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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224006/epigenetic-regulation-of-the-promotor-region-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-and-nerve-growth-factor-in-opioid-maintained-patients
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Adrian Groh, Kirsten Jahn, Alexandra Burkert, Alexandra Neyazi, Laura Schares, Eva Janke, Marie Rehme, Rilana Schuster, Thomas Hillemacher, Stefan Bleich, Helge Frieling, Annemarie Heberlein
AIMS: The nerve growth factor (NGF) and the vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) may be of importance for psychiatric diseases including substance use disorders. The aim of the study was to identify differences in the regulation of both neuropeptides via the DNA-methylation status of the promotor regions of NGF and VEGF-A in different forms of maintenance therapy for opioid dependence and the related stress regulation via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. METHODS: We compared methylation levels of opioid-dependent patients receiving treatment with diamorphine (n = 28) or levomethadone (n = 54) and similar levels in a healthy control group (n = 72)...
December 8, 2017: European Addiction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224002/the-protective-effects-of-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-stimulation-in-hypoxic-pulmonary-hypertension-involve-inhibition-of-autophagy-through-the-ampk-mtor-pathway
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Yaguang Zhou, Yuanbo Wang, Xu Wang, Xin Tian, Shumiao Zhang, Fan Yang, Haitao Guo, Rong Fan, Na Feng, Min Jia, Xiaoming Gu, Yuemin Wang, Juan Li, Jianming Pei
BACKGROUND/AIMS: In a previous study, we showed that κ-opioid receptor stimulation with the selective agonist U50,488H ameliorated hypoxic pulmonary hypertension (HPH). However, the roles that pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cell (PASMC) proliferation, apoptosis, and autophagy play in κ-opioid receptor-mediated protection against HPH are still unknown. The goal of the present study was to investigate the role of autophagy in U50,488H-induced HPH protection and the underlying mechanisms...
December 8, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223953/potential-role-for-acupuncture-in-the-treatment-of-food-addiction-and-obesity
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Jason Aaron Chen, Justin Albert Chen, Sanghoon Lee, Gerard Mullin
Addressing the global obesity epidemic requires innovative approaches that are also acceptable to affected individuals. There is growing evidence suggesting that food addiction, one contributor to obesity, bears many similarities to drug and alcohol addiction, presenting a potential role for addiction-focused acupuncture as a novel treatment modality. In this perspective article, we begin by briefly reviewing the evidence linking food and drug/alcohol addiction. We then describe the development of an acupuncture-based protocol for treating opioid addiction in Hong Kong in the 1970s and discuss the evidence base for acupuncture's efficacy in treating a range of substance use disorders...
December 9, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223211/perinatal-and-neonatal-implications-of-sickle-cell-disease
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Cathi Phillips, Margaret Peggy Boyd
Sickle cell disease is the genetic disorder most commonly detected with state-mandated newborn screening. Women with sickle cell disease struggle with psychosocial, emotional, and physical challenges throughout their lives. Pregnancy for women with sickle cell disease brings greater risk for maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality and increased likelihood of hospitalization for complications, including sickle cell pain crisis. Chronic maternal opioid use for pain can place newborns at risk for neonatal abstinence syndrome...
December 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223172/association-between-the-use-of-benzodiazepines-and-opioids-with-the-risk-of-falls-and-hip-fractures-in-older-adults
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Manuel E Machado-Duque, Juan Pablo Castaño-Montoya, Diego A Medina-Morales, Alejandro Castro-Rodríguez, Alexandra González-Montoya, Jorge E Machado-Alba
BACKGROUND: To determine the association between the use of opioids and benzodiazepines and the risk of falls with hip fracture in populations older than 65 years in Colombia. METHODS: A case-control study with patients older than 65 years with diagnosis of hip fracture. Two controls were obtained per case. The drugs dispensed in the previous 30 days were identified. Sociodemographic, diagnostic, pharmacological (opioids and benzodiazepines), and polypharmacy variables were analyzed...
December 10, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222847/synthesis-of-novel-norsufentanil-analogues-via-a-four-component-ugi-reaction-and-in-vivo-docking-and-qsar-studies-of-their-analgesic-activity
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Majid Nami, Peyman Salehi, Minoo Dabiri, Morteza Bararjanian, Sajjad Gharaghani, Mona Khoramjouy, Ahmed Al-Harrasi, Mehrdad Faizi
Novel substituted amino acid tethered norsufentanil derivatives were synthesized by the four-component Ugi reaction. Norsufentanil was reacted with succinic anhydride to produce the corresponding carboxylic acid. The resulting carboxylic acid has undergone a multicomponent reaction with different aldehydes, amines, and isocyanides to produce a library of the desired compounds. In all cases, amide bond rotation was observed in the NMR spectra. In vivo analgesic activity of the synthesized compounds was evaluated by a tail flick test...
