Cultivating Joy Through Mindfulness: An Antidote To Opioid Misuse

A mind-body therapy, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), increases the brain’s response to natural, healthy rewards while also decreasing the brain’s response to opioid related cues, a paper[1] from the University of Utah reports. “Previous research shows that prolonged use of opioids makes our brains more sensitive to pain and less…Continue readingCultivating Joy Through Mindfulness: An Antidote To Opioid Misuse

New Test Detects Opioids On The Breath

A new test can detect opioids in a person’s breath, researchers report. A breath test could be useful in caring for chronic pain patients as well as for checking for illegal drug use. “There are a few ways we think this could impact society,” says Cristina Davis, chair of the…Continue readingNew Test Detects Opioids On The Breath

Heroin Reduces The Brain’s Ability To Form Synapses

Exposure to heroin sharply reduces levels of the protein necessary for developing and maintaining the brain’s synapses, a preclinical study[1] by University at Buffalo researchers has found. The development of addiction relapse is directly related to the impact that reductions in this protein, called drebrin, have on specific cells involved…Continue readingHeroin Reduces The Brain’s Ability To Form Synapses

6 Out Of 10 Children Prescribed Opioids After Tonsillectomy

An analysis of insurance claims data found 60% of privately insured children undergoing tonsil removal received opioids, with the average prescription lasting from six to 10 days. “Our findings suggest that it may be possible to reduce opioid exposure among children who undergo this common surgery without increasing the risk…Continue reading6 Out Of 10 Children Prescribed Opioids After Tonsillectomy

The Opioid Epidemic You Haven’t Heard About

Ayao* is a tall and well-built 15-year-old, and like many his age, he is very particular about his appearance. He wears a white T-shirt with a colourful design on the front, white trousers and Kappa slip-on sandals. He likes to put a lot of effort into grooming his stylishly cut…Continue readingThe Opioid Epidemic You Haven’t Heard About

Ketamine Isn’t An Opioid And Treats Depression In A Unique Way

Ketamine has gotten a bad rap as an opioid when there’s plenty of evidence suggesting it isn’t one, Johns Hopkins experts say. They believe this reputation may hamper patients from getting necessary treatment for the kinds of depression that don’t respond to typical antidepressants. In a new paper, the researchers…Continue readingKetamine Isn’t An Opioid And Treats Depression In A Unique Way

Ketamine’s Antidepressant Effect Involves Opioid System Activation

Ketamine works as an antidepressant at least in part by activating the brain’s opioid system, new research reports. The finding overturns previously held beliefs that the drug’s antidepressant effects stemmed solely from its impact on the glutamate system. These beliefs led to the widespread use of ketamine to treat depression…Continue readingKetamine’s Antidepressant Effect Involves Opioid System Activation