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Vaping promotes the same cellular responses found in smokers with emphysema  NEWS MEDICAL · 23 minutes
E-cigarette "vaping" is widely assumed to be safer than cigarette smoking, but scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have uncovered evidence suggesting... more
Anxiety, depression associated with increased opioid use following surgery  NEWS MEDICAL · 60 minutes
Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the... more
Mexican marijuana traffickers are poisoning California forests with a banned pesticide, officials say  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
California law enforcement has learned that Mexican drug traffickers are using a dangerous pesticide banned in the United States to grow marijuana... more
Anxiety, depression linked to more opioid use after surgery  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 hours
Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the... more
Scorpion toxin that targets 'wasabi receptor' may help solve mystery of chronic pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 hours
Researchers have discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the 'wasabi receptor,' a chemical-sensing protein found in nerve cells that's responsible for the... more
E-cigs can trigger same lung changes seen in smokers, emphysema  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
Scientists found that the lungs of vapers -- like the lungs of smokers -- have elevated levels of protease enzymes, a condition known to cause emphysema in smokers.... more
Study explores obstacles to treating opioid use disorder with an effective medication  NEWS MEDICAL · 11 hours
In an effort to find ways to improve long-term outcomes for people with opioid use disorder, University of Massachusetts Amherst epidemiology researcher Elizabeth Evans... more
Massage Therapy Foundation announces research grant to address pain and opioid use in veterans  NEWS MEDICAL · 17 hours
The Massage Therapy Foundation has awarded $210,000 for a research grant to the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain... more
Medical News Today: How do nicotine-free e-cigarettes affect blood vessels?  MNT · 18 hours
New research looks into the short term effects of vaping on blood vessels. Nicotine-free e-cigarettes may be more harmful than experts previously believed. more
Reported illness among vapers reaches 150 possible cases  ABC NEWS · 21 hours
Officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases of breathing illness in people who vape more
Reported illnesses among vapers reaches 150 possible cases  ABC NEWS · 21 hours
Officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases of breathing illness in people who vape more
Shift to more intense rains threatens historic Italian winery  SCIENCE DAILY · 21 hours
Wine lovers may appreciate a dry white, but a lack of steady rainfall brought on by a changing climate is threatening a centuries old winemaking tradition in Italy, according to... more
Shift to more intense rains threatens historic Italian winery  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
Wine lovers may appreciate a dry white, but a lack of steady rainfall brought on by a changing climate is threatening a centuries old winemaking tradition in Italy, according to... more
Hazardous patterns of prescription opioid misuse in the US  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Among adults aged 18 years and older, 31 percent used prescription opioids only as prescribed by a physician medically and 4 percent misused them. Thus, the overwhelming majority (88 percent)... more
Mysterious lung disease linked to vaping spreads across 14 US states  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
The CDC is investigating a series of cases of mysterious, severe lung disease. The cause is not known, but every patient uses an e-cigarette. more
North Carolina schools add e-cigs to 'no smoking' signs  ABC NEWS · 1 day
North Carolina public schools have added a picture of an electronic cigarette to their "no smoking" signs more
Drug that treat human breast cancer might also work for canine lung cancer  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Despite those velvet paintings of poker-playing dogs smoking pipes, cigars and cigarettes, our canine friends really don't use tobacco. But like many... more
Patients who start long-term buprenorphine treatment are less likely to use opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
In a first-ever randomized trial, patients at a short-term inpatient program began long-term outpatient treatment with buprenorphine before discharge, with better outcomes than detox... more
Quitting smoking associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Heavy cigarette smokers with at least a 20 pack-year smoking history can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 39% within five years if they quit, according to a... more
2 drug companies settle with counties in opioid-crisis suit  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Two drugmakers have reached settlements on claims filed by the first two Ohio counties set to go to trial in the national opioid lawsuit. more
Alternative to 'revolving door' of opioid detox and relapse  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
In a first-ever randomized trial, patients at a short-term inpatient program began long-term outpatient treatment with buprenorphine before discharge, with better outcomes than detox patients. more
Alzheimer's drug reverses brain damage from adolescent alcohol exposure in rats  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A drug used to slow cognitive decline in adults with Alzheimer's disease appears to reverse brain inflammation and neuron damage in rats exposed to alcohol during... more
Pharmaceutical company settles with counties in opioid suit  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Endo Pharmaceuticals says it has reached a settlement in its claims with the first two Ohio counties set to go to trial in the national opioid lawsuit. more
Quitting smoking could reduce risk of cardiovascular disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Heavy cigarette smokers with at least a 20 pack-year smoking history can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by 39% within five years if they quit, according to a study published today... more