December 8, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222646/evidence-for-the-involvement-of-opioid-system-in-the-antidepressant-like-effect-of-ascorbic-acid
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Morgana Moretti, Camille M Ribeiro, Vivian B Neis, Luis Eduardo B Bettio, Priscila B Rosa, Ana Lúcia S Rodrigues
Considering the involvement of the opioid system in major depressive disorder (MDD), mainly concerning refractory MDD, and the evidence that ascorbic acid may exert a beneficial effect for the treatment of this disorder, this study investigated the involvement of the opioid system in the antidepressant-like effect of ascorbic acid in the tail suspension test (TST). Treatment of Swiss mice with the non-selective opioid receptor antagonist naloxone (1 mg/kg, i.p.) prevented the reduced immobility time caused by ascorbic acid (1 mg/kg, p...
December 8, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222361/evaluation-of-opioid-prescribing-after-rescheduling-of-hydrocodone-containing-products
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M Brooke Bernhardt, Ruston S Taylor, Joseph L Hagan, Nihar Patel, Corrie E Chumpitazi, Karin A Fox, Chris Glover
PURPOSE: Institutional prescribing trends of hydrocodone-containing products (HCPs) before and after the Drug Enforcement Administration's rescheduling of HCPs were evaluated. METHODS: A retrospective evaluation was performed on 6 oral opioid analgesics on the hospital formulary that were prescribed to patients treated at Texas Children's Hospital and Pavilion for Women for the 6 months before and after the rescheduling of HCPs on October 6, 2014. Patients were eligible for inclusion if they were prescribed any of the following oral agents: HCPs (e...
December 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222304/targeting-novel-mechanisms-of-pain-in-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Huy Tran, Mihir Gupta, Kalpna Gupta
Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) suffer from intense pain that can start during infancy and increase in severity throughout life, leading to hospitalization and poor quality of life. A unique feature of SCD is vaso-occlusive crises (VOCs) characterized by episodic, recurrent, and unpredictable episodes of acute pain. Microvascular obstruction during a VOC leads to impaired oxygen supply to the periphery and ischemia reperfusion injury, inflammation, oxidative stress, and endothelial dysfunction, all of which may perpetuate a noxious microenvironment leading to pain...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222301/optimizing-the-care-model-for-an-uncomplicated-acute-pain-episode-in-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Paul Telfer, Banu Kaya
The pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and natural history of acute pain in sickle cell disease are unique and require a disease-centered approach that also applies general principles of acute and chronic pain management. The majority of acute pain episodes are managed at home without the need to access health care. The long-term consequences of poorly treated acute pain include chronic pain, adverse effects of chronic opioid usage, psychological maladjustment, poor quality of life, and excessive health care utilization...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222285/five-lessons-learned-about-long-term-pain-management-in-adults-with-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Joshua J Field
Chronic pain affects one-half of adults with sickle cell disease (SCD). Despite the prevalence of chronic pain, few studies have been performed to determine the best practices for this patient population. Although the pathophysiology of chronic pain in SCD may be different from other chronic pain syndromes, many of the guidelines outlined in the pain literature and elsewhere are applicable; some were consensus-adopted in the 2014 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute SCD Guidelines. Recommended practices, such as controlled substance agreements and monitoring of urine, may seem unnecessary or counterproductive to hematologists...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222126/autoimmune-crmp5-neuropathy-phenotype-and-outcome-defined-from-105-cases
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Divyanshu Dubey, Vanda A Lennon, Avi Gadoth, Sean J Pittock, Eoin P Flanagan, John E Schmeling, Andrew McKeon, Christopher J Klein
OBJECTIVE: To establish the phenotype and clinical outcomes of collapsin response-mediator protein-5 (CRMP5) autoimmune neuropathy in comparison with anti-neuronal nuclear antibody type 1 (ANNA1)-immunoglobulin G (IgG) neuropathy. METHODS: Patients with CRMP5-IgG and/or ANNA1-IgGs were identified in our service-line testing, and medical records were reviewed. RESULTS: One hundred five patients with CRMP5-IgG neuropathy (88% smokers; 69% having cancer, most commonly small cell lung cancer [75%]) were identified and compared to 51 patients with ANNA1-IgG neuropathy, 27 with coexisting CRMP5-IgG...
December 8, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221844/gabapentin-as-an-adjuvant-therapy-for-prevention-of-acute-phantom-limb-pain-in-pediatric-patients-undergoing-amputation-for-malignant-bone-tumors-a-prospective-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
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Xiandi Wang, Ying Yi, Dingbo Tang, Yi Chen, Yanhua Jiang, Jun Peng, Jiwei Xiao
CONTEXT: Gabapentin is reported to have an analgesic effect of reducing phantom-limb pain(PLP) in adult patients. There's no study on preoperative use of gabapentin in pediatric population in term of PLP prevention. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether gabapentin could be used as an adjuvant agent of opioid-based pain control to lower the rate of phantom-limb pain in pediatric patients undergoing amputation for malignant bone tumors in observation period of 60 days post-operatively...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220721/novel-effect-of-methionine-enkephalin-against-influenza-a-virus-infection-through-inhibiting-tlr7-myd88-traf6-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-signaling-pathway
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Jing Tian, Xue Jiao, Xiaonan Wang, Jin Geng, Reizhe Wang, Ning Liu, Xinhua Gao, Noreen Griffin, Fengping Shan
The morbidity and mortality associated with influenza A virus infections, have stimulated the search for novel prophylactic and therapeutic drugs. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prophylactic and therapeutic effect of synthetic methionine enkephalin (MENK) on mice infected by A/PR/8/34 influenza virus (H1N1) in vivo. The results showed that MENK could exert both prophylactic and therapeutic influences on infected mice, significantly improve the survival rate, relieve acute lung injury and decrease cytokine (IFN-α, IFN-β, TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-1β) levels...
