Drugs & Alcohol
Controlled-release opioids may lead to endocarditis in injection drug users  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 hours
A new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University suggests that injection drug users prescribed controlled-release hydromorphone are three times more likely to develop endocarditis,... more
Cannabis use disorder more common in adults with pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 hours
A new study published in the journal American Journal of Psychiatry reports that the use of cannabis for non-medical indications is much more common in adults who have pain than... more
Ex-pharma CEO gets over 2 years in prison for bribery scheme  ABC NEWS · 5 hours
The former head of a drug company has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say... more
Holistic Approaches to Psoriasis Treatment  NEWS MEDICAL · 18 hours
Holistic approaches to psoriasis treatment involves lifestyle advice about weight, smoking, alcohol, sleep, exercise, and other factors. more
Pain management program uses new approach to reduce narcotic prescriptions after surgery  NEWS MEDICAL · 20 hours
Surgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital are stemming the tide of addiction to prescription opioids by managing patients' pain after surgery. more
Increasing opioid addiction in the US but young addicts being missed  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Opioid addiction has been increasing over the last decade or so in the US, with many deaths occurring as a result of opioid overdose. As a... more
Legalization and retail availability in Oregon linked to higher levels of adolescent marijuana use  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
New research from the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation suggests that legalization and greater... more
Ex-drug execs get over 2 years in prison for bribery scheme  ABC NEWS · 1 day
Two former drug company executives have been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say helped fuel the... more
Simple computer settings can affect opioid pills prescribed to patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Simple, no-cost computer changes can affect the number of opioid pills prescribed to patients, according to a new UC San Francisco study. more
FDA-approved medication for opioid addiction is increasing except in the youngest group  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
An analysis of national data on buprenorphine use found that treatment with the FDA-approved medication for opioid addiction is increasing in all age groups... more
New Jersey law bans sale of flavored vaping products  ABC NEWS · 1 day
New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation prohibiting the sale of flavored vaping products more
Feds to let states tap opioid funds for meth, cocaine surge  ABC NEWS · 1 day
The nation's drug addiction crisis has morphed in a deadly new direction with more Americans hooked on meth and cocaine more
Collaborative project to address the local opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
The University of Arizona is partnering with the Tucson Police Department, CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, and Pima County as part of a three-year, $1.47 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services... more
Feds allow use of opioid funds to stem meth, cocaine surge  ABC NEWS · 2 days
The nation's drug addiction crisis has been morphing in a deadly new direction: more Americans struggling with meth and cocaine more
Alarming link between marijuana and increased heart risk  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Marijuana use is rising steadily across the US as more and more states enact laws making it a legal recreational and medicinal agent. However, a new study underlines the fact that this... more
Study uncovers anticancer potential of many non-oncology drugs  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Drugs for diabetes, inflammation, alcoholism -- and even for treating arthritis in dogs -- can also kill cancer cells in the lab, according to a study by scientists at the Broad Institute... more
New uses for old medicines  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
It turns out that in the rush to invent new drugs to treat cancers, scientists may have overlooked some obvious possibilities of existing drugs currently being used for other diseases. A new study says that therapies for diabetes,... more
Mothers who smoke, drink alcohol during pregnancy increase risk for SIDS 12-fold  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also called crib death or cot death, is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant less than one-year-old.... more
Dozens of non-oncology drugs can kill cancer cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers tested approximately 4,518 drug compounds on 578 human cancer cell lines and found nearly 50 that have previously unrecognized anti-cancer activity. These drugs have been used to treat conditions such as... more
Prenatal alcohol and tobacco exposure linked to increased risk for SIDS  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Children born to mothers who both drank and smoked beyond the first trimester of pregnancy have a 12-fold increased risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)... more
Chemist suggests a way to measure the taste of beer  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A chemist from RUDN University has developed a method for analyzing the products of binding of aldehydes with the amino acid cysteine in malt and beer—these substances can... more
Advocates' hopes high as Kansas heads for medical pot debate  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Kansas lawmakers expect this year to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana more
Focus on opioids and cannabis in chronic pain media coverage  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
New Zealand media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found. more
Policies restricting menthol flavors could increase health equity  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Current policies that include restrictions on the sale of menthol flavored tobacco and nicotine products are less likely to reach those that would benefit from them the most, according to new research... more
