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Spain accidentally releases drug lord who planned to kill heir to Dutch throne – POLITICO

Spain accidentally releases drug lord who planned to kill heir to Dutch throne – POLITICO

The National Court in Madrid greenlit the request but the Provincial Court in Málaga, which has jurisdiction over the area where Bouyakhrichan was arrested, declined to execute it, arguing the drug kingpin had to face the money laundering charges in Spain before being extradited elsewhere. Dutch authorities appealed, filing a new, urgent request stressing that the cartel boss was one of Interpol’s most wanted criminals and that he was sought for his role in a decade-long, pan-continental drug war in which dozens of people were killed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Morocco. Spain’s Cadena SER radio network on Tuesday revealed that although the National Court accepted the Dutch appeal, it neglected to issue a detention order that would have ensured Bouyakhrichan remained behind bars until the extradition was carried out. When his money laundering case came up for an initial hearing at the Provincial Court in Málaga last month, the presiding judge agreed to release the gang chief on a bail of €50,000. Bouyakhrichan, a billionaire who possesses bank accounts and properties around the …

Study: Drug rep meetings with doctors don’t improve survival for cancer patients : Shots

Study: Drug rep meetings with doctors don’t improve survival for cancer patients : Shots

Drug companies often do one-on-one outreach to doctors. A new study finds these meetings with drug reps lead to more prescriptions for cancer patients, but not longer survival. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chris Hondros/Getty Images Drug companies often do one-on-one outreach to doctors. A new study finds these meetings with drug reps lead to more prescriptions for cancer patients, but not longer survival. Chris Hondros/Getty Images Pharmaceutical company reps have been visiting doctors for decades to tell them about the latest drugs. But how does the practice affect patients? A group of economists tried to answer that question. When drug company reps visit doctors, it usually includes lunch or dinner and a conversation about a new drug. These direct-to-physician marketing interactions are tracked as payments in a public database, and a new study shows the meetings work. That is, doctors prescribe about five percent more oncology drugs following a visit from a pharmaceutical representative, according to the new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research this month. But the researchers …

Drug residue can be detected in fingerprints left at crime scenes

Drug residue can be detected in fingerprints left at crime scenes

A researcher uses a chemical to extract drug residue from fingerprints Loughborough University Forensic scientists have developed a new technique that can detect drug and explosive residue on fingerprint samples from crime scenes. “That information, the presence of drug particles, is an almost untapped resource,” says James Reynolds at Loughborough University in the UK. That is because investigators use thin gelatine layers, called gel lifters, to lift fingerprints. These introduce chemicals to samples, making it difficult to identify trace amounts of drugs or explosives on them. … Source link

Cheap longevity drug? Researchers aim to test if metformin can slow down aging : Shots

Cheap longevity drug? Researchers aim to test if metformin can slow down aging : Shots

Venca-Stastny/Getty Images Venca-Stastny/Getty Images A drug taken by millions of people to control diabetes may do more than lower blood sugar. Research suggests metformin has anti-inflammatory effects that could help protect against common age-related diseases including heart disease, cancer, and cognitive decline. Scientists who study the biology of aging have designed a clinical study, known as The TAME Trial, to test whether metformin can help prevent these diseases and promote a longer healthspan in healthy, older adults. Michael Cantor, an attorney, and his wife Shari Cantor, the mayor of West Hartford, Connecticut both take metformin. “I tell all my friends about it,” Michael Cantor says. “We all want to live a little longer, high-quality life if we can,” he says. Michael Cantor started on metformin about a decade ago when his weight and blood sugar were creeping up. Shari Cantor began taking metformin during the pandemic after she read that it may help protect against serious infections. Shari and Michael Cantor both take metformin. They are both in their mid-60s and say they feel healthy …

23 Chinese swimmers failed drug tests before Tokyo Olympics and still competed

23 Chinese swimmers failed drug tests before Tokyo Olympics and still competed

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has confirmed that 23 Chinese swimmers tested positive for a banned drug before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but accepted the country’s findings that this was due to substance contamination. Multiple media reports said the swimmers tested positive for trimetazidine (TMZ), which is found in heart medication, months before the Covid-delayed Games began in July 2021. Wada said it was notified in June 2021 of China Anti-Doping Agency’s (Chinada) decision to accept that the swimmers returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) after inadvertently being exposed to the drug through contamination. The world anti-doping body, which has the authority to appeal the rulings of national doping agencies, said it reviewed the decision and consulted scientific experts and external legal counsel to test the contamination theory presented by Chinada. “Wada ultimately concluded that it was not in a position to disprove the possibility that contamination was the source of TMZ and it was compatible with the analytical data in the file,” the anti-doping body said in a statement. “Wada also concluded that … the …

