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February 7, 2016

Gambling Is Associated With 'Risk-Taking Behavior' in Young Teens, Study Finds

Feb. 4, 2016 — Gambling among young teens may be associated with increased use of alcohol, cigarettes, or marijuana, according to a study that surveyed sixth- to eighth-graders in Italian ... read more

What's the Impact of New Marijuana Laws? The Data So Far

Feb. 3, 2016 — How has new legislation affected marijuana use in the United States? The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related ... read more

Marijuana Survey Finds Medical Users More Likely to Consume Edibles and Vaporize

Jan. 28, 2016 — A new study provides some of the first evidence about patterns of marijuana use in states that have legalized medical marijuana. It finds that medical marijuana users are more likely to vaporize or ... read more

New Policies, Educational Programs Help, but Don't Solve, Problems With Opioid Abuse

Jan. 26, 2016 — Medical provider training, new clinic policies and efforts to 'taper' opioid use for pain treatment could significantly reduce the level of opioid medication that patients used -- a limited ... read more

Mailed Nicotine Patches With No Behavioral Support Associated With Cessation

Jan. 25, 2016 — Mailing free nicotine patches to smokers without providing behavioral support was associated with higher rates of tobacco cessation than not offering the patches, according to an ... read more

College Students' Internet Overuse Leads Families to Connect and Conflict, New Study Finds

Jan. 21, 2016 — College students who are addicted to the Internet report positive and negative effects on their family relationships, according to new research. The study is the first to show how college students in ... read more

New Study Holds Hope for Improving Outcomes for Children Exposed to Methamphetamine

Jan. 21, 2016 — In a first of its kind study, researchers followed meth-exposed children to age 7.5 and found more supportive home environments could make a difference in their behavior and emotional ... read more

Legal, Policy Changes Can Lead to Shifts in Use of Medical Marijuana

Jan. 20, 2016 — Policy changes since 2001 had varying effects on the number of people consuming medical ... read more

Substance Use, Indoor Tanning Among Colorado High School Students

Jan. 20, 2016 — Analyses of the results of a survey of Colorado high school students suggest there may be a potential association between substance use and indoor tanning, according to an ... read more

Ads for Candy-Flavored E-Cigarettes Could Encourage Vaping Among School Children

Jan. 18, 2016 — Advertisements featuring e-cigarettes with flavors such as chocolate and bubble gum are more likely to attract school children to buy and try e-cigarettes than those featuring non-flavored ... read more

Weight Loss, Quitting Smoking and Giving Up Alcohol May Be Aided by Hormones from Our Guts

Jan. 15, 2016 — Scientists are investigating whether an infusion of gut hormones could help people to stop over-eating, quit smoking, or give up alcohol. In the study, volunteers will have three infusions of ... read more

UK Teens Heavily Exposed to Alcohol and Tobacco Content in YouTube Music Videos

Jan. 14, 2016 — UK teens are heavily exposed to alcohol and tobacco images and lyrics in digital YouTube music videos, indicates new research. Those exposed the most are 13-15 year olds, and girls, the findings ... read more

E-Cigarettes, as Used, Aren't Helping Smokers Quit, Study Shows

Jan. 14, 2016 — Electronic cigarettes are widely promoted and used to help smokers quit traditional cigarettes, but a new analysis found that adult smokers who use e-cigarettes are actually 28 percent less likely to ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — Doctors have no approved medicine to help treat marijuana dependence and abuse, but in small new clinical trial, topiramate reduced the amount of cannabis heavy smokers used when they lit up. The ... read more

Could Campaigns Like Dry January Do More Harm Than Good?

Jan. 13, 2016 — Could alcohol abstinence campaigns like Dry January do more harm than good? Two experts debate the issue. The Dry January campaign estimates that "Last year over 2 million people cut down their ... read more

Flipping Molecular 'Switch' May Reduce Nicotine's Effects in the Brain

Jan. 13, 2016 — A lipid (fat molecule) in brain cells may act as a "switch" to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine, new research ... read more

'No-Buy' Lists Could Cut Kids' Exposure to Alcohol Ads

Jan. 13, 2016 — Young people's exposure to alcohol advertisements on television could be almost eliminated if companies used so-called 'no-buy' lists, according to a ... read more

Concerns Over Prescribed Opioid Use Among Pregnant Women

Jan. 12, 2016 — The increase in use of prescribed opioids among women during pregnancy has probably contributed to the rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome, argues an expert. In the US, estimates suggest that 14-22% ... read more

Cocaine Addiction: Scientists Discover 'Back Door' Into the Brain

Jan. 12, 2016 — Individuals addicted to cocaine may have difficulty in controlling their addiction because of a previously-unknown 'back door' into the brain, circumventing their self-control, suggests a ... read more

Small Changes in DNA Can Affect Nicotine Consumption

Jan. 7, 2016 — Nicotine is an addictive substance and genetic factors are known to play a role in smoking behaviors. Recently, a team of researchers determined how small differences in a particular region of the ... read more

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