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Adverse childhood experiences and at-risk drinking, cannabis, and illicit drug use

New research from the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation suggests that adverse childhood experiences, often referred to as child maltreatment, are associated with increased odds of substance use among women urban Emergency Department (ED) patients. To study the question, the research scientists used a cross-sectional survey with 1,037 married […]

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Ketamine reduces drinking in male, but not female, rats

The drug ketamine decreases alcohol consumption in male, but not female, rats, according to new research published in eNeuro. The findings suggest that ketamine may be a viable treatment option for male patients with an alcohol use disorder. Prior studies found that ketamine reduces alcohol use disorder symptoms in both rats and humans, but the […]

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Nutritional cues regulate pancreatic tumor’s ‘cell drinking’

Desperate for nutrients, rapidly growing pancreatic tumors resort to scavenging “fuel” through an alternative supply route, called macropinocytosis. Scientists are hopeful that blocking this process, often described as “cellular drinking,” could lead to tumor-starving drugs. First, however, fundamental information is needed—such as the invisible molecular signals that drive the process. Now, scientists from Sanford Burnham […]