Drugs & Alcohol
Integrated approach needs to be used to address opioid use among psychiatric patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 10 hours
Opioid use among psychiatric hospital patients needs to be addressed through an integrated approach to managing mental illness, pain and substance use,... more
Medical News Today: What to know about marijuana detox  MNT · 17 hours
Marijuana contains some compounds that remain in the body after use. Many factors affect how long it stays there. Learn about the marijuana detox process here. more
Medical News Today: Study finds 'strong link' between vaping and depression  MNT · 17 hours
According to a recent study, people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to report depression. The association was strongest in younger people. more
How tramadol, touted as safer opioid, became 3rd world peril  ABC NEWS · 1 day
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving... more
Perinatal exposure of rats to flame retardants changes the liver epigenome  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Studies have shown that perinatal exposure of rats and mice to common flame retardants found in household items permanently reprograms liver metabolism, often leading later in... more
`Safer opioid’ has sparked a crisis in vulnerable countries  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving pain with... more
Tramadol: `the other opioid crisis’ in the developing world  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving pain with... more
Mass opioid abuse is `destabilizing’ world’s poorest nations  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving pain with little risk... more
Another opioid crisis is raging through the developing world  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving pain with... more
Opioid billed as `safer’ is abused widely around the world  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving... more
Bans restricting e-cigarette sales could do more harm than good, say experts  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Bans and other policies restricting e-cigarette sales could do more public harm than good, according to a group of public-health, tobacco-policy and ethics experts. more
Research suggests contributory role of 'Asian glow' mutation and alcohol to Alzheimer’s  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
A new study from Stanford, published on December 12 in the journal Acta Neuropathologica Communications, suggests that an important enzyme that helps break down... more
Vaping illness death count surpasses 50 in US  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Health officials say the death toll from the U.S. outbreak of vaping illnesses has surpassed 50 more
Scientists discover specific neurons that promote reward-like behaviors, alcohol consumption  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Scientists have known that a region of the brain called the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) plays a role in behaviors related to alcohol use and consumption... more
New York tries to keep alive flavored e-cigarette ban  ABC NEWS · 3 days
New York's ban on flavored e-cigarettes is still held up in court, but the state is moving to keep it alive and could also expand it to include menthol more
Scientists discover key neural circuit regulating alcohol consumption  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
New research pinpoints a specific neural circuit that when altered caused animal models to drink less alcohol. more
Does tapping your can of beer really keep it from fizzing all over you?  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A team of researchers at the University of Denmark has tested the popular notion that tapping a can of beer... more
Forensic chemist proposes sweat testing strip as breathalyzer replacement  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Forensic chemist Jan Halámek once again has found an innovative use for human sweat—this time to keep drunk drivers off the road. more
Health risks associated with NSAIDs as a factor for increased opioid prescribing  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Patients with chronic pain caught between cardiovascular concerns about non-opioid analgesics and addiction risks of opioids, likely causing significant unmet need for pain relief. more
Addictions and drug interactions common among patients not disclosing their medication history  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Some patients skip telling their doctors about the drugs and medications they are consuming. A new study shows that these patients are at a... more
Non-drug therapies may reduce adverse outcomes in service members with chronic pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
A new study based on Veterans Affairs health records finds that non-drug therapies given to military service members with chronic pain may reduce the... more
Light to moderate lifetime alcohol use raises cancer risk  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
There have been conflicting reports on health benefits and harm caused by drinking alcohol. A new study from Japanese researchers has proven that taking one drink a day for a... more
Medical News Today: What does it feel like to be high on marijuana?  MNT · 4 days
Marijuana use can affect different people in different ways, and being 'high' can feel different to different people. Learn about what being... more
New research may help guide future treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Edith Cowan University researchers have found that a chronic disease affecting up to 80 per cent of overweight people may be causing an iron... more
Blood pressure drug could be beneficial in treating alcohol use disorders  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
A drug used to treat high blood pressure may alleviate anxiety induced by long-term heavy alcohol use, and also halt the damage such drinking can cause... more
Regional trends in overdose deaths reveal multiple opioid epidemics  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
