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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034227/psychostimulants-as-cognitive-enhancers-in-adolescents-more-risk-than-reward
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REVIEW
Kimberly R Urban, Wen-Jun Gao
Methylphenidate and other psychostimulants, originally developed to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, are increasingly abused by healthy adolescents and adults seeking an advantage in scholastic performance and work productivity. However, how these drugs may affect cognitive performance, especially in the young brain, remains unclear. Here, we review recent literature and emphasize the risks of abuse of psychostimulants in healthy adolescents and young adults. We conclude that while the desire for cognitive enhancement, particularly with rising costs of education and increasingly competitive nature of scholarship programs, is unlikely to diminish in the near future, it is crucial for the scientific community to thoroughly examine the efficacy and safety of these stimulants in healthy populations across development...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030218/acupuncture-suppresses-intravenous-methamphetamine-self-administration-through-gaba-receptor-s-mediation
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Yi Jeong Choi, Nam Jun Kim, Rong Jie Zhao, Da Hye Kim, Chae Ha Yang, Hee Young Kim, Young S Gwak, Eun Young Jang, Jae Su Kim, Yun Kyu Lee, Hyun Jong Lee, Sang Nam Lee, Sung Chul Lim, Bong Hyo Lee
OBJECTIVES: Methamphetamine is one of the widely abused drugs. In spite of a number of studies, there is still little successful therapy to suppress the methamphetamine abuse. Acupuncture has shown to attenuate the reinforcing effects of psychostimulant. Based on, the present study investigated if acupuncture could suppress intravenous methamphetamine self-administration behavior. In addition, a possible neuronal mechanism was investigated. MATERIALS & METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats weighing 270-300g were trained to intake food pellet...
October 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030166/mdpv-and-%C3%AE-pvp-use-in-humans-the-twisted-sisters
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REVIEW
Laurent Karila, Geneviève Lafaye, Amandine Scocard, Olivier Cottencin, Amine Benyamina
The new psychoactive substances phenomenon continues to represent a considerable public health challenge. Synthetic cathinones are β-keto amphetamine analogues, also known as legal highs, research chemicals, bath salts. These drugs have surfaced as a popular alternative to other illicit drugs of abuse, such as cocaine, MDMA, and methamphetamine, due to their potent psychostimulant and empathogenic effects. Pyrovalerone cathinones (a-pyrrolidinophenones) form a distinct group of designer cathinones, such as MDPV...
October 10, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028590/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-lisdexamfetamine-as-an-antidepressant-augmentation-strategy-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Peter Giacobbe, Uros Rakita, Raymond Lam, Roumen Milev, Sidney H Kennedy, Roger S McIntyre
BACKGROUND: Psychostimulants have been used in the treatment of depression, with mixed results. This meta-analysis examines the efficacy and tolerability of the stimulant Lisdexamfetamine (LDX) as an add-on strategy in those with MDD who have failed to respond to an antidepressant. METHOD: Randomized control trials were identified and extracted from Pubmed; Web of Science; PsychINFO; and Cochrane Library. The efficacy of LDX was evaluated using Hedges' g and Odds Ratio, whereas Risk Difference was used to assess the safety and tolerability of LDX...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024664/the-anterior-insular-cortex%C3%A2-central-amygdala-glutamatergic-pathway-is-critical-to-relapse-after-contingency-management
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Marco Venniro, Daniele Caprioli, Michelle Zhang, Leslie R Whitaker, Shiliang Zhang, Brandon L Warren, Carlo Cifani, Nathan J Marchant, Ofer Yizhar, Jennifer M Bossert, Cristiano Chiamulera, Marisela Morales, Yavin Shaham
Despite decades of research on neurobiological mechanisms of psychostimulant addiction, the only effective treatment for many addicts is contingency management, a behavioral treatment that uses alternative non-drug reward to maintain abstinence. However, when contingency management is discontinued, most addicts relapse to drug use. The brain mechanisms underlying relapse after cessation of contingency management are largely unknown, and, until recently, an animal model of this human condition did not exist...
October 11, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992856/cancer-related-fatigue-in-cancer-survivorship
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REVIEW
Chidinma C Ebede, Yongchang Jang, Carmen P Escalante
Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) significantly interferes with usual functioning because of the distressing sense of physical, emotional, and cognitive exhaustion. Assessment of CRF is important and should be performed during the initial cancer diagnosis, throughout cancer treatment, and after treatment using a fatigue scoring scale (mild-severe). The general approach to CRF management applies to cancer survivors at all fatigue levels and includes education, counseling, and other strategies. Nonpharmacologic interventions include psychosocial interventions, exercise, yoga, physically based therapy, dietary management, and sleep therapy...
