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Article ID: 613420

Heroin Use on the Rise, Loyola Toxicologist Says

Loyola University Health System

In the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, Loyola University Health System toxicologist Christina Hantsch, MD, FACEP, FACMT, is available to talk about the rise she has seen in heroin overdoses in recent years.

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6-Feb-2014 12:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 613386

Questions on Heroin Epidemic? Univ. Of Maryland Addiction Expert Dr. Bankole Johnson Available for Interviews

University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine

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5-Feb-2014 4:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 613329

Brain Scans Show We Take Risks Because We Can’t Stop Ourselves

University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

A new study correlating brain activity with how people make decisions suggests that when individuals engage in risky behavior, such as drunk driving or unsafe sex, it’s probably not because their brains’ desire systems are too active, but because their self-control systems are not active enough. This might have implications for how health experts treat mental illness and addiction or how the legal system assesses a criminal’s likelihood of committing another crime.

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4-Feb-2014 5:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 613260

Teens Who Consume Energy Drinks More Likely to Use Alcohol and Drugs

Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Nearly one-third of US adolescents consume high-caffeine energy drinks or "shots," and these teens report higher rates of alcohol, cigarette, or drug use, reports a study in the January/February Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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4-Feb-2014 10:40 AM EST
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Article ID: 613037

E-Cigarettes: the Known and Unknown Dangers

Loyola University Health System

It’s no easy task to quit smoking and the lure of an e-cigarette, which claims to mimic the smoking experience without the harmful chemicals, seems a dream come true for many smokers. According Philip McAndrew, MD, Loyola University Health System physician and smoking cessation expert, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare with no FDA product regulations. The truth is little is known about the chemicals e-cigarette smokers are inhaling. What is known is there is an increase in the number of adolescents smoking them.

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29-Jan-2014 3:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 612908

Research Finds Link Between Alcohol Use, Not Pot, and Domestic Violence

University of Tennessee

Research among college students found that men under the influence of alcohol are more likely to perpetrate physical, psychological or sexual aggression against their partners than men under the influence of marijuana. Women, on the other hand, were more likely to be physically and psychologically aggressive under the influence of alcohol but, unlike men, they were also more likely to be psychologically aggressive under the influence of marijuana.

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27-Jan-2014 5:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 612756

Loyola Smoking Cessation Expert Believes E-Cigarettes Encouraging Youth to Try Nicotine

Loyola University Health System

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23-Jan-2014 11:50 AM EST
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Article ID: 612500

Parental Exposure to Marijuana Linked to Drug Addiction and Compulsive Behavior in Unexposed Progeny

Mount Sinai Health System

Teen marijuana use may have repercussions in unexposed progeny. This rodent study found that parental use of marijuana/THC was linked to molecular and neurobiological disturbances and increased motivation to get drugs.

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16-Jan-2014 10:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 612554

Mount Sinai Researchers Find Promising New Drug Targets for Cocaine Addiction

Mount Sinai Health System

Finding suitable drug targets for treating cocaine addiction has proved daunting, but for the first time, researchers have shown that abundant enzyme PARP-1 and the sidekick-1 gene are found to enhance the brain's reward system.

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17-Jan-2014 12:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 612350

Scripps Research Institute Scientists Develop Promising Drug Candidates for Pain, Addiction

Scripps Research Institute

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have described a pair of drug candidates that advance the search for new treatments for pain, addiction and other disorders.

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13-Jan-2014 4:00 PM EST
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