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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

Study Finds High Prevalence of Incapacitated Rape Among College Women

Nov. 18, 2015 — Some 15 percent of women are raped while incapacitated from alcohol or other drug use during their freshman year at college, according to new ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — More than three fourths of both teens and adults say e-cigarettes should be restricted in public spaces, come with health warnings and be taxed like conventional ... read more

New Study Finds Financial Incentives to Help Pregnant Women Stop Smoking Are Highly Cost-Effective

Nov. 12, 2015 — Smoking during pregnancy is among the leading preventable causes of morbidity and death amongst pregnant women and their babies. The first cost-effectiveness analysis of financial incentives to help ... read more

Medical Marijuana Should Be Held to Same Standard as Other Drugs, Pharmacist Says

Nov. 10, 2015 — Medical marijuana needs to be studied like any other drug. No one is opposed to the active ingredients in it, but we need to have some data. That is what we would expect from any other drug, an ... read more

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Services Insufficient in Supporting Those Affected

Nov. 10, 2015 — There is an urgent need to do more to recognize prenatal alcohol exposure at an early stage and to integrate better pathways for diagnosis, assessment and support. The importance of raising awareness ... read more

Does Alcohol Consumption Affect the Risk for Parkinson's Disease?

Nov. 10, 2015 — For many years, researchers have been investigating whether there are any associations between Parkinson's disease (PD) and lifestyle choices such as smoking and coffee and alcohol consumption. ... read more

Prescription Painkillers Source of Addiction for Most Women

Nov. 9, 2015 — More than half (52%) of women and a third (38%) of men reported doctor-prescribed painkillers as their first contact with opioid drugs, a family of drugs which include prescription medicines such ... read more

New Enzyme Therapy Shows Proof of Concept as Treatment for Cocaine Overdose

Nov. 9, 2015 — A long-acting enzyme that rapidly and safely metabolizes cocaine in the blood stream is currently being investigated in animal models as a possible treatment for cocaine ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Conducting an economic analysis of drug use is a particularly difficult endeavor, but for one researcher, it just meant taking a look at the history ... read more

Warning Over Online Access to Sleeping Tablets

Nov. 5, 2015 — The prescription only sleeping tablet zopiclone, that can become addictive if used for more than a few weeks, is easily available online, warn ... read more

Kicking Substance Addiction in Teens: Tobacco Dependence Should Be Treated With Same Urgency as Other Drugs, Study Says

Nov. 3, 2015 — Substance abuse treatments that target main issues such as serious drug and alcohol addiction are not frequently being used to also wean adolescents from tobacco, a new study ... read more

Endurance Expert: Drugs Could Help 'Lazy' People Exercise

Nov. 3, 2015 — Together with lack of time, physical exertion is one of the main perceived barriers to exercise. This is not surprising because humans evolved to be 'lazy' to conserve energy. Now, a ... read more

Lack of Exercise Linked to Alcohol Misuse

Nov. 2, 2015 — A large-scale survey of African-American men and women found that those who rarely or never exercised had about twice the odds of abusing alcohol than those who exercised frequently, a finding that ... read more

Hypersexual Disorder Linked to Overactive Stress Systems

Nov. 2, 2015 — Hypersexual disorder – known popularly as sex addiction – can be linked to hyperactive stress systems, new research shows. In a stress regulation test using the cortisone drug dexamethasone, men ... read more

Computer-Based Modeling Improves Outcomes for Infants in Drug Withdrawal

Oct. 29, 2015 — Computer-based modeling is helping to further reduce length of hospital stay and duration of treatment with opioids that are used therapeutically to wean babies born in withdrawal from drugs their ... read more

New Enzyme Therapy Shows Proof of Concept as Treatment for Cocaine Overdose

Oct. 29, 2015 — A long-acting enzyme that rapidly and safely metabolizes cocaine in the blood stream is currently being investigated in animal models as a possible treatment for cocaine ... read more

Increasing Cigarette Taxes Shifts Consumers to More Dangerous Products

Oct. 29, 2015 — Increasing cigarette exercise taxes may have the unintended consequence of encouraging consumers to seek higher nicotine content and more dangerous cigarette products, according to a ... read more

On the Rise: Painkiller Abusers Who Also Use Heroin

Oct. 29, 2015 — Drug abusers are not completely abandoning prescription opioids for heroin, according to researchers. Instead, many use the two concurrently based on their availability. The findings also reveal ... read more

E-Cigarettes Connected to Problematic Drinking, Study Finds

Oct. 28, 2015 — Using e-cigarettes is related to problematic drinking, according to new research. In a study involving around 1400 people, researchers also found that more women than men use e-cigarettes socially, ... read more

New Technology Can Mine Data from Instagram to Monitor Teenage Drinking Patterns

Oct. 28, 2015 — Instagram could offer a novel way of monitoring the drinking habits of teenagers. Using photos and text from Instagram, a team of researchers has shown that this data can not only expose patterns of ... read more

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