The United States in the grip of several simultaneously occurring opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis. The epidemics came to light after the researchers analyzed county-level data on... more
Study uncovers need to improve HCV testing rates in young people  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
A new study led by Boston Medical Center uncovered a need to improve testing rates for Hepatitis C Virus in young people, specifically those with documented... more
Medical News Today: How to treat a dry mouth at home  MNT · 5 days
There are many ways to treat a dry mouth at home, including using a humidifier, sucking on sugar-free lozenges, and trying alcohol-free mouthwash. Learn more. more
Research explores how grape pests sniff out berries  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Female grape berry moths are the biggest insect threat to wine grapes in the eastern U.S. The moths lay their eggs on grapes and, once hatched, the larvae penetrate the skin, then... more
Study explores cost-effectiveness of transient elastography for detecting liver fibrosis  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD) and alcohol-related diseases (ALD) are currently the leading cause of chronic disease, cancer and mortality associated with this organ in developed countries. more
FAU and Georgia State collaborate to help children, families affected by addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
About 8.7 million children live with a parent who has a substance use disorder. Addiction can have recurring and negative long-term effects on the... more
Study finds that even light alcohol consumption may increase overall cancer risk  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
A new study suggests that even light-to-moderate alcohol consumption may increase overall cancer risk. more
Study debunks the myth that an imposed floor on alcohol prices would punish the poor  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
There is no evidence that a minimum unit price on alcohol as a deterrent against binge drinking would... more
Even light alcohol consumption linked to higher cancer risk in Japan  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
In a new study conducted in Japan, even light to moderate alcohol consumption was associated with elevated cancer risks. more
Lactobacillus balances intestinal microbiome and ameliorates chronic alcohol-induced liver injury  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Researchers demonstrated that Lactobacillus rhamnosus can dose-dependently reestablish a balanced intestinal microbiome and counter the liver-damaging effects of alcohol consumption in mice to reverse the results of chronic... more
Study reveals increased cannabis use in individuals with depression  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
New findings reveal the prevalence of cannabis, or marijuana, use in the United States increased from 2005 to 2017 among persons with and without depression and was approximately twice as... more
Penn researchers receive nearly $5 million to reduce opioid cravings  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Opioid overdoses take the lives of tens of thousands of Americans annually. Two researchers from Penn State College of Medicine have received nearly $5 million from the National... more
Correction: Opioids-Sacklers-Tufts story  ABC NEWS · 6 days
In a story December 5, 2019, about Tufts University's decision to cut ties with the Sackler family, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by Tufts, erroneously reported that Richard Sackler is a current board member of Purdue Pharma more
Cannabis use more common among persons with depression  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
The prevalence of cannabis, or marijuana, use in the United States increased from 2005 to 2017 among persons with and without depression and was approximately twice as common among those with depression... more
Study: Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. are actually multiple opioid epidemics  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
The United States is suffering from several different simultaneous opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis, according to an academic study of deaths... more
Co-addiction of meth and opioids hinders treatment  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A new study found that methamphetamine use was associated with more than twice the risk for dropping out of treatment for opioid-use disorder. more
Even light to moderate alcohol consumption can increase cancer risk  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
In a study conducted in Japan, even light to moderate alcohol consumption was associated with elevated cancer risks. more
What makes wine dry? It's easy to taste, but much harder to measure  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
When you take a sip of wine at a family meal or celebration, what do you notice? more
Medical News Today: Is marijuana use associated with a higher risk of cancer?  MNT · 6 days
A new meta-analysis looks at the potential link between marijuana use and an increased risk of cancer, emphasizing the poor quality of... more
A patient's tolerance for risky decisions can predict chances of opioid relapse  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
People in treatment for opioid addiction are more likely to relapse when they become more tolerant of risks, according to a study by Rutgers... more
Computer betting game can help predict the likelihood of opioid reuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
A computer betting game can help predict the likelihood that someone recovering from opioid addiction will reuse the pain-relieving drugs, a new study shows. more
Insights from virtual reality experiments could help break the cycle of addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
The number of drug overdose deaths in the US has never been higher. Most of those deaths--68 percent in 2017--have involved opioids. An estimated... more
