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Parkinson's drugs may lead to compulsive behavior
A new study finds that, with time, half of those who take dopamine agonists develop compulsive shopping, eating, gambling, or sexual behaviors. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol, mortality, and cancer risk: Is moderation key?
There have been many studies on alcohol and its impact on health, but the relationship is not fully understood. A new, large-scale study investigates. (Medical News Today)

What to know about Freon poisoning
Chemicals used as cooling agents in refrigeration and air-conditioning units can be deadly if inhaled. This rarely occurs by accident, but some people inhale these chemicals, commercially known as Freon, to get high. Read on to find out about the dangers and what to do if someone shows signs of refrigerant poisoning. (Medical News Today)

What is rhinophyma?
The skin disorder rhinophyma is a subtype of rosacea. It causes a distinctive growth of the nose, which can make it look red, large, bulbous, and distorted. Doctors can often diagnose rhinophyma visually. In this article, learn about the causes and risk factors. We also explain the treatment options, including surgery. (Medical News Today)

What is refeeding?
Refeeding is reintroducing food after a period of malnourishment or starvation. If electrolytes become imbalanced as digestion resumes, a person can develop refeeding syndrome. Symptoms include fatigue and weakness, and treatment involves careful monitoring and intravenous electrolyte replacement. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Does CBD oil work for menopause symptoms?
There are different treatments available for menopause symptoms. Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming a more popular alternative treatment, however, there is some dispute over how effective it is. Also, its legal status means that it is not available everywhere. Learn more about the potential use of CBD for menopause here. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol may prime the brain for Alzheimer's, but how?
Heavy drinking is a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's. New research now reveals how alcohol may endanger the brain by impairing its defenses. (Medical News Today)

The truth about formaldehyde in e-cigarettes
Whether there are dangerous levels of formaldehyde in e-cigarettes or not has been a contentious issue for years. A new study reopens the debate. (Medical News Today)

Understanding and treating alcoholic neuropathy
Alcoholic neuropathy is a serious condition caused by excessive alcohol use. This can damage a person’s nerves, which can lead to unusual sensations in the limbs, reduced mobility, and loss of some bodily functions. Here, learn what alcoholic neuropathy is, what causes it, and the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments. (Medical News Today)

Drug addiction: Is brain stimulation the answer?
Researchers used a brain stimulation technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation to reduce the brain's response to drug cues in chronic drug users. (Medical News Today)

Foods for bladder health
Having an overactive bladder can be a very challenging condition, but there are many ways in which people can improve their symptoms. These include monitoring the foods and drinks that they consume, as well as avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods. Learn more about the overactive bladder diet here. (Medical News Today)

How long does a cup of coffee keep you awake?
Caffeine stimulates the nervous system. People often consume it to stay alert, but how long do effects last, and how does it impact sleep? This depends on many factors, including the amount of caffeine ingested at once and an individual's metabolism. Learn to estimate how long the effects of caffeine last here. (Medical News Today)

Which drugs pose the biggest threat to public health?
A brand new, up-to-date report, collecting data from large organizations worldwide, sheds light on which substances threaten public health the most. (Medical News Today)

Foaming or frothing at the mouth: What to know
The conditions known to cause foaming at the mouth are all medical emergencies. They include rabies, seizures, and drug overdoses. In this article, learn what to do if someone starts foaming at the mouth. We also look at treatment options and how to prevent life-threatening complications. (Medical News Today)

How to manage thin skin
As a person ages, their skin naturally becomes thinner, less elastic, or papery. While there is no specific way to treat thin skin or to thicken the skin, a person can prevent skin from getting thinner by using retinol creams and avoiding risk factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and spending time in the sun. (Medical News Today)

Can marijuana help treat asthma?
Asthma is a condition that causes chronic inflammation in the airways. Research about the anti-inflammatory effects of marijuana is ongoing and often positive. In this article, we look at whether marijuana can be used to help reduce asthma symptoms. We also look at the possible risks, as smoking can worsen symptoms. (Medical News Today)

How does alcohol affect your sleep?
A new, first-of-its-kind study reveals a key link between alcohol consumption and poor sleep quality in a large sample of men and women. (Medical News Today)

Could this common diabetes drug prevent cocaine relapse?
A rat study finds that GLP-1 receptor agonists for treating type 2 diabetes and obesity may prevent relapse in cocaine addiction without side effects. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol promotes disease by altering oral bacteria
Drinking alcohol disrupts the fine balance of our oral bacteria, a new study shows. Thus, harmful types are fostered over helpful ones, promoting disease. (Medical News Today)

Could 'one puff' of cannabis ease depression?
Researchers found that users of medical cannabis reported a reduction in depressive symptoms after just one puff of a high-CBD, low-THC form of the drug. (Medical News Today)

Over 10 percent of PMS cases linked to drinking habits
Many women have to deal with premenstrual syndrome, but the risk factors for this remain unclear. A new review suggests that we should look to alcohol intake. (Medical News Today)

How are Dexedrine and Adderall different?
Dexedrine and Adderall are two medications that are commonly used to treat ADHD. Both drugs are similar, but there are some differences in how they are used. In this article, we examine the similarities and differences between these two medications, along with the risks, side effects, and warnings that go with them. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Adderall?
There are risks and dangers to drinking alcohol alongside Adderall, a drug commonly used to treat ADHD. Here, we look at why it might be dangerous to drink alcohol while taking Adderall, with or without a prescription. We also describe symptoms and side effects that can occur and when emergency treatment may be needed. (Medical News Today)

Ways to stop heart palpitations
Heart palpitations can feel like a fluttering in the chest, a pounding heart, or a racing pulse. Smoking, exercise, and stress can cause them, but if palpitations are the result of an underlying condition, treatment will be necessary. Here, learn how to stop heart palpitations at home and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Just one extra drink could take years off your life
The myth that moderate drinking is good for your heart takes a blow from this new study, which suggests the United States alcohol guidelines are too high. (Medical News Today)

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