Here’s What To Know About Rapamycin, A So-Called Longevity Drug

Here’s What To Know About Rapamycin, A So-Called Longevity Drug

In most Western cultures, aging is not something that folks necessarily embrace. While it’s better than the alternative, society does not make getting older easy. Age discrimination is rampant, and beauty standards favour youth. So it’s no wonder that people do anything they can to push back on aging, whether that’s using Botox for fewer wrinkles, hair dye to hide greys or fillers to combat age-related face changes. And people are turning to medication to slow aging, too. Some medical professionals and social media influencers claim that rapamycin, a pill that’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in organ transplants, can also be used for increasing your life span. The excitement around rapamycin as a longevity drug comes after studies showed years ago that low doses of rapamycin could increase the life span of mice by roughly 14%, said Dr. Elena Volpi, the director of the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. But it remains to be …

West African Sahel is becoming a drug smuggling corridor

West African Sahel is becoming a drug smuggling corridor

NIAMEY, Niger —  Drug seizures soared in the West African Sahel region according to figures released Friday in a new U.N. report, indicating the conflict-ridden region is becoming an influential route for drug trafficking. In 2022, 1,466 kilograms of cocaine were seized in Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger compared to an average of 13 kilograms between 2013 and 2020 , said the report from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. Cocaine is the most seized drug in the Sahel after cannabis resin, the report said. The analysis comes as Senegal, which borders on the Sahel, announced Sunday a record-breaking cocaine seizure of 1,137 kilograms – the most ever intercepted on land and valued at $146 million – near an artisanal mine in the east of the country. Incidents like this are becoming more common in the region: In one incident last year in December, the Senegalese navy seized a total of 3 tons of cocaine at sea. The location of the Sahel, lying south of the Sahara desert and running from the Atlantic …

The Drug War Devastated Black and Other Minority Communities. Is Marijuana Legalization Helping?

The Drug War Devastated Black and Other Minority Communities. Is Marijuana Legalization Helping?

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — When Washington state opened some of the nation’s first legal marijuana stores in 2014, Sam Ward Jr. was on electronic home detention in Spokane, where he had been indicted on federal drug charges. He would soon be off to prison to serve the lion’s share of a four-year sentence. A decade later, Ward, who is Black, recently posed in a blue-and-gold throne used for photo ops at his new cannabis store, Cloud 9 Cannabis. He greeted customers walking in for early 4/20 deals. And he reflected on being one of the first beneficiaries of a Washington program to make the overwhelmingly white industry more accessible to people harmed by the war on drugs. “It feels great to know that I’m the CEO of a store, with employees, people depending on me,” Ward said. “Just being a part of something makes you feel good.” A major argument for legalizing the adult use of cannabis was to stop the harm caused by disproportionate enforcement of drug laws that sent millions of Black, Latino …

Epilepsy drug also prevents brain tumor formation and growth, study finds

Epilepsy drug also prevents brain tumor formation and growth, study finds

NF1, a genetic disorder, prompts the growth of tumors along nerves across the body, including the optic nerves. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) A medication utilized in managing epilepsy in children has demonstrated potential in halting the development of brain tumors linked with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) in mouse models, as per a study conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. NF1, a genetic disorder, prompts the growth of tumors along nerves across the body, including the optic nerves that link the eyes to the brain. The outcomes of the research establish a foundation for a clinical trial aimed at evaluating whether the drug, lamotrigine, could forestall or delay brain tumors in children diagnosed with NF1. The study has been published online in the journal Neuro-Oncology. A brain scan of a neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) patient reveals a tumor on the optic nerve connecting the left eye to the brain (right side of the image). Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that an FDA-approved epilepsy drug …

West Africa’s Sahel becoming a drug trafficking corridor, UN warns | Drugs News

West Africa’s Sahel becoming a drug trafficking corridor, UN warns | Drugs News

Drug seizures, mainly of cocaine and cannabis resin, have soared in the region, according to a UN report. Drug seizures have soared in the West African Sahel region, according to a new United Nations report, indicating the conflict-ridden region is becoming an influential route for drug trafficking. In 2022, 1,466kg (3,232 pounds) of cocaine were seized in Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger compared to an average of 13kg (28.7 pounds) between 2013 and 2020, said the report released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Friday. Cocaine is the most seized drug in the Sahel after cannabis resin, the report added. The location of the Sahel – lying south of the Sahara desert and running from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea – makes it a natural transit point for the increasing amount of cocaine produced in South America and destined for Europe. The trafficking has detrimental effects on both peace and health, locally and globally, said Amado Philip de Andres, UNODC regional representative in West and Central Africa. “The …