Drugs & Alcohol
America's teens report dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just one year  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 hours
America's teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with... more
Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom  ABC NEWS · 2 hours
Twice as many high school students are using nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes compared with last year more
Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests  ABC NEWS · 16 hours
Higher percentage of California marijuana products clear safety tests but questions remain after sudden closing of lab the state found was falsifying test results for pesticides more
Early physical therapy associated with reduction in opioid use  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Patients who underwent physical therapy soon after being diagnosed with pain in the shoulder, neck, low back or knee were approximately 7 to 16 percent less likely to use opioids... more
How often pregnant women follow food avoidance strategy to prevent allergy in offspring?  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Pregnant women routinely swear off alcohol and tobacco to boost their chances of having a healthy baby. What about common food allergens... more
Early physical therapy can reduce risk, amount of long-term opioid use, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Patients who underwent physical therapy soon after being diagnosed with pain in the shoulder, neck, low back or knee were approximately 7... more
Court: Testimony from OxyContin maker must be unsealed  ABC NEWS · 3 days
A Kentucky appeals court says the secret testimony from a former president of one of the world's largest manufacturers of dangerously addictive opioid painkillers must be released to the public more
Fentanyl surpasses heroin in cause of U.S. drug overdose deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
According to a new report from health officials, Fentanyl – a synthetic opioid drug, is surpassing heroin as cause of drug overdose deaths in the United States. The... more
EU agency: Cocaine dealers' technology use complicates busts  ABC NEWS · 4 days
The European Union agency that monitors drug abuse says cocaine dealers are increasingly using social media and encrypted communications to do business, making it harder for authorities to crack down on the... more
What's behind smelly wine?  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Aging often improves the flavor of wine, but sometimes the beverage emerges from storage with an unpleasant smell. One of the prime culprits is hydrogen sulfide, which can give the affected wine an aroma of sewage or rotten eggs. Researchers... more
Cresco Labs granted approval to operate marijuana dispensary in Ohio  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Cresco Labs one of the largest vertically integrated multistate cannabis operators in the United States, today announced that it has been granted the first approval to operate a... more
Fentanyl Surpasses Heroin As Drug Most Often Involved In Deadly Overdoses  NPR · 4 days
When fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, infiltrated the drug supply in the U.S. it had an immediate, dramatic effect... more
Babies born in opioid withdrawal have unusually small heads  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 days
Infants born dependent on opioids had heads that were smaller than babies whose moms didn’t use the drugs during pregnancy. more
Deep-learning technique reveals 'invisible' objects in the dark  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Small imperfections in a wine glass or tiny creases in a contact lens can be tricky to make out, even in good light. In almost total darkness, images of such transparent features... more
Researchers developing nonopioid drug for chronic pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researchers are developing a drug -- now in its earliest stages -- that can treat certain types of chronic pain without the addictive consequences of opioids. more
What's behind smelly wine  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Aging often improves the flavor of wine, but sometimes the beverage emerges from storage with an unpleasant smell. One of the prime culprits is hydrogen sulfide (H2S), which can give the affected wine an aroma of sewage or rotten eggs.... more
Moderate alcohol consumption linked with lower risk of hospitalization  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
A study of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed, in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, highlights that... more
Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag  ABC NEWS · 5 days
A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana says the conflicting state and federal marijuana rules that left him homeless are... more
Dermatology providers show interest in recommending cannabinoids to patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
The cannabis plant and its derivatives have been used in medicinal treatments for millennia. With the recent legalization of medical marijuana in 33 states across the country, as well as... more
New Zealand law to make medical marijuana widely available  ABC NEWS · 6 days
New Zealand's government has passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time more
Medical News Today: What to know about marijuana and multiple sclerosis  MNT · 6 days
Marijuana has many potential uses, which includes the treatment of specific symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Learn more about the possible benefits of marijuana for people... more
Medical News Today: Can marijuana ease symptoms of Crohn's disease?  MNT · 6 days
In regions where it is legal, many doctors are prescribing medical marijuana to treat certain conditions. Some small studies suggest that marijuana may also have the potential to... more
Can marijuana ease symptoms of Crohn's disease?  MNT · 6 days
In regions where it is legal, many doctors are prescribing medical marijuana to treat certain conditions. Some small studies suggest that marijuana may also have the potential to relieve symptoms of Crohn’s disease. However,... more