Methamphetamine undermines success in treatment for opioid-use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
Judith Tsui, a UW Medicine clinician specializing in addiction treatment, was seeing more and more patients she was treating for opioid-use disorder also using methamphetamines, a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects... more
Infant morbidity decreases with incentive-based prenatal tobacco interventions  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study reveals a significant reduction in NICU (up to 55%) and preterm births due to incentive-based programs implemented to help low-income pregnant women stop smoking cigarettes. Colorado saved over 4... more
Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands that are most commonly linked to hospitalizations more
Expedient synthesis of E-hydrazone esters and 1H-indazole scaffolds through heterogeneous single-atom platinum catalysis  Science Magazine · 1 week
Unprotected E-hydrazone esters are prized building blocks for the preparation of 1H-indazoles and countless other N-containing biologically active molecules. Despite previous advances,... more
Black Tar Heroin May Be Causing Deadly 'Flesh-Eating' Infections in San Diego  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Seven people in San Diego have died in recent months from a "flesh eating" infection tied to use of black tar heroin, according to... more
Flesh-eating bacteria linked to heroin kills 7 in California  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Authorities say a flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people in San Diego County more
Open source EEG visualization tool  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have developed a free open source computer program that can be used to create visual and quantitative representations of brain electrical activity in laboratory animals in hopes of developing countermeasures for opioid use disorder. more
SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and 'mighty mice'  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including "mighty mice" for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of... more
Chronic disease prevention could help curb the opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Preventing chronic disease could help curb the opioid epidemic, according to research from the University of Georgia. more
SpaceX launches caring robot, beer malt and 'mighty mice'  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including "mighty mice" for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of... more
A woman has developed rare form of lung metal-scarring from vaping  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A woman who had been vaping cannabis oil has been diagnosed with rare type of lung scarring usually only seen in metalworkers. more
Woman has developed rare form of lung metal-scarring from vaping  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A woman who had been vaping cannabis oil has been diagnosed with rare type of lung scarring usually only seen in metalworkers. more
Alcohol tolerance may have saved our ancestors from extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The ability to process alcohol may have saved humanity's ancestors from extinction, a new book suggests. more
CDC cautions people to avoid e-cigarette products  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Although e-cigarettes have been on the market for years, recent reports of vaping-linked illnesses have brought serious attention to these products. more
ACS and APSA address safe and effective pain control after surgery for children, teens  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Given the current rates of opioid abuse in the U.S, it is critical that surgical patients understand how to safely... more
Brits betting online, eating unhealthily and drinking too much alcohol  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The National Health Service (NHS) England has released its latest survey and reveals that millions of people in England are eating unhealthy foods, drinking too much alcohol, are... more
Restrictive alcohol policies linked to lower rates of cancer mortality  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
In a new study, researchers at Boston Medical Center and Boston University have uncovered a new association between more restrictive alcohol policies and lower rates of cancer mortality. more
Findings could lead to new approach to treating alcohol use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A single infusion of ketamine, combined with outpatient behavioral therapy, helped alcohol-dependent individuals abstain from drinking for a few weeks after the treatment, researchers at Columbia... more
Medical News Today: What to know about alcohol intoxication  MNT · 2 weeks
Alcohol intoxication is a temporary condition that occurs when a person drinks an excess of alcohol. Learn about the signs, treatments, and risks, including alcohol poisoning. more
Brewing beer that tastes fresh longer  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Unlike wine, which generally improves with time, beer does not age well. Usually within a year of bottling, the beverage starts to develop an unpleasant papery or cardboard-like flavor that drinkers describe as "stale." Now, researchers... more
Researchers create 3D liver model for improved diagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is becoming the most common chronic liver disorder in developed countries. Histological analysis of liver tissue is the... more
Sales of recreational marijuana in Denver found to increase some nonviolent crime  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In 2014, Colorado began selling recreational cannabis to people older than 21, becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. A new study evaluated... more
Distress tolerance amplifies links between PTSD symptoms, alcohol use severity among firefighters  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
