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Brain implants used to fight drug addiction in US

Brain implants used to fight drug addiction in US

Technology
Patients with severe opioid addiction are being given brain implants to help reduce their cravings, in the first trial of its kind in the US.Gerod Buckhalter, 33, who has struggled with substance abuse for more than a decade with many relapses and overdoses, has already had the surgery.Lead doctor Ali Rezai described the device as a "pacemaker for the brain".But he added it was not a consumer technology and should not be used for "augmenting humans". Mr Buckhalter had his operation on 1 November at the West Virginia University Medicine Hospital. Three more volunteers will also have the procedure. It starts with a series of brain scans. Surgery follows with doctors making...
Google honors addiction treatment pioneer Dr. Herbert Kleber with Doodle

Google honors addiction treatment pioneer Dr. Herbert Kleber with Doodle

Health
Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Google paid homage Tuesday to psychiatrist Dr. Herbert Kleber with a new Doodle for Kleber's pioneering work in addiction treatment. Google's homepage features artwork of Kleber speaking with a patient by Massachusetts-based artist and author of graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo Jarrett J. Krosoczka. The Doodle was made on the 23rd anniversary of Kleber being elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Kleber, born June 19, 1934, volunteered for the United States Public Health Service in 1964 and was stationed at a prison hospital in Lexington, Ky. There, he developed a new method to treat patients dealing with addiction. Kleber viewed addiction as a medical condition and would not shame or punish patients for relapsing. Kleber said research would help keep many patients from re...
Medications for opioid addiction treatment are underused, researchers say

Medications for opioid addiction treatment are underused, researchers say

Health
Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Three medications to help fight opioid addiction are widely underused in addiction treatment, a new study says. Naltrexone, buprenorphine and methadone are all approved by the Food and Drug Administration and have varying degrees of success at stopping narcotic cravings, yet they often are not included as part of treatment plans, according to research published Thursday in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. "We have an opioid epidemic in this country that has been caused by many factors, including overzealous use of medication, the widespread availability of legal and illegal opioids, and societal expectations that all pain can be eliminated," Tyler Oesterle, a researcher at Mayo Clinic and study author, said in a news release. "We clearly cannot medicate our way out of the p...
Lily Allen reveals she ‘chose sex over heroin’ in gruelling addiction battle

Lily Allen reveals she ‘chose sex over heroin’ in gruelling addiction battle

Entertainment
The Not Fair hitmaker prides herself on her refreshingly honest and open approach to sex. But Lily Allen’s relationship with her sexuality has had its ups and downs, as she revealed in a recent interview. Chatting to The Guardian, the 34-year-old confessed that she was “addicted” to sex in the past, though she was unaware of how dangerous it could be. She said: “Sex can still be an addiction. I chose sex over heroin. I didn’t realise at the time.” Related Articles Before continuing: “Addiction can manifest itself in all manners of ways. You use substances or sex to put a plaster over something else, like pain or fear.” Earlier this year, the singer-songwriter filmed herself opening a parcel of sex toys on her Instagram story, in a bid to get rid of the taboo tha...