Activating parts of the brain could help alleviate opioid-related social isolation  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
One of the many painful and challenging aspects of the US opioid crisis is that people abusing opioids often isolate themselves from family and friends, making... more
Study finds upward link between alcohol consumption and physical activity in college students  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
Upending conventional wisdom that physical activity can be a healthy deterrent to alcohol consumption, University of Houston Moores professor of psychology Clayton... more
Activating brain region could revive the urge to socialize among opioid addicts  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
One of the many painful and challenging aspects of the US opioid crisis is that people abusing opioids often isolate themselves from family and... more
Graphic warning labels cancel out cigarettes' appeal to young people  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
New research from Cornell University suggests graphic warning labels on cigarette ads have the same anti-smoking effect as similar warning labels on cigarette packs. more
Ultrarestrictive opioid prescribing strategy linked with reduction in number of pills dispensed  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
An ultrarestrictive opioid prescribing strategy was associated with a reduction in the number of pills dispensed in a study of patients having surgery for... more
Study quantifies links between alcohol, drug use and violent deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A group of researchers at the University of São Paulo's Medical School (FM-USP) in Brazil recently published the results of a study on the links between alcohol and... more
Graphic warnings snuff out cigarettes' appeal to kids  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New research suggests graphic warning labels on cigarette ads have the same anti-smoking effect as similar warning labels on cigarette packs. more
Medical marijuana user, 78, evicted from subsidized housing  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A 78-year-old man who uses a wheelchair and takes marijuana for back pain has been evicted from his federally subsidized apartment in upstate New York more
Revolutionary dietary supplement aims to mitigate long term impact of alcohol consumption  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Survivor is a revolutionary dietary supplement designed to boost your liver's response to alcohol, aimed at mitigating the negative impact it has on your... more
VCU researchers test vaccine against opioid abuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Virginia Commonwealth University researchers are testing a vaccine against opioid abuse developed by the Scripps Research Institute in California. The vaccine is meant to block the effects of heroin and fentanyl in patients with... more
Groups sue to block medical marijuana compromise in Utah  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Advocacy groups in Utah sued to block a compromise agreement legalizing medical marijuana, accusing the Mormon church of unconstitutional interference in the gutting of a measure approved by voters more
Michigan marking 1st day for legal, recreational pot  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Michigan is officially the first Midwestern state to allow recreational pot. more
Climate change offers sparkling prospects to English winemakers  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
With climate change pushing up temperatures, English winemakers are rubbing their hands as their sparkling wines start to give top champagnes a run for their money. more
Heroin-assisted treatment can offer benefits, reduce harms  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Providing supervised access to medical-grade heroin to people whose use continues after trying multiple traditional treatments has been successful in other countries, and should be piloted and studied in the United States, according to... more
Study examines effects of different opioids on driving performance  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study finds that the influence of single analgesic doses of methadone and buprenorphine -- two different opioids -- on driving performance was mild and below the impairment threshold... more
Medical News Today: Can drinking alcohol lead to prostate cancer?  MNT · 2 weeks
Doctors do not fully understand what causes prostate cancer. This disease may have an association with alcohol, but scientists need to do more research to confirm the potential... more
Drug wholesalers drove fentanyl's deadly rise, study shows  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid implicated in nearly 29,000 overdose deaths in the United States last year, most likely spread because of heroin and prescription pill shortages, and also because it was... more
Telemedicine for treating substance use disorders remains underused, study shows  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Despite the enormous unmet need for treatment of substance use disorders and the promise of telemedicine to fill some of the gaps in care, the tool remains woefully... more
Study investigates influence of different opioids on driving performance  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Taking opioids for the treatment of pain has been associated with increased risks of crashing among drivers, but it is unknown whether this applies to all opioids or pertains to... more
Vaping cannabis produces stronger effects than smoking cannabis for infrequent users  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
In a small study of infrequent cannabis users, researchers have shown that, compared with smoking cannabis, vaping it increased the rate of short-term anxiety, paranoia, memory... more
Utah patients can use medical pot; but concerns still loom  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a compromise agreement that guaranteed legalization of medical marijuana but has sparked concern that it creates too many hurdles for... more
