Medications can help adults with alcohol use disorders reduce drinking
Although alcohol use disorders are associated with many health problems, including cancers, stroke and depression, fewer than one-third of people with the disorders receive any treatment and less than 10 percent receive medications to help reduce alcohol consumption.
Protocol developed by UNC researchers reduces alcohol-related hospi...
The new protocol helps health care providers determine which patients need hospital admission and those whose needs can be met with outpatient treatment.
Imaging study sheds new light on alcohol-related birth defects
The new imaging study in a mouse model for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders could enhance the diagnoses of birth defects caused by alcohol exposure in the womb and it illustrates how the precise timing of that exposure could determine specific kinds of defects.
Baby wash products linked to false positive screening results for m...
Sleuthing by a multidisciplinary team at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals revealed the culprit behind an unexpected spike in “false positive” cannabis exposure screening results.
Structure of ‘Salvia’ receptor solved
A research team has determined the structure of the kappa-opioid receptor — site of action of the widely abused hallucinogen Salvia divinorum – solving longstanding scientific mysteries and offering new insights for treating drug addiction, chronic pain and depression.
Narcotic pain relief drug overdose deaths a national epidemic
Approximately 27,500 people died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2007, driven to a large extent by prescription opioid overdoses. This is 4.6 times as many deaths as all U.S. fatalities in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Low-intensity therapy plus medication may provide more accessible t...
CHAPEL HILL - Low-intensity therapy offered by medical doctors, combined with either medication or specialized behavior therapy, can effectively treat alcoholism, making treatment more readily available to people who need it, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and numerous other sites nationwide.