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Is it safe to mix acetaminophen and alcohol?
People take acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol or Tylenol, to treat pain and fever. In combination with alcohol, this drug can cause side effects, such as stomach upset, or severely damage the liver. In this article, we outline the risks of combining acetaminophen and alcohol and give tips on how to stay safe. (Medical News Today)

Can you drink coffee while breastfeeding?
While many people avoid caffeine during pregnancy, they may wonder if it is safe to drink coffee again while breastfeeding. For most people, it is safe to consume a moderate amount of coffee while breastfeeding. In this article, we look at the risks and benefits of caffeine consumption for people who are breastfeeding. (Medical News Today)

Psychedelic compound triggers near-death experiences
New research shows that DMT, the active ingredient in ayahuasca, has the same effect on the brain as what have been described as 'near-death experiences.' (Medical News Today)

What long-term cannabis use can do to your brain
Cannabis and cannabis-based drugs are increasingly used for clinical purposes, but researchers warn they may also harm the brain. A new study explains how. (Medical News Today)

Why cannabis relieves IBD symptoms
Cannabis users report that the drug relieves symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. A new study explains the mechanism behind this anecdotal evidence. (Medical News Today)

Psychedelic drugs 'may improve depression, anxiety, and PTSD'
Psychedelic drugs have a bad reputation, but could they be used to enhance psychotherapy? Some researchers argue they may help with anxiety and depression. (Medical News Today)

Can you mix cephalexin and alcohol?
Cephalexin, also spelled cefalexin, is an antibiotic. It belongs to a class of antibiotics known as first-generation cephalosporins, which doctors use to treat a range of bacterial infections. While some antibiotics are not safe to take when consuming alcohol, cephalexin does not usually cause adverse reactions. (Medical News Today)

Dementia: Both too much and too little alcohol may raise risk
A large study with a follow-up period of 23 years concludes that both long periods of abstinence and long periods of heavy drinking raise dementia risk. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to drink alcohol while breast-feeding?
Is it safe to drink alcohol while breast-feeding? We explain how much alcohol enters breast milk and how long it takes for alcohol to metabolize out of the milk. Learn the recommendations and how to drink while breast-feeding without harming your baby. (Medical News Today)

Pancreatic cancer: Cannabis compound may boost survival
Pancreatic cancer has a very poor prognosis for survival, but researchers are looking for ways to improve that. Their secret weapon? A cannabis compound. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Lexapro?
Lexapro is the brand name of a drug called escitalopram, which is a safe and effective treatment for depression and anxiety. Doctors strongly recommend that people avoid alcohol while taking Lexapro. Alcohol can counteract the benefits of taking antidepressants and worsen their side effects. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Which type of alcohol has the fewest calories?
Many people drink alcohol but want to keep their caloric intakes in check. Vodka is generally thought to be a low-calorie spirit, but there are many other factors to consider. In this article, learn about the nutritional profile of vodka, how to reduce the number of calories in alcoholic drinks, and more. (Medical News Today)

Ketamine could help reduce opioid use in the ER
Because of the opioid epidemic, researchers are testing the viability of alternatives, one of which is ketamine. A new study assesses its use in the ER. (Medical News Today)

What causes testicular atrophy?
Testicular atrophy refers to when the testes shrink. There are several potential causes of testicular atrophy, including aging, infections, testicular torsion, and hormonal changes. In this article, we look at the causes and symptoms of testicular atrophy, as well as how doctors diagnose and treat it. (Medical News Today)

How long does nicotine stay in your system?
After smoking a cigarette, nicotine and its by-products stay in a person’s urine and saliva for 4 days and blood for up to 10 days. In this article, we look at whether this differs between smoking and vaping, what withdrawal feels like, and if people can affect how long it takes to clear their system of nicotine. (Medical News Today)

Can you withdraw from opiate addiction at home?
There are many symptoms of opiate withdrawal, including shaking, chills, nausea, and diarrhea in some cases. These uncomfortable symptoms can often be relieved through home treatments until the body is entirely free of opiates. Learn more about the potential home remedies for opiate withdrawal symptoms here. (Medical News Today)

Rapid increase in deaths due to alcohol-related liver disease
Specialists are expressing concern over rising mortality due to late-stage liver disease. Most cases are caused by alcohol use, they warn. (Medical News Today)

What is gaming disorder?
The World Health Organization have given gaming disorder a mental health classification. People with gaming disorder prioritize gaming over other activities and experience negative effects from continuing to play video games. Here, we discuss what gaming disorder is and what its classification may mean for gamers. (Medical News Today)

Major study finds 'no evidence' that cannabis relieves chronic pain
A 4-year prospective cohort study finds that cannabis may not be very effective for treating chronic pain that is not cancer-related. (Medical News Today)

Signs of alcohol withdrawal syndrome
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is the cluster of symptoms that may develop when someone who is alcohol dependent suddenly stops drinking. Alcohol affects many body systems, so the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome can vary widely. In this article, learn about the signs and symptoms, as well as the treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Medical cannabis for epilepsy approved in FDA first
Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first ever cannabis-based drug for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy. (Medical News Today)

What causes alcohol addiction? Study investigates
Rats that persistently choose alcohol despite negative consequences have the same altered signaling mechanism in the brain as human addicts, a study shows. (Medical News Today)

What to know about birth control and alcohol
Alcohol does not directly reduce the effectiveness of birth control. However, excessive drinking may prevent a person from taking the birth control pill correctly, or increase their likelihood of engaging in risky behavior. Side effects such as vomiting can also increase the chance of pregnancy. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Is it possible to prevent a hangover?
A hangover is what some people experience the morning after an evening of heavy drinking. There are many supposed hangover cures, but few are proven. Here, we look at nine evidence-based ways to prevent a hangover, including drinking in moderation, eating, staying hydrated, and avoiding chemicals called congeners. (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's drugs may lead to compulsive behavior
A new study finds that, with time, half of those who take dopamine agonists develop compulsive shopping, eating, gambling, or sexual behaviors. (Medical News Today)

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