Nicotine-free e-cigarettes can damage blood vessels  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A Penn study reveals single instance of vaping immediately leads to reduced vascular function. more
A solution to prevent beer bottle explosions  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Some contaminant yeasts make beer bottles and cans explode. Apart from being dangerous for consumers these 'diastatic' yeasts also cause loss of beer batches due to off-flavours, increased alcohol and over-carbonation in products. VTT... more
New addiction research center receives trove of molecules from embattled opioidmaker  Science Magazine · 2 days
Purdue Pharma will share drug candidates and blood samples with Oklahoma State University, the beneficiary of a previous legal settlement more
Spending on illicit drugs in US nears $150 billion annually  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine fluctuated between $120 billion and $145 billion each year from 2006 to 2016, rivaling what Americans spend each year on alcohol,... more
What's driving more women to drink?  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
More women are drinking alcohol and an Iowa State University research team is working to understand why. more
Alzheimer's drug reverses brain damage in rats exposed to alcohol during adolescence  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
A drug used to slow cognitive decline in adults with Alzheimer's disease appears to reverse brain inflammation and neuron damage in rats exposed to... more
Motor-skill training reverses nicotine-induced brain damage in rats  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Motor-skill training has proved capable of reversing brain impairments in rats treated with nicotine. This effect has been demonstrated in a recent study and, in the long term, the method may also... more
Cigarettes Can't Be Advertised On TV. Should Juul Ads Be Permitted?  NPR · 2 days
Though tobacco ads have been banned from TV for about 50 years, the marketing of electronic cigarettes isn't constrained by the law. Public health advocates consider... more
Depression, marijuana use, and alcohol abuse raise relapse risk among former smokers  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
The prevalence of depression, cannabis use, and alcohol abuse increased among former smokers from 2005 to 2016 in the U.S., according to a new... more
Brief parent-targeted interventions could influence adolescent behaviors, health outcomes  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
New research shows that brief parent-targeted interventions in the primary care setting can increase communication between parents and their teens about sexual and alcohol-related behavior. more
US attorney seeks to block plan for supervised drug center  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Photos of young people lost to the opioid crisis are perched outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Monday as a judge inside weighs a plan for a... more
Parent-targeted interventions in primary care improve parent-teen communication on alcohol and sex  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
New research shows that brief parent-targeted interventions in the primary care setting can increase communication between parents and their teens about sexual and alcohol-related... more
Grower: 5,000 in Louisiana medical marijuana program so far  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Two weeks after Louisiana patients started receiving medical marijuana, pharmacies haven't reported any supply chain problems and the program appears to be going smoothly more
Binge drinking may cause more damage to women than men  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Alcohol consumption is a major cause of chronic liver disease in the United States, and binge drinking is emerging as a significant contributor to liver injury. more
Binge drinking may be more damaging to women  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
In a recently published study examining the effects of binge drinking on rats, researchers discovered that female rats who were of equal age and weight to male rats were more sensitive to... more
Genetic variant increases risk of addiction in the presence of childhood stress  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
What causes some people to become alcoholics or drug abusers when faced with stress, but not others? This question has plagued addiction researchers for... more
Researchers find biological system that manages cells' response to opioid drug exposure  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
A team at Scripps Research in Florida has discovered a biological system that manages cells' response to opioid drug exposure. The unexpected discovery offers... more
Cannabis-related poison control calls for children doubled after medical marijuana became legal  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
After medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth's children and teenagers doubled, according to a public health investigation... more
CDC warns on lung diseases linked to vaping  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Vaping or using e-cigarettes has gained immense population over the past few years. It's widely regarded as a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking. Now, health officials warn against vaping as the Centers... more
Discovery of anti-opioid pathway offers new route to designing safer pain medications  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A team has discovered a biological system that manages cells' response to opioid drug exposure. The unexpected discovery offers new ideas for improving the... more
Beer named for Pacific island nuke test site draws criticism  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Texas-based company faces criticism after naming beer after site of U.S. nuclear tests that caused Marshall Islands contamination more
Cannabis-related poison control calls for Massachusetts kids doubled after medical pot legalized  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
After medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth's children and teenagers doubled, according to a public health investigation. more
