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Low rates of recommended treatment for tobacco dependence in patients hospitalized with SUDs  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 hours
Tobacco dependence is very common in patients hospitalized with substance use disorders (SUDs) – but most don't receive recommended treatment for tobacco... more
Studies show no evidence of fall in cigarette consumption due to WHO’s FCTC  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 hours
There is no statistical evidence that global cigarette consumption has fallen as a result of the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on... more
Scientists discover new drug target for chemically induced Parkinson's disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 22 hours
More than three decades ago, scientists discovered that a chemical found in a synthetic opioid, MPTP, induced the onset of a form of Parkinson's disease. more
Surgeons’ opioid-prescribing habits hard to kick  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
As opioid addiction and deadly overdoses escalated into an epidemic across the U.S., thousands of surgeons continued to hand out far more pills than needed for postoperative pain relief, according to a KHN-Johns Hopkins analysis of... more
Opioid poisoning rates higher and in a more diverse population, study shows  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
A cohort study by Stony Brook University researchers of all payer hospital data on Long Island combined with census data indicates that opioid poisoning... more
New study welcomes TGA’s decision to step back from prohibiting poppers  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Young gay and bisexual men are frequent users of alkyl nitrites, or poppers, but few show signs of addiction, risky consumption habits or other psychosocial problems,... more
Study of multiethnic genomes identifies 27 genetic variants associated with disease  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Researchers have identified 27 new genomic variants associated with conditions such as blood pressure, type II diabetes, cigarette use and chronic kidney disease in diverse populations.... more
Study finds increase in cigarette smoking among minority teens after college affirmative action bans  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Self-reported rates of cigarette smoking increased in minority 11th and 12th graders after affirmative action bans were implemented in their... more
E-Cigarette Explodes in Teen's Mouth, Breaks Jaw, Blows Out Teeth  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
A teenage boy was seriously injured when an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth, according to a new report of the case. more
San Francisco closer to ban on e-cigarette sales  ABC NEWS · 6 days
San Francisco supervisors have voted unanimously to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes more
San Francisco weighs 1st US city ban on e-cigarette sales  ABC NEWS · 6 days
San Francisco supervisors are considering whether to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes in an effort... more
Research sheds light on ‘black box’ of inpatient opioid use  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
People who receive opioids for the first time while hospitalized have double the risk of continuing to receive opioids for months after discharge compared with their hospitalized peers... more
Cedars-Sinai expert urges physicians and patients to manage pain without addictive pills  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
As the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives and shatter families across the nation, a Cedars-Sinai expert is urging physicians and patients to try... more
Study shows association between use of mentholated cigarettes and smoking cessation  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
For decades, Big Tobacco has sold African American smokers on menthol-flavored cigarettes through targeted marketing campaigns. more
Study finds increase in fatal opioid overdoses after cold weather  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
Cold weather snaps are followed by a marked increase in fatal opioid overdoses, a new study finds. more
Shedding light on 'black box' of inpatient opioid use  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
People who receive opioids for the first time while hospitalized have double the risk of continuing to receive opioids for months after discharge compared with their hospitalized peers who are... more
Tanning industry uses promos, cheap prices to lure adolescents and young adults, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Everyone knows cigarette smoking causes cancer and as a result, prices and advertising are closely regulated to discourage youth from... more
Cold weather increases the risk of fatal opioid overdoses  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
While the precise reasons are unclear, an analysis of overdose deaths in Rhode Island and Connecticut showed that cold snaps raised the risk of fatal opioid overdoses by 25%. more
Federal grants ‘a lifesaver’ in opioid fight, but states still struggle to curb meth  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
In his 40 years of working with people struggling with addiction, David Crowe has seen various drugs fade in and... more
Cartoons influencing young adults to vape, finds new study  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A new study from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, concluded that the incidence of vaping among young people is rising because of advertising for e-cigarettes using... more
Medical News Today: How a lethal toxin might help in the opioid crisis  MNT · 1 week
In the midst of the opioid crisis, scientists are searching for nonaddictive alternatives. Some have turned to a toxin present in certain... more
Oklahoma governor, GOP leaders: drug settlement violates law  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders are raising concerns about the state's proposed $85 million settlement with an opioid manufacturer that has yet to be approved by a judge more
Local governments seek negotiating power in opioid lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Lawyers are asking a federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits filed against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs to create a negotiating group consisting solely of U.S. towns, cities and counties more
Differences in brain systems for habitual behavior distinguish heavy cannabis users  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A shift from brain systems controlling reward-driven use to habit-driven use differentiates heavy cannabis users who are addicted to the drug from users who aren't, according... more
Opioids alone cannot be blamed for growing life expectancy inequality in the U.S.  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A new University of Michigan study challenges a popularized view about what's causing the growing gap between the lifespans of more- and... more
Growing life expectancy inequality in US cannot be blamed on opioids alone  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study challenges a popularized view about what's causing the growing gap between the lifespans of more- and less-educated Americans -- finding shortcomings... more
Formation of habitual use drives cannabis addiction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A shift from brain systems controlling reward-driven use to habit-driven use differentiates heavy cannabis users who are addicted to the drug from users who aren't, according to a new study. The findings help explain... more
Tetrodotoxin found in pufferfish can provide potent pain relief when given properly  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Opioids remain a mainstay of treatment for chronic and surgical pain, despite their side effects and risk for addiction and overdose. more