Hookah smoke may be associated with increased risk of blood clots  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
In a new study conducted in mice, researchers found that tobacco smoke from a hookah caused blood to function abnormally and be more likely to clot... more
Vaping marijuana linked to lung injuries warns CDC  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that one sixth of patients who use e cigarettes containing marijuana are at a risk of lung injuries. These... more
Functional validity, role, and implications of heavy alcohol consumption genetic loci  Science Magazine · 1 week
High alcohol consumption is a risk factor for morbidity and mortality, yet few genetic loci have been robustly associated with alcohol intake. Here, we use U.K.... more
Chemicals between us: Surprising effects of oxytocin on cocaine addiction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have discovered gender-based differences in response to therapeutic oxytocin treatment in cocaine-addicted individuals with a history of childhood trauma. Oxytocin has been shown previously to function as... more
Impaired driving -- even once the high wears off  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have discovered that recreational marijuana use affects driving ability even when users are not intoxicated. Cannabis users had more accidents, drove at higher speeds, and drove through more red... more
Super-fast beer fermentation from ancient Norwegian yeast  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The distinctly Norwegian beer-brewing yeast kveik reduces fermentation time drastically. That's a huge advantage, according to NTNU Ph.D. candidate Christian Schulz. more
Alcohol dependence results in remodeling of functional architecture in rodent’s brain  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Employing advanced technologies that allow whole brain imaging at single-cell resolution, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that in an alcohol-dependent... more
In mice, alcohol dependence results in brain-wide remodeling of functional architecture  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Using novel imaging technologies, researchers produce first whole-brain atlas at single-cell resolution, revealing how alcohol addiction and abstinence remodel neural physiology and function in mice. more
Daily chronic pain, opioid use disorder add to the challenges of relieving pain among patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The combination of more Americans reporting daily chronic pain and the rapidly increasing prevalence of opioid misuse and... more
Siblings of children with intellectual disabilities score high on empathy and closeness  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study finds that relationships between children and their siblings with intellectual disabilities are more positive than those between typically developing siblings. more
American women drinking more, and dying much more often, as a result  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A new study released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports a horrifying 85% increase in deaths among women related to... more
Health benefits of a 'Dry January'  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A new year often means a list of resolutions for change, such as abstaining from drinking alcohol, stopping smoking, or living a healthier lifestyle. For one, “Dry January” has become immensely popular because it motivates people... more
Ex-pharma exec sentenced to nearly 3 years in bribery scheme  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A former executive for a drug company has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say helped fuel the national opioid... more
Oklahoma attorney general sues distributors of opioids  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says he is suing three distributors of opioids more
Researchers identify how marijuana accelerates growth of HPV-related head and neck cancer  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have identified the molecular mechanism activated by the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the ingredient... more
Medical News Today: Stroke: Smoking both traditional and e-cigarettes may raise risk  MNT · 1 week
A new study suggests young adults who smoke both conventional and e-cigarettes are nearly twice as likely to have a stroke as traditional smokers. more
Research could help explain why some people use marijuana when stressed or anxious  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A molecule produced by the brain that activates the same receptors as marijuana is protective against stress by reducing anxiety-causing connections between... more
Researchers use computer simulations to study how neuroreceptors respond to nicotine  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
As smokers know all too well, nicotine is highly addictive. It's hard to quit smoking, a habit that claims the lives of more than seven million... more
Accelerated speed of discovery could lead to more effective smoking cessation aids  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As smokers know all too well, nicotine is highly addictive. It's hard to quit smoking, a habit that claims the lives of more than... more
Smokers need not apply: Fairness of no-nicotine hiring policies questioned  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
When U-Haul recently announced it will no longer hire people who use nicotine in any form in the 21 states where such hiring policies are legal, the Phoenix-based... more
Study assesses variation in 'maturing out' of alcohol use in young adulthood  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Rates of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder peak in the late adolescent and early adult age-group (19-25 years), before decreasing from around age... more
New learning module for testing the effects of e-cigarette vapor on living cells  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
To complement the wide range of information on the potential dangers of vaping, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has developed... more
Ex-drug company execs face reckoning in opioid bribery case  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The founder and former top employees of a pharmaceutical company are being sentenced in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say helped fuel the national opioid epidemic more
