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Chronic Alcohol Use Can Disrupt Sleep Long After Person Stops Drinking

Chronic use of alcohol can disrupt a person’s sleep months or even years after a person stops drinking, according to researchers from Boston University School of Medicine. The researchers say chronic alcohol use can disrupt cells in an area of the brain stem involved in regulating many aspects of sleep,…

Medical Marijuana Researchers One Step Closer to Starting PTSD Study

Medical marijuana researchers are a step closer to being able to start a study on whether the drug helps treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after the Public Health Service gave its approval to the study. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) must still approve the research. Suzanne Sisley at the University…

Study: Effectiveness of Prescription Monitoring Databases Varies Greatly by State

The effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring programs, designed to reduce “doctor shopping” for opioids, has varied greatly by state, according to a new study by Columbia University researchers. They also found opioid prescribing rates, after surging in recent years, have stabilized. The researchers used data from the Drug Enforcement Administration…

Researchers Make Progress in Finding Medicines to Treat Addiction

Researchers are making progress in the search for medicines to treat addiction, according to The Wall Street Journal. They are learning more about how heavy drug and alcohol use affects the brain. A study published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine found the drug gabapentin, used to treat epilepsy and some types of pain,…

Two-Drug Combo Helps Adolescents With ADHD, Aggression

Prescribing both a stimulant and an antipsychotic drug to children with physical aggression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with teaching parents to use behavior management techniques, reduces aggressive and serious behavioral problems in the children, according to a study conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.…