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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820497/anesthetic-agents-of-plant-origin-a-review-of-phytochemicals-with-anesthetic-activity
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Hironori Tsuchiya
The majority of currently used anesthetic agents are derived from or associated with natural products, especially plants, as evidenced by cocaine that was isolated from coca (Erythroxylum coca, Erythroxylaceae) and became a prototype of modern local anesthetics and by thymol and eugenol contained in thyme (Thymus vulgaris, Lamiaceae) and clove (Syzygium aromaticum, Myrtaceae), respectively, both of which are structurally and mechanistically similar to intravenous phenolic anesthetics. This paper reviews different classes of phytochemicals with the anesthetic activity and their characteristic molecular structures that could be lead compounds for anesthetics and anesthesia-related drugs...
August 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816790/terminal-memoirs-of-america-s-18th-president-grant-twain%C3%A2-and-cocaine
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September 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816720/racial-inequities-in-hiv-prevalence-and-composition-of-risk-networks-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-hptn-037
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Florence Momplaisir, Mustafa Hussein, Danielle Tobin-Fiore, Laramie Smith, David Bennett, Carl Latkin, David S Metzger
BACKGROUND: HIV prevention interventions in the U.S. have failed to eliminate racial inequities. Here, we evaluate factors associated with racial inequities in HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs (PWID) using HIV Prevention Trial Network 037 data. METHODS: We measured racial homophily (i.e., all members share the same race), being in an HIV+ network (network with ≥ 1 HIV+ member) and drug and sex risk behaviors. A two-level logistic regression with a random intercept evaluated the association between being in an HIV+ network and race adjusting for individual and network-level factors...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815945/development-of-a-quantitative-method-for-the-analysis-of-cocaine-analogue-impregnated-into-textiles-by-raman-spectroscopy
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Linda Xiao, Rhiannon Alder, Megha Mehta, Nadine Krayem, Bianca Cavasinni, Sean Laracy, Shane Cameron, Shanlin Fu
Cocaine trafficking in the form of textile impregnation is routinely encountered as a concealment method. Raman spectroscopy has been a popular and successful testing method used for in situ screening of cocaine in textiles and other matrices. Quantitative analysis of cocaine in these matrices using Raman spectroscopy has not been reported to date. This study aimed to develop a simple Raman method for quantifying cocaine using atropine as the model analogue in various types of textiles. Textiles were impregnated with solutions of atropine in methanol...
August 16, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815465/non-injection-drug-use-and-injection-initiation-assistance-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-tijuana-mexico
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Amen Ben Hamida, Claudia Rafful, Sonia Jain, Shelly Sun, Patricia Gonzalez-Zuniga, Gudelia Rangel, Steffanie A Strathdee, Dan Werb
Although most people who inject drugs (PWID) report receiving assistance during injection initiation events, little research has focused on risk factors among PWID for providing injection initiation assistance. We therefore sought to determine the influence of non-injection drug use among PWID on their risk to initiate others. We used generalized estimating equation (GEE) models on longitudinal data among a prospective cohort of PWID in Tijuana, Mexico (Proyecto El Cuete IV), while controlling for potential confounders...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815279/evaluation-of-training-dose-in-male-sprague-dawley-rats-trained-to-discriminate-4-methylmethcathinone
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Michael D Berquist, Nathyn A Thompson, Lisa E Baker
RATIONALE: Although the synthetic cathinone 4-methylmethcathinone (4-MMC, mephedrone) has been a subject of intensive research investigation, the pharmacological mechanisms involved in its interoceptive stimulus effects have yet to be fully characterized. OBJECTIVE: The present study employed drug discrimination methods in rats to compare the interoceptive stimulus properties of two different training doses of 4-MMC to other substances with similar pharmacological actions...
August 16, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815276/determination-of-89-drugs-and-other-micropollutants-in-unfiltered-wastewater-and-freshwater-by-lc-ms-ms-an-alternative-sample-preparation-approach
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Alexandros G Asimakopoulos, Pranav Kannan, Sean Higgins, Kurunthachalam Kannan
A liquid chromatography-triple quadrupole-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-qQq-MS/MS) method was developed for simultaneous determination of 89 legal neuropsychiatric pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs (both parent compounds and metabolites) and other micropollutants in unfiltered wastewater and freshwater. The target chemicals fall under the classes of amphetamine-type stimulants, cocaine compounds, opiates and opioids, benzodiazepines, lysergic compounds, antipsychotics, anesthetics, antiepileptics, antidepressants, sympathomimetics, cannabinoids, blood thinners, antihistamines, β-blockers, caffeine derivatives, nicotine derivatives, z-drugs, new designer drugs, and Alzheimer medications...
