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Patients may be at higher risk of overdose when opioid therapy for pain is discontinued

Patients may be at higher risk of overdose when opioid therapy for pain is discontinued

Opioid-related overdose is now a leading cause of accidental death in the United States and Canada. A study published December 1 in the open access journal PLOS Medicine by Mary Clare Kennedy at University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada, and co... »

Public health study: Smoking increases the risks of 56 diseases in Chinese adults

Public health study: Smoking increases the risks of 56 diseases in Chinese adults

Smoking increases the risks of 56 diseases and kills more than one million adults in China each year from 22 different causes, according to new research published in The Lancet Public Health. »

New technique to analyze fentanyl in blood and urine

New technique to analyze fentanyl in blood and urine

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has developed a new technique to analyze fentanyl in human blood and urine samples that could aid work in the fields of medicine and chemical forensics. »

Buprenorphine, not methadone, may be safer treatment for opioid-use disorder during pregnancy

Buprenorphine, not methadone, may be safer treatment for opioid-use disorder during pregnancy

People with opioid-use disorder who are pregnant may have more favorable neonatal health outcomes when using buprenorphine, an active ingredient in suboxone and other medications approved for treatment of opioid-use disorder, compared with methadone,... »

Banning fruity flavors did not deter vapers, finds study

Banning fruity flavors did not deter vapers, finds study

On February 6, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of many flavored e-cigarettes, with some important exceptions. According to a survey conducted by University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) researchers, the ban did not re... »

Extending pre-quit duration of leading smoking cessation medication doesn’t help smokers quit, study finds

Extending pre-quit duration of leading smoking cessation medication doesn’t help smokers quit, study finds

Extending the duration that a leading smoking cessation medication is taken prior to stopping tobacco use does not significantly improve the likelihood of breaking the cigarette habit and staying smoke-free, according to the results of a study publis... »

Study finds positive media coverage of cannabis studies regardless of therapeutic effect

Study finds positive media coverage of cannabis studies regardless of therapeutic effect

In cannabis trials against pain, people who take placebos report feeling largely the same level of pain relief as those who consume the active cannabinoid substance. Still, these studies receive significant media coverage regardless of the clinical o... »

Drug used for sleep disorders is linked to higher risk of overdose in teens, young adults

Drug used for sleep disorders is linked to higher risk of overdose in teens, young adults

Teens and young adults who are treated for sleep disorders with benzodiazepines such as Xanax—a medication commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia—may be at a higher risk of overdose, according to Rutgers University researchers. »