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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence
Expanded use and availability of medication-assisted treatment is a top priority of federal effort to combat opioid epidemic.The U.S. (Medical News Today)

Exploring the rise and fall of alcohol-related mortality in Scotland
The rise and fall of alcohol-related mortality in Scotland is partly due to changes in affordability, according to reports published in Public Health. (Medical News Today)

What can Pavlov's dogs tell us about drinking?
Humans aren't much different from other animals. Just like Pavlov's dogs, we can become conditioned to associate environmental cues with rewards. (Medical News Today)

Internet addiction and school burnout feed into each other
Excessive internet use contributes to the development of school burnout. School burnout, in turn, may lead to excessive internet use or digital addiction. (Medical News Today)

Cannabis use alters DNA to increase disease risk, study says
Chemicals in cannabis alter DNA, causing gene mutations that may increase the risk of cancer and other diseases, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol exposure during adolescence leads to chronic stress vulnerability
Drinking during early to mid-adolescence can lead to vulnerability to chronic stress, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (Medical News Today)

As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents' problems with pot decline
Fewer adolescents also report using marijuana.A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. (Medical News Today)

Excessive drinkers, high income households pay majority of state alcohol tax increases, study finds
People who drink too much and those with higher household incomes would pay more following an increase in state alcohol taxes than those who drink less and have lower household incomes, according... (Medical News Today)

Mechanism that reduces effect of cocaine on brain discovered
The finding offers hope for development of a new approach to prevent drug use relapses. (Medical News Today)

Cancer risk: Is it influenced by a healthy lifestyle?
Cancer is affected by lifestyle factors. People who avoid tobacco, limit alcohol intake, exercise, and have a healthy BMI have a higher chance of avoiding it. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol intervention programs ineffective on fraternity members
Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are no more effective than no intervention at all, according to an analysis of 25 years of research involving over 6,000... (Medical News Today)

New study evaluates nicotine's relationship to body weight and food intake
A study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research demonstrates in a carefully controlled series of studies that the self-administration of nicotine by rats suppresses body weight gain independent of... (Medical News Today)

Magic mushroom compound could help treat depression
Psilocybin - the hallucinogenic ingredient in magic mushrooms - could relieve symptoms in people with treatment-resistant depression, suggests new research. (Medical News Today)

Novel nicotine inhaler doubles smoking quit rates
A study by researchers at New Zealand's University of Otago, Wellington shows that smokers who used a nicotine inhaler were twice as likely to quit smoking as smokers using a placebo inhaler. (Medical News Today)

Capitalizing on a teachable moment motivates parents of kids with asthma to quit smoking
Parents who smoke are more likely to quit smoking after receiving motivational smoking cessation counseling following a "teachable moment" (TM) such as witnessing their child experience an asthma... (Medical News Today)

Over half of UK toddler deaths from unintentional drug poisoning due to methadone
Drug also accounts for significant proportion of young kids' intensive care admissions. (Medical News Today)

Canada's plans to legalize marijuana contravene UN's international conventions
The Canadian government's plan to legalize marijuana contravenes its current legal obligations to the United Nation's international drug-control conventions, states a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian... (Medical News Today)

Chronic drinking interferes with absorption of critical vitamins by pancreas
Findings provide link between chronic alcohol use and poor pancreatic health. (Medical News Today)

Genetic link found between impulsivity and binge-drinking teens
Psychologists have discovered a new genetic link between impulsivity and teenage binge-drinking. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana use in pregnancy is major risk for preterm birth
International research led by the University of Adelaide has for the first time shown a direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth. (Medical News Today)

How fruit and alcohol impact breast cancer risk
The lifelong risk of breast cancer seems to be lower among those who eat fruit and vegetables in adolescence and among women who reduce their alcohol intake in the midlife years. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol accelerates liver damage in people living with hepatitis C
Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of illness and death from the hepatitis C virus. A new national household study of U.S. (Medical News Today)

Study finds many patients abusing drugs and alcohol are self-medicating chronic pain
With opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse considered one of the biggest public health threats of our time in the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Ethnic variations in alcohol risks raise concerns, scientists say
Irish people living in Scotland are up to twice as likely to be hospitalised - or to die - from alcohol-related diseases as White Scottish people, research suggests. (Medical News Today)

Videogame addiction: Sleep loss, obesity, and cardiovascular risk for some gamers
Some children and youth with high videogame addiction tendencies may be at risk of sleep deprivation and disorders associated with obesity and poor cardio-metabolic health, Hamilton researchers have... (Medical News Today)

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