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Retro Report: A Drug to End Addiction? Scientists Are Working on It.

Researchers are studying a promising drug that could block the delivery of opioids from blood to brain, giving addicts a path to recovery.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Opioids and Opiates Drug Abuse and Traffic Addiction (Psychology) Heroin Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

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April 2-8 marks ‚ÄčNational Public Health Week (NPHW). Each day is marked with a specific public health theme:Monday, April 2: Behavioral HealthAdvocate for and promote well-beingFocus on and advocate for improved access to mental and behavioral health services. Use education and training to de-stigmatize mental health diagnoses and encourage people experiencing mental illness to seek treatment. Coverage for mental health services must be on par with physical health services in all health insurance coverage.Tuesday, April 3: Communicable DiseasesLearn about ways to prevent disease transmissionWash your hands. Know your HIV...
Source: Medicine and Technology by Dr. Joseph Kim - Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs
Vaccines could help prevent relapses but have yet to be effective in clinical trials
Source: Chemical and Engineering News - Category: Chemistry Authors: Source Type: research
Lately my dander is up so often and so copiously, over what's happening in health care and the world at large, I'm exhausted. Covered with nasty dander. Cowering under the sheets. Others seem to share this dysphoria. But I found if not a cure, at least a palliative. There's so much dander I can scrape it off with a great big shovel and toss as much as I can your way. Here's my first DanderOmnium Gatherum, or DOG, from the Cetona DOG Patch. Remember, these stories are all DOGs.Litmus Test for New HHS Secretary. The new sheriff at Health&Human Services, Alex Azar, has barely had a chance to wipe his feet in front of...
Source: Health Care Renewal - Category: Health Management Source Type: blogs
In May 2017, the second European Respiratory Society research seminar of the Thoracic Oncology Assembly entitled "Immunotherapy, a new standard of care in thoracic malignancies?" was held in Paris, France. This seminar provided an opportunity to review the basis of antitumour immunity and to explain how immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) work. The main therapeutic trials that have resulted in marketing authorisations for use of ICIs in lung cancer were reported. A particular focus was on the toxicity of these new molecules in relation to their immune-related adverse events. The need for biological selection, cur...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Lung cancer Perspective Source Type: research
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have achieved a major milestone toward designing a safe and effective vaccine to both treat heroin addiction and block lethal overdose of the drug.
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
This study aims to identify the epidemiological features of HBV among pregnant Iranian women. This study followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines. Two authors independently searched several online databases without time limit until May 2017. The databases include Magiran, Iranmedex, SID, Medlib, IranDoc, Scopus, PubMed, Science Direct, Cochrane, Web of Science and Google Scholar. The data were analyzed based on a random-effects model using Comprehensive Meta-Analysis software version 2. Thirty-seven studies were included in the meta-analysis. The prevalence of HBV ...
Source: Archives of Virology - Category: Virology Source Type: research
If we want to talk about the opioid epidemic as an actual epidemic, let’s use the same terms we use for communicable disease: agent, vector/environment, host. Virulence. Transmission. Immunity. The media has done a great job of providing descriptive statistics of the epidemic. And recent oversight, both legislative and advisory, have attempted to focus on altering vector (prescriber) behavior in the wake of apparent failed attempts to reduce agent virulence. What seems to be lacking in the overall discussion though, in my opinion, is a focus on the host. That is where eradication of epidemics has generally been more ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions Pain Management Primary Care Source Type: blogs
AbstractDifferent immunotherapeutic approaches are in the pipeline for the treatment of drug dependence. “Drug vaccines” aim to induce the immune system to produce antibodies that bind to drugs and prevent them from inducing rewarding effects in the brain. Drugs of abuse currently being tested using these new approaches are opioids, nicotine, cocaine, and methamphetamine. In human clinical trials, “cocaine and nicotine vaccines” have been shown to induce sufficient antibody levels while producing few side effects. Studies in humans, determining how these vaccines interact in combination with their t...
Source: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: research
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ( “Opiant”) (NASDAQ:OPNT), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing pharmacological treatments for addictions, today reports that new pre-clinical data...
Source: Drugs.com - Clinical Trials - Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: clinical trials
AbstractAs with any protocol involving both humans and animals, there were inherent risks with this research. These risks were minimized through the participant screening process which assessed for animal allergies and fears for particular animal species. Participants were selected for their interest in animals which reduced the risk for the participant to experience stress during the intervention. Interaction with animals poses a risk of zoonoses. Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals. To minimize this risk, all therapy animals were under veterinary care, were thoroughly groomed, and were re...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
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