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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

Key brain area plays a crucial role in addiction
New research finds that the brain's cerebellum is involved in reward processing and social behavior. The findings shed new light on addictive behavior. (Medical News Today)

Home remedies to ease a hangover
A hangover can leave someone with fatigue, nausea, and muscle aches. Many people swear by certain hangover cures, but do home remedies really help? In this article, we look at five of the best hangover cures and the science behind them. (Medical News Today)

A good night's sleep could lower cardiovascular risk
In a new study, researchers aim to determine the impact of sleep duration and sleep quality on a person's risk of developing cardiovascular problems. (Medical News Today)

What is an herbal tincture? Recipes and uses
Herbal tinctures are the liquid from concentrated herbs soaked in alcohol. Some people use them as home remedies. Here, learn about the possible benefits and how to make them. (Medical News Today)

Kratom: Everything you need to know
Kratom is a plant that grows in Southeast Asia. Some people take it for its stimulant or opioid-like effects. Learn about the possible risks in this article. (Medical News Today)

Are night sweats a sign of alcohol withdrawal?
Consuming alcohol may cause night sweats in some people. Nights sweats could be a sign of alcohol withdrawal or intolerance. Learn more about the link between night sweats and alcohol here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about oxycodone
Oxycodone is an opioid drug that doctors prescribe to help manage moderate to severe pain. In this article, we look at the uses, risks, and effectiveness of oxycodone, along with its addictive potential. (Medical News Today)

Giving up alcohol for just 1 month has lasting benefits
A new study shows that going alcohol-free for as little as 1 month or even less brings both immediate and long-lasting health benefits. (Medical News Today)

Smoking weed while pregnant: Is it safe?
Marijuana use during pregnancy is on the rise, but is it safe? To find out, we look at the latest research and statements from major health organizations. (Medical News Today)

Thinking of quitting smoking? Today's the day
A new study finds that the cardiovascular impact of smoking takes longer to be reversed than once thought. When giving up tobacco, sooner is preferable. (Medical News Today)

Through my eyes: Addiction and recovery
I had what appeared to be the perfect life. Then my life spiralled into substance abuse and depression. This is the story of my addiction and my recovery. (Medical News Today)

Moderate drinking tied to lower risk of hospitalization
A new study finds that moderate drinking has associations with a lower risk of hospitalization. The results also confirm the health risks of heavy drinking. (Medical News Today)

What were the most intriguing medical studies of 2018?
As 2018 slowly but surely draws to a close, we give you an overview of some of the most read and thought-provoking medical research of this year. (Medical News Today)

Is amyl nitrite safe?
People often take amyl nitrite, commonly referred to as poppers, for the euphoric effects. However, taking poppers can have serious health consequences and may be fatal. (Medical News Today)

Who is most likely to experience 'hangxiety?'
New research finds that 'hangxiety,' the experience of anxiety during a hangover, is higher among shy, introverted people than it is in extroverted people. (Medical News Today)

Can drinking alcohol lead to prostate cancer?
Doctors do not fully understand what causes prostate cancer. This disease may have an association with alcohol, but scientists need to do more research to confirm the potential link. Here, learn more about the risks of alcohol, how doctors screen for and treat prostate cancer, and the survival rates for this disease. (Medical News Today)

This brain circuit is key to both depression and addiction
Recent discoveries about the brain circuitry that drives depression and addiction may point to new clinical targets for the treatment of these issues. (Medical News Today)

Study finds 5 types of alcohol use disorder that vary with age
New research reveals five problem drinking 'profiles,' and shows that these types of drinking patterns are more prevalent at different ages. (Medical News Today)

Study investigates how MDMA affects cooperation and trust
Study using game theory model finds that MDMA increases cooperative behavior toward trustworthy people and affects brain regions tied to social cognition. (Medical News Today)

Cannabis and the brain: Recent studies shed new light
Brain research that featured at a recent conference suggests that the potential benefits and harms of marijuana or its compounds vary with age and disease. (Medical News Today)

What are the treatments for addiction?
Addiction is a harmful, ongoing disorder that only gets worse over time without treatment. A range of interventions and rehabilitation programs is available, but treating addiction often requires active participation from the person with the condition. Read on to learn more. (Medical News Today)

What causes addiction?
Addiction is a complex and chronic mental health disorder that has a range of interlocking causes, including brain chemistry, environmental influences, and underlying psychological difficulties. Read on to learn more about the causes of addiction. (Medical News Today)

How does a doctor diagnose addiction?
Addiction is complicated, and the main psychological treatment body has a range of specific criteria for recognizing and treatment it. The first step towards receiving a diagnosis is recognizing a problem with substance use. Read on to learn more about how to receive a diagnosis of addiction. (Medical News Today)

How lights and sounds encourage risky behavior
A new study investigates how visual and auditory cues increase risk-taking behavior. The findings provide a much-needed insight into gambling addiction. (Medical News Today)

Does nicotine cause cancer?
Many people try nicotine replacement or vaping as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, people often speculate as to whether there is a link between nicotine consumption and cancer. The consensus is also unclear as to whether smokeless tobacco causes cancer. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

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