Drugs & Alcohol
Nanocrystals will help detect methanol and other alcohols  nanowerk · 2 days
Researchers developed highly sensitive sensors based on cobalt oxide nanoflakes which are capable of detecting various alcohols in the air. The new sensors can be used for both medical diagnostics and detection... more
Legal marijuana products too strong for pain relief  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
More than 90% of the legal marijuana products offered in medical dispensaries are much stronger than what clinical studies have shown that doctors recommend for chronic pain relief, according to a new... more
College bribery scandal figure freed early over virus fear  ABC NEWS · 3 days
A California winemaker who was convicted in the college admissions bribery scandal has been released early from federal prison because of concerns over the coronavirus more
Upgrading biomass with selective surface-modified catalysts  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Scientists have designed a catalyst composed of very low concentrations of platinum (single atoms and clusters smaller than billionths of a meter) on the surface of titanium dioxide. They demonstrated how this catalyst significantly enhances the... more
Study shows legal marijuana products too strong for pain relief  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Most legal marijuana products supplied to medical dispensaries are stronger than recommended for treatment of chronic pain. more
'Whiskey webs' are the new 'coffee ring effect'  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Spilled coffee forms a ring as the liquid evaporates, depositing solids along the edge of the puddle. This 'coffee ring effect' has fascinated scientists for decades, but now a team says they... more
New molecular probes for opioid receptors  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Strong painkillers are very important in the management of patients with cancer and heart attack or requiring surgery. They extert their effect by binding to so-called opioid receptors in the body. more
'Whiskey webs' are the new 'coffee ring effect'  nanowerk · 4 days
The 'coffee ring effect' has fascinated scientists for decades, but now a team says they have uncovered the mechanism behind an even more striking, web-like pattern that forms when drops of whiskey... more
'Whiskey webs' are the new 'coffee ring effect'  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Spilled coffee forms a ring as the liquid evaporates, depositing solids along the edge of the puddle. This "coffee ring effect" has fascinated scientists for decades, but now a team says they... more
New molecular probes to study the behavior of opioid receptors  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
It could be an important step forward in the improvement of pain therapy: Thanks to newly developed molecular probes, the behavior of individual opioid receptors can now be... more
More mental health care utilization reduces odds of suicide among youths, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
A multistate study of Medicaid enrollees led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that suicide risk was... more
Pablo Escobar's hippos may help counteract a legacy of extinctions  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
When cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, the four hippos he brought to his private zoo in Colombia were left behind in a pond on... more
Third-Hand Tobacco Smoke is Real Threat to Public Health, Study Shows  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Third-hand smoke is a residual contamination from cigarette smoking that adheres to walls and... more
Elephants in China got drunk and passed out in a garden  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
A herd of elephants recently overindulged on corn wine in a village in China's Yunnan Province, and a photo of two tipsy pachyderms went viral. more
Substances linked to bladder cancer found in the urine of e-cigarette users  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
An analysis of evidence from multiple scientific studies found six substances that have a strong link to bladder cancer in the urine of people... more
Without a Brexit fisheries deal, herring and other North Sea species face dire future  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Taking back control of fisheries became one of the totemic issues uniting supporters of the campaign for the UK to... more
MAFLD: New terminology can help improve treatment for patients with fatty liver disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
An international consensus panel led by researchers from The Westmead Institute for Medical Researchhas highlighted the need to redefine Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver... more
Alcohol dependence potentiates substance P/neurokinin-1 receptor signaling in the rat central nucleus of amygdala  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Behavioral and clinical studies suggest a critical role of substance P (SP)/neurokinin-1 receptor (NK-1R) signaling in alcohol dependence. Here, we... more
UCLA researcher awarded NIH grant to study pain-relieving effects of cannabis chemicals  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Ziva Cooper, research director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, has been awarded a $3.9 million grant from the National Center for Complementary and... more
E-cigarette use increases while new studies reveal heart health risks  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study adds to mounting evidence that the use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping, has increased in recent years among U.S. adults, with nearly 1 in 20... more
Young vapers less likely to smoke regular cigarettes than their peers  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study has found that youngsters who use e-cigarettes are less likely to use cigarettes in the future compared to those who use other tobacco... more
Life expectancy in the U.S. stagnates due to cardiovascular diseases, not drug-related deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Life expectancy in the USA is no longer rising. This stagnation has long been largely attributed to increasing numbers of drug deaths... more
Study examines e-cigarette use by women during preconception and/or pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study of 1,365 racially/ethnically diverse, low-income pregnant women found that 4% reported e-cigarette use. more
Young adults vape without knowing what's in their e-cigarettes  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study shows that young adults often use e-cigarettes without being aware of what is in them or which brand they are using. The study, published online in March... more
