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Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal
Caffeine withdrawal symptoms can occur when a person abruptly stops consuming caffeine. Symptoms can last for a week or more and include headaches, fatigue, mood changes, concentration difficulties, and constipation. Learn more about caffeine withdrawal here. (Medical News Today)

Could cannabis use contribute to psychosis?
Researchers have found strong associations between the frequent use of highly potent cannabis and reports of first-time psychotic episodes. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to mix ibuprofen and alcohol?
Ibuprofen is a common medication that people use to reduce pain and inflammation. In this article, we discuss the risks of mixing alcohol and ibuprofen. (Medical News Today)

Munchies: Does cannabis really increase desire for junk food?
A recent study charts the effect of recreational marijuana laws on the purchase of junk food. Their findings provide new evidence for the 'munchies.' (Medical News Today)

Can our surroundings fuel addiction?
New research finds that environmental cues related to drugs can strengthen memories and implicitly make addictive habits harder to kick. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol may be less harmful for people over 50
A new study investigates the potential protective effects of alcohol at different ages. They find that it is not a level playing field. (Medical News Today)

Through my eyes: Opiate addiction
I remember my doctor telling me, 'Now, don’t get hooked on these sweetheart,' but it was too late. I already was. This is the story of my opiate addiction. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana may be risky for those with heart disease
The case of a 70-year-old man who had a heart attack after eating a marijuana lollipop has caused concern in the medical community. (Medical News Today)

Lovesick: What are the adverse effects of love?
Love can be an exhilarating feeling, but it can also lead to psychological distress. We look at some of the adverse effects of intense romantic feelings. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer: Cut down on alcohol to lower risk
The results of a new study show that Australian women remain unaware of the fact that alcohol consumption really does increase breast cancer risk. (Medical News Today)

What to know about the warfarin diet
Warfarin is a blood thinner that can be more effective when restricting foods that are vitamin K-rich. Examples of these include broccoli and asparagus. Learn more about foods to avoid on the warfarin diet here. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol use disorder: A step toward better treatment?
Current treatments for alcohol use disorder are unsatisfactory, but recent research points toward a new intervention that may also benefit mood disorders. (Medical News Today)

Does drinking beer before wine ease the hangover?
Will drinking beer before wine really make you feel fine the next day? New research investigates the truth behind this widely held belief. (Medical News Today)

How does smoking marijuana affect sperm?
A new study investigates how marijuana smoking can affect the quality of sperm. Its findings contradict the researchers' initial hypothesis. (Medical News Today)

How does alcohol affect allergies?
Alcohol has many effects, sometimes leading to symptoms that resemble allergies. This may be a sign of an alcohol allergy or intolerance. Alcohol may also worsen existing allergies. Learn more alcohol allergies, and alcohol's effects on existing allergies, here. (Medical News Today)

How long can you detect marijuana in the body?
The body processes marijuana at varying rates, which may change depending on dose, hydration, body fat percentage, and, sometimes, the sensitivity of the test. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about marijuana withdrawal
After frequently using marijuana, or cannabis, people may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop. Such symptoms include cravings, irritability, and sleep problems. In this article, we discuss the symptoms and timeline of marijuana withdrawal, treatments, and tips for coping. (Medical News Today)

Cocaine addiction: Could targeting this brain circuit prevent relapse?
Scientists identify a brain circuit that strengthens with cocaine use and demonstrate how weakening its connections can reduce drug-seeking in rats. (Medical News Today)

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)

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