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26-May-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Older Adults at Higher Risk for Substance Use
New York University

Middle-aged and older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual have higher rates of using certain substances in the past year than those who identify as heterosexual, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU School of Global Public Health.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Whether marijuana helps with pain is unclear, study suggests
Ohio State University

Medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with low pain to say they use cannabis three or more times a day, a new study finds.

Released: 3-Apr-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Anterior insula activation restores prosocial behavior in animal model of opioid addiction
Arizona State University (ASU)

Researchers in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology have shown that chemogenetic activation of the anterior insula restores prosocial behavior in an animal model of opioid addiction and empathy. The findings suggest an important role for the anterior insula in the brain response to addiction.

Released: 24-Mar-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Lack of media skepticism tied to belief in rape myths
Cornell University

People who tend to recognize similarities between people they know and people depicted in the media are more likely to believe common myths about sexual assault, according to a new study co-led by a Cornell researcher.

Newswise: Scientists receive NIH grant to support study using THC as therapy for HIV patients suffering from inflammation
Released: 26-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Scientists receive NIH grant to support study using THC as therapy for HIV patients suffering from inflammation
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

More than $3.7 million was awarded to Mahesh Mohan, DVM, MS, Ph.D., Professor at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, and Chioma M. Okeoma, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Stony Brook University, to explore the link between cannabinoids (THC) and chronic intestinal inflammation in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Released: 24-Feb-2020 11:00 AM EST
Cannabis Use Among Older Adults has Increased 75 Percent Since 2015
NYU Langone Health

Cannabis use continues to increase in popularity among adults 65 years of age and older in the United States, according to a new study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Released: 11-Feb-2020 11:10 AM EST
Young Men Unaware of Risks of HPV Infection and Need for HPV Vaccination
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Young sexual minority men — including those who are gay, bisexual, queer or straight-identified men who have sex with men — do not fully understand their risk for human papillomavirus (HPV) due to a lack of information from health care providers, according to Rutgers researchers.

28-Jan-2020 10:40 AM EST
Ketamine Use is Underreported—Likely Due to Unknown Exposure—Among EDM Partygoers
New York University

Nearly 37 percent of electronic dance music (EDM) party attendees test positive for ketamine use when samples of their hair are tested—despite only 14.6 percent disclosing that they have used the drug in the past year.

Released: 24-Jan-2020 1:05 PM EST
Opioid Dependence Found to Permanently Change Brains of Rats
University of California San Diego Health

Approximately one-quarter of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them, with five to 10 percent developing an opioid use disorder or addiction. In a new study, UC San Diego researchers found that opioid dependence produced permanent changes in the brains of rats.

Newswise: How Marijuana Accelerates Growth of HPV-related Head and Neck Cancer Identified
Released: 13-Jan-2020 11:55 AM EST
How Marijuana Accelerates Growth of HPV-related Head and Neck Cancer Identified
University of California San Diego Health

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers identified how THC from marijuana accelerates cancer growth in patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive head and neck cancer.

Released: 7-Jan-2020 5:45 PM EST
Intervention for patients hospitalized with HIV improved reengagement and outcomes of care
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Providing multidisciplinary team consults for HIV patients while they are hospitalized to help address social and medical barriers reduces future infection rates and boosts participation in follow-up care, results from a study on how to reengage patients show.

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Released: 3-Jan-2020 9:55 AM EST
UK Study Examines Insomnia Among Women in Appalachian Kentucky
University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky research to examine and improve women’s sleep habits sheds light on insomnia among middle-aged women in Appalachian Kentucky. It also highlights a promising non-pharmaceutical intervention that could help them get a good night’s rest.

Released: 4-Dec-2019 12:20 PM EST
Single Dose of Ketamine Plus Talk Therapy May Reduce Alcohol Use
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A single infusion of ketamine plus behavioral therapy helped alcohol-dependent individuals reduce their drinking, a new study finds.

17-Oct-2019 4:15 PM EDT
Drinking to Remember: Consuming Alcohol Leads to Epigenetic Changes in Brain Memory Centers
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A new study, led by researchers at Penn Medicine, revealed a surprising pathway that shows alcohol byproducts travel to the brain to promote addiction memory. The findings are published in Nature.

21-Oct-2019 3:50 PM EDT
Alcohol Byproduct Contributes to Brain Chemistry Changes in Reward Learning and Memory Centers
Mount Sinai Health System

Study of mouse models provides clear implications for new targets to treat alcohol use disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome

Newswise: UK Awarded $8.8 Million to Support Opioid Treatment for Women in Criminal Justice Settings
Released: 20-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT
UK Awarded $8.8 Million to Support Opioid Treatment for Women in Criminal Justice Settings
University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky recently received an $8.8 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, to establish a Clinical Research Center as part of the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) to support research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings nationwide. The grant will be used to create the Kentucky Women’s Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (WJCOIN) to enhance access to opioid use disorder treatment for women as they transition from jail the community.

Released: 22-May-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Marijuana Use Episodes Linked to Partner Intimacy Experiences
University at Buffalo

Marijuana use episodes among couples who frequently use the drug increase the likelihood of experiencing intimacy events, according to the results of a University at Buffalo-led study.

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