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Teen Vapers Who Want To Quit Look For Help Via Text  NPR · 2 hours
Starting to vape is easy, but quitting a nicotine habit can be tough, teens are finding. Some vaping cessation programs have begun to reach out to... more
Involving patients in pain management decisions significantly reduces opioid prescriptions  NEWS MEDICAL · 17 hours
Women who undergo a hysterectomy are often prescribed at least twice as many opioids as they use - but there may be a simple way to change that. more
The Latest: NYC, California sue post office over cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 18 hours
New York City and the state of California are suing the U.S. Postal Service to stop tens of thousands of cigarette packages from being mailed from foreign countries to U.S.... more
NYC, California sue Postal Service over smuggled cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 18 hours
New York City and California are suing the US Postal Service to stop tens of thousands of cigarette packages from being mailed from foreign countries to US residents more
NYC and California sue US postal service over cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 20 hours
The city of New York and the state of California are suing the U.S. Postal Service to stop tens of thousands of packages of cigarettes from being shipped through the... more
US endorses tobacco pouches as less risky than cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 21 hours
Tobacco pouches from Swedish Match win first FDA endorsement for a "reduced-risk" alternative to smoking more
One in three patients may experience side effects from ketamine infusions for pain management  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate the United States, ketamine use has grown as a pain management alternative, yet... more
Which foods are beneficial for a healthy gut microbiome?  MNT · 1 day
A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and legumes, contains some red wine and poultry, and is low in red meat may keep the gut microbiota healthy. more
The secret of classic Belgian beers? Medieval super yeasts!  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
An international team of scientists has discovered that some of the most renowned classic Belgian beers, including Gueuze and Trappist ales, are fermented with a rare and unusual form of... more
Medical News Today: Which foods are beneficial for a healthy gut microbiome?  MNT · 2 days
A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and legumes, contains some red wine and poultry, and is low in red meat may keep... more
The Latest: National opioid settlement could be hard sell  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Not every state wants to sign on to a potential $48 billion settlement to opioid lawsuits across the country; one said it's not a framework but rather a "pile of... more
The Latest: State lawyers: We're confident of opioid deal  ABC NEWS · 2 days
State attorneys general who are negotiating with drug companies say they're confident that other state and local governments will sign on to a settlement in principle with five companies over... more
$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 2 days
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the toll of opioids, averting what would... more
The importance of place and context in alcohol research  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Every time someone drinks an alcoholic beverage, he or she will drink that beverage at some place and some time. more
The secret of classic Belgian beers? Medieval super-yeasts  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An international team of scientists led by Prof. Kevin Verstrepen (VIB-KU-Leuven) and Prof. Steven Maere (VIB-UGent) has discovered that some of the most renowned classic Belgian beers, including Gueuze and Trappist ales,... more
The Latest: Attorneys general still want big deal on opioids  ABC NEWS · 2 days
A group of state attorneys general say they're still pushing to finalize a nationwide settlement over the toll of opioids with companies in the drug industry more
Companies reach $260 million deal to settle opioids lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 2 days
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the nation's opioid crisis more
The Latest: Companies reach deal to settle opioids lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 2 days
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a tentative deal to settle a lawsuit related to the nation's opioid crisis more
Companies reach tentative deal to settle opioids lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 2 days
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a tentative deal to settle a lawsuit related to the nation's opioid crisis more
For generation Juul, nicotine addiction happens fast and is hard to shake  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
When Will tried his first vape during his sophomore year, he didn’t know what to expect. It was just something he had vaguely heard... more
One in five patients prescribed opioids after cardiac device implantation surgery, study shows  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
One in five patients is prescribed opioids after having a pacemaker or similar device implanted, according to a large US study conducted... more
Study: One-third of children having tonsillectomies benefitted from opioid-free surgery and recovery  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Nearly one-third of children who had surgery to remove their tonsils did not need opioids to get adequate pain relief during and after surgery,... more
Illegal vapes traced to California woman who was CBD pioneer  ABC NEWS · 2 days
A pioneer in marketing CBD as a health product has pleaded guilty to selling large quantities of synthetic marijuana which was secretly added to vapes, sickening dozens. more
1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution  ABC NEWS · 2 days
First federal trial on U.S. opioid crisis is to focus on how powerful prescription painkillers were distributed more
Committee pitches concept to settle all opioid lawsuits  ABC NEWS · 3 days
