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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

Animal study finds sons of cocaine-using fathers have profound memory impairments
Fathers who use cocaine at the time of conceiving a child may be putting their sons at risk of learning disabilities and memory loss. (Medical News Today)

Many patients receive prescription opioids during treatment for opioid addiction
More than two in five people receiving buprenorphine, a drug commonly used to treat opioid addiction, are also given prescriptions for other opioid painkillers - and two-thirds are prescribed... (Medical News Today)

Brain scans could help doctors predict adolescents' problem drug use before it starts
There's an idea out there of what a drug-addled teen is supposed to look like: impulsive, unconscientious, smart, perhaps - but not the most engaged. (Medical News Today)

Brainy teens may be less likely to smoke, but more likely to drink and use cannabis
Brainy teens may be less likely to smoke, but more likely to drink alcohol and use cannabis, than their less academically gifted peers, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (Medical News Today)

Cocaine addiction leads to build-up of iron in brain
Cocaine addiction may affect how the body processes iron, leading to a build-up of the mineral in the brain, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. (Medical News Today)

Heavy drinking may raise cardiovascular risk by aging the arteries
A new study suggests long-term, consistent heavy drinking may cause arteries to age prematurely and increase cardiovascular risk, especially in men. (Medical News Today)

Nicotine changes how nicotinic receptors are grouped on brain cells
Nicotine the primary compound found within tobacco smoke is known to change the grouping of some subtypes of nicotinic receptors, but the mechanisms for nicotine addiction remain unclear. (Medical News Today)

Amphetamine use may 'speed up' heart aging
Using amphetamines may accelerate aging of the heart, suggest researchers. They emphasize that stimulant abusers do physiological and cardiovascular harm. (Medical News Today)

Mixing opioids and alcohol may increase likelihood of dangerous respiratory complication
Taking one oxycodone tablet together with even a modest amount of alcohol increases the risk of a potentially life-threatening side effect known as respiratory depression, which causes breathing to... (Medical News Today)

Addicted individuals less responsive to reward-anticipation
It may be difficult for addicted individuals to learn when they can expect a reward. (Medical News Today)

Scientists show deep brain stimulation blocks heroin relapse in rats
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found that deep brain stimulation (DBS) can greatly reduce the compulsion to use heroin in standard rat models of addiction. (Medical News Today)

'Synthetic marijuana' may cause serious harm to health
A new review summarizes the adverse health effects linked to synthetic cannabinoids - drugs often marketed as a safe and a legal alternative to marijuana. (Medical News Today)

Bulimia symptoms reduced with electrical brain stimulation
Symptoms of bulimia nervosa may be reduced through the delivery of electricity to certain areas of the brain, according to King's College London. (Medical News Today)

Scientists discover why LSD 'acid trip' lasts so long
Scientists have made a discovery that explains why 'acid trips' last for so long when LSD molecules are cleared from the bloodstream in a couple of hours. (Medical News Today)

Can Marijuana Help Treat Fibromyalgia?
Many people use marijuana as for pain relief, so might it be used as treatment for fibromyalgia? Learn about what research has to say about the drug. (Medical News Today)

Heavy alcohol use in adolescence alters brain electrical activity
Long-term heavy use of alcohol in adolescence alters cortical excitability and functional connectivity in the brain, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio... (Medical News Today)

The global toll of fetal alcohol syndrome
Worldwide, an estimated 119,000 children are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) each year, a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows. (Medical News Today)

What are the risks and benefits of cannabis use? New report sheds light
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have analyzed over 10,000 studies to better understand the benefits and harms of cannabis. (Medical News Today)

Can Marijuana Help Treat ADHD?
Learn if marijuana affects ADHD and if medical marijuana is available as a treatment. What are the risks, and can marijuana treat children with ADHD? (Medical News Today)

More older Americans using cannabis, underscoring need for research
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has reported that cannabis use by persons over age 50 has outpaced recent growth observed across all other age groups. (Medical News Today)

A surprise advance in the treatment of adult cancers
A team of researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has found an epigenetic modification that might be the cause of 15% of adult cancers of the throat... (Medical News Today)

Current controls on alcohol marketing are not protecting youth, warn public health experts
Leading public health experts warn that youth around the world are exposed to extensive alcohol marketing, and that current controls on that marketing appear ineffective in blocking the association... (Medical News Today)

New framework could help online addicts reduce their usage
Research has shown that internet addicts do not always feel guilty about their usage, and in many cases, they do not even perceive their usage as problematic. (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify factors associated with stopping treatment for opioid dependence
Individuals with opioid use disorder who are treated with buprenorphine, a commonly prescribed drug to treat addiction, are more likely to disengage from treatment programs if they are black or... (Medical News Today)

Gambling addiction triggers the same brain areas as drug and alcohol cravings
Gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, suggests new research. (Medical News Today)

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