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In-utero methadone or subutex exposure could alter gene expression, cause severe neonatal abstinence syndrome
Some infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) secondary to in-utero opioid exposure have a more difficult time going through withdrawal than others, but the underlying reasons are not... (Medical News Today)

Emerging street drug fifteen times stronger than heroin
Emergency physicians should expect "an upswing in what on the surface appear to be heroin overdoses," but are actually overdoses tied to acetyl fentanyl, an opiate that is mixed into street drugs... (Medical News Today)

Neighborhood ethnic composition and problem drinking
LSU Sociology Professor Samuel Stroope is the lead author of a new study, "Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Problem Drinking among Older Mexican American Men," that will appear in the Journal of... (Medical News Today)

Counselling has limited benefit on young people drinking alcohol
Counselling techniques used to help young people with drinking problems may be of limited benefit, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Zoning regulations impact where marijuana dispensaries can locate
Municipal zoning regulations may push marijuana dispensaries into low income, minority areas, according to a study just released by the University of Colorado Denver. (Medical News Today)

fMRI scans reveal brain differences in risk-taking teens
According to the CDC, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for adolescents. (Medical News Today)

Federal law to combat use of 'club drugs' may have done more harm than good
A federal law enacted to combat the use of "club drugs" such as Ecstasy - and today's variation known as Molly - has failed to reduce the drugs' popularity and, instead, has further endangered users... (Medical News Today)

Substance abuse in developing countries needs to be addressed by global public health objectives
Substance addiction is a large and growing problem for developing societies. (Medical News Today)

How do genes, gender and environment affect substance abuse?
Strong family ties can protect against a genetic susceptibility for substance abuse in men, but less so in women, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Global public health objectives need to address substance abuse in developing countries
Substance addiction is a large and growing problem for developing societies. (Medical News Today)

Binge drinking reduced by strong state alcohol policies
People living in states with stronger alcohol policy environments have a substantially lower likelihood of any binge drinking, frequent binge drinking, and high-intensity binge drinking, according to... (Medical News Today)

Key to prescription drug misuse among young adults is likely peers, but not peer pressure
Current efforts to prevent prescription drug misuse among young adults need to consider peers - but not peer pressure - according to a Purdue University study. (Medical News Today)

ADHD, substance abuse and conduct disorder develop from the same neurocognitive deficits
Researchers at the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre have traced the origins of ADHD, substance abuse and conduct disorder, and found that they develop from the same... (Medical News Today)

Potential effects of legalization of marijuana on youth
Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to... (Medical News Today)

Aggressive behaviour increases adolescent drinking, depression doesn't
Adolescents who behave aggressively are more likely to drink alcohol and in larger quantities than their peers, according to a recent study completed in Finland. (Medical News Today)

Pre-pregnancy risk drinking predicts toddler behaviour problems
Risk drinking before pregnancy can increase the risk of the development behavioural problems in toddlers. (Medical News Today)

Development of brain function altered by prenatal alcohol exposure
Researchers from The Saban Research Institute suggest neural basis for symptoms of fetal alcohol spectrum disordersThis ia a fMRI scan of working memory activation in typically developing... (Medical News Today)

Study links risk-glorying video games to increases in teens' high-risk behavior
Previous studies show that violent video games increase adolescent aggressiveness, but new Dartmouth research finds for the first time that teenagers who play mature-rated, risk-glorifying video... (Medical News Today)

Studies find brief interventions ineffective for reducing unhealthy, problem drug use
Two studies in the August 6 issue of JAMA examine the effectiveness of using brief interventions in primary care settings to reduce drug use. In one study, Peter Roy-Byrne, M.D. (Medical News Today)

Adult health of a child adversely affected by having a family member jailed
New research shows that people who grew up in a household where a member was incarcerated have an 18-percent greater risk of experiencing poor health quality than adults who did not have a family... (Medical News Today)

Alcohol consumption lower for women in the military than for civilian women
While it is known that members of the U.S. military overall are more likely to use alcohol, a new study finds that female enlistees and female veterans are actually less likely to drink than their... (Medical News Today)

Naltrexone may be effective in diminishing impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease
Up to 20 percent of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and their families may confront a common but largely unrecognized challenge: the occurrence of impulse control disorders (ICDs) such as... (Medical News Today)

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)

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