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Breakdown in gut barriers to bacteria may promote inflammation and craving in alcoholics
Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract fulfill many vital functions and are critical for digestion. (Medical News Today)

Is tourism a driver of illicit drug use and HIV risk in the Dominican Republic?
The study seeks to expand the understanding of the availability and usage of drugs in tourism-rich areas which presents barriers to HIV prevention. (Medical News Today)

Ghrelin has the potential to stimulate alcohol craving
Ghrelin is a hormone released by the stomach and it stimulates appetite and food intake. (Medical News Today)

Higher suicide risk after served prison sentence
People who have been in prison run a higher risk of committing suicide; 18 times that of the general population. (Medical News Today)

Maintenance opioid agonist therapy for injection-drug users associated with lower incidence of hepatitis C
In a group of young users of injection drugs, recent maintenance opioid agonist therapy with methadone or buprenorphine for opioid use disorders, such as heroin addiction, was associated with a... (Medical News Today)

Nasal spray treats heroin overdose
"Every year, drug overdoses are responsible for roughly 1000 ambulance calls in Oslo," says Arne Skulberg, an anaesthesiologist, a PhD candidate at NTNU and the 2014 winner of Norway's Researcher... (Medical News Today)

Engineered cells reveal changes associated with learning, memory and reward
Scientists have created cells with fluorescent dyes that change color in response to specific neurochemicals. (Medical News Today)

Most overdoses leading to emergency hospital visits involve prescription opioids
Researchers have found that over two thirds of overdoses that lead to emergency department visits are the result of the abuse or misuse of prescription opioids. (Medical News Today)

Baby cries show evidence of cocaine exposure during pregnancy
A new study conducted by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers provides the first known evidence of how a similar acoustic characteristic in the cry sounds of human infants... (Medical News Today)

Bogus recycling bins help identify drinking patterns among low-income seniors
Substance abuse is the fastest growing health concern for older adults, a segment of the population that is likewise rapidly increasing. (Medical News Today)

Smoking interferes with neurocognitive recovery during abstinence from alcohol
Numerous studies have shown that individuals with an alcohol use disorder perform worse than those without one on multiple neurocognitive domains of function following detoxification from alcohol... (Medical News Today)

Bar attendance supports heavy drinking by young adults in the US-Mexico border region
Due to a legal drinking age of 18 years, cheaper alcohol, and marketing tactics of local bars that specifically target youth, Mexico is an attractive and geographically nearby destination where... (Medical News Today)

Understanding drinking behaviors among women with unwanted pregnancies
Most women reduce or stop drinking alcohol upon discovery of pregnancy. However, little information exists about changes in alcohol use, and factors contributing to these changes, among women with... (Medical News Today)

Drugs raise sexually transmitted infection risk for swingers
Researchers assessing drug use, sexual behavior and infection prevalence among swingers have suggested that more attention needs to be paid to the their sexual health needs. (Medical News Today)

Light alcohol consumption linked to better memory
Good news for individuals over 60 years old who partake in a little drinking: light alcohol consumption later in life is linked to better episodic memory. (Medical News Today)

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)

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