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May 30, 2016 — Painkillers paradoxically prolong pain in rats, a study that could have far-reaching effects for humans, new research demonstrates. Roughly 20,000 Americans died in 2015 from overdoses of ... read more

Pharmacist Prescribes Education as Key to Curbing Opioid Abuse

May 27, 2016 — Technologies that make it harder for people to abuse opioids -- like doctoring pills so that they produce unpleasant side effects if broken, crushed or injected --- likely will have limited ... read more

May 26, 2016 — The rise and fall of alcohol-related mortality in Scotland is partly due to changes in affordability, according to recent ... read more

May 19, 2016 — A type of brain cell known as microglia plays a key role in reducing the effects of cocaine in the brain, according to a new major study. The discovery establishes for the first time that microglia ... read more

Excessive Drinkers, High Income Households Pay Majority of State Alcohol Tax Increases

May 19, 2016 — People who drink too much and those with higher household incomes would pay more following an increase in state alcohol taxes than those who drink less and have lower household incomes, according to ... read more

Alcohol Intervention Programs Ineffective on Fraternity Members, Study Concludes

May 19, 2016 — Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are no more effective than no intervention at all, according to an analysis of 25 years of research involving over 6,000 ... read more

New Brain-Training Tool to Help People Cut Drinking

May 19, 2016 — An online exercise featured in the first episode of BBC One’s ‘Lose Weight for Love’ is now available to the public for free to help people who want to cut down on ... read more

New Study Evaluates Nicotine's Relationship to Body Weight, Food Intake

May 18, 2016 — A carefully controlled series of studies demonstrates that the self-administration of nicotine by rats suppresses body weight gain independent of food ... read more

Novel Nicotine Inhaler Doubles Smoking Quit Rates

May 17, 2016 — Smokers who used a nicotine inhaler were twice as likely to quit smoking as smokers using a placebo inhaler, new research indicates. The investigators developed and tested a novel nicotine inhaler to ... read more

Capitalizing on a Teachable Moment Motivates Parents of Kids With Asthma to Quit Smoking

May 17, 2016 — Parents who smoke are more likely to quit smoking after receiving motivational smoking cessation counseling following a 'teachable moment' such as witnessing their child experience an ... read more

Middle-School Kids See Several Alcohol Ads a Day

May 17, 2016 — Children as young as middle-schoolers are exposed to multiple alcohol advertisements every day -- both indoors and out -- a new study ... read more

Brain Images Reveal First Physical Evidence That AA Prayers Reduce Cravings

May 12, 2016 — Members Alcoholics Anonymous who recited AA prayers after viewing drinking-related images reported less craving for alcohol after praying, according to a new ... read more

Chronic Drinking Interferes With Absorption of Critical Vitamins by Pancreas

May 12, 2016 — Chronic exposure to alcohol interferes with the pancreas’ ability to absorb vitamin C, potentially predisposing the body to pancreatitis and other pancreatic diseases, a new study reports. The ... read more

Gene and Tonic: Genetic Link in Binge-Drinking Teens

May 12, 2016 — Scientists have identified the KALRN gene in a search to determine factors at play in underage alcohol ... read more

Study Arms Sheriff's Deputies With Nasal Spray for Drug Overdose Victims

May 11, 2016 — Drug-related overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, surpassing motor vehicle accidents at 44,000 fatalities annually. In response, researchers at University of ... read more

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Mitoxantrone May Be Linked to Increased Risk of Colorectal Cancer

May 11, 2016 — The multiple sclerosis (MS) drug mitoxantrone may be associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study. Mitoxantrone suppresses the immune system. It was first developed as ... read more

Migraine Drugs Underused, Research Suggests

May 10, 2016 — More migraines could be safely treated with drugs that are known to constrict blood vessels, new research suggests, adding that patients who were given the drugs off-label had no stroke or other ... read more

Videogame Addiction Leads to Sleep Loss, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Risk in Some Gamers

May 9, 2016 — The team studied a group of children and teens ages 10 to 17 who were in lifestyle management programs – either for weight management or lipid disorders. The study looked at whether the videogame ... read more

E-Cigarettes Not Meeting Potential as 'Disruptive Technology,' Study Shows

May 9, 2016 — Most smokers who have tried electronic cigarettes have rejected them as less satisfying than regular cigarettes, reducing their potential to be a “disruptive technology” that could help a ... read more

Many Patients Abusing Drugs, Alcohol Are Self-Medicating Chronic Pain

May 9, 2016 — With opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse considered one of the biggest public health threats of our time in the US, many are asking why so many Americans are struggling with addiction to ... read more

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