Tagged: Drugs

‘Super gonorrhoea’ raises the stakes in the war against superbugs - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 06, 2018

Mark Blaskovich, The University of Queensland There has been a lot of news over the past few weeks about the rise of superbugs and antibiotic overuse, including a nasty sexually transmitted infection in the United Kingdom. A British man is the first in the world to be diagnosed with a strain of gonorrhoea resistant to all strains … Read More

Is psychiatry ready for medical MDMA? - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 30, 2018

Gillinder Bedi, University of Melbourne This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Within five years, science will likely have answered a controversial question: can methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) treat psychiatric disorders? After some studies showing a positive effect, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is entering final clinical trials as a treatment for post-traumatic stress … Read More

Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it’s not clear who should pay for them - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 28, 2018

Sterghios Moschos, Northumbria University, Newcastle If you were born with a rare form of blindness, there is now a treatment for you that may restore your eyesight. That’s because gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Yet many people with rare diseases that could be treated in this way may never benefit from these therapies because they … Read More

Opinion: Eric Crampton on the Psychoactive Substances Amendment Bill - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 23, 2018

Legal markets for marijuana and ecstasy and the safer party pills, where products were subject to the Consumer Guarantees Act and where producers adulterating products would be punished, would stop Fentanyl-laced drugs at concerts and would be far more effective than ramping up punishments for producers of synthetic drugs. National pushing for increased penalties on this one is … Read More

Rational addiction and Naloxone - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 12, 2018

Suppose for a moment that addicts are rational and that we’re really in a Becker-Murphy world. What happens in that world if a new technology makes it safer to consume an addictive product? If you’re overdosing on opioids, Naloxone can save your life. The easier is access to Naloxone, the less likely addicts are to die if they have an … Read More

What’s that smell? Perfect poo pills! - News

Jean Balchin Feb 15, 2018

Gut scientists have pored over numbers and come up with a way of predicting which good bacteria can be successfully transplanted in a poo transplant. What is a Poo Transplant? Fecal microorganism transplant (FMT) is a process wherein fecal matter (aka poo) is collected from a tested donor, mixed with a saline solution, strained, and reintroduced to a patient, … Read More

Sleepwalking, Sex, and Murder: Part Two - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 09, 2018

Part One in this Sleepwalking Saga can be read here. The Sleep Centre Thinking I’d benefit from a hands-on experience of sleep studies, I contacted a sleep clinic. According to their website, the clinic staff perform a “wide range of home sleep tests for snoring, sleep apnoea, sleep/wake cycles, restless legs, and other sleep disorders.” … Read More

Comparing technology to drugs isn’t simply a question of addiction - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 11, 2017

Greg Wadley, University of Melbourne Some experts say technologies such as social media and video games are like drugs. Others disagree. This debate is really about whether technologies are addictive. But the defining property of a psychoactive drug is not “addictiveness”, but the ability to change a user’s mental and emotional state. This ability – … Read More

Doctors and nurses can’t always tell if someone’s drunk or on drugs, and misdiagnosis can be dangerous - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 05, 2017

Lauren Monds, Research Fellow in Addiction Medicine, Research Officer in Forensic Psychology, University of Sydney and Celine van Golde, Associate Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Sydney Bob has arrived at the emergency department at 10am on a Tuesday after breaking several fingers slamming his hand in a car door. Bob is quite anxious; he … Read More

A future without antibiotics - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 24, 2016

Last week was World Antibiotic Awareness week, an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance. To follow-up, here at Te Pūnaha Matatini we are having a week-long conversation about the health, social, economic, and environmental impacts of infectious diseases in Aotearoa New Zealand. In this post, I want to touch on what … Read More