New opioid use in older adults with COPD associated with increased risk of cardiac death

Posted by - June 29, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteOlder adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who recently started using opioids have an increased risk of coronary artery disease-related death compared to non-opioid users, researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have found. Among these patients, new opioid use is associated with a 215 percent increase in coronary artery

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At-risk chronic pain patients taper opioids successfully with psychological tools

Posted by - June 28, 2017

This post was originally published on this sitePsychological support and new coping skills are helping patients at high risk of developing chronic pain and long-term, high-dose opioid use taper their opioids and rebuild their lives with activities that are meaningful and joyful to them. A study of 343 post-surgical patients treated by an innovative, multidisciplinary

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Serotonin contributions to cocaine's allure

Posted by - June 28, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteOnce a hip drug of the ’70s and ’80s party scene, cocaine is not only making a comeback, it’s proving its staying power thanks to its potent allure. In fact, Drug Enforcement Administration officials say that traffickers are producing more cocaine now than at the height of the

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Brain region that affects drug use habits

Posted by - June 27, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteThe human brain is nimble. It can reorganize itself to learn new things, catalog memories, and even break old habits. So, what if our brains could be taught to suppress cravings, especially the destructive impulse to use drugs? University of Iowa researchers studying the infralimbic cortex — a

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