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Most Americans Lie to Their Doctors

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – As many as 4 out of 5 Americans withhold important information from their doctor that could prove crucial to their health, a new study shows. Between 60 and 80 percent of people admit they avoid telling their doctor details that could be relevant to their well-being. "I know at some level this is a 'no duh,' of course, people mislead, but I was surprised how pervasive it ...

Meth, Opioid Use in Pregnancy on the Rise

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 – Methamphetamine and opioid use has soared among pregnant American women, putting the health of baby and mother at risk, a new study finds. While addiction among pregnant women has dramatically increased across the country, it disproportionally affects women living in rural America, where access to addiction treatment and prenatal care is limited, the researchers added. ...

AHA: Meth Use Producing Younger, Harder-to-Treat Heart Failure Patients

Posted 6 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Widespread methamphetamine use is creating a unique form of severe heart failure, according to new research that shows these patients tend to be younger and have poor outcomes. "This is a strikingly different type of patient," said Dr. Isac Thomas, lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego ...

Is Meth Use Destroying Vets' Hearts?

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Rapid Test for Meth Abuse May Be Near

Posted 2 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Meth Abuse Could Up Stroke Risk in Younger Users

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Meth Addicts' Hearts May Improve If They Quit

Posted 30 May 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Amphetamines Polluting Some Urban Streams: Study

Posted 25 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Young Athletes Pressured by Parents May Resort to 'Doping'

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Injuries Tied to Illegal Meth Labs on the Rise: CDC

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

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 ...

More American Children Diagnosed With ADHD

Posted 14 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 14 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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