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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302559/in-vitro-monoamine-oxidase-inhibition-potential-of-alpha-methyltryptamine-analog-new-psychoactive-substances-for-assessing-possible-toxic-risks
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Lea Wagmann, Simon D Brandt, Pierce V Kavanagh, Hans H Maurer, Markus R Meyer
Tryptamines have emerged as new psychoactive substances (NPS), which are distributed and consumed recreationally without preclinical studies or safety tests. Within the alpha-methylated tryptamines, some of the psychoactive effects of the prototypical alpha-methyltryptamine (AMT) have been described decades ago and a contributing factor of its acute toxicity appears to involve the inhibition of monoamine oxidase (MAO). However, detailed information about analogs is scarce. Therefore, thirteen AMT analogs were investigated for their potential to inhibit MAO...
March 13, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293767/gambling-in-a-national-u-s-veteran-population-prevalence-socio-demographics-and-psychiatric-comorbidities
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Elina A Stefanovics, Marc N Potenza, Robert H Pietrzak
This study aimed to examine associations between gambling level and clinically relevant measures, including psychiatric disorders and suicidality, in a nationally representative sample of U.S. veterans. Data on 3157 U.S. veterans were analyzed from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. Chi square tests and analyses of variance were used to assess associations between gambling level, and demographic, military, and personality characteristics. Multinomial logistic regressions using stepwise selection were used to identify independent correlates of recreational gambling and at-risk/problem gambling (ARPG)...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Gambling Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291664/acute-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-a-unique-complication-of-recreational-nitrous-oxide-use
#3
Praveen Indraratna, Chris Alexopoulos, David Celermajer, Kevin Alford
A 28-year-old male was admitted to hospital with an acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction. This was in the context of recreational abuse of nitrous oxide. The prevalence of nitrous oxide use in Australia has not been formally quantified, however it is the second most commonly used recreational drug in the United Kingdom. Nitrous oxide has previously been shown to increase serum homocysteine levels. This patient was discovered to have an elevated homocysteine level at baseline, which was further increased after nitrous oxide consumption...
March 6, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286929/cannabis-use-and-bone-mineral-density-nhanes-2007-2010
#4
Donald Bourne, Wesley Plinke, Elizabeth R Hooker, Carrie M Nielson
Cannabis use is rising in the USA. Its relationship to cannabinoid signaling in bone cells implies its use could affect bone mineral density (BMD) in the population. In a national survey of people ages 20-59, we found no association between self-reported cannabis use and BMD of the hip or spine. INTRODUCTION: Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the USA, and its recreational use has recently been approved in several US states. Cannabinoids play a role in bone homeostasis. We aimed to determine the association between cannabis use and BMD in US adults...
December 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281107/cannabis-for-pain-and-headaches-primer
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REVIEW
Philip S Kim, Michael A Fishman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Marijuana has been used both medicinally and recreationally since ancient times and interest in its compounds for pain relief has increased in recent years. The identification of our own intrinsic, endocannabinoid system has laid the foundation for further research. RECENT FINDINGS: Synthetic cannabinoids are being developed and synthesized from the marijuana plant such as dronabinol and nabilone. The US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of dronabinol and nabilone for chemotherapy-associated nausea and vomiting and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) wasting...
April 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277889/soft-hydrogels-featuring-in-depth-surface-density-gradients-for-the-simple-establishment-of-3d-tissue-models-for-screening-applications
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Ning Zhang, Vincent Milleret, Greta Thompson-Steckel, Ning-Ping Huang, János Vörös, Benjamin R Simona, Martin Ehrbar
Three-dimensional (3D) cell culture models are gaining increasing interest for use in drug development pipelines due to their closer resemblance to human tissues. Hydrogels are the first-choice class of materials to recreate in vitro the 3D extra-cellular matrix (ECM) environment, important in studying cell-ECM interactions and 3D cellular organization and leading to physiologically relevant in vitro tissue models. Here we propose a novel hydrogel platform consisting of a 96-well plate containing pre-cast synthetic PEG-based hydrogels for the simple establishment of 3D (co-)culture systems without the need for the standard encapsulation method...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272189/cannabis-use-has-negligible-effects-following-severe-traumatic-injury
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Kareem R AbdelFattah, Courtney R Edwards, Michael W Cripps, Christian T Minshall, Herb A Phelan, Joseph P Minei, Alexander L Eastman
Nearly half of all states have legalized medical marijuana or recreational-use marijuana. As more states move toward legalization, the effects on injured patients must be evaluated. This study sought to determine effects of cannabis positivity at the time of severe injury on hospital outcomes compared with individuals negative for illicit substances and those who were users of other illicit substances. A Level I trauma center performed a retrospective chart review covering subjects over a 2-year period with toxicology performed and an Injury Severity Score (ISS) of more than 16...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265477/internuclear-ophthalmoplegia-secondary-to-cocaine-abuse
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Richard L Rabin, Azeem Wasay, Nicolas Biro, Marcelle Morcos
Purpose. To report a case of internuclear ophthalmoplegia (INO) caused by cocaine. Method. We report a case of a 54-year-old female who presented with a left INO three days after snorting cocaine, and we review the literature. Results. MRI of the brain demonstrated several small abnormal foci in the pons on FLAIR and diffusion weighted imaging consistent with ischemic infarction. The patient's symptoms remained stable throughout her hospitalization. She was sent to a rehabilitation facility and was lost to follow-up...
