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It is time to embrace cannabis for medicinal use, say experts

Mon, 2020-09-21 19:08
Attitudes towards cannabis products for medicinal use need to change with much greater appropriate use of such products to help alleviate patients' pain, suggests new research.
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Children who take steroids at increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, blood clots

Thu, 2020-09-17 06:41
Children who take oral steroids to treat asthma or autoimmune diseases have an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and blood clots, according to new researchers. The study is the first to quantify these complications of oral steroids in a nationwide population of children.
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Substance use disorders linked to COVID-19 susceptibility

Mon, 2020-09-14 09:59
A recent study found that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications. The findings suggest that health care providers should closely monitor patients with SUDs and develop action plans to help shield them from infection and severe outcomes.
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Study of siblings finds moderate cannabis use impacts cognitive functioning

Thu, 2020-09-03 11:30
A new study compares adolescent siblings to determine the impact of early and frequent use of marijuana on cognitive function. This study contrasts with previous studies by finding that moderate adolescent cannabis use may have adverse effects that cannot be explained by the genetic or environmental factors that siblings may have in common.
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Finding cortisone alternatives with fewer side effects

Wed, 2020-09-02 07:51
Researchers are examining the beneficial effects of cortisone in order to lay the groundwork for the development of similar drugs with fewer side effects.
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Look beyond opioids to solve national substance use epidemic

Fri, 2020-08-28 18:49
A new study published reveals that three-quarters of participants in an inpatient addiction intervention program came into the hospital using more than one substance. The findings suggests that a singular focus on opioids may do more harm than good if doctors overlook the complexity of each individual's actual substance use.
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Rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use not associated with vaping-related lung injuries, study finds

Tue, 2020-08-25 10:18
Higher rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use in U.S. states did not result in more e-cigarette or vaping-related lung injuries (known as EVALI), a new study from the Yale School of Public Health finds.
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Cannabinoids may affect activity of other pharmaceuticals

Mon, 2020-08-03 10:01
Cannabinoid-containing products may alter the effects of some prescription drugs, according to researchers. They published information that could help medical professionals make safe prescribing choices for their patients who use prescription, over-the-counter or illicit cannabinoid products.
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Common blood test identifies benefits and risks of steroid treatment in COVID-19 patients

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:38
A new study confirms the findings of the large scale British trial of steroid use for COVID-19 patients and advances the research by answering several key questions: Which patients are most likely to benefit from steroid therapy? Could some of them be harmed? Can other formulations of steroids substitute for the agent studied in the British trial?
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Cannabis shows potential for mitigating sickle cell disease pain

Fri, 2020-07-17 11:32
Cannabis appears to be a safe and potentially effective treatment for the chronic pain that afflicts people with sickle cell disease, according to a new clinical trial.
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A complex gene program initiates brain changes in response to cocaine

Thu, 2020-07-09 15:28
Researchers used single-nucleus RNA sequencing to compare transcriptional responses to acute cocaine in 16 unique cell populations from the brain nucleus accumbens. The atlas is part of a major study that used multiple cutting-edge technologies to describe a dopamine-induced gene expression signature that regulates the brain's response to cocaine. The study shows neurobiological processes that control drug-related adaptations and reveals new information about how transcriptional mechanisms regulate activity-dependent processes within the central nervous system.
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Study says inhalers OK to use amid COVID-19 concerns

Thu, 2020-07-09 12:15
Researchers find that the benefits of inhalers for asthma sufferers outweigh the risks of contracting coronavirus, following concerns raised after WHO warned that steroids could reduce immunity.
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Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children's sleep problems

Thu, 2020-07-02 13:37
As many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. But new research suggests such use could have a lasting impact on the fetal brain, influencing children's sleep for as much as a decade.
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Researchers flush out worrying trend of designer drug use

Mon, 2020-06-15 08:09
In a sign that designer drugs are becoming more prevalent in Australia, synthetic cathinones -- commonly known as 'bath salts' -- have been detected in the nation's wastewater in the largest study of its kind in the country.
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Marijuana concentrates spike THC levels but don't boost impairment

Wed, 2020-06-10 11:50
A study of 121 regular users of legal market cannabis found that higher potency does not necessarily mean greater intoxication. It also found that while balance and memory are impaired immediately after use, that impairment fades within in an hour.
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Cannabis temporarily relieves PTSD symptoms, study suggests

Tue, 2020-06-09 12:44
People suffering from post-traumatic distress disorder report that cannabis reduces the severity of their symptoms by more than half, at least in the short term, according to a recent study.
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