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  • Champion racehorse owned by Queen Elizabeth II fails drug test (Heartbreaking News)

    07/23/2014 7:36:10 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 23, 2014 | Fox News
    One is not racing clean. A champion racehorse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for morphine, a banned substance on race days in the United Kingdom. The British Horseracing Authority announced last week that tests on five horses under the care of various trainers showed the presence of morphine in their 'A' samples. Late Tuesday, Buckingham Palace said that one of the horses was the monarch's 5-year-old mare Estimate The Daily Telegraph reports that the horse will likely forfeit its second-place finish in the Gold Cup at Ascot this past June, as well as the prize money...
  • Scientists create painkillers that could be more powerful than morphine from the venom of snails

    03/16/2014 11:13:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 10:43 EST, 16 March 2014 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Scientists have created powerful painkillers from the venom of snails, it has been revealed. The substances, based on a tiny protein found in cone snails’ venom, could be more effective than morphine. They may one day lead to the development of a drug to treat severe and chronic nerve pain. …
  • Study finds Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, morphine

    10/16/2013 7:23:58 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 95 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | Oct. 16, 2013 | Lauren Zima
    Oh, oh, oreo. Ever feel like you could eat the whole bag yourself? According to a new study — you’re not a glutton, you’re addicted. A student at Connecticut College found lab rats that ate oreos were just as strongly associated to them as lab rats that were injected with cocaine or morphine. (Via WNCN) And, this sounds even more dangerous — eating Oreos activated even more neurons in the “pleasure centers” of rats’ brains than those addicted drugs did. (Via YouTube / Oreo)
  • An analgesic molecule discovered in its natural state in Africa

    10/07/2013 7:12:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Inserm ^ | 25.09.2013 | NA
    A team of researchers led by Michel De Waard, Inserm Research Director at the Grenoble Institute of Neurosciences (Inserm, University Joseph Fourier, CNRS), has discovered that an African medicinal plant produces large quantities of molecules with analgesic properties. Even more surprising, analysis show that the molecule is identical to Tramadol, a wholly synthetic medication that is used world-wide as a painkiller. According to the research team, this is the first time ever that a synthetic medication produced by the pharmaceutical industry has been discovered in strong concentrations in a natural source. This unexpected discovery had just been published in the...
  • When opium was cheaper than whiskey – and Great Britain waged a "wicked" drug war

    02/19/2012 12:32:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Cannon Beach Gazette ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Robert Lewis Knecht
    When opium was cheaper than whiskey – and Great Britain waged a "wicked" drug war When Opium Was Cheaper Than Whiskey - and Great Britain waged a "wicked" drug war The bottles have a beautiful aqua color to them. If you hold them up to the light, rainbows fire across the delicate patina. But their beauty belies the deadly reality behind the delicate hues. The bottles once held opium based "elixirs," such as Dr. McMunn's Elixir of Opium, most claiming to be a cure for a host of ailments, including the relief of "convulsions and spasmodic action," as well as...
  • Argentina Confiscates U.S. Air Force Cargo

    02/15/2011 11:33:10 AM PST · by Islander7 · 42 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | Feb 14, 2011 | By TAOS TURNER
    Argentina's relations with the U.S. worsened sharply Monday as the South American country continued to hold military equipment it confiscated last week from a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane sent as part of a training course for local police. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, called on Argentina to return the property without delay. "It's absolutely necessary that they immediately return that material. It makes no sense for it to have been confiscated this way. This material was intended for a joint exercise in training people to rescue hostages," Mr. Valenzuela Monday said on...
  • Officer in Costco shooting says man raised gun, didn’t know it was in holster

    09/24/2010 9:34:59 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 481 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 23 Sept 2010 | Cara McCoy, Dave Toplikar
    This comes from a Vegas paper, so I'll summarize: Day 1 of the inquest into the police shooting of Eric Scott at a Las Vegas Costco emphasized the large amount of prescription painkillers found in his body. The assistant DA suggested Scott was suicidal. Day 2 apparently spent a bunch of time explaining why there will be no video...basically, the machines weren't working, sorry. Then the cop who was closest to Scott testified. In his testimony, he says the gun found by investigators was in its holster, and that he didn't realize the gun was in its holster when he...
  • Hard Choice for a Comfortable Death: Sedation

    12/29/2009 9:35:32 PM PST · by malkee · 94 replies · 2,700+ views
    NYT ^ | Dec. 26 2009 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    In some of the rooms in the hospice unit at Franklin Hospital, in Valley Stream on Long Island, the patients were sleeping because their organs were shutting down, the natural process of death by disease. But at least one patient had been rendered unconscious by strong drugs. The patient, Leo Oltzik, an 88-year-old man with dementia, congestive heart failure and kidney problems, was brought from home by his wife and son, who were distressed to see him agitated, jumping out of bed and ripping off his clothes. Now he was sleeping soundly with his mouth wide open. “Obviously, he’s much...
  • Toddler dies of possible morphine overdose

    12/28/2009 11:30:16 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies · 1,179+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 12/28/2009 | Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News
    A toddler who authorities said was possibly given too much morphine during a dental procedure died Sunday night. According to the Bexar County medical examiner's office, Maddoux Cordova was pronounced dead at 7 p.m. at Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he had been treated for about two weeks after complications arose from the Dec. 11 dental procedure. Mark Stinnett, attorney for Maddoux's dentist, said the procedure took place at an outpatient surgical facility. An anesthesiologist administered his medication, Stinnett said. The 22-month-old was being treated for a decaying tooth, family members said. According to a spokeswoman for the San Antonio...
  • PAIN RELIEVER MORPHINE SPREADS CANCER?

