Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss – review
A damning investigation into the junk food industry is both chilling and contentiousNew York Times journalist Michael Moss spent three-and-a-half years working out how big food companies get away with churning out products that undermine the health of those who eat them. He interviewed hundreds of current and former food industry insiders – chemists, nutrition scientists, behavioural biologists, food technologists, marketing executives, package designers, chief executives and lobbyists. What he uncovered is chilling: a hard-working industry composed of well-paid, smart, personable professionals, all keenly focused on...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 24, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Joanna Blythman Tags: Food and drink Nutrition & drink industry Diets and dieting Culture Health Health, mind and body wellbeing Society Reviews Books Life and style The Observer Business Source Type: news

Monitoring the prevalence of methamphetamine-related presentations at psychiatric hospitals in Cape Town, South Africa - Plüddemann A, Dada S, Parry CD, Kader R, Parker JS, Temmingh H, van Heerden S, de Clercq C, Lewis I.
This study aimed to determine a demographic profile of methamphetamine (MA)-related admissions to major psychiatric services in Cape Town, obtain a substance use profile from admitted patients, a profile of common MA-related symptoms encountered... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 23, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Death by 'ice': fatal methamphetamine intoxication of a body packer case detected by postmortem computed tomography (PMCT) and validated by autopsy - Bin Abdul Rashid SN, Rahim AS, Thali MJ, Flach PM.
Fatal acute methamphetamine (MA) poisoning in cases of internal drug trafficking is rarely described in the literature. This case study reports an MA 'body packer' who died from fatal methamphetamine intoxication due to leaking drug packages in the aliment... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 16, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Methamphetamine Withdrawal May Lead To Brain-Related Concerns For Recovering Addicts
University of Florida researchers have found changes in the behavior and in the brains of mice in withdrawal from methamphetamine addiction. These findings may affect the way physicians treat recovering methamphetamine addicts, the researchers write in the current issue of the journal Synapse. "When people treat drug addicts, they need to know that during withdrawal, people in recovery may experience cognitive consequences," said Habibeh Khoshbouei, Ph.D., an associate professor of neuroscience and psychiatry in the UF College of Medicine. "Their brain chemistry has changed... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Scientist Gets Research Donations From Crowdfunding
What do you do when you're a scientist and you have no job and no money for your research. If you're Ethan Perlstein, you try crowdfunding. He raised $25,000 to investigate where the drug methamphetamine is stored in the brain.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientist Gets Research Donations From Crowd Funding
What do you do when you're a scientist and you have no job and no money for your research? If you're Ethan Perlstein, you try crowd funding. He raised $25,000 to investigate where the drug methamphetamine is stored in the brain.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bleeding Strokes Occur At Earlier Age, Independent Of Meth Use, In Native Hawaiians
Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have more bleeding strokes at an earlier age than other people independent of methamphetamine abuse, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2013. "Drug abuse is a huge problem here and it definitely is a cause of hemorrhagic stroke," said Kazuma Nakagawa, M.D., lead investigator and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Hawaii. "But Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are experiencing this form of stroke at a younger age even without methamphetamine use... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Native Hawaiians have bleeding strokes at earlier age, independent of meth use
(American Heart Association) Native Hawaiians have more bleeding strokes at an earlier age than other people independent of methamphetamine abuse. Besides genetics, environmental factors -- such as diet, stress, unhealthy lifestyles and a lack of good healthcare could also affect the higher incidences. Researchers suggest more focus is needed on controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and weight management in this population. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 6, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Japan's hiropon panic: Resident non-Japanese and the 1950s meth crisis - Alexander JW.
BACKGROUND: This qualitative historical policy analysis explores Japan's early postwar market for hiropon (methamphetamine/meth) and the impact of its anti-hiropon campaigns. The paper traces the origins of medical methamphetamine production in prewar Japa... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 2, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Sex work and its associations with alcohol and methamphetamine use among female bar and spa workers in the Philippines - Urada LA, Strathdee SA, Morisky DE, Schilling RF, Simbulan NP, Estacio LR, Raj A.
To assess the prevalence of sex work and its associations with substance use among female bar/spa workers in the Philippines (N = 498), workers from 54 bar or spa venues in Metro Manila (2009-2010) were surveyed on demographics, drug/alcohol use, abuse his... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 26, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

