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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

Month-long residential program more likely to help young adults stay drug-free
Residential treatment may be an appropriate first-line option for young adults who are dependent on opioid drugs - including prescription painkillers and heroin - and may result in higher levels of... (Medical News Today)

Collisions among young drivers affected by drinking age laws
Minimum legal drinking age legislation in Canada can have a major impact on young drivers, according to a new study from the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia... (Medical News Today)

FDA approve new opioid with abuse-deterrent properties
A new opioid with properties making it difficult to crush, break or dissolve has been approved by the FDA, who say this is a vital step in addressing crisis of prescription abuse. (Medical News Today)

CDC: most excessive drinkers are not alcoholics
A study from the CDC finds that 1 in 3 adults in the US drink excessively - with most engaging in binge drinking - but only 10% of these meet the criteria for alcohol dependence. (Medical News Today)

Snus use in Norway has tripled in five years
The increase in Scandinavian snus consumption in Norway is highest among young people, according to a new report from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. (Medical News Today)

Should we adjust substance use disorder treatment for depressed adolescents?
Although depression and substance use disorders commonly co-occur in adolescents, little is known about how depression influences adolescent substance use disorder treatment retention and outcomes. (Medical News Today)

The effects of childhood adversity on problem drinking
While the influence of heritable factors on the development of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) has been documented in family pedigree and twin studies for decades, identification of specific genetic... (Medical News Today)

Youths with a family history of substance use disorders have less efficient forebrain
Researchers and clinicians know that youths with a family history of alcohol and other drug use disorders (FH+) have a greater risk of developing substance-use disorders (SUDs) than their peers with... (Medical News Today)

Cocaine users experience abnormal blood flow, risk heart disease
Cocaine users complaining of chest pain may have abnormal blood flow in the heart's smallest blood vessels that may not be detected in regular testing, putting these patients at risk for heart... (Medical News Today)

Datasets used by policymakers, scientists for public health analyses inconsistent
Commercially available datasets containing a wealth of information about food and alcohol establishments differ significantly, raising concerns about their reliability as sources of information that... (Medical News Today)

Politicians must value our children as much as the elderly or Britain faces 'serious consequences', says top children's doctor
Children's doctors are today issuing a stark warning to the next Government - claiming if politicians don't get to grips with improving child health, the economic and social burden on the NHS will... (Medical News Today)

Specific brain neurons responsible for nicotine addiction
It was previously thought drug addiction results from two separate brain systems, but a new study suggests neurons in the reward system are active during both use and withdrawal. (Medical News Today)

Opioid use may increase mortality in chronic pain patients
Associations between opioid-related overdoses and increased prescription of opioids for chronic noncancer pain are well known. (Medical News Today)

Exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke linked to reduced blood vessel function
Breathing secondhand marijuana smoke may be as bad for health as exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke; researchers found it reduced blood vessel function in rats by 70%. (Medical News Today)

What brain studies reveal about the risk of adolescent alcohol use and abuse
Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) are zeroing in on brain factors and behaviors that put teens at risk of alcohol use and abuse even before they start drinking. (Medical News Today)

The importance of brain reward pathway
NIH study in rodents identifies a pathway that starts with glutamate and ends with activation of dopamine reward systemDetails of the role of glutamate, the brain's excitatory chemical, in a... (Medical News Today)

Moderate alcohol benefits: only for 15% of population
A new study confirms that moderate alcohol consumption can protect against coronary heart disease, but only for the 15% of the population that have a particular genotype. (Medical News Today)

Cannabis extract can have dramatic effect on brain cancer, says new research
Experts have shown that when certain parts of cannabis are used to treat cancer tumours alongside radio therapy treatment the growths can virtually disappear. (Medical News Today)

Queensland research helping reduce road fatalities in China
Changes to China's drink driving laws are catching the community off guard with more than 70 per cent of people unaware of the blood alcohol limits that could see them face criminal charges... (Medical News Today)

The long-term effects of marijuana on the brain
The effects of chronic marijuana use on the brain may depend on age of first use and duration of use, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. (Medical News Today)

Changes in a single gene's action can control addiction and depression-related behaviors
Regulation of a single, specific gene in a brain region related to drug addiction and depression is sufficient to reduce drug and stress responses, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School... (Medical News Today)

Effective treatment for sleep disturbance may lower risk of drug and alcohol relapse recovery
Insomnia is a "prevalent and persistent" problem for patients in the early phases of recovery from the disease of addiction - and may lead to an increased risk of relapse, according to a report in... (Medical News Today)

Enough is enough: drunks in EDs being violent and harming others, Australia
In the largest survey of alcohol harm in emergency departments undertaken in Australasia, the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) has demonstrated that alcohol harm is having a... (Medical News Today)

The future of children with behavioral disorders affected by alcohol consumption and poor academics
Childhood behavioral conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder are linked with an increased risk of being convicted of a felony later in life, with heavy... (Medical News Today)

Engineers develop material for better detectors
University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs. (Medical News Today)

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