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Antioxidant May Prevent Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease

An antioxidant may prevent damage to the liver caused by excessive alcohol, according to new research from UAB. The findings may point the way to treatments to reverse steatosis, or fatty deposits in the liver that can lead to cirrhosis and cancer.

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Addiction as a Brain Disease

“Addiction is a brain disease because differences in the way our brains function make some people more likely to become addicted to drugs than others—just as differences in our bodies make some people more likely to develop cancer or heart disease,” says Oswald, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing.

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Quitlines, Telephone Treatment, Smoking Cessation, Tobacco Cessation, Public Health, Media Campaigns, African Americans

African-Americans More Active Users of Smoking “Quitlines”

African-Americans are consistently more likely than white smokers to use telephone help lines to quit smoking.

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Minorities, Smoking Cessation, Media Campaigns, Tobacco Cessation, African Americans

Positive Media Campaigns Help Minorities Put Down Cigarettes

Media campaigns that offer positive encouragement can have an impact on getting African-Americans to quit smoking.

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Nicotine, Cancer, Addiction, Smoking

Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment Launches Training in Mexico

Global Bridges, a healthcare alliance for tobacco dependence treatment based at Mayo Clinic, and its regional partner, the InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF) in Dallas, Texas, announced today the first of a series of training courses for health care providers in Latin America on how to successfully treat tobacco users.

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Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment Launches Training in the Middle East

Global Bridges, a healthcare alliance for tobacco dependence treatment based at Mayo Clinic, and its regional partner, King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Amman, Jordan, announced today that they will start training health care providers in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) on how to successfully treat tobacco users.

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Overdose, Opiod Pain Medications, overdosing, Oxycontin, Percoset, Vicodin

Narcotic Pain Relief Drug Overdose Deaths a National Epidemic

Unintentional overdose deaths in teens and adults have reached epidemic proportions in the U.S.

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New Reports Highlight Important Drug-Related Statistics in Key Metropolitan Areas Across the Nation

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a series of Metro Briefs providing detailed statistical snapshots of drug- related visits to hospital emergency departments occurring in 11 metropolitan areas across the nation. This series of briefs is based on SAMHSA’s Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), a public health surveillance system which collects data from nationally representative emergency departments participating in the program.

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Binge Drinking, Trauma Patients, Immune System, interleukin-6

Another Reason not to Binge Drink Alcohol

A study has found that binge drinking could change the body's immune system response to orthopaedic injury. This could complicate the care of binge-drinking trauma patients.

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Alcohol Addiction, Alcoholism, Impulsive Behaviors, Genetics, Genetics In Medicine, Insula, Brain, fMRI, Neuroimaging

Scientists Explore New Link Between Genetics, Alcoholism and the Brain

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have uncovered a new link between genetic variations associated with alcoholism, impulsive behavior and a region of the brain involved in craving and anxiety.







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