August 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814468/persistent-effects-of-acute-stress-on-fear-and-drug-seeking-in-a-novel-model-of-the-comorbidity-between-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-addiction
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Christie L Pizzimenti, Tom M Navis, K Matthew Lattal
Even following long periods of abstinence, individuals with anxiety disorders have high rates of relapse to drugs of abuse. Although many current models of relapse demonstrate effects of acute stress on drug-seeking, most of these studies examine stressful experiences that occur in close temporal and physical proximity to the reinstatement test. Here, we assess the effects of a stressful experience in one context on fear and drug-seeking in a different context. We adapt the stress-enhanced fear learning procedure to examine impacts on drug-seeking long after the stressful experience occurred...
September 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814125/recreational-drug-use-at-a-major-music-festival-trend-analysis-of-anonymised-pooled-urine
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Lotte Christine Groth Hoegberg, Cecilie Christiansen, Jesper Soe, Rasmus Telving, Mette Findal Andreasen, Dan Staerk, Lona Louring Christrup, Kenneth Thermann Kongstad
OBJECTIVE: The spread of new psychoactive substances (NPS) has expanded rapidly in the last decade. The complexity of the pharmacological effects of NPS challenges the traditional treatment guidelines, and information of the emergence of new arrivals is valuable. Our knowledge on the actual range of recreational drugs used and NPS available in Denmark is limited as identification is possible only when consumers become patients in the healthcare system or through drug seizures. We aimed to detect classical recreational drugs and NPS in the urine of music festival attendees and evaluate if the use of NPS could have been predicted by comparing study data with drug seizure data from the previous year published by European and Danish health authorities...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813640/innate-immune-signaling-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-contributes-to-drug-primed-reinstatement-of-cocaine-seeking
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Kyle T Brown, Sophia C Levis, Casey E O'Neill, Alexis L Northcutt, Timothy J Fabisiak, Linda R Watkins, Ryan K Bachtell
Cocaine addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by persistent perturbations to an organism's homeostatic processes that result in maladaptive drug seeking. Although considerable attention has been directed at the consequences of neuronal changes following chronic cocaine taking, few studies have examined the role of microglia, the brain's resident immune cells, following chronic cocaine administration. Toll-Like Receptor 4 (TLR4) is a molecular pattern receptor that recognizes pathogens, danger signals, and xenobiotics and induces proinflammatory signaling in the central nervous system...
August 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813206/levamisole-in-illicit-trafficking-cocaine-seized-a-one-year-study
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Simona Martello, Massimo Pieri, Cristiano Ialongo, Stefano Pignalosa, Gianluca Noce, Francesca Vernich, Carmelo Russo, Federico Mineo, Sergio Bernardini, Luigi Tonino Marsella
Cocaine use is increasing around the world and its purity is frequently altered through dilution, substitution, contamination, and adulteration. Sugars, talc, starch, and carbonates represent the principal diluents of cocaine, while phenacetin, levamisole, caffeine, and lidocaine are its major adulterants in Europe. Levamisole is used because it is an odorless powder, with physical properties similar to cocaine, and it has reasonable cost and availability, being widely used in veterinary medicine. For this study, we analyzed 88 cocaine samples...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813109/assessment-of-inhibitory-control-in-crack-and-or-cocaine-users-a-systematic-review
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Fernanda Rasch Czermainski, Alice Rodrigues Willhelm, Álvaro Zaneti Santos, Mayra Pacheco Pachado, Rosa Maria Martins de Almeida
Objective: Impairments involving inhibitory control have been considered central deficits in drug users, but it appears that dysfunctions may be specific to users' drug of choice. This article aims to review recent findings on inhibitory control impairment in samples of crack and/or cocaine users. Methods: Searches were conducted on the PubMed, PsycINFO, and Web of Knowledge databases in two stages according to eligibility criteria. Initially, databases were searched and the titles and abstracts of results were analyzed and then selected articles were read in full...
August 14, 2017: Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812909/chronic-orbital-inflammatory-disease-and-optic-neuropathy-associated-with-long-term-intranasal-cocaine-abuse-2-cases-and-literature-review
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Martin J Siemerink, Nicole J M Freling, Peerooz Saeed
Orbital inflammatory disease and secondary optic neuropathy is a rare but devastating complication of long-term intranasal cocaine abuse. We describe 2 patients with a history of intranasal cocaine consumption who presented with subacute onset of unilateral vision loss from optic neuropathy and limitation of abduction in the affected eye. Magnetic resonance imaging findings included an orbital mass in combination with absent nasal septum and partial destruction of the paranasal sinuses. Biopsies and histopathologic examination of the nasal cavity and the orbital mass revealed chronic inflammation...
August 16, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811141/the-pharmacokinetic-profile-of-synthetic-cathinones-in-a-pregnancy-model
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Lauren G Strange, Kerri Kochelek, Robert Keasling, Stacy D Brown, Brooks B Pond
In recent years, the abuse of synthetic cathinones or 'bath salts' has become a major public health concern. Although these compounds were initially sold legally and labeled "not for human consumption", the 'bath salts' are psychostimulants, with similar structures and pharmacologic mechanisms to cocaine, the amphetamines, and 3,4 methylendioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Molly, or Ecstasy). The reported use of these substances by women of child-bearing age highlights the necessity of studies seeking to delineate risks of prenatal exposure...
