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Article ID: 707653

Heavy drinking in teens causes lasting changes in emotional center of brain

University of Illinois at Chicago

Binge drinking in adolescence has been shown to have lasting effects on the wiring of the brain and is associated with increased risk for psychological problems and alcohol use disorder later in life.Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics have shown that some of these lasting changes are the result of epigenetic changes that alter the expression of a protein crucial for the formation and maintenance of neural connections in the amygdala — the part of the brain involved in emotion, fear and anxiety.

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6-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST
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    6-Feb-2019 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 707606

Fewer Deaths Seen Among Young Adults Who Got Extra Adult Support as Suicidal Teens

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Building a circle of trusted adults around a suicidal teen, to support them during vulnerable times, may have long-term effects that reduce their risk of dying young, a new study suggests. About 12 years after the teens were hospitalized for suicidal behaviors, far more of the young people who got standard care had died, compared with young adults in the group that had received the extra adult support.

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6-Feb-2019 7:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 707584

HEROES Program Awarded More Than $2 Million to Continue Opioid Intervention Outreach in Houston

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The Houston Emergency Response Opioid Engagement System (HEROES) was recently awarded two grants that will help fund the opioid intervention program through the end of 2020. James Langabeer, PhD, MBA, a professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), created the program to provide comprehensive treatment for opioid abusers, gain a more thorough understanding of the epidemic in Houston, and work toward getting the highly addictive drugs off the streets.

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5-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 707429

Researchers Find Overdose Deaths Are Likely to Increase with ‘Changing Nature’ of Opioid Epidemic

Penn State College of Engineering

The opioid epidemic could be responsible for 700,000 overdose deaths in the United States between 2016 and 2025, according to a new study published today in JAMA Network Open.

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1-Feb-2019 4:55 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 707410

Common e-cigarette chemical flavorings may impair lung function

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Two chemicals widely used to flavor electronic cigarettes may be impairing the function of cilia in the human airway, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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1-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST
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    29-Jan-2019 10:00 AM EST

Article ID: 706877

Use of Synthetic Drug Flakka Rare Among High School Seniors, But Most Users Take Numerous Drugs

New York University

Nearly 1 percent of high school seniors report using Flakka, a highly potent and potentially dangerous synthetic drug, according to a study by researchers at NYU School of Medicine, the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU College of Global Public Health, and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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22-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 707167

Heavy Drinking May Change DNA – Leading to Increased Craving for Alcohol

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Binge and heavy drinking may trigger a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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29-Jan-2019 5:00 AM EST

Article ID: 707081

Rutgers Researchers Highlight Need for More Smoking Cessation Programs in State Prisons

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Inmates want to quit smoking but don’t have access to smoking cessation programs in state prisons, increasing the risk – especially among black male inmates -- of cancer, heart disease, stroke and other smoking-related diseases, according to Rutgers researchers.

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28-Jan-2019 9:00 AM EST
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    24-Jan-2019 4:00 PM EST

Article ID: 706835

Embargoed AJPH research: Police-related deaths, homicide in Mexico, tobacco use in young adults, 1970s heroin intervention

American Public Health Association (APHA)

In this issue, find research on police-related deaths, homocide in Mexico and life expectancy, tobacco and polytobacco use in young adults, and a 1970s heroin intervention

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22-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST

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