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Even light alcohol consumption linked to higher cancer risk in Japan
In a new Cancer study conducted in Japan, even light to moderate alcohol consumption was associated with elevated cancer risks. (2019-12-09)
Lactobacillus balances gut microbiome and improves chronic-alcohol-induced liver injury
Researchers demonstrated that Lactobacillus rhamnosus can dose-dependently reestablish a balanced intestinal microbiome and counter the liver-damaging effects of alcohol consumption in mice to reverse the results of chronic alcohol-induced liver injury. (2019-12-09)
The Lancet Global Health: Half of WHO-recommended policies to reduce chronic diseases are not put into practice
The first analysis of WHO-recommended policies to prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) finds that implementation is slowly improving, but on average just over half get no further than being endorsed, according to results from 151 countries published in The Lancet Global Health journal. (2019-12-05)
Medical marijuana cards often sought by existing heavy users
Young adults who seek enrollment in state medical marijuana programs are often those who already use heavily rather than those with mental or physical issues that could be addressed by the drug. (2019-12-04)
The influence of alcohol consumption among cohabitating partners
Research has linked a partner's or spouse's drinking with changes in alcohol-related behaviors, but few studies have considered only cohabiting relationships. (2019-12-04)
Single dose of ketamine plus talk therapy may reduce alcohol use
A single infusion of ketamine plus behavioral therapy helped alcohol-dependent individuals reduce their drinking, a new study finds. (2019-12-04)
Stricter alcohol policies related to lower risk of cancer
In a new study, researchers at Boston Medical Center and Boston University have uncovered a new association between more restrictive alcohol policies and lower rates of cancer mortality. (2019-12-04)
Distress tolerance plays role in alcohol use and abuse among firefighters
A newly published report from a University of Houston psychology professor finds that firefighters who struggle with PTSD symptoms, and who think they cannot handle negative emotions, are likely to drink and use alcohol it to cope with negative emotions. (2019-12-03)
A nimbler way to track alcohol use -- by mining Twitter and Google searches
Collecting rigorous public health data through large survey-based studies is a slow, expensive process. (2019-12-02)
One shot of ketamine could reduce problem drinking
A one-off dose of ketamine could help heavy drinkers reduce their alcohol intake, finds a new UCL experimental study published in Nature Communications. (2019-11-26)
Successful alcohol, drug recovery hampered by discrimination
Even after resolving a problem with alcohol and other drugs, adults in recovery report experiencing both minor or 'micro' forms of discrimination such as personal slights, and major or 'macro' discrimination such as violation of their personal rights. (2019-11-26)
Mommy drinking is on the upswing -- but women without children still drink more
Men and women are continuing to increase binge drinking, regardless of parenting status, according to a new study at Columbia. (2019-11-26)
Research: Alcohol and tobacco policies can reduce cancer deaths
Policies aimed at cutting alcohol and tobacco consumption, including the introduction of random breath testing programs and bans on cigarette advertising, have resulted in a significant reduction in Australian cancer death rates, new research shows. (2019-11-26)
Is parents' use of marijuana associated with greater likelihood of kids' substance use?
Recent and past use of marijuana by parents was associated with increased risk of marijuana, tobacco and alcohol use by adolescent or young adult children living in the same household in this survey study. (2019-11-22)
Brain biomarker predicts compulsive drinking
Although alcohol use is ubiquitous in modern society, only a portion of individuals develop alcohol use disorders or addiction. (2019-11-21)
Brain biomarker predicts compulsive drinking in mice
A neural circuit in the brains of mice controls the development of compulsive drinking disorders, according to a new study. (2019-11-21)
What leads to compulsive alcohol use? New experiments into binge drinking provide answers
New study from neuroscientists at Vanderbilt provides initial answers to long-standing scientific questions on what causes the transition from moderate to compulsive alcohol consumption - and what makes some drinkers particularly vulnerable to developing alcohol use disorders. (2019-11-21)
Survey: Most teenagers in legalized states see marijuana marketing on social media
Despite restrictions on paid advertising cannabis on social media, most teenagers reported seeing marijuana marketing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, according to a public health study authored by University of Massachusetts Amherst injury prevention researcher Jennifer Whitehill. (2019-11-21)
FSU research: Ketamine could help men suffering from alcohol use disorder
Research from Florida State University is giving physicians a better understanding of ketamine, a potentially useful tool in treating depression that still has unanswered questions. (2019-11-19)
When do alcohol-dependent mothers parent harshly?
