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Quitting smoking may lower alcohol intake
Researchers find smokers who have attempted to quit in the past week drink less alcohol than those who have not tried to give up smoking. (Medical News Today)

New review concludes that evidence for alcohol causing cancer is strong
A new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and... (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify brain circuits that help people cope with stress
Research supported by the National Institutes of Health has identified brain patterns in humans that appear to underlie "resilient coping," the healthy emotional and behavioral responses to stress... (Medical News Today)

Novel biomarkers can help detect illegal blood doping in athletes
Currently, there is no accurate test for autologous blood transfusions, but new tools may help find cheating athletes, according to a new report in Transfusion Medicine Reviews. (Medical News Today)

Medication implant may improve opioid abstinence among adults with opioid dependence
In a study appearing in JAMA, Richard N. Rosenthal, M.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and colleagues examined if 6-month subdermal buprenorphine implants maintained... (Medical News Today)

Why do stand-up comedians die young?
A landmark study shows that stand-up comedians are more likely to have a premature death than comedy actors or dramatic actors. Why is this the case? (Medical News Today)

Mass imprisonment of drug users driving global epidemics of HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis
The War on Drugs, mass incarceration of drug users, and the failure to provide proven harm reduction and treatment strategies has led to high levels of HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B and C... (Medical News Today)

Why scientists are calling for experiments on ecstasy
MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug - a category reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high... (Medical News Today)

Joint study examines oxytocin's role in binge eating
A study by York University researcher Caroline Davis and her colleagues at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is the first to demonstrate that variants of the Oxytocin Receptor... (Medical News Today)

Interventions do not improve viral suppression among hospitalized patients with HIV infection and substance use
In a study appearing in the July 12 issue of JAMA, an HIV/AIDS theme issue, Lisa R. Metsch, Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

UNC experts: Doctors shouldn't routinely recommend e-cigarettes to smokers
The health benefits of quitting smoking are widely accepted, but researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have taken issue with the suggestion that doctors should routinely... (Medical News Today)

New Penn research shows average joint contains much less marijuana than thought
How much marijuana does the average joint contain?"It seems like an odd question but major policy questions depend on the answer," said Greg Ridgeway, an associate professor of criminology... (Medical News Today)

Small rise in booze duty might cut violence-fuelled emergency department visits by 6000/year, UK
Tax system reforms in England and Wales might be better than minimum unit pricing. (Medical News Today)

Some surgical procedures associated with risk for chronic opioid use
Common surgical procedures were associated with increased risk for chronic opioid use in the first year after surgery by opioid-naïve patients - those who had not filled a prescription for the... (Medical News Today)

Chronic opioid use risks increase with knee surgery, cesarean
A new study reveals that the 11 most common types of surgery increase risks of chronic opioid use, adding fuel to the 'opioid epidemic' in America. (Medical News Today)

Teen vaping could reverse progress in the control of tobacco
Nicotine experimentation could become nicotine addiction for youth who never used any other tobacco products, USC study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Medical marijuana linked to reduced prescription drug use
Researchers find that between 2010-2013, states that had legalized the use of medical marijuana saw a fall in prescription drug use. (Medical News Today)

Not blowing smoke: Research finds medical marijuana lowers prescription drug use
Medical marijuana is having a positive impact on the bottom line of Medicare's prescription drug benefit program in states that have legalized its use for medicinal purposes, according to... (Medical News Today)

Researchers pinpoint neurons that tell the brain when to stop drinking
Activation of D2 neurons could discourage alcoholics from wanting another drink. (Medical News Today)

Smoking cannabis with tobacco increases risk of dependence
A recent large-scale survey investigating cannabis use in 18 countries finds that mixing it with tobacco lessens an individuals motivation to quit. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana use may start from age 11, study finds
Adolescents are at risk of marijuana use from the age of 11, a new study reveals, suggesting that drug intervention programs may need to start earlier. (Medical News Today)

Study pinpoints behavior type linked to binge drinking in young adults
While there are a number of studies on alcohol misuse, most of the research has been focused on the adult population. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana compound removes Alzheimer's-related protein from nerve cells
Researchers find the active compound in marijuana - THC - reduces levels of beta-amyloid in nerve cells, a protein that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's. (Medical News Today)

Study uses diverse sample to examine childhood weight's link to age of first substance use
Girls who were overweight as children are likely to begin using cigarettes, marijuana or alcohol at an earlier age than their healthy-weight peers, according to a new study by researchers in the... (Medical News Today)

New study shows a generational shift toward lighter drinking in Australia
Alcohol consumption in Australia has declined steadily during the past decade, with per capita consumption in 2013-14 reaching its lowest level since the early 1960s. (Medical News Today)

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