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What to know about alcohol bloating
Alcohol can lead to bloating by causing inflammation and discomfort in the stomach. It can also cause weight gain, which can give the appearance of bloating. Learn more about alcohol bloating and how to get rid of it here. (Medical News Today)

Can a cannabis-based drug treat cannabis dependence?
Researchers have found a cannabis-based replacement therapy that effectively treats cannabis dependence, a new clinical trial suggests. (Medical News Today)

Microdosing psychedelics: Does the evidence live up to the hype?
What is the practice of microdosing psychedelic drugs? Does it have any real benefits? Do studies support its therapeutic use? New research investigates. (Medical News Today)

'Simply seeing green spaces' may help reduce cravings
Access to a view of greenery from the comfort of your home reduces the frequency and intensity of cravings for alcohol, unhealthful food, and tobacco. (Medical News Today)

Ways to stop masturbating
Masturbation is normal and healthy. However, it may be a problem if it impacts other areas of a person’s life. Tips to stop masturbating include avoiding pornography and getting lots of exercise. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

This herbal supplement 'poses a public health threat'
Kratom is a plant-derived supplement. Over recent years, it has grown increasingly common in the United States. A recent report assesses its safety. (Medical News Today)

How does alcohol affect rheumatoid arthritis?
Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol is generally safe for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and it may even offer some benefits. However, alcohol can interfere with some RA medications, and heavy drinking can lead to health problems. We take a look at the research and official guidelines here. (Medical News Today)

Beating addiction: Why our brains may struggle to ignore alcohol, food cues
A first-of-its-kind experiment shows that ignoring addiction-related cues is something that we can control by exercising executive brain functions. (Medical News Today)

Giving up alcohol may significantly boost mental health
New research from Hong Kong shows that quitting alcohol use could boost mental health, especially among females who are moderate drinkers. (Medical News Today)

Does drinking alcohol in older age prolong life?
New research presents the results of a 16-year follow-up to 'one of the largest and most rigorous' studies on the link between alcohol use and mortality. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to mix Zoloft and alcohol?
Doctors say that people should not drink alcohol when taking Zoloft. In this article, we look at the risks, research, and effects of mixing Zoloft and alcohol. (Medical News Today)

What to know about alcohol and brain damage
Alcohol has many effects on the body and can potentially damage the brain. Long-term and short-term effects can result in a range of physical and psychological changes. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Why does my face go red after drinking alcohol?
Some people develop a red flush in their face after drinking alcohol. This article explains why this happens, who it affects, and what the facial flush means for a person's health. (Medical News Today)

Can Rick Simpson oil help treat cancer?
Rick Simpson oil is a cannabis extract with high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Some people claim that this oil can help treat cancer. Although there is little to no evidence to suggest that it can cure cancer directly, it may have some use as a complementary treatment. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about bruising easily
Possible causes of easy bruising include certain medications, liver disease, and vitamin deficiencies. The treatment options will depend on the cause. Learn more about why some people may bruise more easily here. (Medical News Today)

How long is acid detectable in the body?
Acid, or LSD, is a drug that can cause hallucinations and feelings of euphoria. In this article, learn how long these effects last and how long the drug stays in the human body. (Medical News Today)

Can naltrexone help with multiple sclerosis (MS)?
Low doses of naltrexone are a recent, popular treatment for MS symptoms. In this article, we look at the research, action, and side effects of naltrexone for MS. (Medical News Today)

Causes of vivid dreams
Some common causes of vivid dreams include sleep deprivation, alcohol consumption, and substance use. Practicing good sleep hygiene may help prevent them. Learn more about the causes of vivid dreams here. (Medical News Today)

Synthetic CBD may be a safe treatment for seizures
A nonintoxicating, synthetic CBD that is not easy to convert to THC and comprises inexpensive, noncannabis ingredients treated seizures safely in rats. (Medical News Today)

How to lower uric acid levels naturally
A uric acid buildup can sometimes lead to gout, which causes very painful symptoms. Learn about eight natural ways to lower uric acid levels in this article. (Medical News Today)

What happens when you mix azithromycin and alcohol?
Azithromycin is a drug that has uses in treating bacterial infections. Mixing with alcohol may cause issues including nausea, headache, and dizziness or other problems. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

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)

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