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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934555/cardiovascular-effects-of-methadone-and-concomitant-use-of-diazepam-during-methadone-maintenance-treatment-induction-low-concentration-risk
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Vesna Mijatović, Isidora Samojlik, Stojan Petković, Saša Vukmirović, Arsen Uvelin, Aleksandra Dickov
Background The aim is to evaluate the role of diazepam concentrations in development of low-concentration-methadone-associated QTc prolongation in patients with opioid use disorder during methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) induction. Research design and methods Individuals with addiction disorder on MMT were studied before the beginning of MMT and after one and six months of MMT. Serum concentrations of methadone, diazepam, electrolytes and ECG were analyzed. Results Thirty patients were enrolled. The mean methadone concentration at time points was 177±119 ng/ml and 343±182 ng/ml, while the mean diazepam concentration was 561±437 ng/ml and 1045±933 ng/ml...
September 21, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933931/legacies-of-1917-in-contemporary-russian-public-health-addiction-hiv-and-abortion
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Michele Rivkin-Fish
I examine the legacies of Soviet public health policy and the socialist health care system and trace how the Soviet past figures in contemporary Russian policymaking and debates about drug use, HIV, and abortion. Drug policies and mainstream views of HIV reflect continuities with key aspects of Soviet-era policies, although political leaders do not acknowledge these continuities in justifying their policies. In abortion policy, by contrast, which is highly debated in the public realm, advocates represent themselves as differing from Soviet-era policies to justify their positions...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933310/socialization-alleviates-burden-of-oxidative-stress-in-hippocampus-and-prefrontal-cortex-in-morphine-addiction-period-in-male-rats
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Hamidreza Famitafreshi, Morteza Karimian
INTRODUCTION: Addiction is a compulsive drug-seeking and drug-taking behavior. Reduction of high-risk behaviors can reduce the burden of addiction in society and can improve the overall prognosis of drug addiction. The aim of this study is to show that reduction of oxidative stress with socialization will reduce occurrence of high-risk behavior during addiction period. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Fifty-four male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups: socialized, isolated, addicted socialized and addicted isolated...
September 19, 2017: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932964/treatment-strategies-for-the-opioid-dependent-patient
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Shweta Teckchandani, Meredith Barad
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review is intended to help the headache physician think through and plan for management issues concerning the use of opioids. We ask the headache physician to consider if there are instances where prescribing or continuing prescriptions of opiates is plausible, and if so, how can the physician proceed as safely as possible. Our goal is to start a conversation regarding the inevitable encounter with a patient on opiates or requesting opiates. RECENT FINDINGS: The use of opiates in our society has reached a crisis in staggering death and addiction rates...
September 20, 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932934/using-the-multiple-choice-procedure-to-measure-the-relative-reinforcing-efficacy-of-gambling-initial-validity-evidence-among-college-students
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Leon H Butler, Jessica G Irons, Drew T Bassett, Christopher J Correia
The multiple choice procedure (MCP) is used to assess the relative reinforcing value of concurrently available stimuli. The MCP was originally developed to assess the reinforcing value of drugs; the current within-subjects study employed the MCP to assess the reinforcing value of gambling behavior. Participants (N = 323) completed six versions of the MCP that presented hypothetical choices between money to be used while gambling ($10 or $25) versus escalating amounts of guaranteed money available immediately or after delays of either 1 week or 1 month...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Gambling Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931068/erk1-2-signalling-protects-against-apoptosis-following-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-but-cannot-provide-long-term-protection-against-bax-bak-independent-cell-death
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Nicola J Darling, Kathryn Balmanno, Simon J Cook
Disruption of protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) causes ER stress. Activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR) acts to restore protein homeostasis or, if ER stress is severe or persistent, drive apoptosis, which is thought to proceed through the cell intrinsic, mitochondrial pathway. Indeed, cells that lack the key executioner proteins BAX and BAK are protected from ER stress-induced apoptosis. Here we show that chronic ER stress causes the progressive inhibition of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK1/2) signalling pathway...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930612/genetic-addiction-risk-score-gars-%C3%A2-a-predictor-of-vulnerability-to-opioid-dependence
