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Califf, FDA top officials call for sweeping review of agency opioids policies
In response to the opioid abuse epidemic, Dr. Robert Califf, the FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, along with other FDA leaders, called for a far-reaching action plan to... (Medical News Today)

What's the impact of new marijuana laws? The data so far...
How has new legislation affected marijuana use in the United States? The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related... (Medical News Today)

Kidney Function: What Do The Kidneys Do?
The kidneys are essential for balancing our internal environment. This article looks at what the kidneys do, how they are affected by illness and how to keep them healthy. (Medical News Today)

Energy drinks: adverse heart reactions linked to more than two per day
A new study highlights the dangers of consuming more than two energy drinks per day, with patients presenting to the hospital with palpitations and chest pain. (Medical News Today)

Improvised naloxone nasal sprays lack evidence of absorption and effect
As the US FDA approves nasal Narcan, researchers at Britain's National Addiction Centre warn against using poorly-tested drug delivery systems. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol-related deaths increase for second year running, including 6% jump for women
The Office for National Statistics has released a provisional estimate of the number of alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2014. (Medical News Today)

Emergency visits by youth for mental health, addiction rise by 32 percent over 6 years
Demand for child and youth mental health care has been steadily rising throughout the health care system in Ontario, Canada, with the biggest growth being felt in emergency departments. (Medical News Today)

Improved vigilance of non-prescription medicine needed to reduce abuse, according to new survey
A cross-sectional survey has been used to estimate the prevalence of self-reported non-prescription medicine misuse, which has found that almost a fifth of people could have misused medicines in... (Medical News Today)

More than 3 million US women at risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancy
Sexually active women who stop using birth control should stop drinking alcohol, but most keep drinking.An estimated 3. (Medical News Today)

Can well-being therapy be helpful in cocaine use disorder?
A case report published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics explores the therapeutic potential of a special form of cognitive behavioral treatment that includes well-being... (Medical News Today)

VUMC study may offer answers for treating depression in alcoholics
A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is offering a glimmer of hope to alcoholics who find it hard to remain sober because their abstinence is hounded by stubborn... (Medical News Today)

What's that word again? Marijuana use linked with worse verbal memory
In a long-term study, researchers find that both past and present marijuana use is linked with diminished verbal memory in middle age. (Medical News Today)

Suffering repeated traumatic experiences throughout infancy and adolescence multiplies by 7 the risk of suffering psychosis during adulthood
A research carried out with participation of the University of Granada (UGR) proves that suffering repeated traumatic experiences throughout infancy and adolescence multiplies by 7 the risk of... (Medical News Today)

Study: New drug could be safer, non-addictive alternative to morphine
Researchers at Tulane University and Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a painkiller that is as strong as morphine but isn't likely to be addictive and with fewer side... (Medical News Today)

Is cannabis addictive? Are there treatments? Answers in new journal's roundtable discussion
What are the symptoms, risks, and health consequences of "cannabis use disorder," and what is the status of current research efforts to identify effective treatments for cannabis addiction? (Medical News Today)

Opioid prescribing for chronic pain -- achieving the right balance through education
In recent decades, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in opioid prescribing for chronic pain. (Medical News Today)

Use of psychosocial treatments in conjunction with medication for opioid addiction - recommended, but supporting research is sparse
Psychosocial interventions, used together with effective medications, are a key part of recommended treatment for opioid addiction. (Medical News Today)

New policies, educational programs help -- but don't solve -- problems with opioid abuse
A recent study showed that medical provider training, new clinic policies and efforts to "taper" opioid use for pain treatment could significantly reduce the level of opioid medication that... (Medical News Today)

Researchers uncover how dopamine transports within the brain
Researchers at University of Florida Health have discovered the mechanics of how dopamine transports into and out of brain cells, a finding that could someday lead to more effective treatment of... (Medical News Today)

Hookah bar workers at risk from secondhand smoke
Hookahs are gaining popularity among young people, but hookah bar employees end their shift with high levels of toxins and markers indicating a risk of heart and lung disease. (Medical News Today)

College students' internet overuse leads families to connect and conflict, new study finds
College students who are addicted to the Internet report positive and negative effects on their family relationships, according to new research from Georgia State University and the University of... (Medical News Today)

New study holds hope for improving outcomes for children exposed to methamphetamine
Supportive home environment may reduce behavioral and emotional issues.Despite continuing reports that methamphetamine abuse during pregnancy can lead to behavioral and emotional problems in... (Medical News Today)

Why are habits so hard to break?
Getting hooked changes the brain, scientists find.By now, you might have discovered that taming your sweet tooth as a New Year's resolution is harder than you think. (Medical News Today)

PCP (Phencyclidine): Facts, Effects and Health Risks
Learn about phencyclidine, the hallucinogenic drug that is commonly known as PCP. This article details its effects on the body and the health risks associated with its use. (Medical News Today)

Doping in sports: is it worth it?
Doping in sports is a big issue. What is it and what is being done to stop it? This spotlight looks at some of the issues, including gene doping and blood boosting. (Medical News Today)

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