Mormon church warning: Beware of those fancy coffee drinks  ABC NEWS · 6 days
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name and that vaping is banned despite... more
Study finds no harm to newborns from opioid maintenance treatment during pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
A new Pharmacology Research & Perspectives study found no harm to newborns from opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) during pregnancy compared with no treatment. more
Hidden in plain sight: California illegal pot market booming  ABC NEWS · 7 days
California's struggling legal cannabis industry is expected to grow next year to $3.1 billion, but it remains far outmatched by the state's thriving illegal market more
Doctors suspect vaping behind dozens of lung illnesses in US  ABC NEWS · 7 days
As many as 50 people in at least six states have come down with breathing illnesses that may be linked to vaping more
Million-dollar opioid drug ring started small, No. 2 says  ABC NEWS · 7 days
A Utah man who prosecutors call the second-in-command of a massive online opioid drug ring says it started with selling Adderall to pay for student loans more
Addiction intervention in hospital is a 'reachable moment'  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Patients who meet an addiction medicine consult team while they're in the hospital are twice as likely to participate in treatment for substance use disorder after they go home, according to new... more
Genetic behavioral screen identifies an orphan anti-opioid system  Science Magazine · 1 week
Opioids target the μ-opioid receptor (MOR) to produce unrivaled pain management but their addictive properties can lead to severe abuse. We developed a whole animal behavioral platform for unbiased discovery of genes... more
Does opioid maintenance treatment during pregnancy harm newborns?  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study found no harm to newborns from opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) during pregnancy compared with no treatment. more
New research could provide better food and faster analysis of blood tests  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Gas chromatography is a method of analysis that most people have experienced at one time or another without necessarily knowing it. For example, gas... more
Mexico high court to Health officials: Regulate medical pot  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Mexico's Supreme Court has ordered the country's Health Department to set regulations complying with a law allowing medical use of marijuana and derivatives more
US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 1 week
US makes new push to add disturbing images of smoking-related diseases to cigarettes more
Moderate to heavy drinking during pregnancy alters genes in newborns, mothers  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Mothers who drink moderate to high levels of alcohol during pregnancy may be changing their babies' DNA, according to a new study. more
Doctors can change opioid prescribing habits, but progress comes in small doses  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
When they started practicing medicine, most surgeons say, there was little or no information about just how many pain pills patients needed after specific... more
Surgeons report success in reducing opioid prescribing without increasing patients' pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study shows how one state's surgeons reduced the number of opioids they prescribed to thousands of patients -- without causing patients to feel more... more
Vaping companies sue to delay US review of e-cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Vaping companies sue US government to delay review of electronic cigarettes more
Vaping Is Causing Severe Breathing Problems in Some Teens  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Teens are coming down with serious breathing problems after vaping. It's a mystery why. more
Vaping companies sue to delay US e-cigarette review  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Vaping companies sue US government to delay review of electronic cigarettes more
Marijuana-alcohol combo more risky in many ways, finds new study  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
With both marijuana and alcohol being legal in the US, researchers have found that an increasing proportion of people are using both drugs in combination. However, this is... more
Fatty foods increase CBD absorption, finds new research  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
With both marijuana and alcohol being legal in the US, researchers have found that an increasing proportion of people are using both drugs in combination. However, this is a risky thing to... more
Alcohol and marijuana use may increase risk of heavy drinking  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
As the legalization of medical marijuana and marijuana use are both on the rise in the United States, people are not necessarily using alcohol less and may be... more
Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Air pollution -- especially ozone air pollution which is increasing with climate change -- accelerates the progression of... more
Marijuana may boost risky effects of drinking alcohol  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Compared to people who only drank alcohol, those who used alcohol and marijuana simultaneously were more likely to drink heavier and more often, according to researchers. They were also more likely to... more
Naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder during pregnancy, favorable for mom, baby  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Infants born to mothers taking naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder during pregnancy developed no signs of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) during their... more
Coca and conflict: The factors fuelling Colombian deforestation  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Deforestation in Colombia has been linked to armed conflict and forests' proximity to coca crops, the plant from which cocaine is derived. A new study found that conflict between illegal groups and... more