    09/23/2009 9:24:03 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 35 replies · 1,086+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | September 23, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Excerpt: Ann Novotny studied the signaling used by the cancer in a portion of large intestinal and colon cancer. She found that there are receptors for opioids, such as morphone, on tumor cells. If morphine is supplied to these cells the protein urokinase is released, which the cancer cells can use to enhance their capacity to spread. Source: "Blocking Signal Molecule Can Prevent Growth of Large Intestine and Cancer," Link: http://www.physorg.com/news172915513.html
  • Is Morphine a Guy Drug?

    12/31/2008 5:37:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies · 1,188+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 23 December 2008 | Greg Miller
    Enlarge ImageBrother morphine. Research with rats may explain why opioid painkillers work better for males.Credit: Scott Camazine/Photo Researchers Inc. Men get more relief than women do from painkillers like morphine, according to some studies. New research with rats hints at a possible explanation: Male rats have more receptors for the drug in a brain region involved in pain processing. Although it's not yet clear whether the same is true in humans, researchers say the study underscores the need for more research on the sex-specific effects of pain drugs. The new study used rats in part because they exhibit a...
  • BREAKING - Australia Supreme Court just ordered removal of life support against family pleas

    12/19/2007 5:00:27 AM PST · by paulsy · 162 replies · 948+ views
    Australian news ^ | 12/19/07 | paularish1
    "Paulo Melo, 29, has been in a coma at the Royal Darwin Hospital for two weeks, after severing his spinal cord in a car crash." - read more below: doctor requested, family objected, court granted
  • Drugs Banned, Many of World’s Poor Suffer in Pain

    09/10/2007 9:19:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 62 replies · 1,320+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 10, 2007 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    WATERLOO, Sierra Leone — Although the rainy season was coming on fast, Zainabu Sesay was in no shape to help her husband. Ditches had to be dug to protect their cassava and peanuts, and their mud hut’s palm roof was sliding off. But Mrs. Sesay was sick. She had breast cancer in a form that Western doctors rarely see anymore — the tumor had burst through her skin, looking like a putrid head of cauliflower weeping small amounts of blood at its edges. “It bone! It booonnnne lie de fi-yuh!” she said of the pain — it burns like fire...
  • Vindicated Katrina Doc Tells Her Story

    08/27/2007 10:04:28 AM PDT · by Melpomene · 290 replies · 3,468+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Aug 25, 2007 | Julie Scelfo
    The conditions were unbearable. Inside the hospital it was pitch black, with odors, smell, human waste everywhere. It was very rancid. You would take a breath in and it would burn the back of your throat. The patients were very sick. That’s when we had to go from triage to reverse triage because we came to realize if patients aren’t being evacuated, [we had to deal with what we had]. Basically it was a general consensus that we’re not going to be able to save everybody. We hope that we can, but we realize everybody may not make it out.
  • Medical experts never testified in Katrina hospital deaths

    08/26/2007 11:12:24 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 234 replies · 2,426+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/26/07 | Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston
    (CNN) -- A New Orleans grand jury that declined to indict a doctor on charges that she murdered patients in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina never heard testimony from five medical experts brought in by the state to analyze the deaths. All five concluded that as many as nine patients were victims of homicide. In detailed, written statements, the five specialists -- whose expertise includes forensic medicine, medical ethics and palliative care -- determined that patients at Memorial Medical Center had been deliberately killed with overdoses of drugs after Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005. The grand jury had...
  • ‘Everybody May Not Make It Out’

    08/25/2007 3:41:44 PM PDT · by metmom · 55 replies · 1,980+ views
    Newsweek/MSNBC.com ^ | Aug 25, 2007 | Julie Scelfo
    Dr. Anna Pou was accused of murdering nine patients in a New Orleans hospital wracked by Katrina, but a grand jury declined to indict her. Now she gives her side of the story. Aug. 25, 2007 - The tragic deaths at New Orleans’s Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina are among the most notorious examples of the vast human suffering that resulted from the destruction of the levees and the flooding of the city—and the government’s incompetent response to the disaster. At least 34 people died in the hospital awaiting evacuation and it wasn’t long before dark rumors began circulating...
  • Natural-Born Painkiller Found In Human Saliva

    11/13/2006 3:12:44 PM PST · by blam · 34 replies · 1,163+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-13-2006 | Andy Coghan
    Natural-born painkiller found in human saliva 22:00 13 November 2006 NewScientist.com news service Andy Coghlan Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Saliva from humans has yielded a natural painkiller up to six times more powerful than morphine, researchers say. The substance, dubbed opiorphin, may spawn a new generation of natural painkillers that relieve pain as well as morphine but without the addictive and psychological side effects of the traditional drug. When the researchers injected a pain-inducing chemical into rats’ paws, 1 gram of opiorphin per kilogram of body weight achieved the same painkilling effect as 3 grams of morphine....
  • Our MTV Unplugged Poll: Which Show Was The Best? What Band or Person Performed?

