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Infant gut microbes altered by mother's obesity may increase risk for future disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Infant gut microbes altered by their mother's obesity can cause inflammation and other major changes within the baby, increasing the risk of... more
Research shows how to achieve improved smoking cessation outcomes within California's Medicaid population  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
New research shows improved smoking cessation outcomes can be achieved within the Medi-Cal (California's Medicaid program) population by supplementing telephone counseling with... more
Colder, darker climates increase alcohol consumption and liver disease  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
People living in colder regions with less sunlight consume more alcohol and experience more alcoholic liver disease. more
Marijuana use by kidney donors has no effect on transplant outcomes  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
A new study in Clinical Kidney Journal indicates that the usage of marijuana by kidney donors has no measurable effect upon the outcomes of kidney transplants... more
Alcohol ads with pro-drinking comments on Facebook boost desire to drink, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Alcohol advertisements on social media sites such as Facebook can increase young adults' desire to drink if the ads contain pro-drinking comments... more
Alcohol ads on social media sites with pro-drinking comments increase desire to drink  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Alcohol advertisements on social media sites such as Facebook can increase young adults' desire to drink if the ads contain pro-drinking comments... more
Brigham investigators examine opioid use among Massachusetts adolescents, prescription trends  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Opioid-related overdoses and deaths remain a major public health concern in Massachusetts, yet adolescents who experience opioid-related nonfatal overdose have been rarely studied. more
WATCH: Juul to temporarily stop selling most flavored nicotine in stores  ABC NEWS · 5 days
The e-cigarette company is also shutting down most of its social media accounts, bowing to pressure from the FDA. more
Medical News Today: Cannabis and the brain: Recent studies shed new light  MNT · 5 days
Brain research that featured at a recent conference suggests that the potential benefits and harms of marijuana or its compounds vary with age and... more
Cannabis and the brain: Recent studies shed new light  MNT · 5 days
Brain research that featured at a recent conference suggests that the potential benefits and harms of marijuana or its compounds vary with age and disease. more
Food insecurity during pregnancy linked to severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
A new study shows that food insecurity in pregnant women being treated for opioid use disorder may be associated with increased risk for their infants receiving... more
Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets more
In China's Himalayas, a wine 'flying above the clouds'  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A $300 bottle of wine sold in the United States and Europe is made in the unlikeliest of places: at the foot of the Himalayas in China, where farmers sing... more
Study shows benefits of new spinal fusion surgical home pathway  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A standardized care pathway for children with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis undergoing spinal fusion surgery reduces the need for opioid pain medications and shortens hospital stays at Children's National... more
Utah latest state to legalize medical pot, expand Medicaid  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Utah has joined more than 30 other states in legalizing medical marijuana by passing a ballot measure that was opposed by influential Mormon leaders more
Thai lawmakers back legalizing medical marijuana  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Thailand's legislature has proposed legal amendments that would allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, making it a potential trailblazer in Asia in legalizing what used to be regarded strictly as a dangerous drug more
UK wine-making areas to rival Champagne revealed  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Research from the University of East Anglia has identified areas of the UK which could rival the Champagne region of France. more
GW study examines impact of nervous system on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, the accumulation of fat in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol, affects 1 in 3 Americans.... more
Patients use only a fraction of opioids given after surgery -- but prescription size affects use  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The first large study of surgical opioid prescribing and patient usage shows the potential for reduced... more
Marijuana may change the decision-making part of teen brains  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
A marijuana-like drug given to male rats during adolescence changed the structure of their brains. more
Active Ingredient In Marijuana Reduced Alzheimer's-Like Effects In Mice  NPR · 2 weeks
In mice genetically programmed to develop Alzheimer's symptoms, those given a synthetic version of a chemical in marijuana retained normal memory function. more
White wine, lemon juice combo prevents unwanted discoloration of pastry dough  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
No matter if it's grandma's cookies or commercially produced rolls, pastry lovers expect their baked goods to have a certain 'golden brown' allure -- but only... more
Compound derived from marijuana may benefit children with epilepsy  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
In recent years, cannabinoids -- the active chemicals in medical marijuana -- have been increasingly touted as a potential treatment for a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Investigators have... more
White wine, lemon juice combo prevents unwanted discoloration of pastry dough  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
No matter if it's grandma's cookies or commercially produced rolls, pastry lovers expect their baked goods to have a certain "golden brown" allure—but only after baking.... more
Cannabinoids hold promise in treating children with epilepsy  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
