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Botanists conduct first large-scale genetic study of marijuana, hemp
A study by Canadian researchers is providing a clearer picture of the evolutionary history and genetic organization of cannabis, a step that could have agricultural, medical and legal implications... (Medical News Today)

Education positively impacts safe opioid prescribing among clinicians
Educating clinicians on how to safely prescribe opioids can help decrease opioid misuse among chronic pain sufferers. (Medical News Today)

Many parents unaware of e-cigarette dangers to children
As the use of e-cigarettes has risen dramatically in the United States in recent years, so have calls to poison centers about them. (Medical News Today)

Opioid receptor gene variations associated with neonatal abstinence syndrome severity
A new study led by researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) indicates that variations in opioid receptor genes are associated with more severe neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in newborn babies. (Medical News Today)

Giving pharmacists the power to combat opioid overdoses
In response to the growing opioid crisis, several states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, have granted pharmacists the authority to provide naloxone rescue kits without a prescription to... (Medical News Today)

Young adults believe hookah, e-cigs are safer than cigarettes
Many college students are making their way back to campus this month, and back to the habits - good or bad - that dorm-life promotes. (Medical News Today)

Polygamy and alcohol linked to physical abuse in African marriages
African women in polygamous marriages or with alcoholic husbands have a significantly higher risk of being physically abused by their husbands than women in monogamous marriages or women whose... (Medical News Today)

Something to chew on - millions of lives blighted by smokeless tobacco
More than a quarter of a million people die each year from using smokeless tobacco, researchers at the University of York have concluded. (Medical News Today)

Study documents extent of unexpected sexual consequences for young women who drink alcohol
In-depth interviews conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine of 20 young women attending an urban sexually transmitted disease clinic have documented a variety of... (Medical News Today)

Study finds nicotine changes marijuana's effect on the brain
How scientists study the effects of marijuana on the brain is changing. Until recently marijuana research largely excluded tobacco users from its participant pool, but scientists at the Center for... (Medical News Today)

Long-term brain changes persist years after drug abuse and recovery
It's known that brain changes are present in drug addicts even when they have been abstinent for a short period of time. (Medical News Today)

Just one or two drinks a day could increase risk for certain cancers
New research in The BMJ has linked light to moderate drinking with greater risk of specific cancers, including breast, liver, colon and oral cancers. (Medical News Today)

Accuracy of sexual assault testimonies not affected by alcohol intoxication, study finds
People are often concerned about the accuracy of testimony given by victims who were intoxicated during a sexual assault - but a new study by University of Leicester researchers has found that... (Medical News Today)

Opiate addiction spreading, becoming more complex
The growing availability of heroin, combined with programs aimed at curbing prescription painkiller abuse, may be changing the face of opiate addiction in the U.S., according to sociologists. (Medical News Today)

Study examines Florida's pill mill law, prescription drug monitoring program
Legislative efforts by the state of Florida to reduce prescription drug abuse and diversion appear to be associated with modest decreases in opioid prescribing and use, according to an article... (Medical News Today)

Long-term brain changes persist years after drug abuse and recovery
It's known that brain changes are present in drug addicts even when they have been abstinent for a short period of time. (Medical News Today)

Cravings may be reduced with Tetris
A new study has revealed how playing Tetris for just a few minutes a day can help reduce the feeling of cravings, such as those for food, cigarettes and alcohol. (Medical News Today)

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia calls for more research into medicinal cannabis
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has released a position statement on the investigation of the potential therapeutic value of and therefore possible medicinal uses for cannabis. (Medical News Today)

Scientists create opioids using yeast
Researchers from Stanford University reveal how they genetically modified yeast to create opioids - the most widely used painkillers in the US. (Medical News Today)

Dentists tapped for new role: Drug screenings
A visit to the dentist has the potential to be more than a checkup of our teeth as patients are increasingly screened for medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. (Medical News Today)

New study reveals Tetris can block cravings
Playing 'on the go' reduced cravings by one... (Medical News Today)

Nicotine "no more harmful to health than caffeine"
Public confusion reigns with 9 in 10 believing nicotine is harmful to healthThe Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is calling for public confusion over nicotine to be addressed as a way... (Medical News Today)

Sport TV exposing children to thousands of alcohol-adverts per year
New research from Monash University shows that children are being exposed to thousands of alcohol adverts when watching sport TV, questioning the effectiveness of advertising regulations designed to... (Medical News Today)

Study examines how and why states adopt drunk driving laws
How do states decide what laws to adopt to prevent alcohol-impaired driving and keep their roads safe? (Medical News Today)

Sexting and internet safety climb top 10 list of child health concerns
Concerns about depression, hunger and school safety rise among African American respondentsWith more kids online and using cell phones at increasingly younger ages, two issues have quickly... (Medical News Today)

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