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Kenneth Blum, Amanda L C Chen, Panayotis K Thanos, Marcelo Febo, Zsolt Demetrovics, Kristina Dushaj, Abraham Kovoor, David Baron, David E Smith, Alphonso Kenison Roy Iii, Lyle Fried, Thomas J H Chen, Edwin Chapman, Edward Modestino, Bruce Steinberg, Rajendra D Badgaiyan
The interaction of neurotransmitters and genes that control the release of dopamine is the Brain Reward Cascade (BRC). Variations within the BRC, whether genetic or epigenetic, may predispose individuals to addictive behaviors and altered pain tolerance. This discussion authored by a group of concerned scientists and clinicians examines the Genetic Addiction Risk Score (GARS), the first test to accurately predict vulnerability to pain, addiction, and other compulsive behaviors, defined as Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS)...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930574/food-addiction-a-common-neurobiological-mechanism-with-drug-abuse
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Elsa Lindgren, Kyle Gray, Gregg Miller, Ryan Tyler, Corinde E Wiers, Nora D Volkow, Gene-Jack Wang
Drugs and food both exert a rewarding effect through the firing of dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area, resulting in the release of dopamine into the nucleus accumbens and effects on the mesolimbic pathway. Here, we review the neuroimaging literature to consider the validity of food addiction and the common neurobiological mechanisms that overlap in food and drug addiction. This review paper focuses on findings from Positron Emission Tomography (PET), functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and structural imaging studies, as well as evidence from neuroimaging studies of bariatric surgery and pharmacological interventions on obese individuals...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930061/promoting-adoption-of-medication-for-opioid-and-alcohol-use-disorders-through-system-change
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James H Ford, Amanda J Abraham, Nicoleta Lupulescu-Mann, Raina Croff, Kim A Hoffman, Kelly Alanis-Hirsch, Mady Chalk, Laura Schmidt, Dennis McCarty
OBJECTIVE: The Medication Research Partnership (MRP), a collaboration between a national commercial health plan and nine addiction treatment centers, implemented organizational and system changes to promote use of federally approved medications for treatment of alcohol and opioid use disorders. METHOD: A difference-in-differences analysis examined change over time in the percentage of patients receiving a prescription medication for alcohol or opioid use disorders treated in MRP (n = 9) and comparison (n = 15) sites...
September 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930052/portrayal-of-alcohol-brands-popular-among-underage-youth-on-youtube-a-content-analysis
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Brian A Primack, Jason B Colditz, Eva B Rosen, Leila M Giles, Kristina M Jackson, Kevin L Kraemer
OBJECTIVE: We characterized leading YouTube videos featuring alcohol brand references and examined video characteristics associated with each brand and video category. METHOD: We systematically captured the 137 most relevant and popular videos on YouTube portraying alcohol brands that are popular among underage youth. We used an iterative process to codebook development. We coded variables within domains of video type, character sociodemographics, production quality, and negative and positive associations with alcohol use...
September 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930051/addiction-and-the-role-of-circadian-genes
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Laura A Forde, Gursharan Kalsi
OBJECTIVE: In mammals, intimate interactions exist between the circadian system and other molecular systems, and mounting evidence is suggesting that these relationships may affect substance use disorders. Research in preclinical models supports the role of circadian genes as risk factors for addiction. Here, we explore the evidence and review human genetic studies testing the association between specific circadian genes and substance use disorders. METHOD: A literature search was conducted in PubMed for studies testing variants in eight circadian genes known to be central to the functioning of the master clock in the brain...
September 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929914/the-conundrum-of-opioid-tapering-in-long-term-opioid-therapy-for-chronic-pain-a-commentary
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Ajay Manhapra, Albert A Arias, Jane C Ballantyne
BACKGROUND: In response to the opioid epidemic and new guidelines, many patients on high-dose long term opioid therapy (LTOT) for chronic pain are getting tapered off opioids. As a result, a unique clinical challenge is emerging: while many on LTOT have poor pain control, functional decline, psychiatric instability, aberrancies and misuse, these issues may often worsen with opioid tapering. Currently, a clear explanation and practical guidance on how to manage this perplexing clinical scenario is lacking...
