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Addiction, Chronic Pain, chronic pain management, Pain Medication, opioid abuse, Opioid Abuse Epidemic, opioid addiction treatment, National Institutes of Health, Drug Dependency, Drug Development, Research & Development

Genetic Study Defies ‘One-size-fits-all’ Approach to Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

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Researchers are assessing clinical and genetic characteristics of a large patient cohort suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain and receiving prescription opioids. With this information, the multidisciplinary team will derive a clinical and genetic profile of prescription opioid-use disorder and use this knowledge to develop an “addiction risk score.” Findings from this study will be key in identifying those who are at low-risk from those who are at high-risk of prescription opioid-use disorder.

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Global Business Solutions, Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, Mayo Clinic Wellness Assessment, wellness content

Mayo Clinic Offers Wellness Content, Assessment to Support Healthier Lifestyles

Mayo Clinic has expanded its commercial content offerings to include expert, research-based wellness content and a personalized, actionable wellness assessment.

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medical marjiuana , Cancer, Children, Providers

Medical Marijuana for Children with Cancer? What Providers Think

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A study published in Pediatrics examined interdisciplinary provider perspectives on legal medical marijuana use in children with cancer. It found that 92 percent of providers were willing to help children with cancer access medical marijuana. However, providers who are legally eligible to certify for medical marijuana were less open to endorsing its use. While nearly a third of providers received one or more requests for medical marijuana, the lack of standards on formulations, dosing and potency was identified as the greatest barrier to recommending it. These findings reflect survey responses from 288 providers in Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington.

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E-Cig Use Increases Risk of Beginning Tobacco Cigarette Use in Young Adults

Young adults who use electronic cigarettes are more than four times as likely to begin smoking tobacco cigarettes within 18 months as their peers who do not vape, according to new University of Pittsburgh research. The findings demonstrate that e-cigarettes are serving as a gateway to traditional smoking, contrary to their purported value as a smoking cessation tool. The study is the first nationally representative survey that followed for more than a year people 18 to 30 years old who were initially nonsmokers.

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Lung Cancer Prevention: 12 Tips to Reduce Your Risk

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Remember when your mom always told you “what you do now will catch up with you when you’re older?” She wasn’t lying. Lung cancer is a disease that mostly affects the elderly, with 83 percent of those living with cancer being 60-years-of-age or older, but reducing your risk of getting lung cancer starts when you’re young.

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Mount Sinai Health System, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Society For Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Drug Addiction, depression research, drugs of abuse, Neurobiology and Behavior, addiction biology, Yale University, Neuropsychopharmacology

Mount Sinai Neuroscientist Awarded Two Prestigious Honors

Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience, Director of The Friedman Brain Institute, and Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, has been awarded two prestigious honors for his research and leadership in the fields of science and education: the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Paul Hoch Distinguished Service Award and the Wilbur Cross Medal from the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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Surgery-Related Opioid Doses Could Drop Dramatically, Without Affecting Patients’ Pain Control, Study Suggests

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Some surgeons might be able to prescribe a third of opioid painkiller pills that they currently give patients, and not affect their level of post-surgery pain control, a new study suggests. That would mean far fewer opioids left over to feed the ongoing national crisis of misuse, addiction and overdose.

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Nyu Langone, Donald Wilson, Monica Lewin, Mariko Saito, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, lithium chloride, Slow-wave sleep, non-REM sleep

Study Shows Lithium Chloride Blunts Brain Damage Linked to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

A single dose of lithium chloride, a drug used to treat bipolar disease and aggression, blocks the sleep disturbances, memory loss, and learning problems tied to fetal alcohol syndrome, new experiments in mice show.

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Opioid Crisis: Criminal Justice Referrals Miss Treatment Opportunities, Study Suggests

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that under 5 percent of those referred for opioid treatment from the criminal justice system were directed to medication-assisted programs to treat their disorder.

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Four-Fold Jump in Deaths in Opioid-Driven Hospitalizations

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New study finds that death rates for those hospitalized for opioid-related conditions in the U.S. have quadrupled since 2000. Worst toll seen among patients who were low-income, white, under age 65 and on Medicare, and the severity of opioid misuse leading to hospitalization has increased.







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