When given the chance to consume alcohol at will, fruit flies behave in ways that look an awful lot like human alcoholism. That's according to a study published online on December 10th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, that is one of the first to consider alcohol self-administration in the insects. "The flies choose to consume alcohol to intoxicating levels, they will do so even if alcohol is made unpalatable, and they relapse to drinking high levels of alcohol after being deprived of it, " said Ulrike Heberlein of the University of California, San Francisco. "Addiction is a purely human condition, but, surprisingly, flies show several key features of it.
MDMA (ecstasy) is a designer drug first manufactured in 1914 by a German drug company for obesity treatment. MDMA is a commonly abused drug today, also called as adam, hug, beans, and love drug. MDMA causes the user to feel a very intense rush (hurriedness) or euphoria (extreme happiness or relaxation). MDMA is a dangerous drug that it can kill first time users due to an allergic reaction. Continuous use of MDMA can lead to serious brain damage, memory loss, and motor skill defect. Urine drug testing is used to detect the presence of ecstasy (MDMA) as the test procedure is very simple. Specimen collection: MDMA drug abuse can be identified using urine drug testing method.
Breakthrough Breast Cancer Comment On Research Looking At Alcohol Consumption Breast Cancer Recurrence, UK
Dr Caitlin Palframan, Policy Manager at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, says; "We already know that regularly drinking alcohol can increase a woman's chances of developing breast cancer. This study may suggest that alcohol consumption could also play a role in the likelihood of the disease coming back. We look forward to seeing the full results of this research. "The good news is that alcohol consumption is something we can change. Breakthrough's advice to women who drink alcohol is to be aware of how much you consume and to drink in moderation." Source Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Drug addiction of any kind can be heartbreaking and destructive for friends and family. Heroin addiction effects people from all walks of life and is an illness like no other. Heroin addiction treatment needs to be well thought out, a sudden withdrawal can be dangerous but if you stretch out the cold turkey you will be in for a rough ride. Heroin is a highly addictive drug that takes over the world of the addict. Every part of the heroin cycle is destructive both to the user and society as a whole. Addicts will beg, steal and borrow in order to pay for their habit and an addict may inject up to 4 times a day. The sooner you can put a stop to it the better.
In a New York Times magazine article, Tina Rosenberg examines how needle sharing has contributed to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the viability of needle exchange programs as a prevention strategy. Rosenberg notes, "Drug injectors don't pass infection only among themselves. Through their sex partners, HIV is spread into the general population. In many countries, the HIV epidemic began among drug injectors. ... Though it has been scorned as special treatment for a despised population, AIDS prevention for drug users is in fact crucial to preventing a wider epidemic." She continues, "Unlike with sexual transmission, there is a proven solution here: needle-exchange programs, which provide drug injectors with clean needles, usually in return for their used ones.
A new study from Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has found evidence that the amount and timing of alcohol consumption in pregnancy affects child behaviour in different ways. The study has just been published online in the international journal Addiction. Lead author Colleen O'Leary said the analysis was drawn from a random sample of more than 2000 mothers who completed a questionnaire three months after the baby's delivery, and were then followed up when the child was 2, 5 and 8 years of age. "Mothers who reported what we would classify as heavy drinking in the first trimester of pregnancy were nearly three times as likely to report that their child suffered with anxiety and/or depression or somatic complaints, " Ms O'Leary said.