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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

Hope for a cocaine vaccine to help addicts kick the habit
In their decades-long search for vaccines against drugs of abuse, scientists have hit upon a new approach to annul cocaine's addictive buzz. (Medical News Today)

Lungs from heavy drinkers can challenge recovery of transplant patients
Lung transplant patients who receive lungs from heavy drinkers are nearly nine times more likely to experience a life-threatening complication called primary graft dysfunction, a Loyola University... (Medical News Today)

Glass of wine a day may protect against heart failure
According to a new study, moderate drinking - up to seven small glasses of wine per week - may offer more protection against developing heart failure than abstinence from alcohol. (Medical News Today)

Communities throughout Australia need support to prevent, diagnose and help children and families living with fetal alcohol syndrome
One in eight children born in 2002 or 2003 and living in remote Fitzroy Valley communities in Western Australia have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a landmark study has found. (Medical News Today)

The use of alcohol-interactive prescription medication among US drinkers
Approximately 71 percent of American adults drink alcohol. While alcohol interacts negatively with a number of commonly prescribed medications, little is known on a population level about the use of... (Medical News Today)

Alcohol and drug problems a greater risk for adolescents who have insufficient and poor sleep
Sleep difficulties and insufficient sleep are common among American youth. Prior research has shown that poor sleep can predict alcohol-related problems and illicit drug use among adolescents and... (Medical News Today)

Personal and peer drinking during adolescence and beyond influenced by genes and environment
Alcohol use typically begins during adolescence, within social contexts, and is often correlated with the drinking of one's peers. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol disrupts sleep despite initial sedative effect
For individuals who drink before sleeping, alcohol initially acts as a sedative - marked by the delta frequency electroencephalogram (EEG) activity of Slow Wave Sleep (SWS) - but is later associated... (Medical News Today)

Exposure to alcohol ads on TV linked with underage drinking
A new study in JAMA Pediatrics finds an association between TV advertising of alcohol and onset and severity of drinking among adolescents. (Medical News Today)

Evidence lacking for the effectiveness of opioid drugs in the treatment of long-term chronic pain
A National Institutes of Health white paper finds little to no evidence for the effectiveness of opioid drugs in the treatment of long-term chronic pain, despite the explosive recent growth in the... (Medical News Today)

Eczema affects health habits and increases risk of heart disease
Eczema wreaks havoc on its sufferers' lives with health problems that are more than skin deep. (Medical News Today)

A harm-reduction approach to drug use needed by the US
The United States' law-and-order approach to reducing the supply of drugs and punishing sellers and users has impeded the development of a public health model that views drug addiction as a disease... (Medical News Today)

Levels of 'Molly,' aka ecstasy, spike in rivers near music festival
The illicit drug called "Molly" or ecstasy is a serious concern for parents, law enforcement and now for environmentalists. (Medical News Today)

Medical treatments for cancer and addiction may one day come from cone snail venom
While considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, snails have found a more intriguing use to scientists and the medical profession offering a plethora of research possibilities. (Medical News Today)

A step closer to a cocaine antidote
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have gained new insight into the mechanism behind a protein dopamine transporter that could help in the development of future medical treatment against... (Medical News Today)

Half of young victims of fatal crashes in 9 US states used either alcohol or marijuana
Half of young drivers who died in car crashes in American states such as California, Hawaii and West Virginia were under the influence of either alcohol or marijuana, or both. (Medical News Today)

Working extra hours linked to risky alcohol use
People who work at least 49 hours a week may be up to 13% more likely to engage in risky alcohol use, putting their health and career at risk, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

News from Annals of Family Medicine January/February 2015
Few Rural Physicians Trained to Provide Treatment for Opioid Use DisorderAmid rising rates of opioid use disorder and related unintentional lethal opioid overdoses, particularly in rural areas of... (Medical News Today)

Risk of chronic pancreatitis increased by interaction between smoking, alcohol and gene variant
Genetic mutations may link smoking and alcohol consumption to destruction of the pancreas observed in chronic pancreatitis, according to a 12-year study led by researchers at the University of... (Medical News Today)

Evidence suggests that some serious risks of long-term opioid therapy may be dose-dependent
Long-term opioid therapy is associated with increased risk for serious harms - some of which may be dose-dependent - according to a systematic review published in Annals of Internal Medicine. (Medical News Today)

The importance of alcohol warnings from parents
Parenting practices and restrictions when it comes to alcohol use can make a difference with adolescent drinking, and there is considerable value to consistent and sustained parental attitudes about... (Medical News Today)

Smokers' metabolisms may suggest which quitting aid is best for them
A new study has found that the nicotine patch and smoking cessation pills have different benefits for smokers, depending on whether they have a normal or slow metabolism. (Medical News Today)

Juvenile offenders with behavioral health issues benefit from Ohio's diversion program
An evaluation of Ohio's Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative in 11 counties by social work researchers at Case Western Reserve University found the program benefits most young... (Medical News Today)

Potential to predict future behavior through brain imaging
Noninvasive brain scans, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, have led to basic science discoveries about the human brain, but they've had only limited impacts on people's day-to-day lives. (Medical News Today)

Link between alcohol sales and alcohol deaths across regions of Great Britain
For the first time alcohol sales data, which act as a proxy for alcohol consumption, and alcohol-related deaths for regions in Great Britain have been analyzed. (Medical News Today)

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