Drugs & Alcohol
Potential early biomarker to track development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease  SCIENCE DAILY · 12 hours
Research has uncovered a biomarker in humans tied to the development of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease that might help doctors detect early stages of the disease.... more
Smokers need to quit during coronavirus pandemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 13 hours
Smoking tobacco may aggravate the effects of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Health experts are urging smokers to quit and cigarette companies to stop producing tobacco products to help alleviate the risks of COVID-19. A new... more
USC scientists report wider benefits of well-known hangover drug  NEWS MEDICAL · 20 hours
A well-known hangover drug not only helps soothe pounding headaches but also triggers profound changes that protect the liver, USC scientists report in new findings that could help prevent alcohol-related... more
Candy maker says THC-laced product in donations was fake  ABC NEWS · 22 hours
The company that makes Nerds candy says a version of the product infused with the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that was eaten by Utah children after being donated to a... more
Researchers identify new biomarker to track the development of NAFLD  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Fatty liver disease not associated with alcohol consumption, which is called Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease or NAFLD, affects more than one billion people worldwide. more
Marijuana vaping usage up among American teenagers  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics in April 2020 shows that more and more American teenagers were turning to vaping and ingesting marijuana in various forms over the period 2015 to... more
Marijuana may impair female fertility  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Female eggs exposed to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, have an impaired ability to produce viable embryos, and are significantly less likely to result in a viable pregnancy, according to an animal study. more
As the country disinfects, diabetes patients can’t find rubbing alcohol  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
While the masses hunt for toilet paper, Caroline Gregory and other people with diabetes are on a different mission: scouring stores for the rubbing alcohol or alcohol swabs... more
Studies shed light on the link between obesity and use of prescription opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Two new studies from the Boston University School of Public Health shed light on the relationship between obesity and the use of... more
Potential of using psychedelic drugs in psychiatry  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Before they were banned about a half century ago, psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin showed promise for treating conditions including alcoholism and some psychiatric disorders. Researchers say it's time for regulators, scientists, and... more
Psychoactive ingredient in marijuana may impair ability to produce viable embryos  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Female eggs exposed to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, have an impaired ability to produce viable embryos, and are significantly less likely to result in... more
Judge dismisses pharmacies' lawsuit against physicians  ABC NEWS · 7 days
A federal judge in Cleveland has dismissed an effort by pharmacy chains to shift their liability for the opioid crisis to unnamed Ohio physicians and practitioners who wrote the painkiller prescriptions pharmacists filled more
New 3-D cultured cells mimic the progress of NASH  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
A research team led by scientists from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan, has successfully established 3-D cultured tissue that mimics liver fibrosis, a key characteristic of non-alcoholic... more
Virus outbreak creates new challenges for addiction recovery  ABC NEWS · 7 days
The coronavirus pandemic is testing the resilience of millions who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction more
California’s new attack on opioid addiction hits old roadblocks  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Jennifer Stilwell, a 30-year-old mother of two young children, kicked heroin cold turkey five years ago, but she got hooked again last fall. more
Teen marijuana use associated with insomnia later on  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Smoke a lot of weed as a teenager, and when you reach adulthood you'll be more likely to have trouble falling or staying asleep, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder... more
Gastric bypass may be the best surgical option in patients with NAFLD  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Bariatric surgery may be an effective treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), suggests a new study accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the... more
FDA changes boost alcohol for sanitizer from ethanol makers  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The Food and Drug Administration has relaxed regulations on the types of alcohol that can be used for hand sanitizer during a shortage caused by high demand from the coronavirus... more
Nanocrystals will help detect methanol and other alcohols  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Skoltech scientists have developed highly sensitive sensors based on cobalt oxide nanoflakes which are capable of detecting various alcohols in the air. The new sensors can be used for both medical diagnostics... more
Success in synthesizing black phosphorus with a safe and high-yielding method toward artificial photosynthesis  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A joint research group at Osaka City University and Sakai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. have succeeded to synthesize black phosphorus... more
Superfuids may merge via corkscrew mechanism  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have made a discovery in fluid dynamics that is truly worth uncorking a bottle of fine wine. more
Scientists could soon develop saliva test for measuring cannabis levels in impaired drivers  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
In the U.S., those who consume alcohol and drive are often subjected to roadside stops, breathalyzer tests and stiff penalties if their... more
Vaping with counseling more effective than counseling alone for smoking cessation  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Smokers who received smoking cessation counseling and used electronic cigarettes containing nicotine were more than twice as likely to successfully quit smoking compared to those who... more
