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Is Meth Use Destroying Vets' Hearts?

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Methamphetamine appears to be damaging the hearts of U.S. military veterans at an increasing rate, researchers report. Heart failure cases linked to meth use among vets nearly quadrupled during the past decade at the San Diego VA Medical Center, rising from 1.7 percent in 2005 to 8 percent in 2015, investigators found. Veterans using meth also tended to develop heart failure at a much younger age, around 61, on average, compared with 72 for typical heart failure patients, said lead researcher Dr. Marin Nishimura. She is an internal medicine resident with the University of California, San Diego. "When we see a younger individual who comes to the hospital with heart failure, we should be thinking about meth use," Nishimura said. Heart failure is a chronic and progressive condition in which the heart gradually loses the ability to pump enough blood to meet the ... Read more

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Rapid Test for Meth Abuse May Be Near

Posted 2 Oct 2017 by

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 – Attempting to speed up drug detection, scientists from Korea say they have developed a portable, rapid urine test for amphetamines. The experimental test features a wireless sensor and smartphone app. It can detect amphetamines, or speed, in a drop of urine within seconds, its developers said. The prototype device is small enough to be worn as a bracelet, is highly sensitive with a low risk for false-positive results, and costs about $50 to produce, according to their proof-of-concept design. The report was published Sept. 28 in the journal Chem. "Conventional drug detection generally use techniques that require long operation time, sophisticated experimental procedures, and expensive equipment with well-trained professional operators," said co-senior author Joon Hak Oh. "Moreover, they are not usually portable." Oh heads an organic electronics laboratory at ... Read more

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Meth Abuse Could Up Stroke Risk in Younger Users

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – Younger adults who use methamphetamine may be at greater risk for stroke, a new review suggests. With use of the stimulant increasing, particularly in more potent forms, doctors in many countries are seeing more meth-related disease and harms, the Australian study authors said. This is especially true among younger people, who are the major users of the drug. "It is likely that methamphetamine abuse is making a disproportionate contribution to the increased incidence of stroke among young people observed over recent years," said researchers led by Julia Lappin. She's with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Center at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. These strokes can lead to disabilities or death, she and her colleagues pointed out. For the review, Lappin's team analyzed 77 studies that investigated the link between methamphetamine use and ... Read more

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Meth Addicts' Hearts May Improve If They Quit

Posted 30 May 2017 by

MONDAY, May 29, 2017 – Methamphetamine users who quit the drug may get a break: New research suggests it's possible to reverse heart damage with proper medical treatment. Research has previously linked meth use to heart problems that can contribute to death. But it hadn't been clear if stopping the drug use resulted in better heart health. The small study found that after discontinuing methamphetamine use, participants were less likely to die, or suffer a nonfatal stroke or have to be hospitalized again for heart failure compared to those who kept using the drug. "Due to the chance to recover cardiac function and symptoms at an early stage of the disease, early detection of heart problems in patients with methamphetamine abuse could prevent further deterioration," senior author Dr. Norman Mangner said in an American College of Cardiology news release. He's a physician at Heart Center ... Read more

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Kids With ADHD Make 6.1 Million Doctor Visits a Year in U.S.: CDC

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder account for more than 6 million physician office visits a year in the United States, say U.S. health officials. An average 6.1 million trips to a doctor, pediatrician or psychiatrist by children aged 4 to 17 in 2013 involved treatment for diagnosed ADHD, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number represents 6 percent of all kids' visits to the doctor in 2013, said senior author Jill Ashman. She is a statistician with CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The percentage has increased from a decade earlier, when 4 percent of physician visits were related to ADHD treatment, she said. "It has increased," Ashman said. "It went from 4 million to 6 million visits per year." ADHD is characterized by inattention, overactivity and impulsivity that can ... Read more

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Amphetamines Polluting Some Urban Streams: Study

Posted 25 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 – Medications and illegal drugs are polluting streams in and around at least one major U.S. city, new research reveals. Scientists say this pollution comes with ecological consequences – areas in some streams have high enough concentrations of the stimulant amphetamine to alter the bottom of the aquatic food web. "Around the world, treated and untreated wastewater entering surface waters contains pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs that originate from human consumption and excretion, manufacturing processes, or improper disposal," study author Sylvia Lee said in a Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies news release. "We were interested in revealing how amphetamine exposure influences the small plants and animals that play a large role in regulating the health of streams," said Lee. She conducted the research when she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Cary ... Read more

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U.S. DEA Denies Request to Ease Federal Pot Rules

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has refused the request of two former state governors to ease marijuana's restrictive classification under current drug laws. The DEA said it based its decision largely on information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA previously concluded that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," according to National Public Radio (NPR). "This decision isn't based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine, and it's not," DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg said in the NPR report. The request – initially proposed in 2011 – sought to have marijuana reclassified from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II drug. Schedule I drugs are considered drugs "with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for ... Read more

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What a Change in DEA's Pot Rules Might Mean for Medical Research

