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January 20, 2019

How Exercise Could Help Fight Drug Addiction

Nov. 14, 2018 — The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. However, addicts who exercise appear ... read more

Cluster of Cocaine-Fentanyl Overdoses in Philadelphia Underscores Need for More 'Test Strips' and Rapid Response

Nov. 1, 2018 — Emergency department physicians are calling for more readily available testing strips to identify the presence of fentanyl in patients experiencing a drug overdose, and a rapid, coordinated response ... read more

Aug. 31, 2018 — Bile acids -- gut compounds that aid in the digestion of dietary fats -- reduce the desire for cocaine, according to a new ... read more

Racial Disparities in Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Aug. 20, 2018 — Researchers have identified racial disparities in the treatment of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain. Black patients who receive opioids long-term are more likely than whites to be ... read more

SMURF1 Provides Targeted Approach to Preventing Cocaine Addiction Relapse

Aug. 14, 2018 — A class of proteins that has generated significant interest for its potential to treat diseases, has for the first time, been shown to be effective in reducing relapse, or drug-seeking behaviors, in ... read more

Cocaine Relapse Is Reversed With BDNF Microinjections in the Brain

Aug. 4, 2018 — Investigators discover that brain-derived neurotropic factor reduced cocaine relapse in a preclinical model when administered before a cue-induced relapse ... read more

Childhood Adversity Increases Susceptibility to Addiction Via Immune Response

July 17, 2018 — Childhood adversity permanently alters the peripheral and central immune systems, increasing the sensitivity of the body's immune response to cocaine, reports a new ... read more

Hunger Hormones Offer Promising Avenue for Addiction Treatment

July 17, 2018 — Hormones that signal the body's state of hunger and fullness could be the key to new treatments for drug and alcohol addiction. Gut hormones have received considerable attention from scientists ... read more

A Gene Required for Addictive Behavior

July 12, 2018 — Cocaine can have a devastating effect on people. It directly stimulates the brain's reward center, and, more importantly, induces long-term changes to the reward circuitry that are responsible ... read more

Newly Developed Therapeutic Shown to Combat Drug Addiction

June 29, 2018 — A new therapeutic may help reverse chemical imbalances made to the brain by habitual drug use and could one day help recovering drug addicts avoid future drug ... read more

Potential New Treatment for Drug Addiction Relapse Revealed

June 12, 2018 — Research reveals a new potential mechanism for combating drug addiction ... read more

Cocaine Use Alters Gene Expression in Brain Reward Circuits

May 31, 2018 — A study has identified unique genetic changes in the brain's reward circuitry that are associated with cocaine use, including first-time use, withdrawal, and re-exposure to the drug after ... read more

Magnetic Stimulation Dampens Brain Response to Drug Cues in Addiction

May 15, 2018 — In a study investigating the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for drug addiction, researchers are the first to demonstrate that the noninvasive brain stimulation technique can dampen ... read more

May 14, 2018 — New research shows that response of brain and emotions to addictive drugs depends on both the setting and the substance of use. The findings could change treatments for drug users to help prevent ... read more

Chemical Sensing Chip Sniffs out Cocaine Within Minutes

May 7, 2018 — What if you could test for cocaine, opioids and marijuana as quickly as a breathalyzer identifies alcohol? A new, low-cost chemical sensing chip brings us one step closer to this portable tech, which ... read more

A Potential New Weapon in the Addiction Battle: FDA-Approved Diabetes and Obesity Drugs

Apr. 27, 2018 — Research reveals that FDA-approved drugs to treat diabetes and obesity may reduce cocaine relapse and help people who are addicted break the habit. Such medications work by targeting receptors for ... read more

Non-Psychoactive Cannabis Ingredient Could Help Addicts Stay Clean

Mar. 23, 2018 — A preclinical study in rats has shown that there might be value in using a non-psychoactive and non-addictive ingredient of the Cannabis sativa plant to reduce the risk of relapse among recovering ... read more

One in 10 People Have Traces of Cocaine or Heroin on Their Fingerprints

Mar. 22, 2018 — Scientists have found that drugs are now so prevalent that 13 percent of those taking part in a test were found to have traces of class A drugs on their fingerprints -- despite never using ... read more

Opioid Abuse Leads to Heroin Use and a Hepatitis C Epidemic, Researcher Says

Feb. 22, 2018 — Heroin is worse than other drugs because people inject it much sooner, potentially resulting in increased risk of injection-related epidemics such as hepatitis C and HIV, a new study shows. As more ... read more

An Improved Anti-Addiction Medication

Feb. 21, 2018 — Drug addiction continues to plague vast numbers of people across the world, destroying and ending lives, while attempts to develop more effective pharmaceutical addiction treatments continue. ... read more

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