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July 7, 2015

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July 7, 2015

Cancer Survivors Who Smoke Perceive Less Risk from Tobacco

July 2, 2015 — Cancer survivors who smoke report fewer negative opinions about smoking, have more barriers to quitting, and are around other smokers more often than survivors who had quit before or after their ... read more

What's the Impact of Marijuana on Driving?

June 23, 2015 — Drivers who use alcohol and marijuana together weave more on a virtual roadway than drivers who use either substance independently, a new study has found. However, the cocktail of alcohol and ... read more

Adolescents Uncertain About Risks of Marijuana, E-Cigarettes, Study Finds

June 23, 2015 — Teenagers are very familiar with the risks of smoking cigarettes, but are much less sure whether marijuana or e-cigarettes are harmful, according to a new study. The researchers compared teens' ... read more

June 23, 2015 — Researchers have successfully stopped cocaine and alcohol addiction in experiments using a drug already approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat high blood ... read more

More Evidence for Possible Link Between Cocaine Use and HIV Infection

June 19, 2015 — New research offers further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system, making people who use it more likely to become infected with ... read more

Brain Receptor Found to Significantly Affect Cocaine Addiction

June 18, 2015 — By manipulating the activity of Activin receptors in the brain, researchers report that they were able to increase or decrease cocaine-taking and relapse behavior in animal models. The study focused ... read more

Public Divided on Heart Benefits from Alcohol Consumption

June 16, 2015 — In one of the first published studies using data from the Health eHeart Study, researchers have found that people are divided on the cardiovascular benefits of alcohol consumption. And, those who do ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Adults across the country share the same top concern about the new alcohol-on-the-go product: potential misuse among underage youth. Packaged in travel-friendly pouches, powdered alcohol will be ... read more

Half of Veterans Who Died from Opioid Overdoses Also Received Benzos

June 12, 2015 — Nearly half of all veterans who died from drug overdoses while prescribed opioids for pain were also receiving benzodiazepines, or benzos, which are common medications for the treatment of anxiety, ... read more

Additives in Low Tar ('light'), E-Cigarettes May Reinforce Nicotine Dependence

June 10, 2015 — Pyrazine additives in low tar ('light') and e-cigarettes may be reinforcing the addictive qualities of nicotine, and should be strictly regulated, concludes research. The evidence suggests ... read more

Sleep Problems and Energy Product Use Associated With Increased Alcohol Use in Teens

June 10, 2015 — A new study suggest sleep problems and energy product use are associated with increased alcohol use in teens, even after controlling for sociodemographics and mental ... read more

Pedophiles More Likely to Have Physical Irregularities

June 10, 2015 — New research suggests pedophiles are more likely to have superficial facial flaws, known as Minor Physical Anomalies (MPAs). They are also more likely to be left-handed, says a researcher. She led an ... read more

Study Links Brain Inflammation Triggered by Chronic Pain to Anxiety and Depression

June 9, 2015 — Brain inflammation caused by chronic nerve pain alters activity in regions that regulate mood and motivation, suggesting for the first time that a direct biophysical link exists between long-term ... read more

Social Media Helps Young Adults Quit Smoking

June 9, 2015 — Young adults who use social media to quit smoking are twice as successful in their efforts as those who use a more traditional method, according to new research. The study compared the success of the ... read more

Physician Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine Increases Potential Access to Treatment

June 9, 2015 — In the past, many people living in rural counties have had no practical way to get treatment for opioid addiction. This study shows that the increased number and geographic distribution of physicians ... read more

Alcohol Use Disorder Is Widespread, Often Untreated in the United States

June 3, 2015 — Alcohol use disorder as defined by a new diagnostic classification was widespread and often untreated in the United States, with a lifetime prevalence of 29.1 percent but only 19.8 percent of adults ... read more

No Evidence That Smoking Drug Linked to Increased Risk of Suicide or Traffic Accidents

June 2, 2015 — There is no strong evidence that the popular smoking cessation drug varenicline is associated with increased risks of suicidal behaviors, criminal offending, transport accidents, traffic-related ... read more

Teens Start Misusing ADHD Drugs and Other Stimulants Earlier Than You Might Think

June 2, 2015 — Despite stereotypes about college students resorting to black-market Ritalin to help them cram for exams, young people are actually most likely to start misusing prescription stimulant drugs in their ... read more

Teen Drinking Countered by Laws That Curb Adult Binge Drinking

June 1, 2015 — A new study reveals that US states with stronger alcohol policies have lower rates of youth overall drinking and binge drinking. The study's results further suggest that the link is largely a ... read more

Study Analyzes Link Between Psychotropic Drugs, Homicide Risk

June 1, 2015 — A study analyzing the Finnish homicide and prescription drug databases discovered that the use of certain drugs that affect the central nervous system are associated with an increased risk of ... read more

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