In recent years, cannabinoids--the active chemicals in medical marijuana-- have been increasingly touted as a potential treatment for a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders. In a Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology... more
Study: Impact of opioid epidemic on children differs by state  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new report released by the Drug Enforcement Administration finds most overdose deaths are caused by prescription drugs, including opioids. more
Alcohol industry social responsibility schemes fail to reduce harmful alcohol use  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Alcohol industry social responsibility schemes strengthen their own commercial interests while failing to reduce harmful alcohol use, according to a new worldwide study led by the... more
Rat models of opioid use and addiction explore risk of abuse  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
New research revealed today highlights the power of animal studies to explore mechanisms of opioid addiction, withdrawal, and relapse to inform new prevention strategies and treatments... more
New insights into the neural risks and benefits of marijuana use  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Research released today underscores both the dangers and the therapeutic promise of marijuana, revealing different effects across the lifespan. Marijuana exposure in the womb or during... more
Adolescent cannabis use alters development of planning, self-control brain areas  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Adolescent marijuana use may alter how neurons function in brain areas engaged in decision-making, planning and self-control, according to researchers. more
Opioid overdose reversal products chemically stable past expiration date, study indicates  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A widely used naloxone nasal spray (NNS) and naloxone injection (NIJ), otherwise known as Narcan® and Evzio®, which are administered to prevent opioid overdose deaths, were... more
Impact of opioid epidemic on children varies by state  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Each state takes a different approach on how it tries to stem the impact of opioid abuse, resulting in significant variation between opioid prescription rates and the number of children... more
Researchers develop new test to objectively measure pain, test medications  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The electroencephalography-based test could improve patient pain assessments and reduce the over-prescription of opioids, the researchers say. more
Adolescent brain development impacts mental health, substance use  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Advances in understanding adolescent brain development may aid future treatments of mental illness and alcohol and substance use disorders, according to new research. more
Alcohol industry health campaigns miss the mark by a longshot, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Alcohol industry social responsibility schemes strengthen their own commercial interests while failing to reduce harmful alcohol use, according to a new worldwide study. Far... more
New genetic cause of liver fat uncovered  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
New research has uncovered genetic variations that may contribute to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the leading cause of liver disease. more
Opioid use may increase risk of dangerous heart rhythm disorder  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Opioid use appears to increase a person's risk for developing atrial fibrillation, a dangerous heart-rhythm disorder known to cause strokes, according to preliminary research. more
Alcohols as carbon radical precursors  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Alcohols play a pivotal role in organic synthesis because they are ubiquitous and can be used in a variety of well-established transformations. However, in C-C bond formation reactions, despite being central to organic synthesis, alcohols are mostly employed... more
New studies on student alcohol use can inform interventions to reduce blackouts  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
While most college students who drink alcohol don't intend to drink to the point of blackout, many don't fully understand the specific behaviors and... more
WATCH: FDA approved new opioid drug called Dsuvia  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The drug is 10 times stronger than fentanyl, which is already up to 1,000 times stronger than morphine. more
Research on student alcohol use can offer clues about interventions to reduce blackouts  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
College students who drink alcohol don't typically intend to drink to the point that they "black out," and they also don't fully... more
WATCH: FDA approves powerful, controversial new painkiller  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Dsuvia is an opioid taken in pill form that is 10 times stronger than Fentanyl and up to 1,000 times stronger than morphine. more
Despite Warnings, FDA Approves Potent New Opioid Painkiller  NPR · 2 weeks
Critics, including some leading anesthesiologists, say the drug is unnecessary, and they worry it will be diverted and abused. The Food And Drug Administration says it is addressing safety concerns. more
FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
US regulators approve fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers in hospitals more
FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV version  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
US regulators approve fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers in hospitals more
Researchers identify additional inoculation source for lambic beer production  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers in Belgium have identified an additional inoculation source—the wooden casks or foeders—for producing lambic beers. Traditional lambic beer production takes place through wort inoculation with environmental air and fermentation... more
Medical News Today: How does a doctor diagnose addiction?  MNT · 2 weeks
Addiction is complicated, and the main psychological treatment body has a range of specific criteria for recognizing and treatment it. The first step towards receiving a diagnosis is recognizing a... more
Drexel University-led project to study how California's's changing cannabis laws impact public health  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A Drexel University-led research project aimed at studying the health and behavioral effects of medical marijuana use for young adults living in... more