2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264690/presentations-to-an-urban-emergency-department-in-bern-switzerland-associated-with-acute-recreational-drug-toxicity
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Evangelia Liakoni, Sabine Müller, Adrian Stoller, Meret Ricklin, Matthias E Liechti, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos
BACKGROUND: Although the recreational use of psychoactive substances is common there is only limited systematic collection of data on acute drug toxicity or hospital presentations. Currently, data from Switzerland are only available from the University Hospital of Basel. The present study aimed to describe the presentations due to recreational drug use at an emergency department in Bern, Switzerland during a 4 year period. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of cases presenting from May 2012 to April 2016 at the emergency department of the University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland, with symptoms/signs consistent with acute toxicity of recreational drug use...
March 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263455/liver-disease-and-fibrosis-assessment-in-substance-use-related-disorders
#10
Marija Zeremski, Anthony Martinez
Substance users have the highest prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection but have rarely been treated, largely because of their mistrust of the health care system, misconceptions about the consequences of the infection, and concerns regarding interferon-related side effects. With the development of highly efficacious, interferon-free therapeutic regimens without significant side effects, the concept of colocating HCV and substance use treatment would appear to be highly feasible. This process has been further facilitated by widespread clinical adaptation of noninvasive assays for fibrosis assessment, which could be performed routinely in substance use treatment facilities...
March 2017: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262446/separation-of-ortho-meta-and-para-isomers-of-methylmethcathinone-mmc-and-methylethcathinone-mec-using-lc-esi-ms-ms-application-to-forensic-serum-samples
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Alexandra Maas, Konrad Sydow, Burkhard Madea, Cornelius Hess
Separation and identification of positional isomers is an important issue in forensic toxicology, particularly in the context of new psychoactive substances (NPS). Despite the structural similarity, positional isomers often show different pharmacological properties and thus can exhibit dramatic differences with respect to their toxicity. Additionally, besides these pharmacological and toxicological effects, the legal status is also of great importance. We present a sensitive and selective LC-MS/MS method to separate the ortho, meta and para isomers of methylmethcathinone (MMC) and methylethcathinone (MEC) using a core-shell biphenyl analytical column...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254532/monitoring-mdma-metabolites-in-urban-wastewater-as-novel-biomarkers-of-consumption
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Iria González-Mariño, Ettore Zuccato, Miquel M Santos, Sara Castiglioni
Consumption of 3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) has been always estimated by measuring the parent substance through chemical analysis of wastewater. However, this may result in an overestimation of the use if the substance is directly disposed in sinks or toilets. Using specific urinary metabolites may overcome this limitation. This study investigated for the first time the suitability of a panel of MDMA metabolites as biomarkers of consumption, considering the specific criteria recently proposed, i...
February 1, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253466/self-poisoning-by-older-australians-a-cohort-study
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Peter I Pillans, Colin B Page, Sivarajah Ilango, Anna Kashchuk, Geoffrey K Isbister
OBJECTIVE: To examine the epidemiology and severity of self-poisoning by older people in Australia; to compare these data with those for overdoses in younger adults. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS: A cohort study of people presenting to a tertiary toxicology centre after self-poisoning over 26 years (1987-2012). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Hospital length of stay (LOS); types of drug ingested; intensive care unit (ICU) admissions; in-hospital deaths...
March 6, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251176/bioprinting-the-cancer-microenvironment
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Yu Shrike Zhang, Margaux Duchamp, Rahmi Oklu, Leif W Ellisen, Robert Langer, Ali Khademhosseini
Cancer is intrinsically complex, comprising both heterogeneous cellular compositions and microenvironmental cues. During the various stages of cancer initiation, development, and metastasis, cell-cell interactions (involving vascular and immune cells besides cancerous cells) as well as cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) interactions (e.g., alteration in stiffness and composition of the surrounding matrix) play major roles. Conventional cancer models both two- and three-dimensional (2D and 3D) present numerous limitations as they lack good vascularization and cannot mimic the complexity of tumors, thereby restricting their use as biomimetic models for applications such as drug screening and fundamental cancer biology studies...