A committee guiding OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy is suggesting other drugmakers, distributors and pharmacy chains use Purdue's bankruptcy proceedings to settle lawsuits seeking to hold the industry accountable for the national... more
Systematic review: Medical marijuana shows early promise to lessen opioid use  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Medical marijuana shows early promise to lessen opioid use and potential abuse, suggests a systematic review of published studies being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019 annual... more
Most women of childbearing age may be less skeptical about the safety of CBD  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
While most women of childbearing age understand drinking alcohol while pregnant is harmful, they may be less skeptical about the... more
Unnecessary opioid prescribing after cesarean delivery remains high  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Nearly 90% of women who did not use opioids in the hospital after cesarean delivery were nonetheless discharged with a prescription for opioids, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019... more
Colorectal surgery patients in ERAS program report less pain, use fewer opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Colorectal surgery patients who were a part of an enhanced recovery after surgery program had less pain, while using nearly half as many opioids,... more
Opioid negotiations fail to produce deal just before trial  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Negotiations aimed at a major settlement of opioid lawsuits have ended for the day without a deal more
CEOs, attorneys general trying to reach opioid settlement  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Chief executives of a handful of pharmaceutical and drug distribution companies are negotiating with government attorneys to see if they can reach a settlement ahead of the first federal trial over the... more
Medical News Today: Atrial fibrillation: Daily alcoholic drink riskier than binge drinking  MNT · 5 days
New research finds that frequent low alcohol consumption, such as one daily drink, has a higher risk of atrial fibrillation than infrequent binge drinking. more
Vaping propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine may lead to lung inflammation  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Researchers have found that using e-cigarettes with the e-liquid refills containing propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG) may lead to inflammation of the lungs over... more
Health care intervention: Treating high-need, high-cost patients  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Patients with complex needs -- serious mental and physical health problems and substance use disorders -- flock to emergency rooms costing the health care system billions every year. A new study suggests a nontraditional... more
Research suggests nontraditional approach can improve outcomes for 'high-need, high-cost' patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
In crisis and with nowhere else to turn, thousands of patients with complex needs -- serious mental and physical health problems and substance use disorders --... more
Training social workers to address and respond to the opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Nancy Ochoa was 15 years old the first time she used heroin with a group of friends. At 16, four months after the birth of her... more
Frequent drinking strongest risk factor for atrial fibrillation  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
A new study published on October 17, 2019, in the journal EP Europace, shows that people who drink alcohol almost every day, even in small amounts, are more at risk to develop... more
What is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?  MNT · 6 days
Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a condition that some long term users of marijuana develop. The hallmarks of the condition include repeated and severe episodes of nausea and vomiting. Learn more here. more
Medical News Today: Could a unique new fungus offer an opioid alternative?  MNT · 6 days
A new discovery in the estuarine waters of Tasmania may lead to the development of a safe and effective alternative to opioids, scientists reveal. more
Medical News Today: What is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?  MNT · 6 days
Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a condition that some long term users of marijuana develop. The hallmarks of the condition include repeated and severe episodes of nausea and vomiting. Learn more here. more
Vaping helps 50,000 cigarette smokers quit in England each year  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Thousands of cigarette smokers have been able to quit in the UK by switching to e-cigarettes, also known as vapes, claims a new study published in the journal... more
Vaping Outbreak Death Toll Reaches 33  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
Nearly three dozen people have died from vaping-related lung illnesses as the nationwide outbreak that continues to grow. more
Vaping-related illnesses still rising, though at slower pace  ABC NEWS · 6 days
As U.S. outbreak of U.S. vaping-related illnesses grows, a shrinking percentage of patients vaped only nicotine more
Jury seated in opioid case, but settlement talks go on  ABC NEWS · 6 days
A jury has been selected for the first federal opioid trial, but talks to settle the case before opening arguments next week are taking another step more
Juul halts sales of fruit, dessert flavors for e-cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Juul Labs stops selling fruit and dessert flavors for its electronic cigarettes more
The Latest: Jury chosen for opioid trial, but talks continue  ABC NEWS · 6 days
A jury has been chosen for the first federal trial on the opioid crisis even as the push for a settlement continues more
Even short-term 'vaping' causes inflammation in non-smokers  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
E-cigarette use is rising at concerning levels among both smokers and non-smokers, and new research data suggests that even short-term e-cig use can cause cellular inflammation in never-smoker adults. Inflammation from smoking is an... more
