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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

Cannabis and the brain: Recent studies shed new light
Brain research that featured at a recent conference suggests that the potential benefits and harms of marijuana or its compounds vary with age and disease. (Medical News Today)

What are the treatments for addiction?
Addiction is a harmful, ongoing disorder that only gets worse over time without treatment. A range of interventions and rehabilitation programs is available, but treating addiction often requires active participation from the person with the condition. Read on to learn more. (Medical News Today)

What causes addiction?
Addiction is a complex and chronic mental health disorder that has a range of interlocking causes, including brain chemistry, environmental influences, and underlying psychological difficulties. Read on to learn more about the causes of addiction. (Medical News Today)

How does a doctor diagnose addiction?
Addiction is complicated, and the main psychological treatment body has a range of specific criteria for recognizing and treatment it. The first step towards receiving a diagnosis is recognizing a problem with substance use. Read on to learn more about how to receive a diagnosis of addiction. (Medical News Today)

How lights and sounds encourage risky behavior
A new study investigates how visual and auditory cues increase risk-taking behavior. The findings provide a much-needed insight into gambling addiction. (Medical News Today)

Forms of tobacco that give you cancer
Many people try nicotine replacement or vaping as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, people often speculate as to whether there is a link between nicotine consumption and cancer. The consensus is also unclear as to whether smokeless tobacco causes cancer. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the symptoms of addiction?
The onset of addiction might at first be slow and unsuspecting. But addiction has clear physical, psychological, and social effects that can indicate to a person that their substance use or behaviors have started to impact their lives and those around them negatively. (Medical News Today)

What are the complications of addiction?
Addiction is a chronic condition in which a person is unable to stop taking a substance or engaging in an activity despite negative effects on their life. Addiction has many complications that work together to impact a person with the disease and the people around them. Read on to learn more. (Medical News Today)

What is addiction?
Addiction is a disease in which a person finds themselves unable to stop using a substance or engaging in a behavior. It can damage physical and psychological health, relationships, and professional obligations. Read on to learn more about addiction and its symptoms and treatments. (Medical News Today)

What are the risk factors for addiction?
The main risk factor of addiction is taking a mood-altering substance or engaging in an addictive behavior for the first time. However, other, more complex risk factors can lead to addiction or make it worse. Read on to learn more. (Medical News Today)

Cannabis withdrawal can be 'highly disabling'
Cannabis withdrawal syndrome is real and can have 'highly disabling' effects — especially psychologically — warn the authors of a new study. (Medical News Today)

Prone to binge drinking? This might be why
A new brain study may explain why some people are more prone to binge drinking than others and reveals a new drug target that may relieve addiction. (Medical News Today)

What to know about urine drug screening
Doctors, sports officials, or employers may request a urine drug screen to check if a person has recently used illegal or prescription drugs. Urine tests can detect many substances, including alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana. The detection times differ, depending on the drug. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Can you drink alcohol if you have COPD?
The link between alcohol and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is unclear. While smoking is the biggest cause and risk factor for COPD, alcohol may also play a role. Whether a person with COPD can drink alcohol safely may depend on factors such as the severity of symptoms. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Higher risk of alcohol- and suicide-related death in diabetes
Diabetes can severely impact a person's mental health. This may be why people with this condition are more at risk of death by suicide or due to alcohol. (Medical News Today)

How do you lose belly fat?
Belly fat, or excess fat around the abdomen, has causes that include lack of exercise, poor diet, and stress. Being more active, improving nutrition, getting better sleep, and cutting alcohol intake can all help people to shed belly fat. Learn more about the causes of belly fat, and how best to lose it, here. (Medical News Today)

Is there a link between marijuana and COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a group of long-term lung conditions. Here, we explore whether marijuana can cause, worsen, or even help to treat COPD, and we examine the research behind these claims. (Medical News Today)

Just how harmful is it to have 1 drink per day?
New research is piling up evidence indicating that even light drinking increases a person's risk of various health issues, as well as premature death. (Medical News Today)

Drug overdose rates are rising, but can we 'curb the epidemic for good?'
Scientists have conducted in-depth research into drug overdose trends. The findings may help specialists devise strategies to curtail this growing problem. (Medical News Today)

Genetics may determine severe alcohol withdrawal
The sudden cessation of drinking in people with harmful drinking habits leads to withdrawal symptoms. But how do genes influence symptom severity? (Medical News Today)

How cannabinoid drugs affect the experience of pain
A new study reviews the effects of cannabis on the experience of pain. The results highlight the affective component in cannabis's pain-relieving effects. (Medical News Today)

Using the immune system to combat addiction
An unlikely relationship between immune proteins and addictive behavior may help researchers design innovative ways to tackle cravings and beat addiction. (Medical News Today)

How can I sleep with rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disorder that affects the immune system and may cause joint stiffness or pain. RA may make sleep difficult, and a lack of sleep may make the condition worse. There are many tips for improving sleep including avoiding caffeine and alcohol. Learn more about how to sleep better with RA here. (Medical News Today)

Health benefits of hemp seeds
Hemp seeds are small, brown seeds from the Cannabis sativa plant. They have a rich nutritional profile, with high concentrations of protein and healthful fatty acids. Wide-ranging research suggests that the seeds may reduce symptoms of specific ailments. Learn more about the benefits of hemp seeds here. (Medical News Today)

Can dietary changes help with microscopic colitis?
Microscopic colitis (MC) is an inflammation of the bowel lining that causes recurrent diarrhea and abdominal pain. Doctors can often successfully treat MC using medication. However, some people with MC may benefit from trying probiotics or avoiding foods containing lactose, gluten, and caffeine. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

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