October 10, 2016: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249344/psychotropic-drug-use-in-recreational-scuba-divers-and-its-effect-on-severe-narcosis
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Thierry Krummel, Alicia Thiery, Marion Villain, Bernard Schittly, Benoit Brouant
Recreational scuba diving is no longer reserved for young healthy individuals, and as a result, medical drug consumption is on the rise in the diving population. Due to the possible potentiation of nitrogen narcosis by psychotropic drugs, the latter are hence discouraged and are subject to contraindications for practice. However, there are no available experimental data to support this theoretical assumption. The objective of this study is to investigate whether psychotropic drug users are more at risk of severe narcosis...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241493/neuronal-stress-and-injury-caused-by-hiv-1-cart-and-drug-abuse-converging-contributions-to-hand
#16
REVIEW
Ana B Sanchez, Marcus Kaul
Multiple mechanisms appear to contribute to neuronal stress and injury underlying HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND), which occur despite the successful introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). Evidence is accumulating that components of cART can itself be neurotoxic upon long-term exposure. In addition, abuse of psychostimulants, such as methamphetamine (METH), seems to compromise antiretroviral therapy and aggravate HAND. However, the combined effect of virus and recreational and therapeutic drugs on the brain is still incompletely understood...
February 23, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241065/repeated-dexamphetamine-treatment-alters-the-dopaminergic-system-and-increases-the-phmri-response-to-methylphenidate
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Anouk Schrantee, Jordi L Tremoleda, Marzena Wylezinska-Arridge, Valentine Bouet, Peter Hesseling, Gideon F Meerhoff, Kora M de Bruin, Jan Koeleman, Thomas Freret, Michel Boulouard, Emilie Desfosses, Laurent Galineau, Alessandro Gozzi, François Dauphin, Willy Gsell, Jan Booij, Paul J Lucassen, Liesbeth Reneman
Dexamphetamine (AMPH) is a psychostimulant drug that is used both recreationally and as medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Preclinical studies have demonstrated that repeated exposure to AMPH can induce damage to nerve terminals of dopamine (DA) neurons. We here assessed the underlying neurobiological changes in the DA system following repeated AMPH exposure and pre-treated rats with AMPH or saline (4 times 5 mg/kg s.c., 2 hours apart), followed by a 1-week washout period. We then used pharmacological MRI (phMRI) with a methylphenidate (MPH) challenge, as a sensitive and non-invasive in-vivo measure of DAergic function...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231664/-cross-sectional-surveys-on-the-use-of-recreational-drug-nitrous-acid-ester-rush-poppers-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men-nanjing
#18
Z P Zhu, M Zhang, Y Y Xu, W J Xu, L Liu, S S Wu, L Guo, X Li
Objective: To investigate the situation of recreational drug nitrous acid ester inhaler-rush poppers use in men who have sex with men (MSM). Methods: From April to June in 2014, October to December in 2014, April to June in 2015, three round cross-sectional surveys were conducted in MSM recruited in Nanjing by means of serum test and questionnaire survey. Results: Of the 1 721 MSM surveyed in three round, 19.3% (332/1 721) had ever used rush poppers, the proportions of MSM who used rush poppers in three round surveys showed an increasing trend (liner by liner χ(2)= 14...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223891/what-should-we-tell-our-patients-about-marijuana-cannabis-indica-and-cannabis-sativa
#19
EDITORIAL
Joseph Pizzorno
With several states allowing medicinal use of marijuana and a growing number decriminalizing recreational use, many of our patients are using this herbal drug. Approximately 43% of US adults have tried marijuana, with 13% using it regularly. These users are seeking help from integrative medicine practitioners regarding safety. They are looking for advice based on research and clinical experience, not politics or philosophical bias. The major health problems caused by marijuana appear to be bronchial irritation, decreased motivation, learning difficulties, and injuries...
December 2016: Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223849/review-about-gabapentin-misuse-interactions-contraindications-and-side-effects
#20
REVIEW
Gabriel C Quintero
The current work is targeted to review the risks of gabapentin misuse, its potential interactions with other drugs, side effects and use contraindications. This review consists of a total of 99 biographical references (from the year 1983 to 2016). A publication search of PubMed was performed from January 1983 to December 2016. It included animal studies, clinical studies, case studies and reviews related to gabapentin misuse, potential interactions, side effects and use contraindications. The search terms were gabapentin, anticonvulsant and antiepileptic...
2017: Journal of Experimental Pharmacology
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