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Marijuana: Could it slow Parkinson's disease progression?
A new comprehensive literature review suggests symptoms of Parkinson's disease could be treated with marijuana, which could potentially slow progression. (Medical News Today)

Beware: Children can passively 'smoke' marijuana, too
First study to successfully detect traces of marijuana chemicals in children's bodies.Relaxing with a joint around children is not very wise. (Medical News Today)

Risk for misuse of opioids and stimulants: what does employment status have to do with it?
Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that employment status is a factor in nonmedical use of prescription opioids and prescription stimulants. (Medical News Today)

'Baby boomers' on dope: Recreational marijuana use is on the rise among adults over 50
The recent legalization of recreational marijuana (cannabis) use in California, Colorado, and Washington reflect the sweeping changes in the attitudes and perceptions towards marijuana use in the... (Medical News Today)

Geophagy: "soil-eating" as an addictive behaviour
Between 30 and 80% of people in Africa, especially women, regularly eat clayey soil - this habit is known as geophagy. They consume between 100 and 400 g per day. (Medical News Today)

Moderate drinking may cause irregular heartbeat
Although some research suggests that light to moderate drinking is good for the heart, a new study shows it may lead to a form of arrhythmia. (Medical News Today)

White wine may raise melanoma risk
New study suggests alcohol intake should be considered a risk factor for melanoma, after finding white wine may be independently linked to the skin cancer. (Medical News Today)

Magic mushroom compound may help ease cancer-related depression
Two new studies suggest the hallucinogenic compound in magic mushrooms - psilocybin - may ease anxiety and depression in patients with advanced cancer. (Medical News Today)

Study suggests prescribing of baclofen for alcohol dependence "should be reconsidered"
The drug baclofen has received high visibility as a possible breakthrough treatment for alcohol dependence1. (Medical News Today)

Use of syringe services programs increases, but access must improve for greater HIV prevention
Use of syringe services programs (SSPs) has increased substantially during the past decade, but most people who inject drugs still don't always use sterile needles, according to a new CDC Vital... (Medical News Today)

Could marijuana use increase vulnerability to Alzheimer's?
Researchers have uncovered evidence that marijuana reduces blood flow in the brain, particularly in the hippocampus - the region affected by Alzheimer's. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol: Link between liver and brain may control consumption
Researchers discover a previously unrecognized genetic basis for alcohol consumption in a pathway that links a liver hormone to a brain receptor. (Medical News Today)

Fatal opioid overdose could be prevented with new vaccine
Scientists have created a vaccine that they say can stop opioid painkillers from reaching the brain, reducing the risk of death from opioid overdose. (Medical News Today)

Can alcohol reduce calorie intake?
How alcohol intake influences the amount of calories we consume is a hot topic for debate. New research using a rat model yields surprising results. (Medical News Today)

How does alcohol affect stroke risk? Study investigates
New, large-scale research examines the association between different patterns of alcohol consumption and different types of stroke. (Medical News Today)

Study in rats finds low blood alcohol levels have no effect on total calories consumed
Laboratory rats will drink alcohol if it's available, and may even get a little tipsy, researchers report in a new study. But they won't voluntarily drink until they're drunk. (Medical News Today)

New test for cocaine in urine and oral fluid could lead to rapid, low cost roadside testing
Academics in the University of Surrey's Department of Chemistry have developed a new diagnostic test for cocaine and benzoylecgonine (the main metabolite for cocaine) in urine and oral fluid. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana and mental illness: Low dopamine levels may play a role
New study says there is sufficient evidence that marijuana lowers dopamine levels in the brain, which may explain why some users experience mental illness. (Medical News Today)

135,000 alcohol-related cancer deaths predicted by 2035 in the UK
Alcohol will cause around 135,000 cancer deaths over the next 20 years and will cost the NHS an estimated £2 billion in treatments, according to estimates from a new report by Sheffield... (Medical News Today)

Marijuana may help combat substance abuse, mental health disorders
A new review suggests marijuana has the potential to treat substance use disorders - such as opioid addiction - and some mental health disorders. (Medical News Today)

Research finds that antibiotic may help in treatment of alcohol use disorder
To date, there are not particularly effective therapies for AUD, with only three FDA approved drugs along with behavioral modification programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. (Medical News Today)

Sex-related differences in the brain may affect pathways to substance abuse in adolescents with bipolar disorder
A new study has found that adolescents suffering from bipolar disorder are more likely to develop substance use disorders if they have lower gray matter volume in the brain, a clue that can help in... (Medical News Today)

The war on drugs has failed and doctors should lead calls for change, says The BMJ
The enforcement of prohibition - a ban on the production, supply, possession, and use of some drugs for non-medical purposes - causes huge harm, and doctors should lead calls for drug policy... (Medical News Today)

New compound eases pain like marijuana, without the 'high'
Researchers have identified a compound that alleviates chronic pain in the same way as marijuana, but without the side effects of the drug. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana use may temporarily weaken heart muscle
A new study links the use of marijuana to stress cardiomyopathy, a rare heart malfunction that has the same symptoms as a heart attack. (Medical News Today)

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