Cutting societal alcohol use may prevent alcohol disorders developing  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Society must take collective responsibility to reduce the harm caused by alcohol use disorders, an academic says. more
To ward off fatty liver, breast is best for mom  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have discovered that mothers who breastfed a child or children for six months or more are at lower risk for developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) years... more
Cluster of cocaine-fentanyl overdoses in Philadelphia underscores need for more 'test strips' and rapid response  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Emergency department physicians are calling for more readily available testing strips to identify the presence of fentanyl in... more
Cocaine adulterant may cause brain damage  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
People who regularly take cocaine cut with the animal anti-worming agent levamisole demonstrate impaired cognitive performance and a thinned prefrontal cortex. These findings from two recent studies indicate that levamisole could have a toxic effect on... more
What you should know about the new opioid drug that's 10 times stronger than fentanyl  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
An FDA advisory panel voted in early October to approve the new opioid drug Dsuvia, a tablet version... more
Genevac's EZ-2 Series centrifugal evaporator aids forensic investigations  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Genevac’s EZ-2 Series centrifugal evaporator is being used by a growing number of forensic science labs as a preferred sample preparation tool for applications including drug and alcohol testing as well as... more
New federal grant will allow Brown to expand opioid treatment in state correctional system  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
In 2016, the Rhode Island Department of Corrections became the first state correctional system in the U.S. to screen all... more
Smoking pot can damage memory study confirms  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study has shown that abstaining from cannabis or weed for just a month can result in improvement in memory and cognitive skills proving that weed can impair memory in the first place. more
Everything you need to know about Dsuvia, a new opioid drug  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
An FDA advisory panel voted in early October to approve the new opioid drug Dsuvia, a tablet version of sufentanil. more
Medical News Today: Forms of tobacco that give you cancer  MNT · 3 weeks
Many people try nicotine replacement or vaping as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, people often speculate as to whether there is a link between nicotine consumption and... more
Hard cider, with a shot of sugar  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Autumn is the season for falling leaves, pumpkin-spice-flavored everything and apple cider. Yet new research indicates that, in addition to alcohol, some hard ciders may contain a hefty dose of added sugar, which may... more
Hard cider, with a shot of sugar  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Autumn is the season for falling leaves, pumpkin-spice-flavored everything and apple cider. Yet new research indicates that, in addition to alcohol, some hard ciders may contain a hefty dose of added sugar, which may... more
Social Stigma Is One Reason The Opioid Crisis Is Hard To Confront  NPR · 3 weeks
The CDC estimated that 72,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2017. There are many reasons why the opioid crisis is so hard to... more
UA pharmacology professors aim to avoid opioid analgesic tolerance  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
For thousands of Americans, opioids no longer relieve pain -- they cause pain. Known as "opioid tolerance," patients eventually become desensitized to opioids and more sensitive to pain after years... more
Dopamine neurons play role in reinforcing addictive effects of heroin  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Scientists have made a major advance in untangling the brain circuits that lead to the powerful addictive effects of heroin, a study in the open-access journal eLife reports. more
GoFundMe scams: 'I don't think anyone's got their arms around it'  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A Faribault, Minn., man has admitted faking cancer and spending the money raised for medical bills on marijuana, liquor, video games and dart tournaments. more
Young people’s memories improved when they stopped using marijuana  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
After just a week of not using pot, teens’ and young adults’ abilities to remember lists of words got better, a small study finds. more
When Adolescents Give Up Pot, Their Cognition Quickly Improves  NPR · 3 weeks
When researchers convinced a group of young people to stop smoking pot, their cognition quickly improved. This adds to research warning against teen pot use, despite marijuana's growing acceptance. more
The long-term effects of alcohol demand on retail alcohol markets  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
As new study has examined the determinants of the number of licensed bars, restaurants, and liquor stores across neighborhoods in 53 California cities from 2000 to 2013. more
Australia's changing relationship with alcohol  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
New research has revealed that 30 per cent of Australians recently reduced the quantity of their alcohol consumption and a further 29 per cent reduced the frequency of their drinking, while six per cent kicked the habit for... more
Researchers find sand flies prefer marijuana plants  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An international team of researchers has found that sand flies have a strong preference for Cannabis sativa plants over all other plant choices. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of... more
Beermats to boost conversations in pubs and tackle loneliness in older men  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Specially-designed beermats have been created to highlight the important role traditional pubs have to play in tackling loneliness in older men. more
Study finds increase in opioid-affected births to rural residents in rural and urban hospitals  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The opioid epidemic has had devastating effects on families in rural communities, places where both maternity care and substance use... more