Medicaid expansion linked to reduction in opioid overdose mortality across the U.S.  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income adults permitted by the Affordable Care Act was associated with a six percent reduction in total opioid... more
Medical News Today: What to know about alcohol and depression  MNT · 2 weeks
Alcohol is a depressant and can amplify or trigger depression symptoms in some people. Learn more about the links between depression and alcohol in this article. more
Opioid-dependent kids' guardians seek to form class in suit  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Attorneys representing guardians of children born dependent on opioids are asking a federal judge in Cleveland to include them as a group in a class action lawsuit against the pharmaceutical... more
Oklahoma reaches $8.75 million settlement with opiate maker  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The state of Oklahoma will receive $8.75 million from two pharmaceutical companies in a deal that will end legal action the state was considering against the opioid manufacturers more
Guardians of opioid-addicted kids seek to form class in suit  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Attorneys representing guardians of children born addicted to opioids are asking a federal judge in Cleveland to include them as a group in a class action lawsuit against... more
Family doctors in rural America tackle crisis of addiction and pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Dr. Angela Gatzke-Plamann didn’t fully grasp her community’s opioid crisis until one desperate patient called on a Friday afternoon in 2016. more
Study: Opioid addiction care is scarce in Medicaid work requirement states  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Low-income people with addiction, especially those with addiction to opioids, may find it hard to access the kind of care they need to recover no matter... more
Sadness often increases people's craving to smoke, shows study  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
What drives a person to smoke cigarettes - and keeps one out of six U.S. adults addicted to tobacco use, at a cost of 480,000 premature deaths each year despite... more
University of Kentucky receives $3 million for opioid-related research in criminal justice setting  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The University of Kentucky recently received $3 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on General Medical Sciences... more
Opioid addiction care is harder to access in states considering Medicaid work requirements  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Low-income people with addiction, especially those with addiction to opioids, may find it hard to access the kind of care they need... more
Explaining link between emotion and addictive substance use  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
What drives a person to smoke cigarettes? What role do emotions play in this addictive behavior? Why do some smokers puff more often and more deeply or relapse many years after they've... more
Researchers identify vaping-related companies that promoted academic scholarships  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
UNC School of Medicine researchers conducted a systematic online review and found 21 vaping-related companies, including, websites, that promoted 40 scholarships to high school and college students in 2018 across the United... more
Frequently cited claim that e-cigarettes are '95% safer' is misleading and outdated  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The frequently cited claim that e-cigarettes are "95% less risky" or "95% less harmful" than combustible cigarettes is outdated, misleading and invalid -- and... more
Study examines the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health assessed the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims and... more
Changing the underlying structure and culture of a clinic to address opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
For the 20 percent of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, prescription opioids may bring relief, but also risks. An estimated 21... more
Marijuana detected in homicide victims nearly doubles  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers assessed the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims and found that the prevalence of marijuana almost doubled, increasing from 22 percent in 2004 to 42 percent in 2016. Alternately,... more
Researchers analyze how e-cigarette particle size, deposition change with different factors  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
E-cigarette use is rising, particularly among young adults and teens. Recent illnesses and deaths attributed to vaping have caused intense scrutiny of the chemicals in e-liquids... more
Examining vaping particle size and deposition  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
E-cigarette use is rising, particularly among young adults and teens. Recent illnesses and deaths attributed to vaping have caused intense scrutiny of the chemicals in e-liquids and vapor, but little is known about the size of... more
Study highlights the prevalence of alcohol use among cancer survivors  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
New research in the January 2020 issue of JNCCN-Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network uses data from the National Health Interview Survey from 2000 to 2017 to... more
New study analyzes how consumers use vapor and tobacco heating products  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The way consumers use vapor and tobacco heating products can affect the levels of harmful and potentially harmful constituents they are exposed to, and a new... more
5 things to know as California starts screening children for toxic stress  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Starting this year, routine pediatric visits for millions of California children could involve questions about touchy family topics, such as divorce, unstable housing or... more
Study examines trends in drug overdose rates with and without opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Fatal overdoses involving stimulants (cocaine and other psychostimulants, primarily methamphetamine) have been increasing over the past few years. more
Number of alcohol-related deaths has doubled in the U.S., shows study  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