New findings by a University of Houston psychology professor indicate that among firefighters, distress tolerance amplifies associations between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and... more
Distress tolerance plays role in alcohol use and abuse among firefighters  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A newly published report finds that firefighters who struggle with PTSD symptoms, and who think they cannot handle negative emotions, are likely to drink and use... more
New PA program in Massachusetts to provide knowledge, skills to prescribe opiates safely  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Morbidity and mortality from prescription and synthetic opioid use and abuse continues to be a U.S. public health issue. In an effort... more
Medical News Today: Can you smoke and donate blood?  MNT · 2 weeks
Almost everyone can donate blood. However, some people who use nicotine or cannabis products may wonder if they are eligible blood donors. Learn more here. more
Doctor pleads guilty to over-prescribing opioids  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A Tennessee doctor who lost five patients to fatal overdoses in 10 months now faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine more
Pot while pregnant: Doctors urge caution  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Daily marijuana use during pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of low birth weight, low resistance to infection, decreased oxygen levels and other negative fetal health outcomes, according to a new study. more
Marijuana vaping busts on rise; over 500K seized in 2 years  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too more
Over 500K pot vapes seized in 2 years as busts rise in US  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too more
Tweets and online searches provide a faster way to track alcohol use  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Collecting rigorous public health data through large survey-based studies is a slow, expensive process. more
Study reveals clue to preventing addiction relapse  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
With any addiction in which a user has successfully resisted a chemical, activity or substance, relapse is vexing. And with opioids, it's often deadly. Fatal overdoses following relapse from an opioid addiction is reaching... more
Daily cannabis use during pregnancy associated with delayed fetal growth  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Daily marijuana use during pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of low birth weight, low resistance to infection, decreased oxygen levels and other negative fetal health outcomes,... more
New $300,000 grant-funded program to address opioid prescribing for cancer patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a grant from the Coleman Foundation to develop a screening process for prescribing opioids and managing opioid use... more
Vitamin E acetate and vaping-induced lung injury  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
In a report posted early online in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), scientists report that vaping products containing vitamin E acetate are apparently linked to the... more
Strong beers that contain gut-friendly bacteria may help fight obesity  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Drinking a strong type of beer, particularly a Belgian one, can help combat obesity, promote a good night’s sleep, and may help you live longer, a new study... more
Risk of opioid overdose rises after de-addiction treatment completion  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A study from Columbia University reveals that patients, who have been successfully treated with buprenorphine for opioid addiction, are at a greater risk of overdose after completion of the treatment.... more
Tips for preventing 'wine teeth'  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Why do some people's teeth stain after drinking red wine, and how can you prevent it during the holidays? more
R.J. Reynolds seeks FDA approval to claim e-cig is safer  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The Food and Drug Administration will review whether R.J. Reynolds can claim that its electronic cigarette poses less risk than tobacco more
Young-onset drinking predicts hospitalization for alcohol intoxication among adolescents  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
In studies, younger age at first alcohol use has been associated with later alcohol problems in adult life, including heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder. more
Researchers uncover the binding mechanism of opioid receptor  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Together with colleagues from Shanghai, Brussels, Canada and the USA, researchers from the University of Bonn have uncovered the binding mechanism of an important pain receptor. more
Study explores the impact of co-workers' drinking on the workplace  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Excessive drinking by workers can place a burden on colleagues, whether through absenteeism, reduced productivity or alcohol-related accidents in the workplace. more
The Latest: Vaping industry slams ban on flavored products  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The vaping industry is criticizing Massachusetts’ new statewide ban on flavored tobacco and vaping products as the wrong approach to the problem of youth vaping more
Elucidating the active {delta}-opioid receptor crystal structure with peptide and small-molecule agonists  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Selective activation of the -opioid receptor (DOP) has great potential for the treatment of chronic pain, benefitting from ancillary anxiolytic and antidepressant-like effects. Moreover,... more
The Latest: Trade group decries ban on vape, tobacco flavors  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
An industry group is criticizing Massachusetts’ new statewide ban on flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, as intrusive and costly more
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