Study of infrequent cannabis users compares adverse effects of vaping and smoking  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
In a small study of infrequent cannabis users, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have shown that, compared with smoking cannabis, vaping it increased the rate... more
Boys with social difficulties are at greatest risk of early substance use  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Boys who enter sixth-grade with co-occurring social skills, anxiety, learning and conduct problems are at the greatest risk of developing aggressive behavior and using... more
Alcohol consumption may attenuate long-term weight loss in people with Type 2 diabetes  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Research shows that losing weight can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. While best practice for weight loss often includes... more
Alcohol intake may be key to long-term weight loss for people with Diabetes  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study suggests that alcohol consumption may attenuate long-term weight loss in adults with Type 2 diabetes. more
Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Boys who enter sixth-grade with co-occurring social skills, anxiety, learning and conduct problems are at the greatest risk of developing aggressive behavior and using tobacco, alcohol and marijuana... more
Wild yeasts may hold key to better wines from warmer climates  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have found yeasts that naturally occur on wine grapes may improve wines produced in warmer climates. Up until now the use of these 'natural' or... more
Wild yeasts may hold key to better wines from warmer climates  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found yeasts that naturally occur on wine grapes may improve wines produced in warmer climates. Up until now the... more
From Biblical to revival: Jordan's desert winemakers  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Two Jordanian families aim to put wine from their desert land on the world viticultural map, reviving an age-old tradition that some suggest has Biblical heritage. more
Many diseases increase the risks of hip fracture surgery  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Parkinson's disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatic diseases, alcoholism and mental health disorders increase the risk of surgical complications after a hip fracture surgery, a new study analyzing nationwide registers finds. 4.6 percent... more
UB research provides new information on alcohol misuse among never-deployed reservists  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers who experience greater feelings of guilt and other negative emotions about never having been deployed are more likely to... more
Vaping Marijuana Gets You Way, Way Higher Than Smoking It, Study Finds  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
17 willing participants got very, very high for science — and they found vaping weed is way stronger than smoking it. more
Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic more
Earliest UK estimates of children affected in the womb by alcohol intake during pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A report published on 30 November 2018 in Preventive Medicine reveals that a stunning 17 percent of children could possibly... more
Cracking open a cold one with the flies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Crack open a beer outside and it is a safe bet that you will soon be defending it from a few unwelcome drinking buddies. Fruit flies have a knack for appearing whenever... more
Many diseases increase risk of post-operative complications after hip fracture surgery  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Parkinson's disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatic diseases, alcoholism and mental health disorders increase the risk of surgical complications after a hip fracture surgery, a new Finnish study analyzing... more
More pregnant women are using meth and opioids, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Amphetamine and opioid use in pregnancy increased substantially over the last decade in the United States, a new study finds. And a disproportionate rise occurred in rural counties. more
Babies born in withdrawal new complication in opioid cases  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A panel of judges is considering whether lawsuits filed on behalf of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers should be separated from a larger case against the drug industry more
The Latest: Babies in withdrawal get attention in lawsuits  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A panel of federal judges is asking questions about whether it would help babies born addicted to opioids to have lawsuits filed on their behalf separated from a larger group... more
Study estimates economic impact of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a common condition with a high economic impact in both children and adults, concludes an updated review in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official... more
Opioid case has new complication: Babies born in withdrawal  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A federal judicial panel is considering whether babies born in opioid withdrawal should have their lawsuits separated from hundreds of other cases against the drug industry more
High costs of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a common condition with a high economic impact in both children and adults, concludes an updated review. more
Study examines trends in opioids prescribed for children and adolescents  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
While the opioid crisis remains a major public health concern in the United States for people of all ages, relatively little research has been conducted in younger populations. more
Trends in opioid prescriptions in children and adolescents  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers observed a downward shift in opioid prescriptions in children and adolescents, which aligns with previously reported trends in adult populations. more
