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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793195/alcohol-and-drugs-use-among-drivers-injured-in-road-accidents-in-campania-italy-a-8-years-retrospective-analysis
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Anna Carfora, Carlo Pietro Campobasso, Paola Cassandro, Raffaella Petrella, Renata Borriello
A recent update of the Italian Road Traffic Law (RTL 41/2016), established severe penal sanctions when drivers, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or drugs (DUID), are involved in road accident that results in death or injuries. A study was carried out to assess the trends of consumption of alcohol, illicit drugs or pharmaceutical among injured drivers suspected for DUI or DUID from 2009 to 2016 in the region of Campania (Italy). Confirmation toxicological analyses were performed on 780 blood samples and 1017 urine samples collected from 1797 injured drivers...
May 9, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790354/-opioids-and-new-trends-in-pain-therapy
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Jan Lejčko
Opioids are well known for their ability to reduce the perception of pain without a loss of consciousness. However, the influence of opioids on organism is very complex. Clinical pharmacology of currently available opioid analgesics is determined by three major factors - their opioid receptor properties, pharmacokinetic properties and genetic polymorphism in the opiate receptor and cytochrome P450 isoform. In acute severe pain are opioids very efficient. Long-term experience with opioid analgesia in patients with cancer pain has shown high favorable risk/benefit ratio...
2018: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790202/incidence-and-cost-of-medication-harm-in-older-adults-following-hospital-discharge-a-multicentre-prospective-study-in-the-uk
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Nikesh Parekh, Khalid Ali, Jennifer M Stevenson, J Graham Davies, Rebekah Schiff, Tischa Van der Cammen, Jatinder Harchowal, James Raftery, Chakravarthi Rajkumar
AIMS: Polypharmacy is increasingly common in older adults, placing them at risk of medication-related harm (MRH). Patients are particularly vulnerable to problems with their medications in the period following hospital discharge due to medication changes, and poor information transfer between hospital and primary care. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence, severity, preventability and cost of medication-related harm (MRH) in older adults in England post-discharge. METHODS: An observational multicentre prospective cohort study recruited 1280 older adults (median age 82 years) from five teaching hospitals in Southern England, UK...
May 22, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788455/a-10-yr-analysis-of-chronic-pelvic-pain-and-chronic-opioid-therapy-in-the-women-veteran-population
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Sara B Cichowski, Rebecca G Rogers, Yuko Komesu, Erin Murata, Clifford Qualls, Allison Murata, Glen Murata
Introduction: Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) affects an estimated 30% of women Veterans. Previous research shows high rates of narcotic abuse in the women Veteran population. Narcotics are not recommended for the treatment of CPP. Understanding how CPP impacts narcotic prescribing in the women Veteran population is critical to addressing the public health crisis of opioid abuse. Our objective was to compare chronic opioid therapy (COT) prescribed 5 yr prior to and following CPP diagnosis and to identify predictors of COT as well as adverse events associated with COT...
May 18, 2018: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784237/quality-of-life-and-well-being-following-inpatient-and-partial-hospitalization-treatment-for-opioid-use-disorder
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Claire E Blevins, Ana M Abrantes, Megan E Kurth, Alan L Gordon, Michael D Stein
Treatment of opioid use disorder often begins with brief intensive inpatient or outpatient programs. Given the high relapse rates following intensive treatment, it is important to determine factors that lead to success post-discharge. Incorporating assessment during and early post-discharge may help determine such factors. The current study evaluated changes in quality of life among individuals during and after discharge from inpatient and partial hospitalization opiate treatment programs. Participants (n = 143) were recruited while in the programs and were re-assessed one month later (n = 113)...
June 2018: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782451/the-efficacy-of-regional-anesthesia-techniques-to-control-postoperative-pain-after-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Cecilia Otten, Karen S Dunn
BACKGROUND: Choosing the most effective type of anesthesia for controlling postoperative pain is paramount for improving patient outcomes and patient satisfaction. Most often, the type of anesthesia selected is dependent on the duration and type of surgical procedure and anesthesiologist/surgeon preference. Using a combination of regional anesthesia techniques, however, remains the cornerstone of multimodal analgesia for postoperative pain management after total knee arthroplasty. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine what regional anesthesia techniques and/or combinations of regional anesthesia techniques provided the best postoperative pain control in patients who had undergone a total knee arthroplasty...
May 2018: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781876/postpartum-pain-management
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Pain and fatigue are the most common problems reported by women in the early postpartum period. Pain can interfere with a woman's ability to care for herself and her infant. Untreated pain is associated with a risk of greater opioid use, postpartum depression, and development of persistent pain. Nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies are important components of postpartum pain management. Because 81% of women in the United States initiate breastfeeding during the postpartum period, it is important to consider the drug effects of all prescribed medications on the mother-infant dyad...
