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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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Some people are easily addicted to drugs, but others are not

Tue, 2020-06-02 09:00
Researchers have discovered that dopamine D2 receptors (DRD2s) in cholinergic interneurons (ChINs) play a crucial role in cocaine addiction.
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New molecule stops drug cravings in mice, with fewer side effects

Thu, 2020-05-28 09:58
Researchers have developed a synthetic molecule that selectively controls the physiological rewards of cocaine in mice. It also may represent a new class of small-molecule drugs that are more specific and have fewer side effects. The molecule selectively activates beta-arrestin without activating the G protein, making its signal to the cell much more specific.
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Legal cannabis hemp oil effectively treats chronic neuropathic pain

Wed, 2020-05-20 11:13
Researchers examine the effectiveness of consuming hemp oil extracted from the whole cannabis plant using a chronic neuropathic pain animal model. Researchers showed that legal cannabis hemp oil reduced mechanical pain sensitivity 10-fold for several hours in mice with chronic post-operative neuropathic pain.
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Minimum legal age for cannabis use should be 19, study suggests

Wed, 2020-05-13 18:04
The optimal minimum legal age for non-medical cannabis use is 19 years of age, according to a new study.
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Antibiotics may increase risk for opioid abuse

Mon, 2020-04-27 12:05
Taking antibiotics alongside opioids may increase the risk of opioid abuse, according to research in rats.
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Holistic approach best for tackling nonmedical drug use, study finds

Fri, 2020-04-24 11:25
Health practitioners are constantly developing new ways to help those with drug and alcohol addictions wean themselves from their substance of choice. Most such programs have limited success, however. A new study finds that interventions that take a multidimensional approach -- tackling the biological, social, environmental and mental health obstacles to overcome while also addressing a person's substance use -- work best for those hoping to stop using drugs.
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New study could lead to therapeutic interventions to treat cocaine addiction

Wed, 2020-04-22 19:40
A new study explains how cocaine modifies functions in the brain revealing a potential target for therapies aimed at treating cocaine addiction.
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Early exposure to cannabis boosts young brains' sensitivity to cocaine, rodent study finds

Mon, 2020-04-20 14:57
Cannabis use makes young brains more sensitive to the first exposure to cocaine, according to a new study on rodents. By monitoring the brains of both adolescent and adult rats after giving them synthetic psychoactive cannabinoids followed by cocaine, the research team identified key molecular and epigenetic changes that occurred in the brains of adolescents -- but not adults.
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Novel role for dopamine that impacts gene expression related to cocaine abuse

Thu, 2020-04-09 12:15
Scientists have discovered a new role for the brain chemical dopamine that is independent of classic neurotransmission. The new role appears to be critical to changes in gene expression related to chronic exposure to, or abuse of, cocaine.
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Whether marijuana helps with pain is unclear

Wed, 2020-04-08 12:58
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. However, daily marijuana users with severe pain also reported their health had become worse in the past year.
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Marijuana may impair female fertility

Thu, 2020-04-02 11:46
Female eggs exposed to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, have an impaired ability to produce viable embryos, and are significantly less likely to result in a viable pregnancy, according to an animal study.
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Saliva test for cannabis could someday help identify impaired drivers

Mon, 2020-03-30 13:21
Those who consume alcohol and drive are often subjected to roadside stops, breathalyzer tests and stiff penalties if their blood alcohol content exceeds certain limits. Currently, no such test exists for cannabis intoxication, although the substance can impair driving. Now, scientists report a convenient saliva test for cannabis levels that might someday be used at roadside stops.
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New research sheds light on potentially negative effects of cannabis

Mon, 2020-03-30 11:05
Coughing fits, anxiety and paranoia are three of the most common adverse reactions to cannabis, according to a recent study.
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Legal marijuana products too strong for pain relief

Thu, 2020-03-26 12:43
More than 90% of the legal marijuana products offered in medical dispensaries are much stronger than what clinical studies have shown that doctors recommend for chronic pain relief, according to a new study.
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