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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

Cocaine addiction reversed in rats with novel compound
Treating rats with a compound that blocks TrkB receptors in the brain's reward system was found to reverse signs of cocaine dependency, researchers report. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana a better pain reliever for men than women
Compared with men who smoked marijuana, women did not experience a significant reduction in pain sensitivity, a new study reveals. (Medical News Today)

Study: Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes exposed to same levels of nicotine, lower carcinogen levels
A study led by researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) reports that nicotine exposure remains the same, while exposure to specific carcinogens and toxicants is reduced, among smokers... (Medical News Today)

New opioid as effective as morphine, without the side effects
Researchers have identified a drug candidate that is as effective as morphine for relieving pain, but without the harmful side effects of opioids. (Medical News Today)

US and Mexican controls on precursor chemicals may reduce cocaine and methamphetamine use in the US
In December 2006, the USA regulated sodium permanganate, a chemical essential to the manufacture of cocaine. (Medical News Today)

Reducing the harms of alcohol through weaker beer
Could a small drop in the alcohol content of beer or other drinks reduce the harmful effects of alcohol in society at large? (Medical News Today)

TSRI and NIH scientists show molecule in brain may drive cocaine addiction
A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), funded by the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute on Alcohol... (Medical News Today)

Financial worries linked to mental health issues among university students
Experiencing financial difficulties and worrying about debt at university increases the risk of mental health conditions such as depression and alcohol dependency, according to new research from... (Medical News Today)

College students who misuse stimulants more likely to have ADHD, substance-use disorder
A new study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators finds that college students who misuse stimulant drugs are more likely to have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)... (Medical News Today)

Some racial, ethnic groups continue smoking cigarettes at higher rates
Substantial disparities found among American Indians/Alaska Natives, Korean and Puerto Rican Americans. (Medical News Today)

Alcoholism influenced by hundreds of genes, study finds
In rats bred to consume high or low amounts of alcohol, researchers have identified more than 900 genes associated with alcohol preference. (Medical News Today)

Detecting blood alcohol content with an electronic skin patch
Overconsumption of alcohol can lead to errors in judgment, causing, for example, some people to get behind the wheel when they are impaired. (Medical News Today)

Prescription drug abuse in Europe is a bigger problem than previously thought
International collaborations across the EU are needed to monitor prescription drug abuse, identify its scope and develop targeted interventions, according to the first comparative study of... (Medical News Today)

High school students with mental health issues more likely to drink, smoke cigarettes and use marijuana
Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health with collaborators at the Federal University of Sao Paulo studied the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and patterns of... (Medical News Today)

New study supports link between alcohol advertising and adolescent drinking
A study published today [3 August 2016] in the scientific journal Addiction, finds that exposure to several different types of alcohol marketing is positively associated with the amount and... (Medical News Today)

Just 1 minute of secondhand marijuana smoke impairs blood vessel function
Researchers identified impaired blood vessel function in rats exposed to secondhand marijuana for just 1 minute, and it took 90 minutes to recover from it. (Medical News Today)

New study to help people withdraw from inappropriate long-term antidepressant treatment
One in 10 adults are being given antidepressants each year, but up to 50 per cent of patients could be given an alternative treatment, a University Professor suggests. (Medical News Today)

Quitting smoking may lower alcohol intake
Researchers find smokers who have attempted to quit in the past week drink less alcohol than those who have not tried to give up smoking. (Medical News Today)

New review concludes that evidence for alcohol causing cancer is strong
A new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and... (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify brain circuits that help people cope with stress
Research supported by the National Institutes of Health has identified brain patterns in humans that appear to underlie "resilient coping," the healthy emotional and behavioral responses to stress... (Medical News Today)

Novel biomarkers can help detect illegal blood doping in athletes
Currently, there is no accurate test for autologous blood transfusions, but new tools may help find cheating athletes, according to a new report in Transfusion Medicine Reviews. (Medical News Today)

Medication implant may improve opioid abstinence among adults with opioid dependence
In a study appearing in JAMA, Richard N. Rosenthal, M.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and colleagues examined if 6-month subdermal buprenorphine implants maintained... (Medical News Today)

Why do stand-up comedians die young?
A landmark study shows that stand-up comedians are more likely to have a premature death than comedy actors or dramatic actors. Why is this the case? (Medical News Today)

Mass imprisonment of drug users driving global epidemics of HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis
The War on Drugs, mass incarceration of drug users, and the failure to provide proven harm reduction and treatment strategies has led to high levels of HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B and C... (Medical News Today)

Why scientists are calling for experiments on ecstasy
MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug - a category reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high... (Medical News Today)

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