September 20, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929785/relationship-of-hemodialysis-shift-with-sleep-quality-and-depression-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Masomeh Norozi Firoz, Vida Shafipour, Hedayat Jafari, Seyed Hamzeh Hosseini, Jamshid Yazdani-Charati
This descriptive correlational study was aimed at determining the relationship of hemodialysis shift with sleep quality and depression in 310 hemodialysis patients. Demographic and Clinical Questionnaires, the Pittsburgh sleep quality index, and Beck's Depression Inventory were used to ascertain the aforementioned relationship. Among the patients, 59.6% reported poor sleep quality and 44.8% reported experiencing depression. Results show that these conditions were significantly related to many factors. Although dialysis shift was not significantly related to sleep quality and depression, sleep quality was found significantly associated with age, female gender, illiteracy, unemployment, residence in rural areas, diabetes, addiction to sedatives, and phosphorus levels...
September 1, 2017: Clinical Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929552/addiction-lives-thomas-f-babor
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September 19, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929547/addiction-lives-wayne-hall
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September 19, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928305/awakening-to-the-alcohol-epidemic-need-of-the-hour
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Dharav Sunil Shah
Globally, alcohol has become the most common risk factor for death and disability in the young age group of 15-49 years. Its use has been rapidly increasing in developing countries. It is a critical time wherein if effective preventive measures are not undertaken urgently, damage done will be difficult to reverse. However, health professionals are not responding to the alcohol epidemic in the manner that they responded to the tobacco epidemic. The article discusses two beliefs which are making us accept the use of alcohol as normal...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927660/addictive-salt-may-not-be-solely-responsible-for-causing-hypertension-a-sweet-and-fatty-hypothesis
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V Mehta
In literature, since many decades, it is often believed and condoned that excessive common salt (Nacl) ingestion can lead to hypertension. Hence, every health organisation, agencies and physicians have been advising salt restriction to hypertensive patients. However, there is no concrete evidence suggesting that salt restriction can reduce the risk of hypertension (HTN). The present article is based on the current literature search which was performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE, Google Scholar and PubMed. The meta-analysis, randomised control trials, clinical trials and review articles were chosen...
September 16, 2017: Hipertensión y Riesgo Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927448/barriers-and-facilitators-to-implementing-addiction-medicine-fellowships-a-qualitative-study-with-fellows-medical-students-residents-and-preceptors
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J Klimas, W Small, K Ahamad, W Cullen, A Mead, L Rieb, E Wood, R McNeil
BACKGROUND: Although progress in science has driven advances in addiction medicine, this subject has not been adequately taught to medical trainees and physicians. As a result, there has been poor integration of evidence-based practices in addiction medicine into physician training which has impeded addiction treatment and care. Recently, a number of training initiatives have emerged internationally, including the addiction medicine fellowships in Vancouver, Canada. This study was undertaken to examine barriers and facilitators of implementing addiction medicine fellowships...
September 20, 2017: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927414/erratum-to-like-a-lots-happened-with-my-whole-childhood-violence-trauma-and-addiction-in-pregnant-and-postpartum-women-from-vancouver-s-downtown-eastside
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Iris Torchalla, Isabelle Aube Linden, Verena Strehlau, Erika K Neilson, Michael Krausz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 19, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927388/the-suppressive-role-of-mir-542-5p-in-nsclc-the-evidence-from-clinical-data-and-in-vivo-validation-using-a-chick-chorioallantoic-membrane-model
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Rong-Quan He, Xiao-Jiao Li, Lu Liang, You Xie, Dian-Zhong Luo, Jie Ma, Zhi-Gang Peng, Xiao-Hua Hu, Gang Chen
BACKGROUND: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has led to the highest cancer-related mortality for decades. To enhance the efficiency of early diagnosis and therapy, more efforts are urgently needed to reveal the origins of NSCLC. In this study, we explored the effect of miR-542-5p in NSCLC with clinical samples and in vivo models and further explored the prospective function of miR-542-5p though bioinformatics methods. METHODS: A total of 125 NSCLC tissue samples were collected, and the expression of miR-542-5p was detected by qRT-PCR...
September 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
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