Enhanced warnings for opioid pain medications

In a continuing effort to educate prescribers and patients about the potential risks related to opioid use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced required class-wide safety labeling changes for immediate-release (IR) opioid pain medications. Among the changes, the FDA is requiring a new boxed warning about the serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose … Read more

Junk food consumed late in pregnancy more harmful to the child

Junk food consumed late in pregnancy has the potential to be more harmful to the child – “Too much junk food consumed late in pregnancy for humans has the potential to be more harmful to the child than excess junk food early in the pregnancy,” says Dr Jessica Gugusheff, post-doctoral researcher in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at University of Adelaide.

Intermittent dosing with vemurafenib may prolong lives of melanoma patients

Drug-Resistant Melanoma Tumors Shrink When Therapy Is Interrupted — ?Intermittent Dosing? Strategy in Lab Mice Suggests Simple Way to Help People with Late-Stage Melanoma – Researchers in California and Switzerland have discovered that melanomas that develop resistance to the anti-cancer drug vemurafenib (marketed as Zelboraf), also develop addiction to the drug, an observation that may have important implications for the lives of patients with late-stage disease.

Facebook like social media may help fight childhood obesity

Social media may be an effective way to help children overcome obesity — Parental involvement and online interaction with counselors and peers led to greater success for overweight and obese children and teens in some studies – Social media like Facebook may be an effective tool to help children overcome obesity, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in the journal Circulation.

Nicotine addiction vaccine may help quitting smoking

New vaccine for nicotine addiction — Weill Cornell researchers develop novel anti-body vaccine that blocks addictive nicotine chemicals from reaching the brain – A single dose of novel vaccine protects mice, over their lifetime, against nicotine addiction. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have developed and successfully tested in mice an innovative vaccine to treat nicotine addiction.

A single dose of LSD may help heavy alcoholics

Sobered up using LSD — Journal of Psychopharmacology article examines intriguing evidence on the psychedelic drug – Forty years ago, LSD was used in the treatment of alcoholics – with good results. Perhaps it’s time to look at it again? In the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, researchers in many places in the world experimented with LSD in the treatment of various disorders, including alcoholism. Not all experiments were scientifically tenable by today’s standards, but some were.

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