May 17, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780163/heteromerization-of-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-and-cholecystokinin-b-receptor-through-the-third-transmembrane-domain-of-the-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-contributes-to-the-anti-opioid-effects-of-cholecystokinin-octapeptide
#8
Yin Yang, Qian Li, Qi-Hua He, Ji-Sheng Han, Li Su, You Wan
Activation of the cholecystokinin type B receptor (CCKBR) by cholecystokinin octapeptide (CCK-8) inhibits opioid analgesia. Chronic opiate treatment leads to an increase in the CCK-8 concentration and thus enhances the antagonism of CCK-8 against opioid analgesia; the underlying molecular mechanisms remain of great interest. In the present study, we validated the colocalization of the μ-opioid receptor (MOR) and CCKBR in pain signal transmission-related spinal cord dorsal horn and dorsal root ganglion neurons of rats...
May 21, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779229/codeinone-reductase-isoforms-with-differential-stability-efficiency-and-product-selectivity-in-opium-poppy
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Mehran Dastmalchi, Limei Chang, Miguel A Torres, Kenneth K S Ng, Peter J Facchini
Codeinone reductase (COR) catalyzes the reversible NADPH-dependent reduction of codeinone to codeine as the penultimate step of morphine biosynthesis in opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). COR also irreversibly reduces neopinone, which forms by spontaneous isomerization in aqueous solution from codeinone, to neopine. In a parallel pathway involving 3-O-desmethylated analogs, COR converts morphinone to morphine, and neomorphinone to neomorphine. Similar to neopine, neomorphine formation by COR is irreversible...
May 19, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779198/redeveloping-substance-abuse-treatment-for-military-personnel
#10
REVIEW
Christian Schrader, Antoinette Lenton, Peter Gertonson, Alexander Rahimi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review the prevailing evidence surrounding treatment of substance use disorder (SUD), with specific focus on alcohol, tobacco, and prescription opiates, and how it informs guidelines for treating active duty military. We survey the evidence regarding preventive screening, treatment, and relapse prevention in substance misuse as it pertains to patient-centered care of the service member. RECENT FINDINGS: Holistic, patient-centered care with an emphasis on identifying maladaptive use or dependence prior to progression to chronic disease is now recognized as the evidenced approach to treating substance use disorders...
May 19, 2018: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776952/activity-based-concept-to-screen-biological-matrices-for-opiates-and-synthetic-opioids
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Annelies Cannaert, Lakshmi Vasudevan, Melissa Friscia, Amanda L A Mohr, Sarah M R Wille, Christophe P Stove
BACKGROUND: Detection of new highly potent synthetic opioids is challenging as new compounds enter the market. Here we present a novel screening method for the detection of opiates and (synthetic) opioids based on their activity. METHODS: A cell-based system was set up in which activation of the μ -opioid receptor (MOR) led to recruitment of β-arrestin 2, resulting in functional complementation of a split NanoLuc luciferase and allowing readout via bioluminescence...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776702/naloxone-use-among-emergency-department-patients-with-opioid-overdose
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Catherine A Marco, William Trautman, Alexander Cook, Dennis Mann, Jordan Rasp, Oswald Perkins, Michael Ballester
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) visits for unintentional opioid overdoses have increased dramatically. Naloxone hydrochloride (Narcan®) is an opioid antagonist commonly used to treat these overdoses. OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to identify experiences regarding naloxone use among ED patients with opioid overdose. METHODS: This prospective survey study was conducted at an urban level I trauma center. A survey was administered to eligible ED patients after unintentional opioid overdose...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775728/opioid-free-anaesthesia-why-and-how-a-contextual-analysis
#13
REVIEW
Patrice Forget
If the use of natural opiates, such as opium, is more than millennial, the history of synthetic opioids begins after 1950, with the development of the so-called 'modern' anaesthetic techniques. In 1962, in Belgium, the use of fentanyl, the first synthetic opioid for use in anaesthesia, is described. Subsequently, the use of opioids at high doses during surgery became common. However, over the last twenty years, many studies have questioned this practice, highlighting the many unknowns as the side effects of these molecules...
May 15, 2018: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769809/managing-infants-born-to-mothers-who-have-used-opioids-during-pregnancy
#14
Thierry Lacaze-Masmonteil, Pat O'Flaherty
The incidence of infant opioid withdrawal has grown rapidly in many countries, including Canada, in the last decade, presenting significant health and early brain development concerns. Increased prenatal exposure to opioids reflects rising prescription opioid use as well as the presence of both illegal opiates and opioid-substitution therapies. Infants are at high risk for experiencing symptoms of abstinence or withdrawal that may require assessment and treatment. This practice point focuses specifically on the effect(s) of opioid withdrawal and current management strategies in the care of infants born to mothers with opioid dependency...