Opioid alternative? Taming tetrodotoxin for precise painkilling  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Alternatives to opioids for treating pain are sorely needed. A study in rats suggests that tetrodotoxin, properly packaged, offers a potentially safe pain block. more
Why fears over smartphone 'addiction' are based on flawed evidence  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers say fears over smartphone 'addiction' are based on flawed evidence. Surveys are often used to understand how people use their smartphone, but these are poorly related to... more
Indoor tanning may be an addiction abetted by both genetic and psychiatric factors  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A combination of elevated symptoms of depression along with modifications in a gene responsible for dopamine activity, important to the brain's pleasure... more
New method produces opiate antidotes using microorganism found in opium poppy waste  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Overdose from opiates has skyrocketed. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. more
New study provides increasing evidence base substantiating vaping’s harm reduction potential  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study by Imperial Brands, owners of leading vape brand blu, contributes to the increasing evidence base substantiating vaping's harm reduction potential compared to smoking. more
Researchers find lower opioid prescriptions rates in states that implemented medical cannabis laws  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Using data from privately-insured adults, new findings from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston revealed that there is a lower... more
Research reveals sustainable method to produce lifesaving opiate antidotes at reduced cost  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Overdose from opiates has skyrocketed. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.1... more
Sustainable method to produce lifesaving opiate antidotes at reduced cost  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Overdose from opiates has skyrocketed. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The high cost of... more
Three parent factors that heighten the prevalence of childhood physical abuse  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Adults who had parents who struggled with addiction, intimate partner violence and mental illness are more than 30 times more likely to have been victims of... more
Researchers find three parent risk factors associated with childhood physical abuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Adults who had parents who struggled with addiction, intimate partner violence and mental illness are more than 30 times more likely to have been victims of... more
Strong family and school connections help prevent transgender youth from substance use  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Strong family and school connections are helping prevent transgender youth from smoking cigarettes and using marijuana, even among those targeted by violence. more
Medical marijuana does not reduce opioid deaths  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Legalizing medical marijuana does not reduce the rate of fatal opioid overdoses, according to researchers. more
Oklahoma judge wants more answers on $85M opioid settlement  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
An Oklahoma judge is declining to sign off on the state's proposed $85 million settlement with an opioid maker until he's assured the deal complies with a recently passed law... more
Medical pot laws no answer for US opioid deaths, study finds  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths more
Wracked by an opioid scandal, Insys files for bankruptcy  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
American drug maker Insys announced on Monday it was filing for bankruptcy and will sell its assets as it faces legal and financial fallout from its role in the opioid... more
E-cigarette vaping with nicotine appears to impair mucus clearance  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
E-cigarette vaping with nicotine appears to hamper mucus clearance from the airways, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care... more
Opioid epidemic increases proportion of hearts transplanted from overdose death donors  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The confluence of two major health crises—the opioid epidemic and organ shortage—has moved surgeons to consider transplanting organs deemed as less than "perfect" in an effort... more
Keeping kids healthy and sane in a digital world  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Smartphones, tablets and video consoles can be addictive. They interfere with sleep. They draw kids into an alternate universe, often distracting them from more productive — and healthier — real-world... more
Alzheimer's therapy may be effective in treating individuals addicted to opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Clinical trial results reveal that a medication used to treat Alzheimer's disease may also be an effective therapy for individuals addicted to opioids. The findings are... more
Opioid maker agrees to pay $225M to settle federal probes  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The Justice Department says opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics has agreed to pay $225 million to settle federal criminal and civil investigations more
Reducing opioid prescriptions after C-sections  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
There's a better way to take care of patients after C-sections to help them heal faster and manage pain without increasing their risk of long-term opioid use, researchers say. more
San Francisco to force treatment on mentally ill drug users  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
San Francisco supervisors have decided to force some people with serious mental illness and drug addiction into treatment more
The Latest: Disability rights group blasts treatment pilot  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Disability Rights California is criticizing San Francisco supervisors for approving a program that would force some people with serious mental illness and drug addiction into treatment more
The Latest: San Francisco backs forcing some into treatment  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
San Francisco officials have decided to force people with serious mental illness and drug addiction into treatment without their consent more
Opioids are not sleep aids, and can actually worsen sleep research finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Evidence that taking opioids will help people with chronic pain to sleep better is limited and of poor quality, according to an interdisciplinary team... more
San Francisco may force treatment on mentally ill drug users  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
San Francisco officials struggling to help people on the streets who are mentally ill and addicted to drugs are considering a proposal to force them into treatment more
San Francisco eyes forced treatment for mentally ill addicts  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
San Francisco supervisors are considering a proposal to force drug addicts with serious mental illnesses into treatment more
For many, friends and family, not doctors, serve as a gateway to opioid misuse  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
In a common narrative of the path to opioid misuse, people become addicted to painkillers after a doctor prescribed them... more