Cultivating joy through mindfulness: An antidote to opioid misuse, the disease of despair  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
New research shows that a specific mind-body therapy, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), increases the brain's response to natural, healthy rewards while also... more
The Latest: Jury selection resumes for opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Jury selection for a major trial on the toll of opioids has resumed even as major drug distributors and manufacturers press for a settlement of thousands of claims against them more
Opioid industry presses for settlement as jury is built  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Lawyers in the first federal opioid trial resumed selecting a jury Thursday even as a push continued to settle the case before arguments begin more
Frequent drinking is greater risk factor for heart rhythm disorder than binge drinking  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Drinking small amounts of alcohol frequently is linked with a higher likelihood of atrial fibrillation than binge drinking, according to new research. more
Smoke signals: Study shows path linking nicotine addiction to increased risk for diabetes  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers have discovered a circuit in rats that links cigarette smoking and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a... more
Substance use disorder can complicate postoperative valvular heart disease, shows study  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Patients who suffer from infective endocarditis (IE) and struggle with substance use disorder (SUD) have a 240% increased risk of dying within 6 months to 5... more
Study compares frequent drinking and binge drinking for new-onset atrial fibrillation  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Drinking small amounts of alcohol frequently is linked with a higher likelihood of atrial fibrillation than binge drinking, according to research published today in EP Europace,... more
Opioid industry presses for settlement as trial looms  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Major drug distributors and manufacturers are pressing to settle thousands of claims against them related to the nation's persistent opioid crisis as their trial date draws closer more
What to know about delirium  MNT · 7 days
Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental function. It often affects older adults or people experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Learn more here. more
The Latest: Day 1 of opioid lawsuit jury selection concludes  ABC NEWS · 7 days
The first day of jury selection in a landmark federal opioid lawsuit in federal court in Cleveland has concluded more
Mindfulness could boost opioid use disorder treatment  MNT · 7 days
A new study offers evidence that mindfulness could boost the effectiveness of traditional therapy for opioid use disorder, improving control over cravings. more
Medical News Today: What to know about delirium  MNT · 7 days
Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental function. It often affects older adults or people experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Learn more here. more
Medical News Today: Mindfulness could boost opioid use disorder treatment  MNT · 7 days
A new study offers evidence that mindfulness could boost the effectiveness of traditional therapy for opioid use disorder, improving control over cravings. more
Temple researchers win NIH grant to study HIV-related neuroinflammation in context of opioid addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a Temple research team a 5-year, $3.27 million grant to study neuroinflammation following... more
Researchers identify circuit that links cigarette smoking and risk of developing diabetes  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have discovered a circuit in rats that links cigarette smoking and the risk of... more
The Latest: Opioid lawyers picking jury in hard-hit area  ABC NEWS · 7 days
Attorneys in a landmark opioid trial in Cleveland must pick a jury from a pool of people in a state that's been ravaged by the addiction and overdose crisis more
The treatment of cocaine use disorder  Science Magazine · 7 days
Cocaine use continues to be a serious worldwide public health problem. Cocaine abuse is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Cocaine overdose deaths are increasing in the United States and, in certain populations, outnumber heroin and... more
Current advances in research in treatment and recovery: Nicotine addiction  Science Magazine · 7 days
The health harms of combusted tobacco use are undeniable. With market and regulatory pressures to reduce the harms of nicotine delivery by combustion, the tobacco product landscape has... more
Officials say death of Montana teenager was vaping-related  ABC NEWS · 7 days
Health officials say a teenager in Montana has died of a lung disease associated with a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses more
Study reports first evidence of biological changes related to e-cig use in never-smokers  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
E-cigarette (e-cig) use is rising at concerning levels among both smokers and non-smokers, and new research data suggests that even short-term e-cig... more
The Latest: Potential opioid jurors asked about drug firms  ABC NEWS · 7 days
Lawyers and the judge in a landmark opioid trial are screening potential jurors for bias involving their views on drug companies more
Study report first evidence of biological changes related to e-cig use in never-smokers  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
E-cigarette (e-cig) use is rising at concerning levels among both smokers and non-smokers, and new research data suggests that even short-term e-cig... more
The Latest: Jury selection begins in landmark opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 7 days
Jury selection has begun in the first federal trial on the opioid crisis after a last-minute effort to delay the case more
The Latest: Judge denies delay in federal opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 7 days
Attorneys for several defendants in a landmark opioid trial in Cleveland have asked a federal judge to delay it because of media coverage surrounding a possible $18 billion settlement more
