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Mental health negatively impacted by everyday discrimination
Researchers have determined that African Americans and Caribbean blacks who experience discrimination of multiple types are at substantially greater risk for a variety of mental disorders including... (Medical News Today)

Marijuana users who feel low get high
Adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana frequently may attempt to manage negative moods by using the drug, according to a study in September's Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. (Medical News Today)

Perception of favoritism linked to drug use in certain families
Before you revive the debate about which sibling in your family is the favorite, you'll want to know what the latest research shows. (Medical News Today)

Guidelines recommending avoidance of high-dose opioid prescribing not being adhered to
High-dose opioid prescribing increased by 23 per cent in Canada between 2006 and 2011, despite clinical guidelines recommending that most patients should avoid high-doses of these drugs, according to... (Medical News Today)

Culturally appropriate HIV prevention interventions needed for Puerto Ricans who inject drugs
Study calls for the development of a coordinated, multi-region effort across these locations as an important component in efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemicHigher HIV risk behaviors and... (Medical News Today)

Hepatitis C rates drop in Sydney's injecting drug users
The incidence of hepatitis C among Sydney's injecting drug users appears to have dropped overthe past decade, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. (Medical News Today)

Foetal exposure to binge drinking can affect child's mental health and school results
Binge drinking during pregnancy can increase the risk of mental health problems (particularly hyperactivity and inattention) in children aged 11 and can have a negative effect on their school... (Medical News Today)

Hope for detection of potent drugs known as 'bath salts' using portable technology
Despite being outlawed in 2012 in the U.S., the synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" - which really aren't meant for your daily bath - are still readily available in some retail shops, on the... (Medical News Today)

What's not on the bottle? Public health organisations call on the European Commission to label alcoholic drinks
On the 10th September in the European Parliament (Brussels) public health experts will be calling the European Commission to make changes to alcohol labelling legislation and allow consumers to... (Medical News Today)

Spirituality decreases likelihood of experimenting with drugs and alcohol by youths
Young people who regularly attend religious services and describe themselves as religious are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Living with two college-educated parents decreases risk of teens using alcohol and marijuana
A high school senior who lives with two college-educated parents is significantly less likely to drink alcohol or smoke marijuana than a teenager who lives with one parent, a new University of Texas... (Medical News Today)

E-cigarette nicotine refill cartridges pose danger for toddlers
The safety of nicotine refill cartridges used in electronic (e) cigarettes needs to be improved to prevent toddlers accidentally swallowing the contents and potentially coming to serious harm, warn... (Medical News Today)

Eating is addictive but sugar and fat are not like drugs, study says
People can become addicted to eating for its own sake but not to consuming specific foods such as those high in sugar or fat, research suggests. (Medical News Today)

New UK study of alcohol health workers published
A new study of alcohol health workers has found that while many hospitals now employ specialist staff to deal with alcohol problems among patients, the work is often precarious and underfunded. (Medical News Today)

'Cannabis use in adolescence has negative impact on education'
A new study has linked the frequent use of cannabis among adolescents with reduced educational attainment and other negative outcomes such as an increased risk of suicide attempts. (Medical News Today)

High rates of recreational drug use among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the UK strongly linked with condomless sex
New research published in The Lancet HIV shows that polydrug use is common among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) [1] and is strongly linked to sex without a condom (condomless sex). (Medical News Today)

Human Abuse Liability (HAL) data released for investigational MNK-155, an extended-release hydrocodone/acetaminophen combination
Mallinckrodt has reported data from a Human Abuse Liability (HAL) study in which both intact and crushed MNK-155 showed lower subjective abuse-related effects than an immediate-release hydrocodone... (Medical News Today)

Study of the brain's 'anti-relapse' circuit could lead to treatments that boost this resistance
Yaoying Ma says that biology, by nature, has a yin and a yang - a push and a pull.Addiction, particularly relapse, she finds, is no exception. (Medical News Today)

College women at triple the risk of sexual assault if they have been sexually assaulted in the past
Disturbing news for women on college campuses: a new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) indicates that female college students who are victims of sexual... (Medical News Today)

Study shows complexities of reducing HIV rates in Russia
Results of a new study conducted in St. Petersburg, Russia, show that decreasing HIV transmission among Russian HIV-infected drinkers will require creative and innovative approaches. (Medical News Today)

Cannabis-using adolescents 'commonly experience withdrawal symptoms'
Around 40% of cannabis-using adolescents being treated for substance use disorders displayed withdrawal symptoms - a sign of drug dependence, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

'Drink responsibly' messages in alcohol ads promote products, not public health
Alcohol industry magazine ads reminding consumers to "drink responsibly" or "enjoy in moderation" fail to convey basic public health information, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins... (Medical News Today)

E-cigarettes 'may be a gateway to illicit drug use, addiction, conventional smoking'
A new report by researchers from CUMC suggests the nicotine in e-cigarettes may promote illicit drug use and addiction, and encourage conventional tobacco smoking. (Medical News Today)

Teens and young adults from NYC who use prescription opiods non-medically are at high risk for overdose
The prevalence of opioid-involved overdoses has become an increasing concern to health officials both in NYC and nationally. (Medical News Today)

Are females more susceptible to effects of marijuana?
Due to fluctuations in the hormone estrogen, females may be more susceptible than males to the effects of THC in marijuana, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

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