Claire Squires: amphetamine stimulant 'had role' in runner's fatal heart attack
Southwark inquest hears fit 30-year-old unwittingly risked her life taking legal supplement Jack3d which had DMAA elementThe unexplained death of Claire Squires, a fit and healthy 30-year-old, one mile from the end of the London marathon last year, caught the country's imagination. In less than a week, tens of thousands of people had donated so much money to her chosen charity, the Samaritans, that her total surged from £500 to more than £1m.On Wednesday a coroner ruled that the most likely cause off her death was a single dose of Jack3d, a performance-enhancing supplement that at the time was legal to buy, pos...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 30, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Amelia Hill Tags: The Guardian Charities Sport News Drugs in sport UK news Athletics London Marathon Source Type: news

In Rat Model, Social Isolation Leads To Greater Vulnerability To Addiction
Rats that are socially isolated during a critical period of adolescence are more vulnerable to addiction to amphetamine and alcohol, found researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. Amphetamine addiction is also harder to extinguish in the socially isolated rats. These effects, which are described this week in the journal Neuron, persist even after the rats are reintroduced into the community of other rats. "Basically the animals become more manipulatable," said Hitoshi Morikawa, associate professor of neurobiology in the College of Natural Sciences... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Does smoking marijuana cause stroke?
1.5 out of 5 stars Cannabis-related Stroke: Myth or Reality? Wolff V et al. Stroke 2013 Feb;44(2):558-63. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.112.671347. Epub 2012 Dec 27. No abstract available There have been scattered reports in the literature claiming an association between the use of cannabis and ischemia and/or hemorrhagic stroke. Although no convincing mechanism has been postulated, some suggest that use of marijuana or hashish and the occurrence of stroke may stem from the ability of cannabis to cause orthostatic hypotension, or possibly vasoconstriction. If such an association is real, it must be exceedingly rare. The...
Source: The Poison Review - January 27, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical cannabis cerebral vascular accident hashish marijuana neurotoxicity stroke Source Type: news

Trends in office-based treatment of adults with stimulants in the United States
Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry Area: Evidence> Medicines Management> References Objective: The authors investigated trends and patterns in stimulant treatment of adults visiting office-based medical practices in the United States. Method: A time series analysis of data from the 1994 to 2009 National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys (no of visits = 372,702) was performed, focusing on adult (aged 18 years or older) visits in which stimulant medications (amphetamine salts, methylphenidate or pemoline) were prescribed.  The authors computed trends in the percentage of visits in which a stimulant was p...
Source: NeLM - Mental Health - January 25, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Socially isolated rats are more vulnerable to addiction, report researchers
Rats that are socially isolated during a critical period of adolescence are more vulnerable to addiction to amphetamine and alcohol. Amphetamine addiction is also harder to extinguish in the socially isolated rats. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 23, 2013 Category: Science Source Type: news

Socially isolated rats are more vulnerable to addiction, report researchers
(University of Texas at Austin) Rats that are socially isolated during a critical period of adolescence are more vulnerable to addiction to amphetamine and alcohol. Amphetamine addiction is also harder to extinguish in the socially isolated rats. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 23, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Are the Side Effects Worth It?
Off-label prescription abuses can "dope" off weight, but at what price?read more (Source: Psychology Today Food and Diet Center)
Source: Psychology Today Food and Diet Center - January 17, 2013 Category: Nutrition Authors: Judith J. Wurtman, Ph.D. Tags: Diet Ethics and Morality Health adderall amphetamine antidepressants ball gown binge eating cynics doping Doping and diets effects of amphetamines fda guidelines Fibromyalgia first cousins food intake healthy habits medic Source Type: news

France shaken by fresh scandal over weight-loss drug linked to deaths
Drug company boss faces manslaughter investigation as victims complain of delays in compensationA weight-loss drug believed to have killed hundreds of people in France's biggest pharmaceutical scandal has sparked fresh controversy as victims complain of delays in state compensation and a leading drug-company boss has been placed under formal investigation for manslaughter.The amphetamine derivative Mediator was marketed to overweight diabetics but often prescribed to healthy women as an appetite suppressant when they wanted to lose a few pounds.According to the French health ministry, it has killed at least 500 people from...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 6, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Angelique Chrisafis Tags: The Guardian Diets and dieting World news Pharmaceuticals industry Europe Drugs Life and style France Business Science Source Type: news