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August 30, 2015

Cannabis and the Brain

Aug. 26, 2015 — Two new studies examine associations between cannabis use and the ... read more

Polygamy and Alcohol Linked to Physical Abuse in African Marriages

Aug. 23, 2015 — African women in polygamous marriages or with alcoholic husbands have a significantly higher risk of being physically abused by their husbands than women in monogamous marriages or women whose ... read more

E-Cigarette Use Linked to Cough Reflex Sensitivity

Aug. 20, 2015 — The popularity of electronic cigarettes has steadily increased worldwide, but little is known about their effects on health. New research suggests that the single use of an electronic cigarette ... read more

E-Cigarettes Could Have Health Impacts in Developing World, Research Suggests

Aug. 18, 2015 — Two researchers are urging greater regulatory oversight of e-cigarettes in poorer countries, where sales of the devices are growing. Public awareness of the devices is high in some developing ... read more

Accuracy of Sexual Assault Testimonies Not Affected by Alcohol Intoxication, Study Finds

Aug. 18, 2015 — Intoxicated victims of sexual assault could accurately retain information from events, conclude researchers after a study. Findings are being applied to develop National Guidelines in England for how ... read more

Opiate Addiction Spreading, Becoming More Complex

Aug. 17, 2015 — The growing availability of heroin, combined with programs aimed at curbing prescription painkiller abuse, may be changing the face of opiate addiction in the US, according to ... read more

Smoking Cessation Drug Not Boosting Number of Smokers Who Quit

Aug. 17, 2015 — The introduction of a new prescription smoking-cessation aid, varenicline, in 2006 has had no significant impact on the rate at which Americans age 18 and older successfully quit smoking, according ... read more

Children of Military Parents, Caregivers at Greater Risk for Adverse Outcomes

Aug. 17, 2015 — Children with parents or caregivers currently serving in the military had a higher prevalence of substance use, violence, harassment and weapon-carrying than their nonmilitary peers in a study of ... read more

In First Year, Two Florida Laws Reduce Amount of Opioids Prescribed, Study Suggests

Aug. 17, 2015 — Two Florida laws, enacted to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse in that state, led to a small but significant decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed the first year the laws were in ... read more

Heavy Smokers, Smokers Who Are Obese Gain More Weight After Quitting

Aug. 13, 2015 — For smokers, the number of cigarettes smoked per day and current body mass index are predictive of changes in weight after quitting smoking, according to ... read more

COPD Patients With Psychological Conditions Have Higher Rate of Early Hospital Readmission

Aug. 13, 2015 — People with a psychological condition such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, or alcohol/drug abuse are more likely to be readmitted early into a hospital for complications of chronic obstructive ... read more

Dentists Tapped for New Role: Drug Screenings

Aug. 13, 2015 — A visit to the dentist has the potential to be more than a checkup of our teeth as patients are increasingly screened for medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. A new study focuses on ... read more

Tetris Can Block Cravings, New Study Reveals

Aug. 13, 2015 — Playing Tetris on a smarthphone for as little as three minutes can weaken cravings for drugs, food and activities by as much as one-fifth, new research shows. In the first test of its kind to study ... read more

Lack of Ultimate Meaning in Life Associated With Alcohol Abuse, Drug Addiction and Other Mental Health Problems

Aug. 13, 2015 — One of the most commonly used treatment models in addiction is the 12-step model developed in the 1930s and rooted in spirituality. Yet, surprisingly, there is no clear understanding about how to ... read more

Sport TV Exposing Children to Thousands of Alcohol-Advertisements Per Year

Aug. 11, 2015 — New research shows that children are being exposed to thousands of alcohol adverts when watching sport TV, questioning the effectiveness of advertising regulations designed to protect ... read more

Places With More Marijuana Dispensaries Have More Marijuana-Related Hospitalizations

Aug. 10, 2015 — People who live in areas of California with a higher density of marijuana dispensaries experience a greater number of hospitalizations involving marijuana abuse and dependence, an analysis has ... read more

Sexting and Internet Safety Climb Top 10 List of Health Concerns for Children Across the U. S.

Aug. 10, 2015 — With more kids online and using cell phones at increasingly younger ages, two issues have quickly climbed higher on the public's list of major health concerns for children across the U.S: ... read more

First Steps Towards Preventing Suicide Attempts by Offenders

Aug. 9, 2015 — While the risk of suicide by offenders in prison has been identified as a priority for action, understanding and preventing suicides among offenders after release has received far less ... read more

Nicotine-Chomping Bacteria May Hold Key to Anti-Smoking Therapy

Aug. 6, 2015 — A new study explores a bacterial enzyme that might be used as a drug candidate to help people quit smoking. The research shows that this enzyme can be recreated in lab settings and possesses a number ... read more

Drinking Guidelines Are a Poor Fit With Britain's Heavy Drinking Habits

Aug. 5, 2015 — People ignore daily alcohol guidelines as they are deemed irrelevant to occasional drinkers, a study concludes. The study, which is the first of its kind, explored how drinkers make sense of the ... read more

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