Kerman University of Medical Sciences
Original Article(s)
1. Investigating Changes in Serum Biochemical Parameters in Opium Addicts Before and During Addiction Treatment

Sedigheh Barzehkar; Mohammad Hossein Gozashti; Kouros Divsalar; Mahdieh Mashrouteh; Amir Hossein Darvishi-Lardi

Volume 8, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 211-217

Abstract
  Background: Iran is one of the major consumers of opium and opiate substances in the world. Addiction has become a very important issue in the 21st century and an urgent one in Iran. The consumption of this substance leaves a variety of impacts on the human body. The goal of this study is to investigate ...  Read More

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3. The Effects of Opium Addiction on the Immune System Function in Patients with Fungal Infection

Seyyed Amin Ayatollahi-Mousavi; Gholamreza Asadikaram; Nouzar Nakhaee; Alireza Izadi; Nasser Keikha

Volume 8, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 218-226

Abstract
  Background: The use of narcotics such as opium exposes addicts as susceptible targets of different diseases so that they might easily be exposed to different diseases such as fungal infections. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of addiction to opium and fungal infection on plasma levels ...  Read More

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4. Pattern of Substance Use and Related Factors in Male Prisoners

Ali Khalooei; Mohammadreza Mashayekhi-Dowlatabad; Mohammad Reza Rajabalipour; Abedin Iranpour

Volume 8, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 227-234

Abstract
  Background: Prisoner’s addiction is one of the major problems in many countries which imposes very high medical costs and social harm to communities. This study investigated the pattern of substance use and related factors in male prisoners in one of the prisons in southeastern Iran.Methods: This cross-sectional ...  Read More

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5. Comparing Blood Lead Level among Oral/inhaled Opium Addicts with a Non-addict Control Group in the Southeast of Iran

Alireza Nemati; Shima Jafari; Mahdi Afshari; Somayeh Dahmardeh; Kaveh Tabrizian

Volume 8, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 235-241

Abstract
  Background: Opium is widely used among addicts in the Middle East countries such as Iran. Recent reports suggest that opium sellers cheat their customers by adding lead to the opium. Contaminated opium can threaten the health of consumers. This study was designed to evaluate the lead concentration in ...  Read More

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6. The Role of Sexual Behaviors in the Relapse Process in Iranian Methamphetamine Users: A Qualitative Study

Mohammad Hadi Safi; Seyyed Jalal Younesi; Asghar Dadkhah; Ali Farhoudian; Masoud Fallahi-Khoshknab; Manoochehr Azkhosh

Volume 8, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 242-251

Abstract
  Background: The awareness of sexual experiences could be an effective factor in preventing high-risk sexual behavior pertaining to relapse during the recovery period of substances. This research explored the role of sexual behaviors among Iranian methamphetamine (MA) users in relapse process.Methods: ...  Read More

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7. An Ecological Study of the Association between Opiate Use and Incidence of Cancers

Hamideh Rashidian; Kazem Zendehdel; Farin Kamangar; Reza Malekzadeh; Ali Akbar Haghdoost

Volume 8, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 252-260

Abstract
  Background: Cancer is the second leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease. In recent years it has been hypothesized that opiate use could be a risk factor for cancer. This study aimed to evaluate a possible association between opiate use and common cancers using ecological statistics from ...  Read More

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8. Effects of Maternal Separation on Nicotine-Induced Conditioned Place Preference and Later Spatial Learning and Memory Function in Adolescent Male Rats

Fatemeh Delavari; Vahid Sheibani; Khadijeh Esmaeilpour; Saeid Esmaeili-Mahani; Nouzar Nakhaee

Volume 8, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 261-269

Abstract
  Background: Disturbances in maternal care have been associated with increased risk for drug abuse later in life. However, there has been little investigation of the effects of maternal separation (MS), a model of early life stress, on nicotine dependence, specifically during adolescence. In the present ...  Read More