I’m not Using “Hard” Drugs, So What’s the Big Deal?
Some think that because marijuana isn't a "hard" drug it doesn't cause problems. The reality is that although drugs like methamphetamine and the opiates can be devastating and even a single use might be too much, regular use of marijuana can also exact a high price and wreak havoc on lives in various ways.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 20, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: J. Wesley Boyd, M.D., Ph.D. Tags: Addiction 17 year old accidental death almost addicted deaths desperate effort disaster drug abuse drug dependence drug use euphoria hard drugs heroin IQ marijuana use methamphetamine nbsp opiates OxyContin prescripti Source Type: news

Bath-salt constituent MDPV more like methamphetamine than ecstasy
This article, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is complementary to another similar article we recently reviewed, and by some of the same authors. Even though the paper gets super-granular about molecular mechanisms and contains more than most people want to know about how bath salt components — the synthetic cathinones MDPV, methylone, and mephedreone — act at the cellular level, there are some important points to be gleaned from among the weeds: MDPV is the most prevalent synthetic cathinone identified in ER admissions because of bath salt exposure. MDPV is a powerful blocker of dopamine and norepin...
Source: The Poison Review - January 19, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical bath salts dopamine MDPV mephedrone methylone norepinephrine serotoniin Source Type: news

The differences in neural network activity between methamphetamine abusers and healthy subjects performing an emotion-matching task: Functional MRI study - Kim YT, Song HJ, Seo JH, Lee JJ, Lee J, Kwon DH, Yoo DS, Lee HJ, Suh KJ, Chang Y.
Methamphetamine (MA) abusers commonly exhibit socially problematic behaviors, such as diminished empathy, decreased emotional regulation and interpersonal violence, which may be attributable to alterations in emotional experience. However, few studies have... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 18, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Strong Dose-Dependent Effect With Meth and PsychosisStrong Dose-Dependent Effect With Meth and Psychosis
Long-term methamphetamine users are at heightened risk of developing psychotic symptoms when using the drug. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Two Problem-Based Learning Cases: Methamphetamine (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
This curriculum module contains two PBL cases that provide clinical presentations of substance abuse problems. These cases can be used in teaching situations where it may not be feasible to use clinical material or standardized patients. The PBL cases can be used to augment lecture material about the topic of drug abuse and dependence with clinically relevant cases that depict real-life scenarios for students to work through-either in a small-group format or an interclerkship seminar. The PBL cases introduce students to clinical presentations of substance abuse problems. The cases are realistic and can be adapted for use i...
Source: Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL) Recently Uploaded - January 16, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Methamphetamine Lecture and Interclerkship (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
This curriculum module contains a PowerPoint presentation that offers an introduction to methamphetamine abuse and dependence in the United States. The PowerPoint slides can be tailored for different audiences, including preclinical and clinical learners. The goals of the lecture are to educate medical students and resident physicians about prevalence, diagnosis, and treatments of methamphetamine abuse and dependence. An interclerkship component is included as an attachment to this curriculum resource. This feature allows facilitators to use some of the lecture material in an interclerkship for students in their third year...
Source: Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL) Recently Uploaded - January 16, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Psychosis Common in Meth Addicts (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Methamphetamine use makes hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms substantially more likely among addicts, particularly for those abusing other substances, a longitudinal study affirmed. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 10, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Methamphetamine use: A comprehensive review of molecular, preclinical and clinical findings - Panenka WJ, Procyshyn RM, Lecomte T, Macewan GW, Flynn SW, Honer WG, Barr AM.
Methamphetamine (MA) is a highly addictive psychostimulant drug that principally affects the monoamine neurotransmitter systems of the brain and results in feelings of alertness, increased energy and euphoria. The drug is particularly popular with young ad... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 3, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news