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Marijuana Use Now Could Pose Verbal Memory Risk Later

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A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine looks at the relationship between lifetime marijuana use and cognitive function in middle-aged adults.

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VUMC Study May Offer Answers for Treating Depression in Alcoholics

A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is offering a glimmer of hope to alcoholics who find it hard to remain sober because their abstinence is hounded by stubborn, difficult-to-treat depression.

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The Dose Makes the Poison: Opioid Overdose Study Supports Call for Caution in Prescription Levels

When it comes to prescription painkillers, the difference between controlling pain and dying from an overdose may come down to how strong a prescription the doctor wrote, according to a new study in veterans. And the threshold for safe prescribing may be lower than most people think – or than most guidelines recommend.

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Alcohol Withdrawal Adds Challenges to Caring for Critically Ill Patients

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Alcohol withdrawal adds challenges to caring for critically ill patients, and nurses must be diligent at each stage of care to minimize complications, according to an article in the clinical practice journal, Critical Care Nurse. The article provides much-needed guidance to critical care nurses and other clinicians whose patients may have alcohol use disorder, including abuse and dependency conditions of varying severity.

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Violent Crime Lower Near Drug Treatment Centers Than Other Commercial Areas

New Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests there may actually be less serious crime near outpatient drug treatment clinics than other community businesses.

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Discrimination, Alcohol and Tobacco Linked to Panic Attacks in Minorities

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A UAB study found that minority Americans who encounter discriminatory sentiments and actions are more likely to experience panic attacks, and smoking or consuming excessive amounts of alcohol were also identified as factors.

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@UofR Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Expert available to comment on CDC report

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Legal, Policy Changes Can Lead to Shifts in Use of Medical Marijuana

A Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analysis of registered medical marijuana users found that a hodgepodge of law and policy changes since 2001 had varying effects on the number of people consuming what in many states remains an otherwise illegal drug for its purported health benefits.

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New Evidence in Mice That Cocaine Makes Brain Cells Cannibalize Themselves

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Working with mice, researchers have contributed significant new evidence to support the idea that high doses of cocaine kill brain cells by triggering overactive autophagy, a process in which cells literally digest their own insides. Their results, moreover, bring with them a possible antidote.

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Texas A&M Prof Contends Alcohol Companies Directly Marketing To Youth On Social Media

Youth are being targeted with alcohol-related advertisements on social media platforms, according to new research by a Texas A&M University professor.

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Model ‘No Buy’ List Criteria Could Dramatically Reduce Youth Exposure to TV Alcohol Ads

A set of “no buy” list criteria developed by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health could greatly reduce underage viewers’ exposure to alcohol advertising on cable TV, a new study finds.

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Cocaine Addiction: Scientists Discover 'Back Door' Into the Brain

Individuals addicted to cocaine may have difficulty in controlling their addiction because of a previously-unknown 'back door' into the brain, circumventing their self-control, suggests a new study led by the University of Cambridge.

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Two-in-One Packaging May Increase Drug Efficacy and Reduce Side Effects

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Researchers have developed a speedy, controllable way to get two or more ingredients into the same tiny capsule and only have them mix when triggered by a signal like vibrations or heat

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What Drives College-Aged Young Adults to Use E-Cigarettes?

A study of college students from four upstate New York universities finds that young adults use e-cigarettes for affective reasons, such as enjoyment, not for cognitive purposes like quitting smoking.

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Study: Adolescents Who Find E-Cigarette Ads Effective Are More Likely to Try Them

Adolescents are more likely to say they will try electronic cigarettes if they perceive TV ads for these products as effective, according to a new study by RTI International researchers.

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During Great Recession Employees Drank Less on the Job, but More Afterwards

A new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions explores the effects of the Great Recession of 2007-09 on alcohol use among people who remained employed.

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Liver Hormone Works Through Brain’s Reward Pathway to Reduce Preference for Sweets, Alcohol

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A liver hormone works via the brain’s reward pathway to reduce cravings for sweets and alcohol in mammals, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.

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‘Pill Mill’ Crackdown Linked to Fewer Painkiller Overdose Deaths in Florida

A crackdown on Florida’s “pill mills” – clinics dispensing large quantities of prescription painkillers often for cash-only and without proper medical examinations – appears to have dramatically reduced the number of overdose deaths in the state from these drugs and may have also led to a drop in heroin overdose deaths, new research suggests.

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Why Smoking Bans May Have Advantage Over Higher Tobacco Taxes

If governments want to discourage smoking among young people, both high taxes and smoking bans do the job – but bans may have one key advantage.