An analysis of death certificates suggests that the number of alcohol-related deaths doubled in the United States between 1999-2017. more
Mayo Clinic researchers seek radical new approach to treat cocaine addition  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
In a radical new approach to treat cocaine addition, researchers at the Mayo Clinic are seeking approval for first-in-human studies of a single-dose gene therapy. more
FDA’s risk-management program to curb improper opioid prescribing may not have been effective  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A risk-management program set up in 2012 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to curb improper prescribing of extended-release and long-acting... more
Nasal spray found to be quickest, easiest way to deliver antidote naloxone for opioid overdose  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Of three possible ways for people to deliver the life-saving antidote naloxone to a person experiencing an opioid... more
Researchers report evidence linking 'vaping' to increased likelihood of asthma and COPD  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Using data from a large federal government telephone survey of adults, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report evidence that inhaling heated tobacco vapor through e-cigarettes... more
Young smokers who use both combustible and e-cigarettes have higher risk of stroke  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
People are looking at e-cigarettes as a "healthy" alternative to cigarettes and we currently have an epidemic of e-cigarettes use. more
New sweat test could help detect a person’s marijuana-use  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Forensic chemist Jan Halámek is proving that our own perspiration not only gives away how drunk we are – but if we are high, too. more
Nicotine concentrations found to be higher from JUUL pods than e-cigs and cigarettes  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
JUUL delivers substantially more nicotine to the blood per puff than cigarettes or previous-generation e-cigarettes (e-cigs) and impairs blood vessel function comparable... more
E-cigarette users have reported adverse health effects online for at least seven years  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside, used automated computer methods to mine a large online discussion forum for... more
Forensic chemist detects marijuana-use based on sweat test  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Forensic chemist Jan Halámek is proving that our own perspiration not only gives away how drunk we are—but if we are high, too. more
Cyber bullying predicts increased risky sexual behaviors in boys  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A collaboration of researchers at Louisiana State University, University of Missouri, and University of Tennessee found that peer victimization is associated with adverse psychological and behavioral problems, including depression and... more
Ancient wine measuring table unearthed in Jerusalem  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Israeli archaeologists unveiled an ancient table Monday used to measure wine and olive oil, which they said helps prove a market once stood at the site in occupied east Jerusalem. more
Effort to control opioids in an ER leaves some sickle cell patients in pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
India Hardy has lived with pain since she was a toddler — ranging from dull persistent aches to acute flare-ups... more
Scaling up use of opioid agonist therapies could help combat Ukraine’s HIV epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study led by Yale University researchers finds that scaling up use of methadone and buprenorphine -- medications for treating opioid... more
Effort To Control Opioids In An ER Leaves Some Sickle Cell Patients In Pain  NPR · 3 weeks
People with sickle cell disease aren't fueling the opioid crisis, research shows. Yet some ER doctors still treat patients seeking... more
Deal will let more companies make an overdose antidote spray  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
More companies could begin making an easy-to-use version of an opioid overdose antidote under a deal announced by New York's attorney general more
U-Haul International to stop hiring smokers in 21 states  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A well-known truck and trailer rental company has announced plans to stop interviewing and hiring nicotine users, including people who use e-cigarettes and vaping products more
Deal will let more companies make overdose antidote spray  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
More companies can make a nasal version of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone under a deal struck between New York's attorney general and the one company that sells it now more
Trump suggests some flavored vapes may be pulled from market  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
President Donald Trump says the federal government will soon announce a new strategy to tackle underage vaping, promising, “We’re going to protect our families, we’re going to protect... more
Trump says some flavored vapes will be pulled from market  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
President Donald Trump says the federal government will soon announce a new strategy to tackle underage vaping, promising, “We’re going to protect our families, we’re going to protect... more
Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Illinois' governor has granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions, one day before the state's new law permitting broad use and sale of cannabis takes effect more
Why Hangovers Feel So Awful  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Hangovers, those nasty vertigo-inducing, cold sweat-promoting and vomit-producing sensations after a raucous night out are all part of your body's attempt to protect itself from injury after you overindulge in alcoholic beverages. more
Proper disposal of leftover medication can help reduce antibiotic resistance  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Proper disposal of leftover medication, particularly antibiotics and opioids, can help reduce antibiotic resistance, prevent children from being poisoned and stop the misuse of addiction-forming drugs. more
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