Posted 11 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – Most doctors approach medical marijuana with a great deal of uncertainty, because drug laws have hindered researchers' ability to figure out what pot can and can't do for sick patients. That could soon change. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is weighing whether to loosen its classification of marijuana, which would remove many restrictions on its use in medical research. If that occurs, doctors could start getting answers to the questions they regularly receive from patients regarding marijuana's clinical benefits. "I am asked as a practicing doctor even in a rural area about medical marijuana use, and I want to make sure I can give patients advice that's evidence-based," said Dr. Robert Wergin, board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "We need those kinds of studies to help us give informed advice to our patients who ask about it ... Read more

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Young Athletes Pressured by Parents May Resort to 'Doping'

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 – Young male athletes under parental pressure to succeed are more likely to use banned substances to boost their sports performance, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Kent in England asked 129 young male athletes, average age 17, about their attitudes on "doping" – the use of prohibited drugs, such as steroids, hormones or stimulants, to boost athletic ability. These substances, sometimes called performance-enhancing drugs, can potentially alter the human body and biological functions. However, they can be extremely harmful to a person's health, experts warn. In addition, the study participants were also asked about four different aspects of perfectionism. The four areas were: parental pressure; self-striving for perfection; concerns about making mistakes; and pressure from coaches. Only parental pressure was linked to positive feelings about ... Read more

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Injuries Tied to Illegal Meth Labs on the Rise: CDC

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Chemical burns, respiratory ailments and even deaths tied to accidents in illegal methamphetamine labs are on the rise in the United States, a new study shows. Overall, 162 people were injured between 2001 and 2012 in the five states covered by the study. Those states were Louisiana, Oregon, Utah, New York and Wisconsin. The injuries included 26 children and 42 law enforcement officials, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. After 2005, legislation by states to restrict over-the-counter access to ingredients used by "meth" labs led to a drop in the number of injuries for a few years. But the lull didn't last. "In 2008, as meth producers learned to circumvent laws and obtain restricted precursor drugs, and introduced the hazardous 'shake and bake' meth-making method," injuries began to rise again, reported a team led by ... Read more

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More American Children Diagnosed With ADHD

Posted 14 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – The number of American children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is rising, U.S. government experts say. And it's important for the disorder to be recognized and treated. Untreated ADHD can cause serious problems for children, such as falling behind in school, difficulty making and keeping friends, and having conflicts with parents, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Children with untreated ADHD have more emergency room visits and are more likely to have self-inflicted injuries than those who receive treatment, according to a news release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In addition, teens with untreated ADHD are more likely to take risks, such as drinking and driving, and have twice as many traffic crashes as those who receive treatment, the FDA said. The number of American children aged 4 to 17 ... Read more

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Meth, Coke Addiction May Affect Brains of Women More Than Men

Posted 14 Jul 2015 by

TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 – In a new study, brain scans reveal that women formerly addicted to stimulant drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, have a smaller amount of a type of brain tissue known as "gray matter." This was true even though the women hadn't used the drugs for about a year before undergoing the brain scans, the study said. The research also hints, but cannot prove, that these drugs take a greater toll on addicted women's brains compared to men who had been dependent on the same drugs. Compared to healthy men, formerly drug-dependent men showed little to no changes in their brain scans, the study authors noted. "Gray matter is important because it is where signals are generated in the brain that gives us the ability to think, move and behave," explained study author Dr. Jody Tanabe, a professor of radiology from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, ... Read more

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More U.S. Kids Getting Mental Health Treatment

Posted 20 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The number of U.S. children and teens being treated for mental health issues has risen by about 50 percent in the past 20 years – with most of those kids having relatively mild symptoms, a new study finds. The research, published in the May 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, comes at a time of growing concern over young people's mental health treatment. In particular, some worry that kids with milder issues are being overtreated with antidepressants, stimulants (such as those used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and antipsychotic drugs, said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. According to Olfson, his findings suggest that kids with less serious symptoms account for a large share of young people getting mental health care – whether that means medication or ... Read more

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Methamphetamine Use Linked to Parkinson's Risk

Posted 29 Dec 2014 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 – People who use methamphetamine have a greatly increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 40,000 people in Utah. About 5,000 of that group were methamphetamine – or "meth" – users. Around 1,800 were cocaine users, and about 34,000 didn't use drugs, according to the researchers. The study found that methamphetamine users were three times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. Cocaine users didn't have an increased risk of Parkinson's, the researchers said. The study wasn't designed to prove that methamphetamine caused Parkinson's disease, but it did find a strong association between use of the drug and the development of the disorder. The study was published recently in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The researchers also found that women who use methamphetamine appear ... Read more

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Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users' Suicide Risk

Posted 19 Dec 2014 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 – Injectable drug users who also use cocaine and amphetamines have nearly double the suicide attempt rate of other substance users, a new study finds. "We know that substance use is associated with the risk of suicide attempt and completed suicide," Didier Jutras-Aswad, a psychiatry professor at the University of Montreal, said in a university news release. "However, there are many different profiles of drug users. We wanted to know who among substance users were actually more likely to attempt suicide." The researchers studied 1,200 adults who had injected drugs within the previous six months. In surveys, researchers asked them questions about drug use and suicide attempts. At the start of the study, 6 percent of participants said they'd tried to commit suicide within the past six months, a much higher rate than in the general population. Participants were then ... Read more

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