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Pitt researchers to study impact of adolescent brain development and substance abuse
A research team in the department of psychiatry, at the University of Pittsburgh, has been awarded a $5 Million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to participate in a multi-site study... (Medical News Today)

Smoking and heavy alcohol use are associated with epigenetic signs of aging
Cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol use cause epigenetic changes to DNA that reflect accelerated biological aging in distinct, measurable ways, according to research presented at the American Society... (Medical News Today)

Sex is more likely on days college students use marijuana or binge drink
Undergraduate college students were more likely to have sex on days they used marijuana or binged on alcohol than on days they didn't, new research from Oregon State University has found. (Medical News Today)

Warning labels should be introduced to prevent digital addiction, Bournemouth University (BU) research finds
Labels and messages could encourage responsible use of digital devices and raise awareness of potential side effectsWarning labels and messages should be introduced on digital devices to... (Medical News Today)

Extremely active rats become lazy when they artificially receive 'runners' high'
Past research has shown that the pleasure and reward centers of the brain are activated similarly by dangerous drugs as well as by exercise, which is why therapies have been developed for drug... (Medical News Today)

Emergency department visit provides opportunity to reduce underage drinking
Five-year trial has positive outcomeThe results of a five-year trial from faculty at the University of Michigan Injury Center found giving youth in the emergency department a short intervention... (Medical News Today)

Should women consume alcohol during pregnancy?
In The BMJ this week, experts discuss the evidence and current guidelines on the controversial topic of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. (Medical News Today)

Risk profiling is key to managing pain in era of opioid abuse
Social dynamics, family history critical to identifying those most likely to abuse pain medicinesPatients undergoing rehabilitation for physical injuries and their physicians can better... (Medical News Today)

NYU research: Severe liver damage in mid/late-adulthood among PWID with chronic HCV
Few people who inject drugs are engaged in needed care for chronic HCV infection; early engagement in treatment needs to be a policy priority for these individualsThe Hepatitis C virus (HCV)... (Medical News Today)

Low income areas have most shops selling alcohol and tobacco
Scotland's most economically deprived neighbourhoods have more off-licences and shops selling tobacco than wealthier parts of the country, a study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Drinking trends across Europe increasing bowel cancer risk
It has been estimated that around one in 10 cases of bowel cancer can be linked to alcohol consumption1 and the risk increases the more alcohol you drink2. (Medical News Today)

Codeine-related deaths in Australia double between 2000 and 2009
The rate of codeine-related deaths in Australia more than doubled between 2000 and 2009, driven primarily by an increase in accidental overdoses, according to research published in the Medical... (Medical News Today)

Scientists closer to controlling body temperature in response to 'fight or flight'
New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that blocking TRPV1 protein causes an increased release of noradrenaline, leading to an increase in core body temperaturesNew research published online... (Medical News Today)

Online e-cigarette vendors engage customers using popular internet tools
First introduced in the United States in 2007, electronic cigarettes have risen dramatically in part because they are popularly considered safer and more socially acceptable than combustible... (Medical News Today)

High opioid use in older people with COPD raises safety concerns
Study based on records for more than 120,000 adults in Ontario age 66 and older with COPDResearchers are raising safety concerns about high rates of new opioid use among older adults with chronic... (Medical News Today)

Are you addicted to shopping?
Evidence supporting the classification of excessive shopping as an addiction has been established, and a new seven-point assessment tool created. (Medical News Today)

Smartphone distraction can ruin a relationship
People who cannot stop checking their smartphones may be contributing to depression in their romantic partners, says research into 'phubbing.' (Medical News Today)

Online affairs can be addictive, new OU study finds
A new study by psychology academics at The Open University is the first in the UK to explore the impact of internet infidelity among those with real experience of it and sees how it is directly... (Medical News Today)

Enzyme malfunction may be why binge drinking can lead to alcoholism, Stanford study finds
A malfunctioning enzyme may be a reason that binge drinking increases the odds of alcoholism, according to a study by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (Medical News Today)

Babies with drug withdrawal syndrome more likely to be readmitted
Infants diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms at birth, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), are nearly two and a half times as likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the first... (Medical News Today)

Opioid misuse continues to dominate for treatment use, spread of disease & drug-related deaths
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) produces an annual report of the latest data available on drug demand and drug supply in all 28 EU Member States plus Norway and... (Medical News Today)

Doctors trained to be confidantes for risk-taking teenagers
Doctors have successfully reduced risk-taking behaviour in teenagers and young people, in a world-first trial led by the University of Melbourne. (Medical News Today)

Study's message to recovering alcoholics: Quit smoking to stay sober
Adult smokers with a history of problem drinking who continue smoking are at a greater risk of relapsing three years later compared with adults who do not smoke. (Medical News Today)

Primary care-based addiction treatment lowers substance dependence in people with HIV
A program developed at Boston Medical Center (BMC), which integrates addiction treatment into primary care for patients with or at risk for HIV, has been shown to lower patients' substance dependence... (Medical News Today)

Primary care-based addiction treatment lowers substance dependence in people with or at high risk of HIV
A program developed at Boston Medical Center (BMC), which integrates addiction treatment into primary care for patients with or at risk for HIV, has been shown to lower patients' substance... (Medical News Today)

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