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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

Drug to treat alcohol use disorder shows promise among drinkers with high stress
NIH-funded multi-site clinical trial suggests that smokers may also benefit. (Medical News Today)

Smoking bans persuade light users to give up the habit: New study provides best evidence to date of value of bans
A new national study shows for the first time how smoking bans in cities, states and counties led young people living in those areas to give up, or never take up, the use of cigarettes. (Medical News Today)

Unused dental surgery prescriptions may help fuel opioid epidemic
Study suggests half of opioids prescribed to dental surgery patients go unused, creating a surplus that may contribute to the opioid epidemic. (Medical News Today)

Long-term alcohol dependence affects cognitive abilities
New evidence shows that long-term alcohol dependence can significantly disrupt a range of specific cognitive abilities, particularly as we age. (Medical News Today)

LSU health New Orleans research reveals how psychedelics alter brain function with innovative method
Surprising findings of LSU Health New Orleans research on the brain's response to psychedelic drugs include that psychedelics directly activate only about 5% of brain cells, even in the most highly... (Medical News Today)

Hepatitis C: Signs and Symptoms
Hepatitis C (HCV) affects thousands of Americans each year. Learn all about the signs and symptoms of the condition here, as well as treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Physician capacity to treat opioid use disorder with buprenorphine-assisted treatment
In a study appearing in the September 20 issue of JAMA, Bradley D. Stein, M.D., Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

A talk with a nurse can persuade hospital patients to quit smoking: Quit rates triple after short consultation, access to quit aids
A short talk with a knowledgeable nurse could be the difference between a smoker stopping for cigarettes or stopping for nicotine gum on her way home from the hospital. (Medical News Today)

Pitt research links sleep habits to adolescent drug and alcohol use
A study led by researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Pitt Department of Psychology has identified a possible link between adolescent... (Medical News Today)

Study shows internet addiction may indicate other mental health problems problem in college-aged students
A new survey of internet users suggests that people who use the internet excessively may have more mental health problems. (Medical News Today)

More difficult to achieve controlled drinking than to give up alcohol entirely
People who are seeking treatment for alcohol dependence and whose goal is to quit drinking entirely are more likely to achieve this goal if they are treated by a care provider who advocates total... (Medical News Today)

How does beer impact social tendencies?
New research confirms that drinking alcohol acts as a 'social lubricant,' after finding it increases the desire to be part of happy social situations. (Medical News Today)

How Does Alcohol Affect My Blood Sugar Levels?
It's common to have alcohol with a meal or with friends, but how can it affect blood sugar levels? This article gives information for people with diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Moderate drinking: Heart health benefits challenged in new study
Moderate alcohol intake has been hailed as beneficial for heart health, but a new study finds it could raise the risk of atrial fibrillation. (Medical News Today)

E-cigarette use tied to rise in quit smoking success
(Medical News Today)

Smoking thickens the heart's walls and reduces function
Smoking has long been known to increase risk of cardiovascular events; however, until now, the mechanism behind its deadly effects were not known. (Medical News Today)

Many alcohol-related injuries occur at home
Of all alcohol-related injuries in various public hospital emergency departments in Queensland, Australia, more occurred at home than at licensed premises. (Medical News Today)

People judge their intoxication, drunkenness on their peers
People judge how drunk they are and the associated health risks based on how drunk they think others around them are, according to Cardiff University. (Medical News Today)

'We can completely reverse alcohol dependence'
Alcoholism is a condition that has plagued mankind for millennia. Research investigating a subset of amygdala neurons might hold the solution. (Medical News Today)

Beer yeasts are dogs, wine yeasts are cats
People have been enjoying the ability of yeasts to produce beer and wine since the dawn of civilization. (Medical News Today)

Physical activity curbs some harmful effects of drinking alcohol
Recommended amounts of physical activity may decrease the risk of death from all causes and cancer that is linked to alcohol consumption, study finds. (Medical News Today)

Drinking to belong: Students and low self-esteem
It's that time of year again, when students old and new are heading to university. Certain behaviors might be expected in the coming months, drinking in particular. (Medical News Today)

In-office screening tool might help to identify patients with substance use problems
A simple, in-office screening tool might help to identify patients with clinically relevant substance use problems. (Medical News Today)

Reefer slackness: Does marijuana reduce motivation?
Does popular belief that cannabis reduces motivation hold true? Researchers investigate across two studies, yielding surprising findings. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana use rising as more people think it is safe
The number of Americans who perceive marijuana as a risky drug fell between 2002-2014, fueling an increase in use, find researchers. (Medical News Today)

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