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The Medical Minute: Marijuana Poses Unique Dangers to Children

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"The difference with children and teenagers versus adults is that young people are still making connections in their brains that they're going to have for a lifetime," said Dr. Leslie Walker-Harding, chair of pediatrics and medical director at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Early Infant Weight Gain, Preventing Vision Loss, Sesame Street's Julia, and More in the Children's Health News Source

Click here for the latest research and features on Children's Health.

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Epigenetic Alteration a Promising New Drug Target for Heroin Use Disorder

Heroin use is associated with excessive histone acetylation, an epigenetic process that regulates gene expression, and more years of drug use correlate with higher levels of hyperacetylation, according to research conducted at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

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WashU Expert: More Must Be Done to Address Opioid Crisis

Opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs, killed 33,000-plus people in 2015, more than any year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. President Trump’s proposed budget aims to bring a $500 million increase in funding for prevention and treatment, but that amount isn’t enough to address the crisis, says an expert on substance use disorder treatment at Washington University in St.

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New Drug Test Aids Clinicians with Prescription Drug Monitoring in Patients on Chronic Opioids

Drug diversion is a significant contributing factor in prescription pain medication misuse and deadly overdoses. A new oral fluid monitoring test, announced today by Cordant Health Solutions, www.cordantsolutions.com, reports more detailed and actionable information to clinicians than urine drug tests, which can potentially improve therapy adherence, patient safety, and help to identify drug diversion.

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Medicaid Expansion Linked to Increased Prescribing of Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

States where Medicaid coverage was expanded under the Affordable Care Act have had a significant increase in prescribing of buprenorphine—a medication that plays an important role in addressing the opioid epidemic, reports a study in the April issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Drug & Alcohol Problems Linked to Increased Veteran Suicide Risk, Especially in Women, Long-Term Study Finds

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Veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as their comrades, a new study finds. And women veterans with substance use disorders have an even higher rate of suicide -- more than five times that of their peers, the research shows.

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New Pain Med Test Can Reduce Opioid Misuse and Diversion

Online media briefing to announce first saliva test to measure steady-state opioid drug levels in doctors’ offices. Test verifies therapy compliance and helps prevent drug misuse and diversion.

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New Study Links Opioid Epidemic to Childhood Emotional Abuse

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A study by researchers at the University of Vermont has revealed a link between adult opioid misuse and childhood emotional abuse, a new finding that suggests a rethinking of treatment approaches for opioid abusers.

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Drug Use Drops After ER Visits Used as “Teachable Moments”

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An emergency room visit for an illness or injury may seem like a strange time to try to motivate someone to cut back on using drugs. But a new study suggests that even a half-hour chat with a trained counselor, or a few minutes using a special tablet computer program with a “virtual therapist”, can turn an emergency room trip into the basis for a long-lasting drop in a person’s use of illegal drugs or misuse of prescription medicines.







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