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Opioids are not necessarily evil
Since 1999, the use of opioids for pain management has quadrupled in the USA , resulting in what is now well known as the opioid epidemic -- too many Americans are now unnecessarily reliant on the drugs and opioid-related overdoses have rocketed. Neurology Central is shining a light on this health crisis in an exclusive interview with Michael Schatman Director of Research, U.S. Pain Foundation, CT, USA discussing his recent thought-provoking editorial on t ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 1
Pot-smokers harm gums; other physical effects slight
DURHAM, N.C. -- A long-term study of nearly 1,000 New Zealanders from birth to age 38 has found that people who smoked marijuana for up to 20 years have more gum disease, but otherwise do not show worse physical health than non-smokers. The international research team assessed a dozen measures of physical health, including lung function, systemic inflammation and several measures of metabolic syndrome, including waist circumference, HDL cholesterol, trigly ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 1
More adults accept and have had same-sex experiences
SAN DIEGO, Calif. June 1, 2016 --Reflecting rapidly changing cultural attitudes in the United States toward sexuality, a new study finds that the percentage of adults who have had sex with people from their same gender has doubled since the 1990s. The study also found that acceptance of same-sex sexuality has increased among all generations, with Millennials the most accepting. Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author o ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 1
Women find men more masculine when wearing deodorant
New research by the University of Stirling has found that men who are perceived low in masculinity can significantly increase this by applying deodorant, but that this is not the case for men who already have high levels of masculinity. The study investigated what effect wearing deodorant has on assessing masculinity and femininity. 130 female and male participants rated facial masculinity and femininity using photographs and a further 239 men and women ra ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 1
Social Media ‘Likes’ Impact Teens’ Brains and Behavior
The same brain circuits that are activated by eating chocolate and winning money are activated when teenagers see large numbers of likes on their own photos or the photos of peers in a social network, according to findings from a new study in which researchers scanned teens brains while they used social media. The study is published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . The 32 teenagers, ages 13-18, were told t ...
Psychological Science - Wed. Jun 1
New evidence shows Affordable Care Act is working in Texas
HOUSTON - May 31, 2016 - The percentage of Texans without health insurance has dropped by 30 percent since the Affordable Care Act ACA went into effect, cutting the state s uninsured rate below 1999 levels. That s one of the conclusions of a new report released today by Rice University s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation EHF . The report found the uninsured rate among Texas adults dropped from 26 percent in September 201 ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 31
Researchers suggest whole-person perspective is needed to assess obesity
Authors from the Cleveland Clinic s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute recommend physicians use obesity staging models to recognize and manage weight-related health issues that may not be captured by traditional diagnosis criteria. The review article was published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association . The authors urge physicians to take a broader view of what constitutes obesity, which is traditionally defined as a body mass index BMI of ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 31
Researchers show the transmission of the genetic disorder HD in normal animals
Seoul, Korea, and Qu 233 bec City, Canada, May 30, 2016 - Mice transplanted with cells grown from a patient suffering from Huntington s disease HD develop the clinical features and brain pathology of that patient, suggests a study published in the latest issue of Acta Neuropathologica by CHA University in Korea, in collaboration with researchers at Universit 233 Laval in Qu 233 bec City, Canada. Our findings shed a completely new light onto our current und ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 31
Mapping neural networks to strengthen circadian rhythms
Washington, D.C., May 31, 2016 -- If you ve ever felt groggy the morning after traversing time zones, you can thank the temporary mismatch between your body s 24-hour circadian rhythm and your new local time. In mammals, this rhythm is governed on a neuronal and hormonal level by the suprachiasmatic nucleus, a tiny region of the brain s nestled directly above the two optic nerves. But it s not just a long flight that can throw us out of whack. As we age, t ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 31
Hunting for the brain's opioid addiction switch
New research by Steven Laviolette s research team at Western University is contributing to a better understanding of the ways opiate-class drugs modify brain circuits to drive the addiction cycle. Using rodent models of opiate addiction, Dr. Laviolette s research has shown that opiates affect pathways of associative memory formation in multiple ways, both at the level of anatomy connections between neurons and at the molecular levels how molecules inside t ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 31
Researchers find what could be brain's trigger for binge behavior
Rats that responded to cues for sugar with the speed and excitement of binge-eaters were less motivated for the treat when certain neurons were suppressed, researchers discovered. The findings suggest these neurons, in a largely unstudied region of the brain, are deeply connected to the tendency to overindulge in response to external triggers, a problem faced by people addicted to food, alcohol and drugs. The findings, due to appear in the June 15 issue of ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 31
Many patients continue using opioids months after joint replacement
May 31, 2016 - Many patients undergoing hip or knee replacement are still taking prescription opioid pain medications up to six months after surgery, reports a study in PAIN reg , the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain reg IASP . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . Led by Jenna Goesling, PhD, of the University of Michigan, the study identifies several red flags for persistent opioid use--particularly previo ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 31
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