While parents with substance use disorders are more likely to treat their children harshly, they don't do so all the time. (2019-11-19)
Money spent on beer ads linked to underage drinking
Advertising budgets and strategies used by beer companies appear to influence underage drinking, according to new research. (2019-11-18)
Adolescent drinking increases anxiety, alcohol abuse later in life
Adolescent binge drinking modifies gene expression in a fashion that increases susceptibility to anxiety and alcohol use disorders in adulthood, according to research in rats recently published in eNeuro. (2019-11-18)
Ketamine reduces drinking in male, but not female, rats
The drug ketamine decreases alcohol consumption in male, but not female, rats, according to new research published in eNeuro. (2019-11-18)
Mechanism connects early binge drinking to adult behaviors
Intermittent exposure to high levels of alcohol in adolescent animals leads to increased levels of microRNA-137 in the brains of adults. (2019-11-18)
Diverging trends: Binge drinking and depression
Binge drinking among U.S. adolescents precipitously declined from 1991 to 2018, according to a new study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. (2019-11-14)
Opioid-based plant might not be best solution to curb habitual alcohol use
A Purdue University team published a paper in the British Journal of Pharmacology examining the effects of kratom and the potential impacts on people with alcohol use disorder. (2019-11-13)
Phage therapy shows promise for treating alcoholic liver disease
A team of researchers including those from King's College London and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, have for the first time successfully applied bacteriophage (phage) therapy in mice to alcohol-related liver disease. (2019-11-13)
Study looks for links between teenage anxiety and later harmful drinking
Researchers at the University of Bristol have found evidence of an association between generalised anxiety disorder at age 18 and harmful drinking three years later, thanks to the long-term health study Children of the 90s. (2019-11-10)
Time in host country -- a risk factor for substance abuse in migrants
Refugees and other migrants who move to Sweden are initially less likely to be diagnosed with alcohol or drug addiction than the native population but over time their rates of substance abuse begin to mirror that of the Swedish born population. (2019-11-06)
Many insured Americans go out of network, pay more for behavioral health
Americans are using more out-of-network care and paying more out of pocket for behavioral health care than for treatment of other conditions, despite efforts to increase coverage and access to mental health services, according to new research. (2019-11-06)
CBD, THC use during early pregnancy can disrupt fetal development
A new study published in Scientific Reports, a Nature Research journal, shows how a one-time exposure during early pregnancy to cannabinoids (CBs) -- both synthetic and natural -- can cause growth issues in a developing embryo. (2019-11-05)
Preventing smoking -- evidence from urban emergency department patients
A new study from the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation offers a more in-depth understanding of smoking among patients in an urban emergency department. (2019-11-04)
Researchers led by Georgia State develop noninvasive method to detect early-stage liver disease
A safer and more sensitive contrast dye for MRI tests developed by a team led by Georgia State University researchers may provide the first effective, noninvasive method for detecting and diagnosing early-stage liver diseases, including liver fibrosis. (2019-10-29)
Drug overdose deaths in CT doubled in 6 years
Opioid overdose deaths in Connecticut doubled in the past 6 years, largely driven by use of multiple drugs together, according to a team of researchers from the University of Connecticut and Yale University. (2019-10-29)
Teen marijuana use may have next-generation effects
A new study by the University of Washington's Social Development Research Group shows how a parent's use of marijuana, past or present, can influence their child's substance use and well-being. (2019-10-28)
Which came first: Brain size or drinking propensity?
Contrary to the belief that drinking can literally shrink one's brain, a new study that includes researchers from Arts & Sciences suggests that a small brain might be a risk factor for heavier alcohol consumption. (2019-10-28)
Years of education may impact drinking behavior and risk of alcohol dependence
Higher educational attainment -- spending more years in education -- may impact people's drinking behavior and reduce their risk of alcohol dependence, according to a study published in Molecular Psychiatry. (2019-10-24)
With this new alpha-gel, the cream of all skin creams could be here
Mixtures called alpha-gels are thick, do not flow easily, and can hold much water. (2019-10-23)
Consuming alcohol leads to epigenetic changes in brain memory centers
New research, published in Nature, revealed a surprising pathway that shows alcohol byproducts travel to the brain to promote addiction memory. (2019-10-23)
Alcohol byproduct contributes to brain chemistry changes in specific brain regions
Study of mouse models provides clear implications for new targets to treat alcohol use disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome. (2019-10-23)
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