November 2017: Medical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990593/riluzole-impairs-cocaine-reinstatement-and-restores-adaptations-in-intrinsic-excitability-and-glt-1-expression
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Marian T Sepulveda-Orengo, Kati L Healey, Ronald Kim, Alyson C Auriemma, Jennifer Rojas, Nicholas Woronoff, Rachel Hyppolite, Kathryn J Reissner
Adaptations in glutamate signaling within the brain's reward circuitry are observed following withdrawal from several abused drugs, including cocaine. These include changes in intrinsic cellular excitability, glutamate release, and glutamate uptake. Pharmacological or optogenetic reversal of these adaptations have been shown to reduce measures of cocaine craving and seeking, raising the hypothesis that regulation of glutamatergic signaling represents a viable target for the treatment of substance use disorders...
October 9, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990246/excited-delirium-a-systematic-review
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Philippe Gonin, Nicolas Beysard, Bertrand Yersin, Pierre-Nicolas Carron
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We aimed to clarify the definition, epidemiology, and pathophysiology of excited delirium syndrome (ExDS) and to summarize evidence-based treatment recommendations. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature search of MEDLINE, Ovid, Web of Knowledge, and Cochrane Library for articles published to March 18, 2017. We also searched the grey literature (Google Scholar) and official police or medical expert reports to complete specific epidemiological data...
October 9, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987936/hmg-coa-synthase-2-drives-brain-metabolic-reprogramming-in-cocaine-exposure
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Xue Shao, Yunxuan Tang, Hailei Long, Hui Gu, Jie Zhang, Pengchi Deng, Yinglan Zhao, Xiaobo Cen
The brain is a high energy-consuming organ that typically utilizes glucose as the main energy source for cerebral activity. When glucose becomes scarce under conditions of stress, ketone bodies, such as β-hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetate and acetone, become extremely important. Alterations in brain energy metabolism have been observed in psychostimulant abusers; however, the mode of brain metabolic programming in cocaine dependence remains largely unknown. Here, we profiled the metabolites and metabolic enzymes from brain nucleus accumbens (NAc) of mice exposed to cocaine...
October 4, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980198/randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-acute-comparator-trials-of-lisdexamfetamine-and-extended-release-methylphenidate-in-adolescents-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Jeffrey H Newcorn, Peter Nagy, Ann C Childress, Glen Frick, Brian Yan, Steven Pliszka
BACKGROUND: Psychostimulants are considered first-line pharmacotherapy for youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but questions remain regarding the comparative efficacy of amphetamine- and methylphenidate-based agents. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to describe two acute randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, head-to-head studies of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (LDX) and osmotic-release oral system methylphenidate (OROS-MPH) in adolescents with ADHD...
October 4, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977581/stability-of-synthetic-cathinones-in-blood
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Lindsay Glicksberg, Sarah Kerrigan
The synthetic cathinones are powerful psychostimulants that have been associated with impairment, intoxication and fatal overdose. Forensic laboratories must be able to identify these new drugs as part of antemortem and postmortem toxicology investigations. Preliminary reports have indicated that some of the synthetic cathinones are unstable in biological matrices. It is important to understand drug stability in biological evidence so that analytical findings can be interpreted appropriately. The objective of this study was to systematically evaluate the concentration, temperature and analyte-dependent stability of synthetic cathinones in preserved blood using liquid-chromatography/quadrupole-time of flight-mass spectrometry (LC/Q-TOF-MS)...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965364/bupropion-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-in-adults
#12
REVIEW
Wim Verbeeck, Geertruida E Bekkering, Wim Van den Noortgate, Cornelis Kramers
BACKGROUND: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent neurobiological condition, characterised by behavioral and cognitive symptoms such as inattention, impulsivity and/or excessive activity. The syndrome is commonly accompanied by psychiatric comorbidities and is associated with educational and occupational underachievement.Although psychostimulant medications are the mainstay of treatment for ADHD, not all adults respond optimally to, or can tolerate, these medicines...
October 2, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951787/do-omega-3-6-fatty-acids-have-a-therapeutic-role-in-children-and-young-people-with-adhd
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REVIEW
E Derbyshire
BACKGROUND: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a debilitating behavioural disorder affecting daily ability to function, learn, and interact with peers. This publication assesses the role of omega-3/6 fatty acids in the treatment and management of ADHD. METHODS: A systematic review of 16 randomised controlled trials was undertaken. Trials included a total of 1,514 children and young people with ADHD who were allocated to take an omega-3/6 intervention, or a placebo...
2017: Journal of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948210/ncs-rapgef2-the-protein-product-of-the-neuronal-rapgef2-gene-is-a-specific-activator-of-d1-dopamine-receptor-dependent-erk-phosphorylation-in-mouse-brain
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Sunny Zhihong Jiang, Wenqin Xu, Andrew C Emery, Charles R Gerfen, Maribeth V Eiden, Lee E Eiden
The neuritogenic cAMP sensor (NCS), encoded by the Rapgef2 gene, links cAMP elevation to activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in neurons and neuroendocrine cells. Transducing human embryonic kidney (HEK)293 cells, which do not express Rapgef2 protein or respond to cAMP with ERK phosphorylation, with a vector encoding a Rapgef2 cDNA reconstituted cAMP-dependent ERK activation. Mutation of a single residue in the cyclic nucleotide-binding domain (CNBD) conserved across cAMP-binding proteins abrogated cAMP-ERK coupling, while deletion of the CNBD altogether resulted in constitutive ERK activation...