Using cannabis and opioids for pain increases mental health issues  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Opioid misuse has become a significant public health problem. Despite efforts to control its use, opioid is still the most widely prescribed class of medicines. Now, a new... more
Hookah smoking not a safe option, finds new study  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
With the decline in cigarette smoking, students have taken to other ‘safer’ forms of smoking, especially hookah smoking. However, a pioneering study shows that a single puff from a hookah... more
Coca and conflict: The factors fueling Colombian deforestation  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Deforestation in Colombia has been linked to armed conflict and forests' proximity to coca crops, the plant from which cocaine is derived. more
Effects of edible marijuana studied in mice  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Researchers have studied the effects of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC in food albeit in mice. THC is the main component that causes the psychological features seen with use of marijuana. Laboratory mice were given dough... more
People recovering from alcohol use disorder struggle to recognize angry facial expressions  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
People in early-stage recovery from alcohol use disorder can struggle to recognize facial expressions of emotion ─particularly anger ─according to a study published in... more
Adults who combine opioids and cannabis have more mental health issues  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A researcher from the University of Houston has found that adults who take prescription opioids for severe pain are more likely to have increased anxiety, depression... more
Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Not a good mix: A researcher has found that adults who combine prescription opioids for severe pain and cannabis report elevated anxiety and depression... more
Cigarette butts pose big microplastic hazard in the oceans  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
You've seen it before: A driver idling at a stoplight flicks a cigarette butt out the window or a worker during a smoking break drops one to the sidewalk. more
New study looks at health effects of eating marijuana  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Researchers have conducted a study in which mice voluntarily ate a dough containing THC, the primary psychoactive component in marijuana. more
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy linked with dose-dependent increase in miscarriage risk  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy -; even in small amounts -; have a 19% greater risk of miscarriage than women who don't use alcohol, according... more
Region hit hard by opioids embraces jail-based treatment  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Officials in western Massachusetts are embracing a controversial solution as the region struggles with a dramatic spike in fatal overdoses: sending men to jail for court-ordered addiction treatment more
60% of privately insured children received opioids after tonsillectomy, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Sixty percent of privately insured children undergoing tonsil removal received opioids –with average prescriptions lasting about six to 10 days – a new study finds. more
Depression is the single largest driver of substance use in pregnant women  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
It is well known that tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use during pregnancy are associated with poor birth outcomes, yet many women continue to use... more
NIH awards $2.3 million for pilot project to develop opioid vaccine  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The NIH has awarded $2.3M for a pilot project, led by Boston Children's Hospital, to develop a vaccine that would protect people with opioid use disorder... more
Study shows how cigarette smoke drives tumor aggressiveness in head and neck cancer  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world. The vast majority of cases are head and neck... more
Radioactive Grain from Chernobyl Has Been Distilled into Vodka  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
The first consumer product to come out of the Chernobyl exclusion zone in 33 years could help revitalize a long-neglected community — or at least get a lot of tourists... more
1,100-Year-Old Viking 'Beer Hall' Discovered. But It Was Only for the Elites.  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
There was likely no shortage of ale and good cheer at a recently unearthed Viking drinking hall, discovered in northern Scotland. more
Caffeine before bedtime has little effect on sleep quality, but alcohol and nicotine does  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study has found that drinking coffee close to bedtime does not affect the quality of sleep, but that... more
Caffeine before bedtime has little effect on sleep quality, but alcohol and nicotine do  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study has found that drinking coffee close to bedtime does not affect the quality of sleep, but that... more
Over $1.6 million grants to support research on opioid pain medication use during pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
An interdisciplinary team of experts from Indiana University, along with other researchers across the U.S. and Sweden, have received grants... more
Survey shows increasing use of opioids to treat migraine headaches  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
An increasing number of Americans are using opioids to treat their migraine headaches, despite the fact that opioids are not the recommended first-line therapy for migraine in most... more
Cancer Patients Get Rare Blood Infection After Nurse Dilutes Opioids with Tap Water  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Half a dozen cancer patients in New York developed a rare infection after they received injectable opioids that a nurse had diluted... more
New data indicate rise in opioid use for migraine treatment  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
An increasing number of Americans are using opioids to treat their migraine headaches, despite the fact that opioids are not the recommended first-line therapy for migraine in most... more
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