August 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808012/bdnf-trkb-controls-cocaine-induced-dendritic-spines-in-rodent-nucleus-accumbens-dissociated-from-increases-in-addictive-behaviors
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Ethan M Anderson, Anne Marie Wissman, Joyce Chemplanikal, Nicole Buzin, Daniel Guzman, Erin B Larson, Rachael L Neve, Eric J Nestler, Christopher W Cowan, David W Self
Chronic cocaine use is associated with prominent morphological changes in nucleus accumbens shell (NACsh) neurons, including increases in dendritic spine density along with enhanced motivation for cocaine, but a functional relationship between these morphological and behavioral phenomena has not been shown. Here we show that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signaling through tyrosine kinase B (TrkB) receptors in NACsh neurons is necessary for cocaine-induced dendritic spine formation by using either localized TrkB knockout or viral-mediated expression of a dominant negative, kinase-dead TrkB mutant...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807713/opioid-drug-use-and-acute-cardiac-events-among-pregnant-women-in-the-united-states
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Hamisu M Salihu, Jason L Salemi, Anjali Aggarwal, Beverly F Steele, Ross C Pepper, Mulubrhan F Mogos, Muktar H Aliyu
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of pregnancy-associated deaths in the United States (US). The extent to which increasing opioid use among pregnant women contributes to fatal cardiovascular events is unknown. We examine trends in opioid use among pregnant women over the previous decade, and the association between changes in temporal trends in opioid drug use and the incidence of acute cardiac events among mothers. METHODS: In this retrospective analysis of the Healthcare and Cost Utilization Project (HCUP), we utilized a two-stage stratified cluster sampling of all inpatient hospital discharges from non-federal hospitals between 01/01/2002 through 12/31/2014...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807373/usefulness-of-cocaine-drops-in-investigating-infant-anisocoria
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Gilles C Martin, Pierre-Antoine Aymard, Charlotte Denier, Caroline Seghir, Marc Abitbol, Nathalie Boddaert, Dominique Bremond-Gignac, Matthieu P Robert
INTRODUCTION: Whereas apraclonidine has eclipsed cocaine test in the exploration of unilateral miosis in adults, its use in infants is avoided because of the risk of central nervous system depression. This chart review evaluates the usefulness of cocaine drops in infants. METHODS: Infants under the age of one referred for unilateral miosis between November 1, 2009 and November 1, 2015, were reviewed. Patients underwent the following protocol: (1) in case of isolated miosis, cocaine test was performed...
August 4, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806585/relationship-between-craving-and-plasma-leptin-concentrations-in-patients-with-cocaine-addiction
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Giovanni Martinotti, Chiara Montemitro, Gaia Baroni, Sara Andreoli, Flaminia Alimonti, Marco Di Nicola, Federico Tonioni, Lorenzo Leggio, Massimo di Giannantonio, Luigi Janiri
BACKGROUND: There is robust evidence indicating an overlap between neurobiological circuitry and pathways that regulate addictions and those that regulate appetite and food intake. Rodent work suggests a role of the appetitive peptide leptin in cocaine-seeking behaviours. The goal of this study was to investigate the possible relationship between plasma leptin concentrations and cocaine craving and use in patients seeking treatment for cocaine dependence. METHODS: Patients (N=43) with a DSM-IV diagnosis of cocaine dependence were studied before starting detoxification (baseline; T0) and then again 14days after (T1; only those patients who abstained from cocaine during the study)...
August 5, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803849/characteristics-of-ethanol-induced-behavioral-sensitization-in-rats-molecular-mediators-and-cross-sensitization-between-ethanol-and-cocaine
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Shijie Xu, Ung Gu Kang
Repeated exposure to drugs of abuse can induce a progressive increase in locomotor activity, known as behavioral sensitization. However, little is known about behavioral sensitization to ethanol. We examined whether ethanol could induce behavioral sensitization and investigated several molecular changes accompanying sensitization. We also assessed whether "cross-sensitization" occurred between ethanol and cocaine, another abused drug. Ethanol-induced sensitization was examined in rats after ethanol treatment (0...
August 10, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802898/neurochemical-evidence-that-cocaine-and-amphetamine-regulated-transcript-cart-55-102-peptide-modulates-the-dopaminergic-reward-system-by-decreasing-the-dopamine-release-in-the-mouse-nucleus-accumbens
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Angelina Rakovska, Maria Baranyi, Katalin Windish, Polina Petkova-Kirova, Hristo Gagov, Reni Kalfin
CART (Cocaine- and Amphetamine-Regulated Transcript) peptide is a neurotransmitter naturally occurring in the CNS and found mostly in nucleus accumbens, ventrotegmental area, ventral pallidum, amygdalae and striatum, brain regions associated with drug addiction. In the nucleus accumbens, known for its significant role in motivation, pleasure, reward and reinforcement learning, CART peptide inhibits cocaine and amphetamine-induced dopamine-mediated increases in locomotor activity and behavior, suggesting a CART peptide interaction with the dopaminergic system...
August 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
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