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Opiant Pharma's OPNT002 shows rapid effect in early-stage study of IN naltrexone for AUD

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:47

Opiant Pharmaceuticals announces positive results from a Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating the safety and pharmacokinetics of OPNT002 , an intranasally dosed formulation of the opioid antagonist naltrexone hydrochloride, for the potential treatment of alcohol use disorder . The study looked specifically at the effects of an absorbance enhancer called Intravail on the pharmacokinetic behavior of IN naltrexone in healthy volunteers.

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The old days pre-ACA

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 15:32

WOW: @SecPriceMD admits Senate bill would basically permit insurers to operate like they did before ACA: deny coverage, price folks out pic.twitter.com/GCPaFKO3wB Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield now offers a new health insurance plan for individuals and families that provides policyholders the ability to select benefit features that fit their unique needs and budget. BlueChoice provides an array of deductible .

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Can psychedelics be used for therapy? Time to allow research to find out

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:43

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Should we screen for cirrhosis?

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 06:01

Recent guidelines are right to recommend screening high risk patients for cirrhosis , say liver specialists Mark Hudson at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Nick Sheron at Southampton General Hospital. They say liver disease will probably overtake heart disease to become the commonest cause of death in working age people in the next year or so, mainly because it develops without signs or symptoms and options to tackle alcohol and obesity - the commonest causes of liver disease - are limited.

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Quitting alcohol cold turkey could be deadlier than kicking heroin

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 23:18

The death of "True Blood" actor Nelsan Ellis earlier this month from heart failure resulting from alcohol withdrawal highlights a troubling trend: alcoholics trying to beat their addiction without professional medical help, a practice doctors say can be even deadlier than detoxing from heroin. "Withdrawal from opiates is miserable but not typically a medical emergency," says Jeff Foote, Ph.D., co-founder of the Center for Motivation and Change addiction treatment practice in NoMad.

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ADHD medication tied to lower risk for alcohol, drug abuse in teens and adults

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 06:11

The use of medication to treat attention deficient hyperactivity disorder is linked to significantly lower risk for substance use problems in adolescents and adults with ADHD , according to a study led by researchers at Indiana University. The risk of substance use problems during periods of medication use was 35 percent lower in men and 31 percent lower in women in the study.

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Addiction coverage imperiled - Thu, 13 Jul 2017 PST

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 18:13

After a long battle with active alcoholism, I recently required inpatient treatment made possible only with insurance. As Congress considers the fate of U.S. health care, it intends to slash coverage for addiction treatment for millions.

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Province covers drugs for treatment of alcohol use disorder

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 13:51

Effective July 1, The Saskatchewan Prescription Drug Plan provides coverage for two drug products for the treatment of alcohol use disorder: Revia and Campral . "Our government is committed to providing services to help people struggling with addictions," Health Minister Jim Reiter said.

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Clinical trial looks at tramadol for opioid withdrawal

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 07:11

A randomized clinical trial published by JAMA Psychiatry compared tramadol extended-release with clonidine and buprenorphine for the management of opioid withdrawal symptoms in patients with opioid use disorder in a residential research setting. Opioid use disorder is a public health problem that has contributed to unprecedented levels of overdose deaths.

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Live Videos | LIVE: From Rockstar to Recovery Center, Mahoney Talks about New Treatment Center

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 02:54

Former bass player for the rock group 9 Electric, Casey Mahoney, has chosen to leave the exciting and "exhausting" lifestyle of being a touring musician to pursue another lifelong passion of helping people with their mental health. Mahoney is the CEO of Healing Path Recovery , a drug and alcohol treatment center in Costa Mesa, CA, a project he was developing while still on tour.

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Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Denies ProPublica Report on Alcohol Abuse

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 22:59

ProPublica late Tuesday introduced a new wrinkle to the legal and political controversies surrounding President Donald Trump: Does the president's personal lawyer have a history of excessive drinking that could undermine his ability to represent his client effectively? The ProPublica story, by Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger, reports that Marc Kasowitz sought treatment for alcohol abuse at a rehabilitation facility in Florida almost two years ago. It also describes an account of Kasowitz "dirty dancing" with a Palm West Side restaurant hostess at the firm's holiday party in 2013, and receiving two black eyes at a restaurant the same night the woman assaulted another woman.

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Harvard proposal would ban fraternities and sororities

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 18:34

In this March 7, 2017 file photo, rowers paddle along the Charles River past the Harvard College campus in Cambridge, Mass. In a Wednesday, July 12, 2017 recommendation, a Harvard University faculty committee proposed in a a ban on all student fraternities, sororities and single-gender clubs.

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Nelsan Ellis' death from alcohol withdrawal a 'cautionary tale'

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 15:21

When 39-year-old actor Nelsan Ellis died at the weekend, his manager Emily Saines said he died from "complications with heart failure". Earlier this week, though, Saines released a new statement showing the story to be much darker and complicated than that.

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The Lighthouse, 909 West Rd., in New Canaan, Conn. on Jan. 31, 2017.

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 15:21

What has been a heated debate over the operation of a sober house on West Road in the end came down to the numbers. Is it reasonable for the owners of the Lighthouse, at 909 West Road, to house up to eight unrelated men at one time - given that local zoning allows only up to three unrelated people in a home - but no more than 21 in any 12 month period? Or, as neighbors said, would it be a use of too high intensity, and should it instead be capped at six men, and no more than 18 in a 12 month period? Some members of the Zoning Board of Appeals worried that to go with the lower of the two would not be sufficiently accommodating.

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Indivior Plc Spon (NASDAQ:INVVY) Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks Investment Research

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 10:03

According to Zacks, "Indivior PLC operates as a specialty pharmaceutical company. It is engaged in discovering and developing medications and treatment for alcohol addiction, opioid overdose, cocaine intoxication and co-occurring conditions, such as schizophrenia.

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The more alcohol you drink, the sooner you may get sick

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 05:31

This finding places heavy drinkers at a higher risk of age-related illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia. After collecting their DNA and getting their drinking habits and histories the results showed that alcoholic patients had shorter telomeres.

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Local Bank CEO Part of Summit for Danny Charity Hike

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 01:15

Janet Garufis, Montecito Bank & Trust chairman/CEO, is part of a team of community leaders from Santa Barbara currently taking part in the 2017 Summit for Danny International Climb, trekking the Dolomites in Italy. They are on a 10-day journey during which the hikers will climb more than 70 miles and reach heights of 9,724 feet on Summit Day.

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Recovery Nonprofits Stem The Tide While Government Ignores Addiction Crisis

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 20:35

What's in your recovery tool kit? How do you maintain your recovery on a day to day basis? One thing that recovery advocates, doctors, and addiction science all agree on is connection . Other, healthy people are the key to finding recovery and staying sober for long periods of time.

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Delray Beach considers new sober home rules

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 15:55

Thursday night city leaders in Delray Beach will take the first of two necessary votes to implement new rules regulating sober homes. A staff report estimated there are 247 recovery residences in the city limits.

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$100 Million Study Will Determine Once and for All If Alcohol Is Healthy

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:03

With so much confusion today about alcohol's health effects, people who enjoy themselves a tipple or two really need to know the risks. Past research does in fact link moderate consumption of alcohol to several health benefits - chief among them probably red wine's ties to a healthier heart.

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