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New report shows cancer one of the leading causes of alcohol-related deaths in Australia
A new report showing that cancer was one of the leading causes of alcohol-related deaths in Australia should help raise public awareness of alcohol as a significant cancer risk factor, Cancer... (Medical News Today)

Harmful drinkers would be affected 200 times more than low risk drinkers if a Minimum Unit Price was introduced
A new study of liver patients by the University of Southampton shows that a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) policy for alcohol is exquisitely targeted towards the heaviest drinkers with cirrhosis. (Medical News Today)

Underage youth exposed to brand-specific television alcohol ads consume more of that brand
Underage drinkers are three times more likely to drink alcohol brands that advertise on television programs they watch compared to other alcohol brands, providing new and compelling evidence of a... (Medical News Today)

Home stresses linked to alcoholism in National Guard
Could civilian stresses increase the risk of alcoholism in returning National Guard soldiers regardless of traumas suffered during active service? (Medical News Today)

Middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking are more than twice as likely to suffer from severe memory impairment in later life
A study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry indicates that middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking are more than twice as likely to suffer from severe memory... (Medical News Today)

Dieting at a younger age predicts several negative health outcomes in adult women
Research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the foremost society for research into all aspects of eating and drinking behaviors, finds... (Medical News Today)

Electronic screening tool to triage teenagers and risk of substance misuse
An electronic screening tool that starts with a single question to assess the frequency of substance misuse appears to be an easy way to screen teenagers who visited a physician for routine medical... (Medical News Today)

Addiction Medicine Specialist says pharmaceutical abuse is a growing problem in Queensland
Addiction Medicine Specialist Dr Christian Rowan says pharmaceutical abuse is a growing problem in Queensland. (Medical News Today)

New research describes trends in substance use among high school athletes and warns about an increase of prescription pain medication usage
Newly published research from Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse (Routledge) reports on the current trends of substance use by high school student athletes and notes an increase in the... (Medical News Today)

Electronic screening tool to triage teenagers and risk of substance misuse
An electronic screening tool that starts with a single question to assess the frequency of substance misuse appears to be an easy way to screen teenagers who visited a physician for routine medical... (Medical News Today)

School pupil survey: smoking, drinking and drugs at decade low in England
New figures for 2013 show the prevalence of smoking, drinking or drug use among school pupils(2) is considerably lower than ten years ago. (Medical News Today)

Mouth bacteria invade the gut in liver cirrhosis patients
Scientists from INRA in collaboration with a Chinese team found that the gut microbiota of individuals with liver cirrhosis differ notably from healthy individuals', showing a high proportion of... (Medical News Today)

Supercomputer used to study a common link between addiction and neurological disease
Recent published research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrates how changes in dopamine signaling and dopamine transporter function are linked to neurological and psychiatric... (Medical News Today)

Medical marijuana - where does the debate stand now?
This month, New York became the 23rd US state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. We examine how scientific research and policy intersect in this complex debate. (Medical News Today)

Reduced engagement in risky behaviors by low-income students in charter high schools
A new UCLA-led study suggests that a higher quality educational environment may help improve health outcomesLow-income minority adolescents who were admitted to high-performing public charter... (Medical News Today)

New study finds more than double hospital admissions for alcohol-related events around birthdays
New research has found that birthday-related drinking is associated with upsurges in hospital admissions among young people. (Medical News Today)

Rare gene could increase risk of schizophrenia, alcoholism and bipolar
Scientists from the UK have identified a rare gene variant associated with developing severe chronic conditions such as schizophrenia that could lead to new treatment targets. (Medical News Today)

NIH system to monitor emerging drug trends
An innovative National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) is being developed to monitor emerging trends that will help health experts respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as... (Medical News Today)

Access to substance abuse treatment influences the utilization of alcohol treatment services across racial/ethnic and gender groups
Very few national studies have examined racial/ethnic disparities in the use of alcohol services. (Medical News Today)

When alcohol is consumed with energy drinks the desire to keep drinking is increased
Public health advocates in recent years have become concerned not with the consumption of energy drinks by youth but also their joint consumption with alcohol by young adults. (Medical News Today)

Adolescent alcohol abuse associated with adverse outcomes in early adulthood
Prior research has shown strong associations between adolescent alcohol abuse and adverse outcomes in early adulthood. (Medical News Today)

Attenuated inhibition of neuron membrane excitability contributes to childhood depression
Accumulating evidence suggests that the nucleus accumbens, which is involved in mechanisms of reward and addiction, plays a role in the pathogenesis of depression and in the action of antidepressants. (Medical News Today)

Annual HIV diagnosis rates have 'decreased by more than 30%'
From 2002-2011, the annual HIV diagnosis rate decreased by more than 30%, according to CDC data. However, rising rates of HIV are detected in some groups, particularly young men. (Medical News Today)

Can fish oil protect against brain damage caused by alcohol abuse?
People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol are at risk of brain damage and dementia in later life. New research suggests that omega-3 fish oil may offer protective benefits. (Medical News Today)

Gauging the demand for genetic testing for alcohol dependence risk in African Americans
Alcohol dependence (AD) has a genetic component and testing can determine a person's genetic risk for susceptibility to AD. (Medical News Today)

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