Paternal alcohol consumption before conception could affect child development  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have explored the relationship between parental alcohol consumption -- before conception in the case of fathers and during pregnancy in the case of... more
Zebrafish can provide genetic clues to human nicotine addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have shown that zebrafish can provide genetic clues to smoking, a complex human behavior. more
Saliva test for cannabis could someday help identify impaired drivers  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In the U.S., those who consume alcohol and drive are often subjected to roadside stops, breathalyzer tests and stiff penalties if their blood alcohol content exceeds certain limits.... more
Pablo Escobar's 'cocaine hippos' may be helping river ecosystems in Colombia  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Hippos that once resided in Pablo Escobar's private zoo are now thriving and multiplying in the wild, performing an ecological role that has been vacant for... more
Addiction is ‘a disease of isolation’ — so pandemic puts recovery at risk  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Before the coronavirus became a pandemic, Emma went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every week in the Boston area and to another... more
Nevada distilleries turning hooch into hand sanitizer  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Several alcohol distilleries in Nevada unable to make liquor under current coronavirus shutdowns are turning their attention to another product to help soothe customers more
Nanocrystals will help detect methanol and other alcohols  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Researchers developed highly sensitive sensors based on cobalt oxide nanoflakes which are capable of detecting various alcohols in the air. The new sensors can be used for both medical diagnostics and detection... more
Legal marijuana products too strong for pain relief  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
More than 90% of the legal marijuana products offered in medical dispensaries are much stronger than what clinical studies have shown that doctors recommend for chronic pain relief, according to a new... more
College bribery scandal figure freed early over virus fear  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A California winemaker who was convicted in the college admissions bribery scandal has been released early from federal prison because of concerns over the coronavirus more
Upgrading biomass with selective surface-modified catalysts  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Scientists have designed a catalyst composed of very low concentrations of platinum (single atoms and clusters smaller than billionths of a meter) on the surface of titanium dioxide. They demonstrated how this catalyst significantly enhances the... more
Study shows legal marijuana products too strong for pain relief  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Most legal marijuana products supplied to medical dispensaries are stronger than recommended for treatment of chronic pain. more
'Whiskey webs' are the new 'coffee ring effect'  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Spilled coffee forms a ring as the liquid evaporates, depositing solids along the edge of the puddle. This 'coffee ring effect' has fascinated scientists for decades, but now a team says they... more
New molecular probes for opioid receptors  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Strong painkillers are very important in the management of patients with cancer and heart attack or requiring surgery. They extert their effect by binding to so-called opioid receptors in the body. more
'Whiskey webs' are the new 'coffee ring effect'  nanowerk · 2 weeks
The 'coffee ring effect' has fascinated scientists for decades, but now a team says they have uncovered the mechanism behind an even more striking, web-like pattern that forms when drops of whiskey... more
'Whiskey webs' are the new 'coffee ring effect'  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Spilled coffee forms a ring as the liquid evaporates, depositing solids along the edge of the puddle. This "coffee ring effect" has fascinated scientists for decades, but now a team says they... more
New molecular probes to study the behavior of opioid receptors  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
It could be an important step forward in the improvement of pain therapy: Thanks to newly developed molecular probes, the behavior of individual opioid receptors can now be... more
More mental health care utilization reduces odds of suicide among youths, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A multistate study of Medicaid enrollees led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that suicide risk was... more
Pablo Escobar's hippos may help counteract a legacy of extinctions  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, the four hippos he brought to his private zoo in Colombia were left behind in a pond on... more
Third-Hand Tobacco Smoke is Real Threat to Public Health, Study Shows  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Third-hand smoke is a residual contamination from cigarette smoking that adheres to walls and... more
Elephants in China got drunk and passed out in a garden  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
A herd of elephants recently overindulged on corn wine in a village in China's Yunnan Province, and a photo of two tipsy pachyderms went viral. more
Substances linked to bladder cancer found in the urine of e-cigarette users  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
An analysis of evidence from multiple scientific studies found six substances that have a strong link to bladder cancer in the urine of people... more
Without a Brexit fisheries deal, herring and other North Sea species face dire future  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Taking back control of fisheries became one of the totemic issues uniting supporters of the campaign for the UK to... more
MAFLD: New terminology can help improve treatment for patients with fatty liver disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
An international consensus panel led by researchers from The Westmead Institute for Medical Researchhas highlighted the need to redefine Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver... more
Alcohol dependence potentiates substance P/neurokinin-1 receptor signaling in the rat central nucleus of amygdala  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Behavioral and clinical studies suggest a critical role of substance P (SP)/neurokinin-1 receptor (NK-1R) signaling in alcohol dependence. Here, we... more
UCLA researcher awarded NIH grant to study pain-relieving effects of cannabis chemicals  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Ziva Cooper, research director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, has been awarded a $3.9 million grant from the National Center for Complementary and... more
