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G Protein-Gated Inwardly Rectifying Potassium Channel Subunit 3 Knock-Out Mice Show Enhanced Ethanol Reward.

G Protein-Gated Inwardly Rectifying Potassium Channel Subunit 3 Knock-Out Mice Show Enhanced Ethanol Reward.

CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that GIRK3 plays a role in EtOH reward. Furthermore, the selectivity of this effect suggests that GIRK channels could be an effective therapeutic target for the prevention and/or treatment of alcoholism.
PMID: 27012303 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher] (Source: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best Ja
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Alcohol-Induced Blackouts as Predictors of Other Drinking Related Harms Among Emerging Young Adults.

CONCLUSIONS: Because blackouts indicate drinking at levels that result in significant cognitive and behavioral impairment, questions about blackouts could serve as important, simple screeners for the risk of experiencing other alcohol related harms. Additional work on this subject is warranted.
PMID: 27012148 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher] (Source: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Re
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An initial fMRI study on neural correlates of prayer in members of Alcoholics Anonymous.

CONCLUSION: AA members’ prayer was associated with a relative reduction in self-reported craving and with concomitant engagement of neural mechanisms that reflect control of attention and emotion. These findings suggest neural processes underlying the apparent effectiveness of AA prayer.
PMID: 27015258 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher] (Source: The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse)
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From CARA To Prescribing Guidelines: Recent Advancements To Fight The Opioid Crisis

From the CARA bill, to opioid prescribing guidelines and Naloxone, the advancements to alleviate the growing opioid epidemic continue with the aim of helping those struggling with opioid addiction. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
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FDA outlines standards for anti-abuse generic painkillers

FILE – This Oct. 14, 2015, file photo, shows the Food & Drug Administration campus in Silver Spring, Md. Federal officials are encouraging generic drugmakers to reformulate their painkillers to make them harder to abuse, the latest in a string of steps designed to combat abuse of highly-addictive prescription pain drugs. On Thursday, March 24, 2016, the FDA published draft guidelines outlini
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