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Researchers Find 18% of High School Seniors Smoke Hookah

Now a new study by researchers affiliated with New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), in the August 2014 edition of Pediatrics identifies how prevalent Hookah use is and which teens are most likely to be using it.

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Who Will Binge-Drink at Age 16? European Teen Imaging Study Pinpoints Predictors

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Neuroscientists leading the largest longitudinal adolescent brain imaging study to date have learned that a number of factors – genetics, brain function and about 40 different variables – can help scientists predict which teens will become binge drinkers.

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Motivational Interviewing Helps Reduce Home Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Inner City Children at Risk

A Johns Hopkins-led research team has found that motivational interviewing, along with standard education and awareness programs, significantly reduced secondhand smoke exposure among children living in those households.

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Combining Treatments Boosts Some Smokers’ Ability to Quit

Combining two smoking cessation therapies is more effective than using just one for male and highly nicotine-dependent smokers who weren't initially helped by the nicotine patch, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

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Survey Finds E-Cigarette Online Market On Fire

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have completed the first comprehensive survey of e-cigarettes for sale online and the results, they believe, underscore the complexity in regulating the rapidly growing market for the electronic nicotine delivery devices.

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Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs May Reduce Deaths, Reports Journal of Addiction Medicine

Community opioid overdose prevention programs (OOPPs)—including the use of naloxone for rapid drug reversal—can improve bystander responses to overdose of heroin and related drugs, according to a review in the June Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Drug Users Switch to Heroin Because It’s Cheap, Easy to Get

A nationwide survey of heroin users indicates that they are attracted to the drug not only for the “high” but because it is less expensive and easier to get than prescription painkillers, and Washington University researchers have found that many suburban drug users have made the switch.

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New Venture Aims to Understand and Heal Disrupted Brain Circuitry to Treat Mental Illnesses

Scientists and physicians at UC San Francisco (UCSF) are leading a $26 million, multi-institutional research program in which they will employ advanced technology to characterize human brain networks and better understand and treat a range of common, debilitating psychiatric disorders, focusing first on anxiety disorders and major depression.

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Most Emergency Department ‘Super-Frequent Users’ Have a Substance Abuse Addiction

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A vast majority of so-called “super-frequent user” patients who seek care in the Emergency Department (ED) have a substance abuse addiction, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. A patient is considered a super-frequent user who visits the ED at least 10 times a year.

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Methadone Programs Can Be Key in Educating, Treating HCV Patients

People who inject drugs and are enrolled in a drug treatment program are receptive to education about, and treatment for, hepatitis C virus, according to a study by researchers at several institutions, including the University at Buffalo.

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