Distilleries using high-proof alcohol to make hand sanitizer  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Distilleries are  putting their spirits to work to help fill the shortage of hand sanitizers due to the coronavirus outbreak more
Family member deportation increases risk of suicidal thoughts among Latino adolescents  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Latino/a adolescents with a family member who was detained or deported beginning as early as 2017 were at high risk of suicidal thoughts, early alcohol use,... more
Stringent alcohol policies could protect against low-alcohol crash deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, found that motor vehicle crashes involving drivers with blood alcohol concentrations below the legal limit of 0.08... more
Study: Young adults don't know what's in the vaping products they use  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Young adults don't know what's in the products they vape and often don't know what brand of vaping products they use, according to a... more
Are opioids necessary after tooth extraction?  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open in March 2020 shows that dentists can eliminate opioid analgesia from their armory of pain reliever after a tooth extraction, or at least dramatically reduce its... more
Medical marijuana bills challenge Bible Belt politics  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Views about medical marijuana appear to be changing across the South, where efforts to legalize it have long been stymied by Bible Belt politics more
Study reveals spatial patterns of alcohol‐related mortality in post-Soviet countries  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
In some former Soviet bloc countries, men often die early due to alcohol abuse. Alcoholism-related mortality varies considerably from one region to another, according to a study in... more
New Review Finds Alcoholics Anonymous Is Effective, But Not For Everyone  NPR · 2 weeks
Alcoholics Anonymous may be just as good or better than scientifically proven treatments to help people quit drinking, according to a new review. But AA still... more
Vaping chemical can produce highly toxic gas when heated up, research reveals  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A chemical found in some vaping products can produce a highly toxic gas when heated up, according to new research from RCSI University of... more
The startling inequality gap that emerges after age 65  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
In an era when "deaths of despair" — from substance abuse and suicide — are on the rise among middle-aged Americans, those who reach age 65 are living longer than... more
Alcoholics Anonymous the best way to abstain  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Researchers from the Stanford School of Medicine have found that utilizing the help of a support group like Alcoholics Anonymous could be the best possible way for those with alcohol dependence to abstain. This... more
Detecting aromas in aged cognac  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
For connoisseurs of wines and spirits, part of the enjoyment is noting the various flavors and scents that are revealed with each sip. Aging transforms alcohol's aroma further, especially in cognac, a type of twice-distilled fortified wine. Now,... more
Undercompressive shocks proposed to explain 'tears of wine' phenomenon  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A small team of researchers at the University of California has developed a theory to explain the shape of tears of wine. They have written a paper describing their theory... more
Alcoholics Anonymous found to be very effective for achieving alcohol abstinence  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Alcoholics Anonymous, the worldwide fellowship of sobriety seekers, is the most effective path to abstinence, according to a comprehensive analysis conducted by a Stanford School of... more
Alcoholics Anonymous and 12-step programs help people with AUD achieve sobriety  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Newly updated evidence published in the Cochrane Library today compares Alcoholics Anonymous and clinically-related Twelve-Step Facilitation programs with other treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, to... more
New York opioid trial postponed due to virus outbreak  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The next scheduled trial over the drug industry's liability in the opioid crisis has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak more
Hotels benefit from marijuana legalization, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Legalization of recreational marijuana may lead to increased hotel revenues, according to a Penn State researcher, who found that after legalizing marijuana, the City of Denver, Colorado, saw roughly $130 million in new hotel... more
How effective is Gabapentin in alcohol use disorder?  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in March 2020 reports the striking efficacy of the drug gabapentin in helping people with alcohol use disorder (AUD) with their alcohol... more
Knowing opioid use following cesarean delivery can inform individualized prescriptions  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Knowing the amount of opioids taken following cesarean section surgery and before discharge can inform individualized prescriptions and cut down on unnecessary, leftover pills that could be used... more
Juul Labs sought to court AGs as teen vaping surged  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The nation’s largest electronic-cigarette company, Juul Labs, donated tens of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of state attorneys general more
Study looks at lung injury and vaping THC and vitamin E acetate  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The US has witnessed a spate of patients presenting with acute lung injury associated with e-cigarettes or vaping product use. A new study published... more
How does hand sanitizer work?  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Here's why you need at least 60% alcohol in your hand sanitizer. more
Making puffer fish toxin in a flask  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In Japan, puffer fish is considered a delicacy, but the tickle to the taste buds comes with a tickle to the nerves: fugu contains tetrodotoxin, a strong nerve toxin. In low doses, tetrodotoxin is... more
Scientists discover new repair mechanism for repairing alcohol-induced DNA damage  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers have discovered a new way in which the human body repairs DNA damage caused by a degradation product of alcohol. That knowledge underlines the link between alcohol... more
