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Twelve Months of Addiction Box

Posted Jan 02 2013 8:02pm

(Inspired by Twelve Months of Drug Monkey )

Drug Monkey writes
The rules for this blog meme are quite simple.
-Post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the past year.
I originally did this meme, after seeing similar posted by Janet Stemwedel and John Lynch.

Okay, here we go
January:

Say what you will about glutamate-gated chloride channels in the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus—but the one thing you probably wouldn’t say about the cellular channels in parasitic worms is that a drug capable of activating them may prove useful in the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions.

February :

Here’s a book I’m delighted to promote unabashedly.

March :

Mo Costandi at the UK Guardian expanded on his Nature article about the mechanisms that result in memory impairment when people smoke marijuana.

April:

Our latest participant in the “Five Question Interview” series is Dr. Keith Laws, professor of cognitive neuropsychology and head of research in the School of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

May:

I'm not a huge fan of infographics, mostly because they tend to overpromise and are often marred by factual errors.

June:

Reporting the results of published studies concerned with genetic risk factors has always been a tricky proposition.

July :

Dr. Tom McLellan, chief executive officer of the Treatment Research Institute, who served on President Obama’s healthcare reform task force, called the recent U. S. Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act “the beginning of a new era in prevention, early intervention, and office based care for patients who are not addicted—but whose drinking, smoking, and use of other substances is harming their health and compromising the effectiveness of the care they are receiving for other illnesses and conditions.

August :

Medical marijuana advocates will finally have their day in federal court, after the United States Court of Appeals for D.C. ended ten years of rebuffs by agreeing to hear oral arguments on the government’s classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug.

September :

Voters in The Netherlands may have lost their final chance to block the nationwide imposition of the wietpas, or so-called "weed pass," as the law of the land in The Netherlands next year.

October:

People who say they are addicted to marijuana tend to exhibit a characteristic withdrawal profile.

November :

Children with heavy alcohol exposure show decreased brain plasticity, according to recent research on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FAS) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.

December:

When a stroke happens to anyone under the age of 55, a major suspect is drugs, specifically the stimulants—methamphetamine and cocaine.


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