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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.

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