Scientists discover new repair mechanism for  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers have discovered a new way in which the human body repairs DNA damage caused by a degradation product of alcohol. That knowledge underlines the link between alcohol consumption and cancer. more
Study: Whites consume more cigarettes and are more nicotine dependent than Native Americans  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Multiple past studies have reported that, compared to whites, Native Americans have relatively high cigarette use, and this has contributed to speculation... more
Fears prevent vaping to help smokers to quit  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
According to a new report from the Public Health England (PHE) published this week, more and more people are not using e-cigarettes to quit traditional smoking due to fears about the harm... more
Humans transport hazardous smoke residues into indoor environments  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Decades of research have demonstrated the adverse effects of fine particulate matter and volatile organic compounds such as nicotine or acetonitrile from tobacco smoke on human health, with no "safe" level of... more
Family of opioid-addicted suspect sues police over her death  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The family of a Vermont woman whose obituary gained national attention for its discussion about her opioid addiction has filed a lawsuit accusing police and jail staff of denying her... more
Third-hand smoke is more dangerous than believed  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
People can carry hazardous compounds from cigarette smoke that cling to their bodies and clothes and then release those compounds into non-smoking environments -- exposing people nearby to cigarettes' adverse effects, a new study... more
Hand sanitizer sold out? Here's how to make your own.  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
High alcohol content ensures that DIY hand sanitizers will effectively reduce coronavirus when soap and water aren't available. more
Foes push back against medical marijuana bill in Kentucky  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Opponents of legalizing medical marijuana in Kentucky have pushed back as the focus shifts to the Senate more
On the path toward non-addictive painkillers  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Opioid-containing painkillers have severe side effects and have also been associated with extensive misuse, particularly in the United States. Recent findings represent a significant step towards the development of a new generation of painkillers. Their findings... more
Yale discovery has implications for treatment of diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Many health problems in the developed world stem from the disruption of a delicate metabolic balance between glucose production and energy utilization... more
New repair mechanism for alcohol-induced DNA damage discovered  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Researchers of the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, United Kingdom, have discovered a new way in which the human body repairs DNA... more
Scientists discover new repair mechanism for alcohol-induced DNA damage  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Researchers of the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, United Kingdom, have discovered a new way in which the human... more
UT Extension leads new effort to combat opioid crisis in rural Tennessee  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
University of Tennessee Extension will lead a new effort to combat the opioid crisis in rural Tennessee. PROMPT TN (Preventing Rural Opioid Misuse Through... more
New step towards the development of non-addictive painkillers  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Opioid-containing painkillers are virtually indispensable in clinical practice and are typically used in postoperative patients and patients undergoing cancer treatment. more
Reitman Foundation funds pilot study to investigate outcomes of neonates treated for opioid withdrawal  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Researchers at Kessler Foundation will collaborate with Children's Specialized Hospital to study the outcomes of neonates treated for opioid withdrawal... more
Alcohol Consumption Weakens Bones of People Living with HIV  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
For people living with HIV, any level of alcohol consumption is associated with lower levels of a protein involved in bone formation, raising the risk of osteoporosis, according to a... more
West Virginia plan: Companies pay $1.25B to end opioid suits  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Communities in West Virginia say they would end most of their lawsuits filed as a result of the opioid crisis if the companies that made, distributed and sold... more
Conservative Utah's 1st medical marijuana dispensary opens  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Utah's first medical marijuana dispensary opened Monday as the state began a slow rollout of a program that will allow residents with certain health conditions to use the plant for medicinal purposes more
Study sheds light on how people make Super Tuesday or other tough choices  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
On Super Tuesday, Democratic voters from Colorado and across the United States will face a serious decision: Sanders or Warren? Biden, Klobuchar... more
New multipronged program helps surgeons reduce opioid prescriptions by two-thirds  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Opioid prescriptions have been a known driver of the opioid epidemic, and it's now known that opioid prescriptions that last longer than five days are a risk factor... more
Utah's 1st medical marijuana dispensary set to open  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Utah's first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open Monday as the state begins a slow rollout of a program that will allow residents with certain health conditions to use the plant... more
Study examines youth exposure to tobacco outlets and cigarette smoking behaviors  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A new study led by researchers at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation explores these questions using real time data... more
House approves bill to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The House has approved a bill to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products more
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