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Drinking at conception boosts diabetes risk for baby: UQ study
Babies conceived by women who drink alcohol around the time of conception face dramatically increased risks of type 2 diabetes and obesity in early middle age, a University of Queensland study has... (Medical News Today)

Mindfulness meditation may help smokers quit - even those with no willpower
An intention to quit smoking may be less important than targeting self-control mechanisms, according to experts who have reviewed the evidence. (Medical News Today)

Researchers illuminate key role of NOX proteins in liver disease
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have demonstrated a direct connection between two signaling proteins and liver fibrosis, a scarring process underlying... (Medical News Today)

Alcohol laws have a preventive effect on young men
When they reach for the glass, they often know no limits: Hazardous drinking is fairly common among young Swiss men. (Medical News Today)

Stress hormone reduces heroin cravings
Every addiction is characterized by a strong desire for a certain addictive substance, be it nicotine, alcohol or other drug. (Medical News Today)

CDC warn of edible marijuana dangers following death of 19-year-old student
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examines the case of a student who fell to his death following the consumption of recreational edible marijuana. (Medical News Today)

Know it's a placebo? CU-Boulder study shows the 'medicine' could still work
You don't think you're hungry, then a friend mentions how hungry he is or you smell some freshly baked pizza and whoaaa, you suddenly feel really hungry. (Medical News Today)

Teens with medical marijuana cards much likelier to say they're addicted
A new University of Michigan study finds that teens using marijuana for medical reasons are 10 times more likely to say they are hooked on marijuana than youth who get marijuana illegally. (Medical News Today)

Biomarkers higher in binge drinkers
A biomarker found in the blood of alcohol users is significantly higher in binge drinkers than in those who consume alcohol moderately, according to a study by researchers at the University of... (Medical News Today)

Study links 'successful aging' with greater risk of harmful drinking
Over-50's who are healthy, active, wealthy and sociable may be at greater risk of harmful drinking, finds a new study published in BMJ Open. (Medical News Today)

Cannabis psychosis: gender matters
New research by health scientists at the University of York has revealed that a greater proportion of men than women suffer from cannabis psychosis. (Medical News Today)

Large rise in suicide among male patients in mental health care
There has been a 29% rise in suicide since 2006 among men under the care of mental health services in the UK, a report by The University of Manchester's National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide... (Medical News Today)

Molecular mechanisms contributing to addiction resistance uncovered
Growing up in West Virginia, Jill Turner saw firsthand the kind of havoc that drug addiction can wreak. (Medical News Today)

Questionnaire beats blood test in identifying at-risk drinking among ER patients
Study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association says 10 questions could help prevent future alcohol-related traumaEmergency room physicians treating patients with... (Medical News Today)

Progressively reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes may not lead smokers to quit
The US Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, passed in 2009, permits the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set standards for cigarette nicotine content. (Medical News Today)

HIV treatment has social and socioeconomic benefits, as well as improved health: Study
New research shows that HIV treatment for illicit drug users improves their social and socioeconomic wellbeing as well as their health. (Medical News Today)

MDMA (Ecstasy): Facts, Effects and Hazards
MDMA is an illegal, psychoactive drug that has stimulant and hallucinogen effects. MDMA works by increasing the brain’s neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol consumption linked to lower disability in patients with chronic pain
In a study of 2239 individuals with chronic widespread pain, the key feature of fibromyalgia, those who regularly consumed alcohol had lower levels of disability than those who never or rarely... (Medical News Today)

Teens' overall substance use declining, but marijuana use rising
Marijuana use in teenagers is on the rise, while cigarette and alcohol use are stable or declining, according to health statistics researchers. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana 'helps bones to heal'
In a study of rats with mid-femoral fractures, the nonpsychotropic cannabidiol component of marijuana was associated with improved bone healing. (Medical News Today)

U of M study explains why hemp and marijuana are different
Genetic differences between hemp and marijuana determine whether Cannabis plants have the potential for psychoactivity, a new study by University of Minnesota scientists shows. (Medical News Today)

Young women increasingly attracted to social smoking
Cigarette manufacturers have targeted young women emerging into adulthood, who are more likely to be very light smokers, finds a study. (Medical News Today)

No bones about it: Cannabis may be used to treat fractures
Tel Aviv University researcher finds non-psychotropic compound in marijuana can help heal bone fissuresCannabis -- marijuana, hashish -- was used as a go-to medical remedy by societies around the... (Medical News Today)

Clarifying prefrontal neurons' roles in flexible behavior
UMass Amherst neuroscientist finds neuronal activity is nuanced and complexResults of a new study reported this week by David Moorman of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Gary... (Medical News Today)

Many opioid overdoses linked to lower prescribed doses, intermittent use
Overdoses of opioid pain medications frequently occur in people who aren't chronic users with high prescribed opioid doses--the groups targeted by current opioid prescribing guidelines, reports a... (Medical News Today)

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