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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

For prescription drug addiction treatment, buprenorphine maintenance trumps detoxification
For treating patients with prescription opioid dependence in primary care, buprenorphine maintenance therapy is superior to detoxification, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine... (Medical News Today)

Transition from moderate to problem drinking hinges on genetic material
Researchers from UCSF have found that microRNA levels in the brain are important in development of alcohol addiction, findings that could help with the development of medications. (Medical News Today)

Binge drinking in young men linked with increased risk of hypertension
Binge drinking in early adulthood is associated with an increased likelihood of high blood pressure in males, while low to moderate alcohol use in early adulthood is associated with a decreased... (Medical News Today)

Pathological gambling is associated with altered opioid system in the brain, and a reduced feeling of euphoria when compared to healthy volunteers
All humans have a natural opioid system in the brain. Now new research, presented at the ECNP Congress in Berlin, has found that the opioid system of pathological gamblers responds differently to... (Medical News Today)

UK study shows no relationship between moderate adolescent cannabis use and exam results or IQ, but heavier use may predict poorer exam performance
A large UK study has found that occasional adolescent cannabis use does not lead to poorer educational and intellectual performance, but that heavy cannabis use is associated with slightly poorer... (Medical News Today)

Reports of pathological gambling, hypersexuality, compulsive shopping associated with dopamine agonist drugs
During a 10-year period, there were 1,580 adverse drug events reported in the United States and 21 other countries that indicated impulse control disorders in patients, including 628 cases of... (Medical News Today)

School and job failure may increase drug users' risks of suffering a fatal overdose
For the first time, researchers have found that problem drug users with less successful educational and employment careers are more likely to die of an overdose. (Medical News Today)

Study identifies risk factors for sexual assault, including age and alcohol consumption
Risk factors for sexual assault, including young age and alcohol consumption, must be addressed when considering preventative strategies, suggests a new study, published on 15 October in BJOG: An... (Medical News Today)

How the fruit fly could help us sniff out drugs and bombs
A fly's sense of smell could be used in new technology to detect drugs and bombs, new University of Sussex research has found. (Medical News Today)

Total NHS alcohol-related admissions in England nears 10 million
A new map of alcohol harm published on Wednesday 15 October, has shown that the total number of alcohol-related NHS admissions (including inpatient, outpatient and A&E visits) hit almost 10 million... (Medical News Today)

CWRU studies how women in recovery manage personal networks with family and friend users
Substance abuse counselors and social workers often recommend recovering addicts establish new networks of non-using friends and supporters. (Medical News Today)

First case of 'Google Glass addiction' reported
Google's 'wearable computer' has been on the market for less than 2 years. A new study reports the first evidence of addictive behavior associated with the device. (Medical News Today)

New technique yields fast results in drug, biomedical testing
A new technique makes it possible to quickly detect the presence of drugs or to monitor certain medical conditions using only a single drop of blood or urine, representing a potential tool for... (Medical News Today)

Creativity is not improved through cannabis use, claims study
Researchers from Leiden University in the Netherlands say that contrary to popular belief, smoking cannabis - particularly in high doses - does not improve creativity. (Medical News Today)

New study points to solution for early identification and treatment of substance use disorders
Online learning interventions and small group debriefings can improve medical residents' attitudes and communication skills toward patients with substance use disorders, and may result in improved... (Medical News Today)

Epigenetic changes caused by binge drinking lead to inflammatory response in liver
Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have identified epigenetic protein changes caused by binge drinking, a discovery that could lead to treatments for alcohol-related liver... (Medical News Today)

Access to heroin treatment influenced by state policies
State policies can influence the number of physicians licensed to prescribe buprenorphine, a drug that can treat addiction to heroin and other opioids in outpatient settings, according to a new RAND... (Medical News Today)

Cocaine-exposed children affected by mother's behavior
It is not only prenatal drug exposure, but also conditions related to drug use that can influence negative behavior in children, according to a new study from the University at Buffalo's Research... (Medical News Today)

Review of cannabis research since 1993
In the past 20 years recreational cannabis use has grown tremendously, becoming almost as common as tobacco use among adolescents and young adults, and so has the research evidence. (Medical News Today)

Oxycodone may be more dangerous than other addictive pain medication
While all prescription opioids can be abused, oxycodone may be more potent in its ability to promote changes in the brain relevant to addiction. (Medical News Today)

Incarceration plays a major role in health and health disparities in the United States
More than two million people are incarcerated in the United States, the highest incarceration rate in the world. (Medical News Today)

Increased risk of HPV infection in men who consume large amounts of alcohol
Men who consume more alcohol have a greater risk of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, according to a recent study by Moffitt Cancer Center researchers. (Medical News Today)

Patients with traumatic brain injuries who had taken marijuana had lower death rates
Surveying patients with traumatic brain injuries, a group of Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) researchers reported that they found those who tested positive for THC, the active... (Medical News Today)

Impulsive adolescents who lack focus are more likely to face substance-abuse issues
Adolescents with strong working memory are better equipped to escape early drug experimentation without progressing into substance abuse issues, says a University of Oregon researcher. (Medical News Today)

Treating the substance abuse problems of those with severe mental illness can reduce their risk of future violence
If a person is dually diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a substance abuse problem, are improvements in their mental health or in their substance abuse most likely to reduce the risk of... (Medical News Today)

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