The Latest: Maine sues opioid maker over deceptive marketing  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Maine says in a lawsuit that Purdue Pharma deceptively marketed opioid drugs in the state over a decade while the opioid crisis worsened more
Plastic poisons ocean bacteria propping up the marine food chain  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
We've all seen the impact of our plastic addiction. It's hard to miss the devastating images of whales and sea birds that have died with their stomachs full... more
Medical News Today: What are the side effects and risks of Ritalin?  MNT · 3 weeks
Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant medication for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. Ritalin can cause side effects and has the potential for misuse... more
What are the side effects and risks of Ritalin?  MNT · 3 weeks
Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant medication for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. Ritalin can cause side effects and has the potential for misuse and addiction. Researchers are investigating the... more
State sues e-cigarette maker, says it targets youth market  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Massachusetts is suing a national retailer of electronic cigarette and vaping products more
Vaping the sweetener sucralose may produce toxic chemicals  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 weeks
Sucralose in e-liquids can break down, increasing toxic aldehydes in vapors and producing harmful organochlorines, including a potential carcinogen. more
Sociodemographic factors, polysubstance use linked with opioid-related overdose deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A new study led by Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction shows that opioid-related overdose deaths involving another substance is now the norm, not the exception, in Massachusetts. more
Collaborative Research Center explores how people manage to overcome addiction without any help  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Approximately 10 million people in Germany are addicted to either alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs or illegal drugs. more
How stress leads to Facebook addiction  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Friends on social media such as Facebook can be a great source of comfort during periods of stress. However, if they don't receive any support offline, stressed users are at risk of developing a pathological dependence... more
Stem cell study determines most harmful vape liquids  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A novel approach reveals vaping's effect on endothelial cells and the most harmful flavors. more
Kratom's reputed pain-relief benefits could come from one of its metabolites  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Kratom is a Southeast Asian tree with a long history of use in traditional medicine. In the region, the plant's leaves are widely consumed for pain... more
AP: Purdue foreign arm caught up in opioid probe in Europe  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Managers with Purdue Pharma's international arm, Mundipharma, have been swept up in a corruption scandal in Italy for allegedly paying a prominent pain doctor to push... more
Kratom's reputed pain-relief benefits could come from one of its metabolites  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Kratom is a Southeast Asian tree with a long history of use in traditional medicine. In the region, the plant's leaves are widely consumed for pain... more
Vaping is linked to adolescents' propensity for crime, study shows  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A new study explores emerging drug use in the form of adolescent vaping and its association with delinquency among 8th and 10th grade students. more
AP Exclusive: Sackler foreign firm caught up in opioid probe  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Managers with Purdue Pharma's international arm, Mundipharma, have been swept up in a corruption scandal in Italy for allegedly paying a prominent pain doctor to push opioids more
Study explores adolescent vaping and its association with delinquency  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
UTSA criminal justice professor Dylan Jackson recently published one of the first studies to explore emerging drug use in the form of adolescent vaping and its association with delinquency among... more
AP Report: 'Pain League' allegedly pushed opioids in Italy  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Managers with Purdue Pharma's international arm, Mundipharma, have been swept up in a corruption scandal in Italy for allegedly paying a prominent pain doctor to push opioids. more
Stem cell study reveals the harmful effects of flavored e-cigarette liquids  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Your favorite vape flavor may be more harmful than the nicotine itself. Using stem cells to investigate the impact of e-liquids on cardiovascular disease, a new... more
Video Game Addiction Becomes Official Mental Disorder in Controversial Decision by WHO  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
Recently, the World Health Organization officially recognized "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition. more
Oklahoma attorney blames corporate greed for opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The nation's first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis is now underway in Oklahoma more
Trial underway in Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid makers  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The nation's first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis is now underway in Oklahoma more
The Latest: Drugmakers say products were heavily regulated  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Drug companies being sued by the state of Oklahoma for fueling the state's opioid addiction crisis say the products they manufactured were heavily regulated by state and federal agencies and addressed an... more
Trial begins in Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid makers  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The nation's first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis is now underway in Oklahoma more
Trial in Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid makers underway  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The nation's first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis is now underway in Oklahoma more
Oklahoma’s ‘precedent-setting’ suit puts opioid drugmakers on trial  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
All eyes will be on Oklahoma this week when the first case in a flood of litigation against opioid drug manufacturers begins Tuesday. more
Acute exposure to flavored e-liquids exacerbates endothelial cell dysfunction, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
There has been a rapid rise in e-cigarette use, but its health effects have not been well-studied and their effect on vascular health remains unknown. more
Study suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart risk  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
E-cigarettes aren't considered as risky as regular cigarettes but a small study asks if they pose a heart risk more
E-cigarettes much more effective for traditional cigarettes finds study  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A new large study from University College London researchers has shown that people who use E-cigarettes to aid them in quitting traditional cigarette smoking are 95 percent more likely to... more
Teva settles with Oklahoma for $85 million in opioid case  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
One of the drugmakers named in Oklahoma's lawsuit over the opioid crisis has agreed to a settlement in which it will pay the state $85 million more
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