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What to know about urine drug screening
Doctors, sports officials, or employers may request a urine drug screen to check if a person has recently used illegal or prescription drugs. Urine tests can detect many substances, including alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana. The detection times differ, depending on the drug. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Can you drink alcohol if you have COPD?
The link between alcohol and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is unclear. While smoking is the biggest cause and risk factor for COPD, alcohol may also play a role. Whether a person with COPD can drink alcohol safely may depend on factors such as the severity of symptoms. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Higher risk of alcohol- and suicide-related death in diabetes
Diabetes can severely impact a person's mental health. This may be why people with this condition are more at risk of death by suicide or due to alcohol. (Medical News Today)

How do you lose belly fat?
Belly fat, or excess fat around the abdomen, has causes that include lack of exercise, poor diet, and stress. Being more active, improving nutrition, getting better sleep, and cutting alcohol intake can all help people to shed belly fat. Learn more about the causes of belly fat, and how best to lose it, here. (Medical News Today)

Is there a link between marijuana and COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a group of long-term lung conditions. Here, we explore whether marijuana can cause, worsen, or even help to treat COPD, and we examine the research behind these claims. (Medical News Today)

Just how harmful is it to have 1 drink per day?
New research is piling up evidence indicating that even light drinking increases a person's risk of various health issues, as well as premature death. (Medical News Today)

Drug overdose rates are rising, but can we 'curb the epidemic for good?'
Scientists have conducted in-depth research into drug overdose trends. The findings may help specialists devise strategies to curtail this growing problem. (Medical News Today)

Genetics may determine severe alcohol withdrawal
The sudden cessation of drinking in people with harmful drinking habits leads to withdrawal symptoms. But how do genes influence symptom severity? (Medical News Today)

How cannabinoid drugs affect the experience of pain
A new study reviews the effects of cannabis on the experience of pain. The results highlight the affective component in cannabis's pain-relieving effects. (Medical News Today)

Using the immune system to combat addiction
An unlikely relationship between immune proteins and addictive behavior may help researchers design innovative ways to tackle cravings and beat addiction. (Medical News Today)

How can I sleep with rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disorder that affects the immune system and may cause joint stiffness or pain. RA may make sleep difficult, and a lack of sleep may make the condition worse. There are many tips for improving sleep including avoiding caffeine and alcohol. Learn more about how to sleep better with RA here. (Medical News Today)

Health benefits of hemp seeds
Hemp seeds are small, brown seeds from the Cannabis sativa plant. They have a rich nutritional profile, with high concentrations of protein and healthful fatty acids. Wide-ranging research suggests that the seeds may reduce symptoms of specific ailments. Learn more about the benefits of hemp seeds here. (Medical News Today)

Can dietary changes help with microscopic colitis?
Microscopic colitis (MC) is an inflammation of the bowel lining that causes recurrent diarrhea and abdominal pain. Doctors can often successfully treat MC using medication. However, some people with MC may benefit from trying probiotics or avoiding foods containing lactose, gluten, and caffeine. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms and how to cope
When someone stops using nicotine abruptly, they may experience certain physical and mental symptoms as their body adjusts. These may include irritability, sleeplessness, and cravings. In this article, we look at the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal along with the timeline, treatments, and tips for how to cope. (Medical News Today)

How uncontrolled inflammation leads to brain cell loss
New research finds the mechanisms that may drive inflammation in the brain, leading to the loss of neurons with age. Can brain aging be reversed, however? (Medical News Today)

Can cannabis be a sleep aid?
There are many potential benefits of using cannabis where the drug is legal. One of these is as a sleep aid. There are, however, things to be aware of when using cannabis as a sleep aid, including the potential for dependency. Learn more about the pros and cons of using cannabis for sleeping here. (Medical News Today)

Psychosis: Cannabis extract normalizes brain function
New research shows that a single dose of the cannabis extract cannabidiol reduces abnormal brain activity in people with psychosis. (Medical News Today)

Can you overdose on caffeine?
Caffeine occurs naturally in plants and is found in many foods and drinks, such as coffee, chocolate, and cola. Although too much caffeine can cause unpleasant side effects, accidental overdose is possible although rare. In this article, we look at the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment of caffeine overdose. (Medical News Today)

How can I get to sleep easily?
Many people struggle with falling asleep. The time it takes to fall asleep varies from person-to-person, but there are several things that people can try to make themselves fall asleep faster. Tips to fall asleep naturally include exercise and avoiding caffeine around bedtime. Learn more about ways to fall asleep here. (Medical News Today)

Opioid crisis breakthrough: Non-addictive painkiller found effective
Researchers have developed a compound that simultaneously stops the addictive action of opioids and relieves chronic pain as effectively as morphine. (Medical News Today)

Ketamine for depression may contribute to opioid dependence
A new study warns that ketamine works almost like an opioid, and it raises concerns that the drug may do more harm than good in the long run. (Medical News Today)

The 'safest level of drinking is none,' says alcohol study
A study of alcohol use and its effects on health in 195 countries during 1990–2016 concludes that 'there is no safe level' of consumption. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to use marijuana while breastfeeding?
Women who regularly use marijuana may wonder if it is safe to use while breastfeeding. The body processes marijuana slowly and stores it in fat, meaning that some of the chemicals may be present in breast milk. Learn about whether it is safe to use marijuana while breastfeeding, as well as about the possible risks. (Medical News Today)

Cannabis and some conditions hasten brain aging
A study of blood flow in 128 brain regions in 30,000 people aged 0–105 years has identified behaviors and disorders that speed up brain aging. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol and heart health: Consistency may be key
A new study joins the long line of studies looking at heart disease and alcohol. The authors conclude that consistency might be the key to reducing risk. (Medical News Today)

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