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Your genes and your opioids: Pain relief or addiction? Or both?

March 14, 2019 – Genetic predisposition may help to explain opioid based pain relief, addiction, or the combination of both. In a perfect world, and in battling the rampant opioid crises in the US and other parts of the world, doctors would be able to identify those patients who are prone to opioid addiction and prescribe them non-opioid painkillers that wouldn’t lead to dependence.

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The opioid epidemic: Is there a never ending sad story?

September 01, 2016 – This is what we learned this morning and sadly, the issue of opioids use in the population along with its fatal outcomes seems never to stop.  The American Food & Drug Asministation (FDA) requires, according to a press release this morning,

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Opioids and their related risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death: FDA announces enhanced warnings for immediate-release opioid pain medications

March 23, 2016 –  The present announcement by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs no further commentary and is reprinted here without editing as follows:
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In a continuing effort to educate prescribers and patients about the potential risks related to opioid use,

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  • Citizen science and paddle surf to study microplastic pollution in Barcelona's coastline February 27, 2020
    A team of the University of Barcelona has studied for the first time the presence of microplastics in the coasts of Barcelona, with the collaboration of the citizens gathering scientific samples. The study, published in the journal Science of Total Environment, is a pioneer citizen science study worldwide, since it analyses a hard-access area for […]
  • Celiac disease might be cured by restoring immune tolerance to gliadin February 27, 2020
    Celiac disease affects 0.3-2.4% of people in most countries world-wide, and approx. 2% in Finland. Celiac patients suffer from a variety of symptoms, typically intestinal complaints, such as diarrhea, but are often symptom-free. Immunologist Tobias Freitag co-developed and tested nanoparticles containing gliadin for the immunomodulatory treatment of celiac disease in Professor Seppo Meri's research group […]
  • Abnormal growth of bacterial cells could be linked to anti-microbial resistance February 27, 2020
    Scientists from the University of Surrey have identified mutations in a gene in an Escherichia coli (E.coli) model that could help explain a form of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) known as 'persistence'.
  • Study unravels how our immune system deals with fungal and viral infections February 27, 2020
    The body's immune response to fungal infections changes when a patient is also infected by a virus, according to new research which investigated the two types of infection together for the first time.
  • How the brain separates words from song February 27, 2020
    The perception of speech and music -- two of the most uniquely human uses of sound -- is enabled by specialized neural systems in different brain hemispheres adapted to respond differently to specific features in the acoustic structure of the song, a new study reports.
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