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Mon, 20 May 2019, 15:59 GMT

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Everything you need to know about beriberi
Beriberi is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when a person has a severe thiamine deficiency. Learn more about the risk factors and symptoms here. (Medical News Today)

What are the best ways to stop overeating?
Overeating can lead to obesity and other health problems over time. However, people can take simple steps to control their appetite and eat more healthfully. These steps include eating slowly, checking portion sizes, and reducing stress. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Ulcerative colitis: Does drinking alcohol make it worse?
Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation in the digestive system. Alcohol may cause the condition to become worse. Learn more about the links between ulcerative colitis and alcohol here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about the GGT test
The GGT test is a simple blood test that helps doctors diagnose liver or bile duct damage. Learn more about the GGT test, normal and abnormal ranges, and the procedure, here. (Medical News Today)

What foods reduce testosterone?
Certain foods influence hormones. Soy products, dairy, and alcohol all reduce testosterone. Lifestyle changes can help a person maintain their hormone levels. Learn more about some of the foods that lower testosterone here. (Medical News Today)

Why might smoking and drinking alcohol raise the risk of osteoporosis?
Study uncovers a stress signaling cell mechanism through which damage to mitochondria can disrupt bone creation-resorption balance to promote osteoporosis. (Medical News Today)

Global alcohol intake has increased by 70%, study warns
A large new study shows that global alcohol intake increased sharply between 1990 and 2017. This pattern is set to continue up to 2030, the authors warn. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking prednisone?
Whether a person can drink alcohol while taking prednisone depends on a range of factors, including the length of the treatment, the dosage, and how much alcohol they drink. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What is liver fibrosis?
Liver fibrosis occurs when chronic injury or inflammation causes a buildup of scar tissue. This interferes with the liver’s ability to function and regenerate. In this article, we look at how liver fibrosis develops and when treatment can reverse the damage. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana users less likely to be overweight, obese
New research examines the link between body mass index and cannabis use. The findings may seem counterintuitive, given that marijuana increases appetite. (Medical News Today)

What to know about hair follicle drug tests
Hair follicle drug tests involving taking a small hair sample to determine whether a person has been using illicit drugs or misusing prescription medications within the past 3 months. Learn more about how these tests work here. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to mix Flagyl and alcohol?
Doctors advise people to avoid drinking alcohol when taking the antibiotic Flagyl. This is because serious drug interactions and side effects can occur. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Can you drink alcohol with antibiotics?
Alcohol can interact with some antibiotics. This interaction can reduce their effectiveness or cause mild to severe side effects. In this article, we look at whether people should limit alcohol or avoid it completely when taking various antibiotics. (Medical News Today)

Experimental drug may ease opioid withdrawal symptoms
New research suggests that a drug that scientists initially developed to treat major depressive disorder may be an effective therapy for opioid addiction. (Medical News Today)

Through my eyes: Living with anxiety and addiction
The most memorable and joyous moments of my life are laced with a dark cloak of anxiety. Read about my journey to recovery from both anxiety and addiction. (Medical News Today)

How marijuana affects the body
Marijuana has several potential physical and psychological effects on the body, such as lung irritation and increased appetite. Learn more about the effects of marijuana on the body here. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol use disorder: Brain damage may progress despite sobriety
Scientists have compared the brains of people with alcohol use disorder with those of people without the disorder. They also studied rodents. (Medical News Today)

'Even moderate alcohol consumption increases stroke risk'
A large cohort study in a Chinese population contradicts previous findings suggesting that moderate alcohol intake can protect against stroke. (Medical News Today)

The 'burden of disease' in those who recover from addiction
A recent investigation into health conditions that develop in people recovering from addiction reveals that more than one-third have a chronic disease. (Medical News Today)

Possible reasons weight loss is not working
Efforts to lose weight may not work for a range of reasons. A person may be following an ineffective fad diet, or consuming sugary drinks, or exercising more but making no dietary changes, for example. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal
Caffeine withdrawal symptoms can occur when a person abruptly stops consuming caffeine. Symptoms can last for a week or more and include headaches, fatigue, mood changes, concentration difficulties, and constipation. Learn more about caffeine withdrawal here. (Medical News Today)

Could cannabis use contribute to psychosis?
Researchers have found strong associations between the frequent use of highly potent cannabis and reports of first-time psychotic episodes. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to mix ibuprofen and alcohol?
Ibuprofen is a common medication that people use to reduce pain and inflammation. In this article, we discuss the risks of mixing alcohol and ibuprofen. (Medical News Today)

Munchies: Does cannabis really increase desire for junk food?
A recent study charts the effect of recreational marijuana laws on the purchase of junk food. Their findings provide new evidence for the 'munchies.' (Medical News Today)

Can our surroundings fuel addiction?
New research finds that environmental cues related to drugs can strengthen memories and implicitly make addictive habits harder to kick. (Medical News Today)

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