September 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941296/ghrelin-receptor-antagonism-of-hyperlocomotion-in-cocaine-sensitized-mice-requires-%C3%AE-arrestin-2
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Krisztian Toth, Lauren M Slosky, Thomas F Pack, Nikhil M Urs, Peter Boone, Lan Mao, Dennis Abraham, Marc G Caron, Lawrence S Barak
The "brain-gut" peptide ghrelin, which mediates food-seeking behaviors, is recognized as a very strong endogenous modulator of dopamine (DA) signaling. Ghrelin binds the G protein-coupled receptor GHSR1a, and administration of ghrelin increases the rewarding properties of psychostimulants while ghrelin receptor antagonists decrease them. Additionally, the GHSR1a signals through βarrestin-2 to regulate actin/stress fiber rearrangement, suggesting βarrestin-2 participation in the regulation of actin-mediated synaptic plasticity for addictive substances like cocaine...
September 23, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935766/serotonin-2b-receptors-in-mesoaccumbens-dopamine-pathway-regulate-cocaine-responses
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Stéphane Doly, Emily Quentin, Raphaël Eddine, Stefania Tolu, Sebastian P Fernandez, Jesus Bertran-Gonzalez, Emmanuel Valjent, Arnauld Belmer, Xavier Viñals, Jacques Callebert, Philippe Faure, Frank J Meye, Denis Hervé, Patricia Robledo, Manuel Mameli, Jean-Marie Launay, Rafael Maldonado, Luc Maroteaux
Addiction is a maladaptive pattern of behavior following repeated use of reinforcing drugs in predisposed individuals, and leading to lifelong changes. A common substrate of these changes lies in alterations of neurons releasing dopamine in the ventral and dorsal territories of the striatum. The serotonin 5-HT2B receptor has been involved in various behaviors including impulsivity, response to antidepressants and to psychostimulants pointing toward putative interactions with the dopamine system. Despite these findings, it remains unknown whether 5-HT2B receptors directly modulate dopaminergic activity and the possible mechanisms involved...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925314/effect-of-methylphenidate-on-visual-responses-in-the-superior-colliculus-in-the-anaesthetised-rat-role-of-cortical-activation
#17
L Hetherington, E J Dommett, A C Turner, T B Riley, J X Haensel, P G Overton
The mechanism of action of psychostimulant drugs in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is still largely unknown, although recent evidence suggests one possibility is that the drugs affect the superior colliculus (SC). We have previously demonstrated that systemically administered d-amphetamine attenuates/abolishes visual responses to wholefield light flashes in the superficial layers of the SC in anaesthetised rats, and the present study sought to extend this work to methylphenidate (MPH)...
October 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917981/intranasal-insulin-treatment-alleviates-methamphetamine-induced-anxiety-like-behavior-and-neuroinflammation
#18
Elmira Beirami, Shahrbanoo Oryan, Seyedeh Masoumeh Seyedhosseini Tamijani, Abolhassan Ahmadiani, Leila Dargahi
Insulin, as a peptide hormone, has recently gained attention for its pro-cognitive, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects in the central nervous system (CNS). Most studies have indicated anxiogenic and neuroinflammatory effects of methamphetamine (MA) and other psychostimulants, even after periods of abstinence. The present study aimed to examine whether intranasal (IN) insulin treatment with high CNS bioavailability and minimal systemic side effects, can reverse the anxiety-like behavior and neuroinflammation induced by repeated MA administration...
September 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917948/effects-of-methamphetamine-on-alloparental-behavior-in-male-and-female-prairie-voles
#19
Adam N Perry, Richard J Ortiz, Keziah R Hernandez, Bruce S Cushing
Psychostimulant abuse is associated with a variety of impairments in social functioning, including an increased frequency of depression and aggression and deficits in social cognition. Psychostimulants reduce social investigation in rats and mice; however, it is less clear how other forms of social behavior (e.g., prosocial behavior) are affected. Females are also generally more sensitive to the effects of psychostimulants on locomotion and stereotyped behavior, which suggests that females might also display greater disruption of prosocial behavior...
September 14, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910210/gender-differences-in-nonprescribed-psychostimulant-use-in-young-adults
#20
Tess E Smith, Alan D DeSantis, Michelle M Martel
BACKGROUND: In order to better understand the recent rise in nonprescribed use of psychostimulants on college campuses, motives, outcomes, and acceptability of nonprescribed psychostimulants have been evaluated. Despite knowledge that students use nonprescribed medical stimulants for improved academic performance and recreational use, gender differences in these motives have not been examined, despite the fact that the social construction of gender may well affect motives for use. OBJECTIVES: The goal of the present study was to examine gender differences in motives, outcomes, and acceptability of nonprescribed psychostimulant use...
September 14, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
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