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Podcast: CRISPR-edited weed; opioid addiction vaccine; Africa’s neglected diseases

An opioid-blocking vaccine could spare many people a lifetime of drug addiction, if and when it's developed. COVID-19 exposed Africa's ...
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Hospitals face chronic shortages of injectable opioids. The COVID-19 pandemic made things worse.

For years, hospitals chased supplies, sometimes resorting to inferior substitutes. The shortfall grew so dire in 2018 that a drugmaker ...
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Video: What makes opioids so addictive

In the 1980s and 90s, pharmaceutical companies began to market opioid painkillers aggressively, while actively downplaying their addictive potential. The ...
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There was an opioid epidemic 130 years ago. Can it teach us anything about today’s crisis?

The 1890s and 1990s were both characterized by unopposed amplification of the benefits of opioids, the transformation of physicians into ...
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Chronic pain relief: Why Gabapentin may not be a ‘safe’ alternative to opioids

Gabapentin was supposed to be the answer. Chronic pain afflicts about a fifth of American adults, and for years, doctors thought it ...
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Can deep brain stimulation treat opioid addiction?

A surgeon has implanted electrodes in the brain of a patient suffering from severe opioid use disorder, hoping to cure ...
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Alternative treatments for opioid addiction? Florida doctors forced to endorse chiropractic, acupuncture, massage

Billed as an effort to combat the opioid crisis, a new Florida law requires physicians and other healthcare practitioners to endorse ...
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This ‘psychedelic’ treatment can cure opioid addition. It also might kill you

With proper treatment, withdrawing from opioids won’t kill you, but it can make you want to die. … The desperation ...
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Overreaction? Newly proposed definition of pain could withhold opioids from those who need them most

A new definition of pain is out for comment from the International Association for the Study of Pain, an influential ...
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Preventing opioid overdoses with a smart phone app that monitors breathing patterns

The opioid epidemic in the US kills 115 Americans every day, with fentanyl by far the biggest killer. Per year, drugs in ...
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Controversial treatment: Can we treat drug addiction with heroin?

As overdose deaths have broken records year after year in the U.S., a group of researchers has looked around the ...
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Poppy genome reveals ‘bizarre’ biological errors that gave us ‘intoxicating medicines’

A series of bizarre events and biological errors over evolutionary history were responsible for the intoxicating medicines found inside the ...
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Opioid pain killer without risk of addiction? It may be possible

The ultimate goal of pain medicine—a powerful painkiller with few to no side effects, such as dependence or overdose—is still ...
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Can a genetic test predict risk of opioid addiction?

The opioid crisis is an ongoing tragedy, with fatal overdoses costing thousands of lives each year. Although opioids are an ...
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2016 Presidential Race: Clinton, Trump, Stein and Johnson on Vaccines and Bio-Pharmaceuticals

Professional medical organizations could not be stronger in support of childhood immunizations, including mandatory vaccinations of school children. Only Clinton ...