Jury selection set to begin in landmark federal opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the first federal trial over the opioids epidemic more
International system can provide practical guideline on cannabis use, say researchers  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Despite widespread use of the drug around the world and increasing moves to legalise its sale for recreational consumption, standard units - which have been commonplace... more
Developing new mobile app to target victims of rural child sex trafficking  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A West Virginia University School of Medicine researcher is developing an app to train key personnel in rural areas how to identify and report... more
The Latest: Michigan governor vows to appeal e-cig ruling  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Michigan governor says she will appeal a ruling that blocks enforcement of state's ban on flavored e-cigarettes more
New study: Opioid crisis cost US economy $631B over 4 years  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A new study finds that the opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion over the past four years more
New federal grant to expand outreach to help underserved communities battle opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
According to government data, more than 70,000 Americans died in 2017 by overdosing on opioids. In response to the opioid crisis, the... more
Judge blocks Michigan's ban on flavored e-cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A Michigan judge is blocking the state's two-week-old ban on flavored e-cigarettes more
New survey confirms muscadine grapes are affected by parasitic nematodes  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Native to the Southeastern United States, muscadine grapes are a superfruit. With high levels of resveratrol, phenols and antioxidants, they are known to help fight cardiovascular disease and... more
Mindfulness may reduce opioid cravings, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
People suffering from opioid addiction and chronic pain may have fewer cravings and less pain if they use both mindfulness techniques and medication for opioid dependence, according to researchers. more
Potential therapy to treat detrimental effects of marijuana  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study using a preclinical animal model suggests that prenatal exposure to THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, makes the brain's dopamine neurons (an integral component of the reward system) hyperactive... more
Why Are Healthy People Dying From Vaping?  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
The mysterious vaping outbreak in the U.S. has led to nearly 1,300 lung injuries and 26 deaths as of this week. more
Bioelectronic implant could prevent opioid deaths  nanowerk · 1 week
Researchers are developing a novel, implantable device that can sense the effects of a potentially fatal level of ingested opioids and then automatically and immediately deliver a life-saving dose of naloxone. more
Medical News Today: Lung injury outbreak: CDC warn against certain vaping products  MNT · 1 week
As the number of vaping-related lung injury cases in the U.S. reaches almost 1,300, the CDC warn of the dangers of some e-cigarettes and... more
New therapeutic approach for children born to mothers who used cannabis during pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
As a growing number of U.S. states legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an increasing number of American women are... more
Mindfulness and medication for opioid dependence may reduce cravings  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
People suffering from opioid addiction and chronic pain may have fewer cravings and less pain if they use both mindfulness techniques and medication for opioid dependence, according to Rutgers and... more
Overdose prevention should also focus on alcohol use, study suggests  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
For several years, the national spotlight has shone on the need to prevent and rapidly treat opioid overdoses. But a new study suggests a need for more focus... more
Caution urged in reducing opioids for pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
After years and decades in which healthcare providers were freely prescribing opiates for all sorts of painful conditions, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published guidelines to help bring down opioid... more
Using mindfulness approach to tackle opioid crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Boston Medical Center was awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve function for chronic lower back pain (cLBP) using a non-pharmacologic approach. more
Opioid Rx dosages drop with state law changes  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The total amount of opioids dispensed per new opioid prescription decreased by 22% in Penn Medicine outpatient practices in New Jersey after the state passed a law limiting prescriptions to a five-day... more
Government cuts to alcohol taxes linked with 2000 more alcohol-related deaths in England  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Government cuts to alcohol taxes have had dramatic consequences for public health, including nearly 2000 more alcohol-related deaths in England since 2012,... more
Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, its owners  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A judge has said he will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and its owners for six months in hopes of finalizing a settlement over the OxyContin maker's role in the... more
The Latest: Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A judge has said he will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and its owners for six months in hopes of finalizing a settlement over the OxyContin maker's role in the... more
Tastes great, less land-filling ... beer in a paper bottle  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Danish brewer Carlsberg says it is developing a paper beer bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fibers. more
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