December 5, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220668/nonmedical-prescription-opioids-and-pathways-of-drug-involvement-in-the-us-generational-differences
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Melanie Wall, Keely Cheslack-Postava, Mei-Chen Hu, Tianshu Feng, Pamela Griesler, Denise B Kandel
BACKGROUND: This study sought to specify (1) the position of nonmedical prescription opioids (NMPO) in drug initiation sequences among Millennials (1979-96), Generation X (1964-79), and Baby Boomers (1949-64) and (2) gender and racial/ethnic differences in sequences among Millennials. METHODS: Data are from the 2013-2014 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (n=73,026). We identified statistically significant drug initiation sequences involving alcohol/cigarettes, marijuana, NMPO, cocaine, and heroin using a novel method distinguishing significant sequences from patterns expected only due to correlations induced by common liability among drugs...
November 27, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220642/substance-use-patterns-associated-with-recent-exposure-to-fentanyl-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-vancouver-canada-a-cross-sectional-urine-toxicology-screening-study
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Kanna Hayashi, M-J Milloy, Mark Lysyshyn, Kora DeBeck, Ekaterina Nosova, Evan Wood, Thomas Kerr
INTRODUCTION: Vancouver, Canada is experiencing an opioid overdose crisis where fentanyl, a potent, synthetic opioid contaminating the illicit drug supply, has been detected in the majority of fatal overdose cases. Despite its growing presence throughout North America, few studies have characterized exposure to fentanyl among people who use illicit drugs (PWUD). We sought to identify the prevalence and correlates of fentanyl exposure among PWUD in Vancouver. METHODS: Data were derived from cohort studies of PWUD in Vancouver...
December 5, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220615/medication-assisted-treatment-mat-for-opioid-addiction-introduction-to-the-special-issue
#17
Karen McElrath, Herman Joseph
Several countries are experiencing public health crises as a result of opioid addiction. Fatal overdoses have reached record highs in many regions and Hepatitis C virus is the norm among people who inject drugs in several countries. Thus, providing for the global availability of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction is more important than ever. In this article, we introduce readers to the collection of papers that appear in this special issue on MAT for opioid addiction. We describe the articles and commentaries thematically to include topics that address 1) the contemporary history of methadone maintenance, 2) the provision of and access and barriers to MAT, 3) compliance and outcomes of MAT, 4) health issues among MAT patients, 5) race, ethnicity, and social class backgrounds of MAT patients, 6) criminalization and stigma, and 7) challenges associated with the expansion of MAT...
December 8, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220602/an-observational-study-of-treatment-seeking-users-of-natural-opiates-from-india
#18
Arpit Parmar, Vaibhav Patil, Siddharth Sarkar, Ravindra Rao
BACKGROUND: The type of opioid used influences the severity and complications experienced. Natural opiates (opium and poppy husk) use is a socio-culturally accepted phenomenon reported in India. However, studies on their profile, quality of life, and addiction severity are limited. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this cross-sectional, observational study was to assess the socio-demographic profile, clinical profile, addiction severity, and quality of life of treatment-seeking natural opiate users...
December 8, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220525/impact-of-opioid-dose-reduction-and-risk-mitigation-initiatives-on-chronic-opioid-therapy-patients-at-higher-risk-for-opioid-related-adverse-outcomes
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Manu Thakral, Rod L Walker, Kathleen Saunders, Susan M Shortreed, Sascha Dublin, Michael Parchman, Ryan N Hansen, Evette Ludman, Karen J Sherman, Michael Von Korff
Objective: We aimed to determine if opioid risk reduction initiatives including dose reduction and risk mitigation strategies for chronic noncancer pain patients receiving chronic opioid therapy (COT) had a differential impact on average daily opioid doses of COT patients at higher risk for opioid-related adverse outcomes compared with lower-risk patients. Design: Interrupted time series. Setting: Group Health Cooperative (GH), a health care delivery system and insurance within Washington State, between 2006 and 2014...
December 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220110/non-responsiveness-and-susceptibility-of-opioids-side-effects-related-to-cancer-patients-clinical-characteristics-a-post-hoc-analysis
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Oscar Corli, Anna Roberto, Michael I Bennett, Francesca Galli, Nicole Corsi, Eliana Rulli, Raffaella Antonione
BACKGROUND: Response to opioids is not always positive in cancer patients. A considerable proportion of patients do not respond (non-responders, NRs) or experience severe toxicity. The aim of this analysis was to assess the role of demographic characteristics, pain features, comorbidities and ongoing therapy on the lack of efficacy and on the occurrence of severe adverse drug reactions (ADRs). METHODS: This is a post-hoc analysis of a randomized controlled trial that involved 520 patients and was aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of four strong opioids...
December 8, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
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