May 2018: Paediatrics & Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764892/intense-exercise-for-survival-among-men-with-metastatic-castrate-resistant-prostate-cancer-interval-gap4-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-phase-iii-study-protocol
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Robert U Newton, Stacey A Kenfield, Nicolas H Hart, June M Chan, Kerry S Courneya, James Catto, Stephen P Finn, Rosemary Greenwood, Daniel C Hughes, Lorelei Mucci, Stephen R Plymate, Stephan F E Praet, Emer M Guinan, Erin L Van Blarigan, Orla Casey, Mark Buzza, Sam Gledhill, Li Zhang, Daniel A Galvão, Charles J Ryan, Fred Saad
INTRODUCTION: Preliminary evidence supports the beneficial role of physical activity on prostate cancer outcomes. This phase III randomised controlled trial (RCT) is designed to determine if supervised high-intensity aerobic and resistance exercise increases overall survival (OS) in patients with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Participants (n=866) must have histologically documented metastatic prostate cancer with evidence of progressive disease on androgen deprivation therapy (defined as mCRPC)...
May 14, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761478/pain-relief-for-women-undergoing-oocyte-retrieval-for-assisted-reproduction
#16
REVIEW
Irene Kwan, Rui Wang, Emily Pearce, Siladitya Bhattacharya
BACKGROUND: Various methods of conscious sedation and analgesia (CSA) have been used during oocyte retrieval for assisted reproduction. The choice of agent has been influenced by the quality of sedation and analgesia and by concerns about possible detrimental effects on reproductive outcomes. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of different methods of conscious sedation and analgesia for pain relief and pregnancy outcomes in women undergoing transvaginal oocyte retrieval...
May 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760857/retrospective-chart-review-of-synthetic-cannabinoid-intoxication-with-toxicologic-analysis
#17
Payal Sud, Miles Gordon, Laura Tortora, Matthew Stripp, Damon Borg, Adam Berman
Introduction: Use of synthetic cannabinoids (SC) has recently emerged as a new drug epidemic. Our emergency departments (EDs) received a surge of SC users presenting with lethargy and bradycardia, contrasting prior reports of SC-induced tachycardia and agitation. Our goal was to describe these novel presentations and characterize the compounds. Methods: We present a case series of patients with SC intoxication who presented to our toxicology service covering two tertiary care EDs between 2/11/2015 and 6/23/2015...
May 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760180/the-affective-and-neural-correlates-of-heroin-vs-cocaine-use-in-addiction-are-influenced-by-environmental-setting-but-in-opposite-directions
#18
Silvana De Pirro, Gaspare Galati, Luigi Pizzamiglio, Aldo Badiani
Previous studies have shown that individuals with heroin and cocaine addiction prefer to use these drugs in distinct settings: mostly at home in the case of heroin and mostly outside the home in the case of cocaine. Here we investigated whether the context would modulate the affective and neural responses to these drugs in a similar way. First, we used a novel emotional task to assess the affective state produced by heroin or cocaine in different settings, based on the recollections of male and female drug users...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756604/alkaloids-nitric-oxide-and-nitrite-reductases-evolutionary-coupling-as-key-regulators-of-cellular-bioenergetics-with-special-relevance-to-the-human-microbiome
#19
George B Stefano, Richard M Kream
Typical alkaloids expressed by prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells are small heterocyclic compounds containing weakly basic nitrogen groups that are critically important for mediating essential biological activities. The prototype opiate alkaloid morphine represents a low molecular mass heterocyclic compound that has been evolutionarily fashioned from a relatively restricted role as a secreted antimicrobial phytoalexin into a broad spectrum regulatory molecule. As an essential corollary, positive evolutionary pressure has driven the development of a cognate 6-transmembrane helical (TMH) domain μ3 opiate receptor that is exclusively responsive to morphine and related opiate alkaloids...
May 14, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754475/regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-4-rgs4-controls-morphine-reward-by-glutamate-receptor-activation-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-of-the-mouse-brain
#20
Juhwan Kim, Sueun Lee, Sohi Kang, Tae-Il Jeon, Man-Jong Kang, Tae-Hoon Lee, Yong Sik Kim, Key-Sun Kim, Heh-In Im, Changjong Moon
Crosstalk between G-protein signaling and glutamatergic transmission within the brain reward circuits is critical for long-term emotional effects (depression and anxiety), cravings, and negative withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid addiction. A previous study showed that Regulator of G-protein signaling 4 (RGS4) may be implicated in opiate action in the nucleus accumbens (NAc). However, the mechanism of the NAc-specific RGS4 actions that induce the behavioral responses to opiates remains largely unknown...
May 10, 2018: Molecules and Cells
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