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Can you drink alcohol if you have COPD?
The link between alcohol and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is unclear. While smoking is the biggest cause and risk factor for COPD, alcohol may also play a role. Whether a person with COPD can drink alcohol safely may depend on factors such as the severity of symptoms. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Vaping 'pumps' cancer-causing substances into the lungs
A new study confirms that e-cigarette users absorb 'significant' quantities of carcinogenic substances into their lungs through vaping. (Medical News Today)

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms and how to cope
When someone stops using nicotine abruptly, they may experience certain physical and mental symptoms as their body adjusts. These may include irritability, sleeplessness, and cravings. In this article, we look at the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal along with the timeline, treatments, and tips for how to cope. (Medical News Today)

What are the health risks of hookah smoking?
A hookah is a type of water pipe people use for smoking flavored tobacco. While many people believe using a hookah is safer than smoking cigarettes, it has many of the same health risks. In this article, learn about whether hookah is bad for you and what its effects on the body are. We also debunk several common myths. (Medical News Today)

How 30 minutes of hookah smoking affects your heart
New research shows that just one session of waterpipe smoking can raise blood pressure and stiffen the arteries — two risk factors for heart disease. (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)

What are the early signs of tongue cancer?
The symptoms of tongue cancer include a painful tongue, redness, and sores or ulcers that will not heal. The exact cause is unknown, but risk factors include smoking and heavy alcohol consumption. Treatment often involves surgery, and the outlook depends on the grade of cancer. Learn more about tongue cancer here. (Medical News Today)

MS: Solvent exposure raises risk by 50 percent
A new study shows that a combination of smoking, genetic predisposition, and exposure to solvents increases the risk of developing MS by 30-fold. (Medical News Today)

Are e-cigarette flavorings toxic to the heart?
A recently published study tests the safety of electronic cigarette flavorings on the cells that line the blood vessels and the inside of the heart. (Medical News Today)

What to know about peripheral vascular disease
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is when there is restricted blood flow to the limbs. Symptoms usually affect the legs, causing pain, cramps, and pale or blue skin. People who are over 50, have diabetes, or smoke cigarettes are more at risk of PVD. Read on to learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment for PVD. (Medical News Today)

Smoking and diabetes 'risk factors' for calcium buildup in brain
A study of brain CT scans of patients with memory problems found that diabetes and smoking were linked to hippocampal calcifications. (Medical News Today)

What to know about bladder polyps
Bladder polyps occur when abnormal cells grow in the bladder. Polyps can have no symptoms, though some people have symptoms similar to a urinary tract infection. Polyps can be benign or cancerous. Read on to find out about the symptoms and causes of polyps in the bladder, as well as when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Can vaping cause lung problems?
Many people turn to vaping as an alternative to smoking, but what are the effects of vapor on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD? Authorities are unsure about this new technology's effects on health. Learn here more about what the science says about the safety of vaping with COPD, and in general. (Medical News Today)

The truth about formaldehyde in e-cigarettes
Whether there are dangerous levels of formaldehyde in e-cigarettes or not has been a contentious issue for years. A new study reopens the debate. (Medical News Today)

What to know about centrilobular emphysema
Centrilobular emphysema is a form of emphysema where the damage begins in the central lobes of the lungs and spreads outward. This is distinct from panlobular emphysema. In this article, we discuss centrilobular emphysema including symptoms, causes, complications, and possible treatments. (Medical News Today)

Which drugs pose the biggest threat to public health?
A brand new, up-to-date report, collecting data from large organizations worldwide, sheds light on which substances threaten public health the most. (Medical News Today)

How to manage thin skin
As a person ages, their skin naturally becomes thinner, less elastic, or papery. While there is no specific way to treat thin skin or to thicken the skin, a person can prevent skin from getting thinner by using retinol creams and avoiding risk factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and spending time in the sun. (Medical News Today)

What does it mean when you have white gums?
Some conditions can make the gums appear white. The color change may occur in one part of the mouth or over the entire gums. There are many possible causes of white gums, including gingivitis and anemia. In this article, learn about how to get rid of white gums using home remedies and medical treatments. (Medical News Today)

What is the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol?
The body needs cholesterol, but too much bad cholesterol can be harmful and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. In this article, learn about the difference between HDL and LDL — “good” and “bad” — cholesterol, as well as how they are measured. What steps can you take to lower LDL and increase HDL? (Medical News Today)

What to do about brown spots on your teeth
Brown spots can form anywhere on the teeth, including between teeth or on the tooth surface. These brown or yellowish stains can result from dental procedures, but they more commonly indicate cavities or a buildup of plaque. Here, learn about the many causes, and potential ways to remove these stubborn stains. (Medical News Today)

What causes black gums?
The gums come in many natural colors, including red, pink, brown, and black. However, changes in gum color can indicate an underlying health problem. In this article, learn about what causes black gums, including smoking, gingivitis, Addison’s disease, and amalgam tattoos. We also look at treatment and prevention. (Medical News Today)

Could coffee stop clogged arteries?
Researchers have found that drinking at least three cups of coffee every day may prevent calcium from building up in the coronary arteries. (Medical News Today)

What could be the cause of morning diarrhea?
Diarrhea in the morning can have a range of potential causes, including lifestyle choices, a temporary illness, such as a virus or food poisoning, or an underlying condition, such as IBS or IBD. Read on to learn how to prevent it with some simple lifestyle changes, and how to treat it if there are medical reasons. (Medical News Today)

Smoking every day can increase psychosis risk, study finds
Smoking at least 10 cigarettes every day or using marijuana at least five times may raise the risk of developing psychosis, according to two new studies. (Medical News Today)

E-cigarettes 'may do more harm than good,' study suggests
Researchers find that e-cigarettes may be more of a hindrance than a help, as they may encourage young adults to take up conventional smoking. (Medical News Today)

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