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New Study Shows, More Babies Born Drug Dependent - One Every Hour
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  Since 2009, over 13 thousand babies were born with drug withdrawal symptoms and this number continues to grow each year, putting it at a rate of one baby per hour.  "We were surprised by the magnitude of the increase," says researcher Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar at the University of Michigan.   So, what is drug dependence? And are babies growing more addicted to drugs? Drug dependence occurs when a person develops a physical dependence on a drug, disabling them from leading a normal and healthy lifestyle. This dependence leads to withdrawal symptoms if...

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Neos Therapeutics: Dissolvable Amphetamine Drug for Kids
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img source: neos therapeutics   Recently, the CDC has raised concerns with over-medicating children with ADHD.   Enter Adzenys – a new medication in this ADHD market. This new dissolvable pill aimed directly at children for its ease-of-use and orange-flavoring is concerning doctors and parents due to the fact that the medication is a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance, and the drug’s main selling point of “ease-of-use” may facilitate abuse. With such a widespread use of stimulants being used in today’s society, many in the medical community insist that creating an ODT (orally disintegrating tablet) version of an ADHD drug is a...

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Eli Lilly Pharma Giant Reveals Plans to Release 20 New Drugs in 5 Years
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      Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly lly laid out an ambitious R&D agenda for launching up to 20 new drugs by 2023 during an investor presentation in May. Eli said it hopes to add a significant number of uses for its existing therapies in order to bolster those drugs’ market strength. They will focus on key franchises such as diabetes, oncology, and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. In addition, they will add immunology to their core therapeutic spaces. The pharma giant also had to ditch one of its pipeline hopefuls, a cardiovascular treatment meant to boost -good- HDL cholesterol,...

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The Natural Antidepressant: Can Warmth Make You Happier?
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  Making your body warmer has a dramatic antidepressant effect, according to a new report published in the prestigious journal JAMA Psychiatry. Clemens Janssen, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, leads researchers in studying approximately 30 people with depression who were also not receiving any treatments. About half were randomized to receive whole-body hyperthermia (WBH), which utilized a setup to raise their core body temperature to 38.5 degrees Celsius (37 degrees being the normal temperature). The remaining individuals received a placebo treatment which mimicked the “Hot-Box” hyperthermia treatment, but at a much lower setting.   The results: Although both groups became...

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Most Addictive Substances In The World
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Nutt et al.'s experts have created a ranking system (out of 3) for a drug harmfulness hierarchy.   Topping the charts, heroin was classified as the most addictive drug, receiving a score of 2.5 out of a maximum score of 3. Heroin is an opiate that causes the level of dopamine in the brain’s reward system to increase by up to 200% in experimental animals. In addition to being arguably the most addictive drug, heroin is dangerous, too, because the lethal dose amount is only 5 times greater than the dose required for a high.Heroin also has been rated as...

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