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Article ID: 602701

Experts Discuss Ways to Slow “Epidemic Level” Addiction Problems in Appalachia Through Community-Based Interventions and Research

Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Nationwide, only one in ten people with substance abuse disorders receive medical intervention, opposed to nearly 90% of those with diabetes – a problem that becomes exponentially worse in the Appalachian region, where deaths from prescription drug overdoses have jumped 360% in the last decade. Experts gathered at the Fourth Annual Scientific Meeting of The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), to share ideas and examples to help reverse the deadly substance abuse trends that are further complicated by health disparities, social and economic issues unique to a region that spans 13 states.

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7-May-2013 11:15 AM EDT
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Article ID: 602585

Preclinical Study Shows Heroin Vaccine Blocks Relapse

Scripps Research Institute

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have reported successful preclinical tests of a new vaccine against heroin. The vaccine targets heroin and its psychoactive breakdown products in the bloodstream, preventing them from reaching the brain.

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3-May-2013 10:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 602422

Teen Girls Less Successful Than Boys at Quitting Meth

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A study of adolescents receiving treatment for methamphetamine dependence has found that girls are more likely to continue using the drug during treatment than boys, suggesting that new approaches are needed for treating meth abuse among teen girls.

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30-Apr-2013 3:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 602378

Maternal Diet Sets Up Junk Food Addiction in Babies

University of Adelaide

Research from the University of Adelaide suggests that mothers who eat junk food while pregnant have already programmed their babies to be addicted to a high fat, high sugar diet by the time they are weaned.

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30-Apr-2013 2:35 AM EDT
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Article ID: 602197

PROSPER Prevention Programs Dramatically Cut Substance Abuse Among Teens

Iowa State University

Young adults reduce their overall prescription drug misuse up to 65 percent if they are part of a community-based prevention effort while still in middle school, according to researchers at Iowa State University.

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25-Apr-2013 10:00 AM EDT
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 602038

Fight Drug Addiction. Free Medication Disposal This Weekend

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Police say prescription medication is often a gateway to narcotics like heroin. Remove potentially harmful medication from your home this weekend.

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22-Apr-2013 11:30 AM EDT
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Article ID: 601172

Laser Light Zaps Away Cocaine Addiction

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

By stimulating one part of the brain with laser light, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UC San Francisco (UCSF) have shown that they can wipe away addictive behavior in rats – or conversely turn non-addicted rats into compulsive cocaine seekers.

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2-Apr-2013 4:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 600965

Children of Deployed Parents at Higher Risk for Alcohol, Drug Use

University of Iowa

Data from a statewide survey of sixth-, eighth-, and 11th-grade Iowa students found an increased risk for alcohol use, binge drinking, and using marijuana and other illegal drugs, among children of deployed or recently returned military parents compared to children in non-military families.

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28-Mar-2013 1:00 PM EDT
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 600847

Research Provides Clues to Alcohol Addiction Vulnerability

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

A Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center team studying alcohol addiction has new research that might shed light on why some drinkers are more susceptible to addiction than others.

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25-Mar-2013 4:15 PM EDT
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Article ID: 600533

Study Shows How Two Brain Areas Interact to Trigger Divergent Emotional Behaviors

University of North Carolina Health Care System

New research from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine for the first time explains exactly how two brain regions interact to promote emotionally motivated behaviors associated with anxiety and reward. The findings could lead to new mental health therapies for disorders such as addiction, anxiety, and depression.

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19-Mar-2013 12:00 PM EDT
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