    11/02/2006 11:04:38 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 21 replies · 947+ views
    Free Republic ^ | November 2, 2006 | Vanity
    We had an extended debate at the office today....what was the best "MTv Unplugged" performance? Me? Hands down....Alice in Chains! Before any reasons are discussed ..... I was curious as to anyone else's opinions or preferences on the topic?
  • Terri Schiavo’s Brother Says Disabled Regularly Killed by Withholding Food, Water

    04/03/2006 1:22:52 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 72 replies · 1,449+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/3/06 | Gudrun Schultz
    MARYLAND, United States, April 3, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In an interview with John Lofton of the American View, Terri Schiavo's brother, Bobby Schindler, said his family is fighting to stop the ongoing murder of disabled people in America. "There's a powerful and strong death movement occurring in our country," said Mr. Schindler. "We are removing feeding tubes from people every single day, and killing them, but nobody seems to care - it doesn't seem to disturb anybody, that we're starving and de-hydrating people to death."He said such killing is possible because there is a belief among those who advocate it...
  • Deadly Sea Snail Venom Take[s] away Pain (1,000 x's stronger than morphine; Non-addicting)

    07/11/2006 3:54:26 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 72 replies · 2,032+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | July 10, 2006 | Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor
    A NEW painkiller based on the venom of a sea snail will be available in Britain from today. Prialt, or ziconotide, is the result of more than 20 years’ research by a scientist born in the Philippines, Baldomera Olivera, who is a professor at the University of Utah. It is 1,000 times more potent than morphine but, unlike that drug, is not addictive. It is aimed at people suffering from severe, chronic pain who would normally require morphine. Given by injection into the fluid around the spine, it is the first non-opioid painkiller using this method of administration to be...
  • DR Gomez, Capital Hospice says Terri given morphine

    03/24/2005 8:53:33 PM PST · by LowNslow · 169 replies · 4,089+ views
    O'Reily Factor | 3/25/05 | LowNslow
    Just watched rerun of O'Reily interview with Dr. Gomez of Capital Hospice. Dr Gomez said Terri Schiavo to be given morphine to insure no pain as she dies. I have been throught this with hospice services for family member. This is not good for Terri, morphine helps pain, but also will kill her faster as kidneys fail from dehydration. Her body will not flush morphine and it will build to lethal level in body. Which is great if you are slowly dying in great pain from bone cancer My experience with this says Hospice and Michael Schiavo are helping Terri...
  • Poppyseeds cost man his license

    11/19/2004 7:11:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 58 replies · 1,714+ views
    Ananova ^ | 11/19/2004 | Staff
    An Austrian driver has lost his license because he failed a drug test after eating a dish containing poppyseeds. Wolfgang L, 39, had his license withdrawn when a test showed traces of morphine in his urine. But he denies drug abuse, saying he had recently eaten mohnnudeln, an Austrian speciality consisting of noodles, poppyseeds and fruit. Reinhard Fous, head police doctor in Vienna, told the Kronenzeitung the man 'wasn't under the influence of drugs' since his blood test came back negative. Yet, the traces of morphine in his urine showed he wasn't fit to drive, the doctor argued. But fellow...
  • New Pain Guidelines Help MDs and Patients

    08/12/2004 8:01:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 842+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Aug. 11, 2004 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    Associated Press WASHINGTON - New guidelines seek to improve treatment for millions of Americans with unrelieved pain by spelling out exactly how to prescribe powerful painkillers like Oxycontin and morphine without attracting the wrath of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Many doctors hesitate to prescribe narcotics, which are heavily regulated because they can be abused by addicts. The guidelines issued Wednesday, written by leading pain specialists together with the DEA, stress that the drugs are safe for the proper patient - and pledge that doctors won't be arrested for providing legitimate therapy. There is "unwarranted fear that doctors who treat pain...
  • Cheese 'Can Be Addictive As Morphine'

    06/06/2003 4:38:29 PM PDT · by blam · 103 replies · 1,166+ views
    Ananova ^ | 5-6-2003
    Cheese 'can be as addictive as morphine' An American doctor has claimed that cheese can be as addictive as morphine. Dr Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine, says cheese is addictive because it contains small amounts of morphine from cows' liver. In his book - Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings and Seven Steps to End them Naturally - he explains why people are hooked on products like cheese, meat, sugar and chocolate. He says: "There's a biochemical reason many of us feel we can't live without our daily fix. "Cheese, for...