Denver trying again for possible 1st US drug injection site  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Despite federal opposition, Denver is trying again to open a supervised drug injection site to try to reduce overdose deaths fueled by the nation's opioid epidemic more
Higher rates of alcohol use found among Hispanic Americans who are more 'Americanized'  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Higher rates of alcohol use and drinking consequences are found among Hispanic American adolescents and adults who are more "Americanized," according to... more
Medical News Today: Study finds 5 types of alcohol use disorder that vary with age  MNT · 3 weeks
New research reveals five problem drinking 'profiles,' and shows that these types of drinking patterns are more prevalent... more
Study finds 5 types of alcohol use disorder that vary with age  MNT · 3 weeks
New research reveals five problem drinking 'profiles,' and shows that these types of drinking patterns are more prevalent at different ages. more
Cannabis use among teens does not appear to lead to greater conduct problems, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
More youth use cannabis than smoke cigarettes in the United States. In other parts of the world, cannabis... more
Penn State researchers discover five types of problem drinking  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Alcohol abuse is more complicated than simply drinking too much. There may be five separate types of problem drinkers, according to Penn State researchers, and each one may be more... more
Recently diagnosed cancer patients more likely to drink alcohol and use tobacco, finds study  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Recently diagnosed cancer survivors are more likely to drink alcohol, use tobacco, and frequent tanning beds than people in later... more
Drug use, religion explain 'reverse gender gap' on marijuana  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Women tend to be more conservative than men on political questions related to marijuana. A recent study finds that this gender gap appears to be driven by religion and the... more
Drug use, religion explain 'reverse gender gap' on marijuana  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Women tend to be more conservative than men on political questions related to marijuana. A recent study finds that this gender gap appears to be driven by religion and the... more
Alcohol dependence, psychiatric disorders share genetic links  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
An international team of researchers has identified a gene that regulates how quickly the body metabolizes alcohol as a key risk factor for alcohol dependence. The researchers also linked genetic factors associated with alcohol... more
The five types of problem drinking are more common at different ages  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Alcohol abuse is more complicated than simply drinking too much. There may be five separate types of problem drinkers, according to Penn State researchers,... more
Study finds genetic links between alcohol dependence and psychiatric disorders  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
In the largest study of genetic factors linked to alcohol dependence, an international team of researchers identified a gene known to affect risk, and they determined that many... more
Sperm count 50 percent lower in sons of fathers who smoke  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Studies have repeatedly linked maternal smoking during pregnancy with reduced sperm counts in male offspring. Now a research team has discovered that, independently of nicotine exposure... more
People with Alzheimer’s disease using strong opioids have increased risk of hip fracture  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
People using strong painkillers, opioids, have twice the risk of hip fracture compared to non-opioid users, a new study from the University... more
Spinal-cord stimulators help some patients, injure others  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Doctors and medical device manufacturers promote spinal-cord stimulators as the answer to U.S. opioid crisis. But AP investigation reveals the device is more dangerous than patients know. Thousands have been shocked, burned or suffered... more
A love of coffee and tea is mostly genetic  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The morning coffee or tea can perk one up for the day, however, for some of us these beverages are too bitter. Researchers have now found that the bitter taste... more
Spinal-cord stimulators mean big business for device makers  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Spinal-cord stimulators are a fast-growing medical device. The global market has exploded from $300 million in 2001 to nearly $2 billion in 2017. The United States is the biggest market as the... more
Patients shocked, burned by device touted to treat pain  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
AP investigation: Medical device companies and doctors aggressively push spinal-cord stimulators as a safe antidote to the deadly opioid crisis in the U.S. and for relief of pain. But spinal-cord... more
Sons of fathers who smoke have 51% lower sperm count  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Studies have repeatedly linked maternal smoking during pregnancy with reduced sperm counts in male offspring. Now a research team at Lund University in Sweden has discovered that, independently... more
Brain imaging study reveals 'hot spot' for cue-reactivity in substance users  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
When patients with dependence on alcohol, cocaine or nicotine are shown drug cues, or images related to the substance, an area of their brain known as... more
Survey: Misconceptions about opioid use undermine pain control among Asian cancer patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Misconceptions about the use of strong opioids showed to undermine optimal pain control among Asian cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy according to a... more
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