E-cigarette use increases while new studies reveal heart health risks  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study adds to mounting evidence that the use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping, has increased in recent years among U.S. adults, with nearly 1 in 20... more
Young vapers less likely to smoke regular cigarettes than their peers  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study has found that youngsters who use e-cigarettes are less likely to use cigarettes in the future compared to those who use other tobacco... more
Life expectancy in the U.S. stagnates due to cardiovascular diseases, not drug-related deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Life expectancy in the USA is no longer rising. This stagnation has long been largely attributed to increasing numbers of drug deaths... more
Study examines e-cigarette use by women during preconception and/or pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study of 1,365 racially/ethnically diverse, low-income pregnant women found that 4% reported e-cigarette use. more
Young adults vape without knowing what's in their e-cigarettes  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study shows that young adults often use e-cigarettes without being aware of what is in them or which brand they are using. The study, published online in March... more
Distilleries using high-proof alcohol to make hand sanitizer  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Distilleries are  putting their spirits to work to help fill the shortage of hand sanitizers due to the coronavirus outbreak more
Family member deportation increases risk of suicidal thoughts among Latino adolescents  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Latino/a adolescents with a family member who was detained or deported beginning as early as 2017 were at high risk of suicidal thoughts, early alcohol use,... more
Stringent alcohol policies could protect against low-alcohol crash deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, found that motor vehicle crashes involving drivers with blood alcohol concentrations below the legal limit of 0.08... more
Study: Young adults don't know what's in the vaping products they use  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Young adults don't know what's in the products they vape and often don't know what brand of vaping products they use, according to a... more
Are opioids necessary after tooth extraction?  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open in March 2020 shows that dentists can eliminate opioid analgesia from their armory of pain reliever after a tooth extraction, or at least dramatically reduce its... more
Medical marijuana bills challenge Bible Belt politics  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Views about medical marijuana appear to be changing across the South, where efforts to legalize it have long been stymied by Bible Belt politics more
Study reveals spatial patterns of alcohol‐related mortality in post-Soviet countries  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
In some former Soviet bloc countries, men often die early due to alcohol abuse. Alcoholism-related mortality varies considerably from one region to another, according to a study in... more
New Review Finds Alcoholics Anonymous Is Effective, But Not For Everyone  NPR · 4 weeks
Alcoholics Anonymous may be just as good or better than scientifically proven treatments to help people quit drinking, according to a new review. But AA still... more
Vaping chemical can produce highly toxic gas when heated up, research reveals  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A chemical found in some vaping products can produce a highly toxic gas when heated up, according to new research from RCSI University of... more
The startling inequality gap that emerges after age 65  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
In an era when "deaths of despair" — from substance abuse and suicide — are on the rise among middle-aged Americans, those who reach age 65 are living longer than... more
Alcoholics Anonymous the best way to abstain  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Researchers from the Stanford School of Medicine have found that utilizing the help of a support group like Alcoholics Anonymous could be the best possible way for those with alcohol dependence to abstain. This... more
Detecting aromas in aged cognac  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
For connoisseurs of wines and spirits, part of the enjoyment is noting the various flavors and scents that are revealed with each sip. Aging transforms alcohol's aroma further, especially in cognac, a type of twice-distilled fortified wine. Now,... more
Undercompressive shocks proposed to explain 'tears of wine' phenomenon  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A small team of researchers at the University of California has developed a theory to explain the shape of tears of wine. They have written a paper describing their theory... more
Alcoholics Anonymous found to be very effective for achieving alcohol abstinence  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Alcoholics Anonymous, the worldwide fellowship of sobriety seekers, is the most effective path to abstinence, according to a comprehensive analysis conducted by a Stanford School of... more
Alcoholics Anonymous and 12-step programs help people with AUD achieve sobriety  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Newly updated evidence published in the Cochrane Library today compares Alcoholics Anonymous and clinically-related Twelve-Step Facilitation programs with other treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, to... more
New York opioid trial postponed due to virus outbreak  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The next scheduled trial over the drug industry's liability in the opioid crisis has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak more
Hotels benefit from marijuana legalization, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Legalization of recreational marijuana may lead to increased hotel revenues, according to a Penn State researcher, who found that after legalizing marijuana, the City of Denver, Colorado, saw roughly $130 million in new hotel... more
How effective is Gabapentin in alcohol use disorder?  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in March 2020 reports the striking efficacy of the drug gabapentin in helping people with alcohol use disorder (AUD) with their alcohol... more
Knowing opioid use following cesarean delivery can inform individualized prescriptions  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Knowing the amount of opioids taken following cesarean section surgery and before discharge can inform individualized prescriptions and cut down on unnecessary, leftover pills that could be used... more
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Saliva test for cannabis could someday help identify impaired drivers