Investigational drug targeting the opioid system may help reduce symptoms of major depression  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Two clinical trials of an investigational drug that targets the opioid system support its safety and effectiveness in reducing symptoms of major... more
Police crack down on Barcelona heroin dens, arrest 55  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Police in Barcelona say that a massive crackdown on squatted apartments used for trafficking and consuming heroin and other drugs is underway in the city center more
Research reveals Australia's changing alcohol trends  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
New research from La Trobe University has revealed that 30 per cent of Australians recently reduced the quantity of their alcohol consumption and a further 29 per cent reduced the frequency of their drinking, while six... more
Why some yeasts are better at fermentation in alcohol manufacturing  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Alcohol has been celebrated throughout history. The ancient Greeks worshiped Dionysus, while the Chinese recognized Yidi as the creator of libertine drink. Unknowingly, both were actually servants of... more
Lawsuit over pot, property values could have broad impacts  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the budding U.S. marijuana industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a cannabis business as a... more
Mutations in yeast and alcohol  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Alcohol has been celebrated for all of history. The Ancient Greeks worshipped Dionysus for their spirits, while the Chinese recognized Yidi as the creator of libertine drink. Of course, unknowingly, both were actually servants of the true alcohol... more
High on the highway -- stoned-driving on the increase  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Getting behind the wheel after cannabis use is on the rise in the US, and THC, not alcohol, is now the most commonly detected intoxicant in US drivers. Detecting levels... more
Study: 4.6 percent of Massachusetts residents have opioid use disorder  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A recent study estimates that more than 275,000 people -- or 4.6 percent of people over the age of 11 in Massachusetts -- have opioid use disorder, a... more
Treatment for opioid-induced constipation  MNT · 3 weeks
Many people use opioids to relieve pain, but they can lead to further problems, including constipation. Find out how to reduce the symptoms of constipation resulting from the use of opioids. more
What causes opioid-induced constipation (OIC)?  MNT · 3 weeks
Opioids are important for controlling pain, but they can lead to opioid-induced constipation (OIC). Why does this happen and what other effects do opioids have on digestion? more
Medical News Today: What are the symptoms of addiction?  MNT · 3 weeks
The onset of addiction might at first be slow and unsuspecting. But addiction has clear physical, psychological, and social effects that can indicate to a person that their substance use... more
Medical News Today: What is opioid-induced constipation?  MNT · 3 weeks
Opioids are often crucial pain relievers, but they can have adverse effects, including constipation. Find out more about opioid-induced constipation here. more
Medical News Today: Treatment for opioid-induced constipation  MNT · 3 weeks
Many people use opioids to relieve pain, but they can lead to further problems, including constipation. Find out how to reduce the symptoms of constipation resulting from the use of opioids. more
Medical News Today: What causes opioid-induced constipation (OIC)?  MNT · 3 weeks
Opioids are important for controlling pain, but they can lead to opioid-induced constipation (OIC). Why does this happen and what other effects do opioids have on digestion? more
Just a few drinks can change how memories are formed  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers have found that alcohol hijacks a conserved memory pathway in the brain and changes which versions of genes are made, forming the cravings that fuel addiction. more
WATCH: 'GMA' Hot List: What to know about the new FDA-approved flu pill  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Plus, David Schwimmer responds to the viral video of his lookalike allegedly stealing beer and Tiffany Haddish and Billy Eichner tease that... more
What makes a good working dog? Canine 'aptitude test' might offer clues  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The canine labor market is diverse and expansive. Assistance dogs may be trained to work with the visually or hearing impaired, or with people... more
Cannabis pain relief without the 'high'  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
In the wake of cannabis legalization, a team of scientists have delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol (CBD) for safe pain relief without the typical... more
Alcohol changes the molecular basis of memory formation  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study has shown how alcohol consumption fuels addiction by hijacking a conserved memory pathway in the brain and changing memory formation. more
Trump plans remarks on drug prices, high on voters' concerns  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump plans to make an announcement on the cost of prescription drugs more
Advertising for alcohol is common in British television, study reveals  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study in the Journal of Public Health indicates that advertising for alcohol is common in British television, and may be a potential driver of alcohol use... more
Effective dose of cannabidiol for safe pain relief without the typical 'high'  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
In the wake of cannabis legalization, a team of scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center and McGill University have... more
Liverwort plants contain a painkiller similar to the one in marijuana  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 weeks
Cannabinoids found in liverwort plants could spell relief for those suffering from chronic pain. more
The Latest: Union says center with outbreak was understaffed  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The head of a New Jersey nurses union says staff nurses at a rehab center where a viral outbreak has killed seven patients complained about staffing shortages more
Trump signs bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
President Donald Trump is pledging to put an "extremely big dent" in the scourge of drug addiction in America, and he's just signed legislation intended to help tackle the opioid crisis, the... more
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