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Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

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Scientists have known for decades that smoking cigarettes causes DNA damage, which leads to lung cancer. Now, for the first time, UNC School of Medicine scientists created a method for effectively mapping that DNA damage at high resolution across the genome.

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E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Cigarettes, PATH Study Shows

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People who regularly use electronic cigarettes are less dependent on their product than those who regularly use traditional cigarettes, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Heroin’s Use Rising, Costing Society More Than $51 Billion

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Heroin use in the United States was estimated to cost society more than $51 billion in 2015, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Why the Marijuana and Tobacco Policy Camps Are on Very Different Paths

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While tobacco control advocates are pushing for "a kind of prohibition" on cigarettes, the cannabis community is doing quite the opposite, researchers say.

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#NoTobaccoChat: A Twitter Discussion on Changing the Default Approach to Tobacco Dependence

The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Children’s Mercy Twitter #NoTobaccoChat focused on changing the way healthcare providers treat tobacco dependence.

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Anti-Heroin Vaccine Found Effective in Non-Human Primates

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This is the first vaccine against an opioid to pass this stage of preclinical testing.

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Science for Dairy Farmers, A Use for Avocado Pits, Soybean Nodule Development, and More in the Food Science News Source

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Penn Study Finds Pictorial Warning Labels on Tobacco Products Could Help Improve Communication of Risks to Smokers

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In a new study published recently in Tobacco Control, Penn researchers found that health warning labels that include images or Pictorial Warning Labels (PWLs) are more effective in gaining and holding the attention of smokers when the image and the text convey similar risks.

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Binge and High-Intensity Drinking Is Increasing for U.S. Young Adults in Their Late 20s

Monitoring changes in drinking patterns and amounts helps researchers, prevention professionals, and treatment providers plan for and respond effectively to personal and public harms associated with alcohol consumption. This information is particularly important for young adults, who tend to drink large amounts of alcohol and are thus at higher risk for negative consequences such accidents. This study examined historical changes in binge (5+ drinks per occasion) and high-intensity (10+, 15+ drinks per occasion) drinking among U.S. 12th graders and young adults from 2005 to 2015.

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New Consensus Document for Appropriate Use of Drug Testing in Clinical Addiction Medicine

A new Consensus Document from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) provides practical, evidence-based recommendations on the use of drug testing for identification, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patients with or at risk for substance use disorders (SUDs). The document appears in the May/June issue of the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of ASAM. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.







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