from prior prolonged...

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2008-08-06 12:20:00

Researchers in Canada claim to have found regions of the brain that may explain why some people can become addicted to nicotine after their first cigarette. Scientists were able to manipulate brain cells in rats to control which rats in the study enjoyed their first exposure to nicotine and which were repelled by it. Researchers hope their new findings may open the door for new treatments of nicotine addiction. "Our findings may explain an individual's vulnerability to nicotine addiction...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.