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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

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)

Did teen perception, use of marijuana change after recreational use legalized?
Marijuana use increased and the drug's perceived harmfulness decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington after marijuana was legalized for recreational use by adults but there was no... (Medical News Today)

Routine drug screening should be part of primary care settings, UCLA study recommends
A few minutes of counseling could steer people away from risky drug use.The misuse of both prescription and illicit drugs is so prevalent in Tijuana and East Los Angeles that community clinics... (Medical News Today)

Traffic fatalities decline in states with medical marijuana laws
States that enacted medical marijuana laws, on average, experienced reductions in traffic fatalities, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana use and schizophrenia: New evidence suggests link
Recent findings appear to reconfirm evidence of a two-way link between schizophrenia and cannabis use, suggesting that one leads to the other. (Medical News Today)

CNS Depression: Symptoms and Treatment
What is CNS depression and how common is it? What are the symptoms of CNS depression, how is it diagnosed, and what treatments are available? (Medical News Today)

Going dry for January? How reducing alcohol intake can benefit health
Are you thinking about cutting back on the liquor in 2017? We look at the effects of drinking and how reducing alcohol intake can benefit health. (Medical News Today)

Casual cannabis use: Is there a link to depression?
A new study suggests that casual users of marijuana have a stronger relationship with negative moods, compared with heavy and nonusers. (Medical News Today)

Teen substance use shows promising decline
The 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) annual survey results released from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reflect changing teen behaviors and choices in a social media-infused world. (Medical News Today)

Study examines potential effect of regular marijuana use on vision
A small, preliminary study has found an abnormality involving the retina that may account for altered vision in regular cannabis users. The results are published online by JAMA Ophthalmology. (Medical News Today)

Study finds new pathways to treat non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease
Researchers from the University of South Carolina, Duke University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Metabolon Inc. (Medical News Today)

Psoriasis and Alcohol: What's the Link?
Psoriasis is a common skin condition but what is it and what are its causes and triggers? Does alcohol affect psoriasis? If so, how? (Medical News Today)

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)

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