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Could cannabis use help avert depression in PTSD?
A new study finds that, in people with PTSD, those who use cannabis are less likely to experience depressive episodes and suicidal thoughts than nonusers. (Medical News Today)

Can meditation, hypnosis, and CBT help address the opioid crisis?
A new review and meta-analysis has concluded that meditation, hypnosis, relaxation, and cognitive behavioral therapy can help reduce pain and opioid use. (Medical News Today)

CBD: Online interest is peaking
A new study looks at the number of Google searches for CBD or cannabidiol and finds that interest in CBD exceeds that in other alternative health topics. (Medical News Today)

Could a combination of psychedelics and meditation treat depression?
New research suggests that mindfulness meditation, together with psilocybin, can improve symptoms that have a close association with depression. (Medical News Today)

What to know about a headache behind the eyes
Many issues can cause a headache behind the eyes, from eye strain to more serious conditions, such as migraine. Here, find out more about the causes and how to treat them. (Medical News Today)

Impulsive behavior: What happens in the brain?
A recent study, carried out in rats, investigates which neural pathways and neurotransmitters might play a role in impulsive behavior. (Medical News Today)

What to know about codeine withdrawal
Codeine is a prescription medication that can sometimes cause addiction. A person who is dependent on codeine may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug. Learn about the symptoms of codeine withdrawal and their expected duration here, as well as the various treatment options available. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol intake and reduced brain volume: What explains the link?
Data from three different studies suggest that lower brain volume and a propensity for alcohol use may have the same underlying cause: genetic factors. (Medical News Today)

How does alcohol affect Crohn's disease?
Alcohol and many other foods and drinks can cause flare-ups for people with Crohn’s disease. Here, learn more about the relationship between alcohol and Crohn’s, what the research says, and how to manage the symptoms. (Medical News Today)

Atrial fibrillation: Daily alcoholic drink riskier than binge drinking
New research finds that frequent low alcohol consumption, such as one daily drink, has a higher risk of atrial fibrillation than infrequent binge drinking. (Medical News Today)

What is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?
Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a condition that some long term users of marijuana develop. The hallmarks of the condition include repeated and severe episodes of nausea and vomiting. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Mindfulness could boost opioid use disorder treatment
A new study offers evidence that mindfulness could boost the effectiveness of traditional therapy for opioid use disorder, improving control over cravings. (Medical News Today)

What to know about delirium
Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental function. It often affects older adults or people experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the links between alcohol and anxiety?
Many people use alcohol to reduce anxiety, but it can end up making anxiety worse in the long term. Learn about the link between alcohol and anxiety, and tips for coping here. (Medical News Today)

How to help people with cancer stop smoking
Quitting smoking after a cancer diagnosis can improve survival rates. A recent study tests a tailored tobacco treatment program for people with cancer. (Medical News Today)

Foods to eat and avoid when hungover
Certain foods and drinks may help to alleviate the symptoms of a hangover. Discover what to eat and drink and what to avoid when hungover. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol and dementia risk: A complex relationship
The relationship between alcohol consumption and dementia risk in older adults is proving difficult to unpick. A recent study takes a fresh look. (Medical News Today)

How does smoking weed affect a cold?
Some people claim that smoking cannabis can alleviate cold symptoms, while others say that it can make them worse. Learn about the potential benefits and disadvantages of smoking cannabis with a cold. (Medical News Today)

Reasons for not losing weight on a keto diet
The keto diet involves restricting carbohydrate intake to encourage the body to burn fat instead of glucose. This article outlines 10 reasons why a person may not lose weight despite following the keto diet. (Medical News Today)

Through my eyes: Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS)
My name is Regina Denny, and in 2018, I lost my son Brian to cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS). This is the story of Brian's death from CHS. (Medical News Today)

Weak ejaculation: What does it mean?
Weak ejaculation is where the force or amount of a person’s ejaculation is less than usual. Read on to find out the causes, symptoms, and how people treat weak ejaculation. (Medical News Today)

What does it feel like to be drunk? What you need to know
Although alcohol affects people in different ways and some people can drink more than others, drinking too much may cause a person to feel drunk. Learn more about the effects of alcohol by stage here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about the 10-panel drug test
A 10-panel drug test is a urine screen that looks for 10 of the prescription or illicit drugs people most frequently abuse. Learn about which drugs it looks for and their detection windows. (Medical News Today)

How to induce vomiting: What to know
Although people sometimes wish to induce vomiting to treat poisoning, to relieve nausea, or due to an eating disorder, there are no safe ways to do this at home. Learn more about the risks of inducing vomiting here. (Medical News Today)

What to do to reduce facial fat
Some people have concerns about excess facial fat. This article outlines seven tips for helping prevent and reduce excess facial fat. (Medical News Today)

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