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Researchers Find Way to Counteract Weight Gain Associated with Antipsychotic Medications

August 16, 2017

A common side effect of antipsychotic medications is that they can cause users to gain weight. Now researchers believe they have found a way to counteract that weight gain.

Scientists from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center discovered that serotonin 2C receptors interacting with antipsychotics for schizophrenia and depression Continue Reading →

Pot Smoking Linked to Hypertension

August 15, 2017

Recreational smokers of marijuana are 3 times more likely to suffer from hypertension than nonsmokers of pot.

That is the conclusion of a study done by researchers who combined data of those who responded to questions on marijuana use during the 2005 US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey with Continue Reading →

Can Opioids Be Replaced in Treating Chronic Pain?

August 14, 2017

Researchers are testing a potential replacement for opioids for chronic pain. A team at Japan’s Okayama University has discovered that the compound clodronate may relieve pain with few side effects.

According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, clodronate obstructs the triggers for chronic pain while Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Don’t Deter, Antidepressants Can Increase Head Injuries in Seniors & More

August 11, 2017
Quick Hits: New Breast Cancer Drugs Have Fewer Side Effects, Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy and Autism & More

Abuse-deterrent formulations (ADFs) of opioids do not reduce the overall abuse of the painkillers according to a report from the Institute of Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). New research suggests that ADFs can possibly lead opioid abusers to switch to other harmful drugs, including heroin and fentanyl. Dan Ollendorf, PhD, Continue Reading →

A Chemo Drug May Spread Cancer

August 10, 2017

A chemotherapy drug may be helping breast cancer spread to the lungs.

That’s the surprising finding of researchers from The Ohio State University, who used a mouse model to discover that paclitaxel both allows breast cancer cells to escape from a tumor and simultaneously makes the lungs a more susceptible Continue Reading →

Overprescribing Opioids for Cancer Survivors

August 8, 2017

In what seems to be another instance of opioid overprescription, researchers have found that cancer survivors — especially those who are young and rural — are given opioid painkillers over an extended period of time after their diagnosis compared to those never diagnosed with cancer.

Researchers from the University of Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: Some Drs Swapping Anti-Seizure Drugs for Opioids, a Corticosteroid Study Stopped & More

August 3, 2017
Quick Hits: New Breast Cancer Drugs Have Fewer Side Effects, Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy and Autism & More

In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic, doctors may be overprescribing anti-seizure drugs as an alternative, according to a letter from researchers published in of the New England Journal of Medicine. Physicians are frequently prescribing the epilepsy drugs Neurontin (gabapentin) and Lyrica (pregabalin) to treat chronic pain.

However, Continue Reading →