Addictive potential of novel treatments for refractory depression and anxiety - Kolar D.
Treatment-resistant mood disorders and anxiety disorders require intensive treatment, but treatment options should balance benefits and adverse effects or other potential detrimental effects on patients, including the risk of developing prescription medica... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

UCLA receives $9.5 million grant to study link between substance use and HIV transmission
Researchers at theUCLA Fielding School of Public Health have received a five-year,  $9.5 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to continue research on possible connections between substance abuse and HIV infection. The new phase of the study began this month; it continues work that started in 2013 with a $7 million grant from NIDA. Approximately two-thirds of new HIV infections in the U.S. occur among Latino and African-American men who have sex with men; and studies show that drug abuse is linked with poor adherence to HIV medication and prevention therapies.The grant will enable researchers to...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 22, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Jun 22, 2018 This Week in Cardiology Jun 22, 2018 This Week in Cardiology
PREDIMED (again), malpractice concerns in CAD testing, alcohol, stroke care in the elderly, and genetic testing are the topics discussed by Dr John Mandrola in this week ’ s podcasttheheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

Native American Teens at Higher Risk for Substance Abuse
FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 -- Native American teens are at greater risk of alcohol and drug abuse than other American teens, a new study finds. Still, " we do not want these data to be used to stigmatize American Indian kids, " said study author Randall... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 22, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Hospitalizations and emergency department visits due to opioid poisoning in Canada - O'Connor S, Grywacheski V, Louie K.
The rise in opioid-related harms is an issue of increasing public health importance in Canada. This analysis used data from the Hospital Morbidity Database and the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System to determine the number of opioid poisoning hospit... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Decoding New York State's prescription monitoring program - Virani S, Aoun EG, Genova N, Brainch N, Gomes CA, Ahmed S, Hurley B, Bazzi L.
This column describes the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP), New York State's prescription monitoring program, and its compatibility with HIPAA and Part 2 of Volume 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The authors review use of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Alcohol use and alcohol-related seizures in patients with epilepsy - Hamerle M, Ghaeni L, Kowski A, Weissinger F, Holtkamp M.
This study aimed to assess alcohol consumption and the occurrence of alcohol-related seizures in patients with epilepsy within the last 12 months. Methods: In an epilepsy outpatient clinic, a standardized questionnaire was used to co... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

After how many drinks does someone experience acute consequences? Determining thresholds for binge drinking based on two event-level studies - Labhart F, Livingston M, Engels R, Kuntsche E.
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The threshold of 4+/5+ drinks per occasion has been used for decades in alcohol research to distinguish between non-risky vs. risky episodic drinking. However, no study has assessed the validity of this threshold using event-level data... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fatty liver disease symptoms: Are you at risk? These four signs could lead to organ damage
FATTY liver disease is a condition with several types - non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is one of the main types. This is usually caused by being very overweight. But before being diagnosed, what are the symptoms to look out for, and are you at risk? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Consuming more than 5 alcoholic drinks per week increases your risk of oral cancer: Analysis
(Natural News) You may want to rethink about downing another bottle of beer. Scientists have confirmed that alcohol increases the risk of getting cancer. Research revealed that frequent alcohol drinkers are more prone to contract cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus, larynx, breast, liver, colon or rectum, and stomach. Several studies were conducted aiming... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH kills alcohol trial, starts hunt for other suspect studies
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Source: ScienceNOW - June 21, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Wadman, M. Tags: Medicine, Diseases, Science and Policy In Depth Source Type: news

Aberrant choice behavior in alcoholism
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Source: ScienceNOW - June 21, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Spanagel, R. Tags: Neuroscience perspective Source Type: news

A molecular mechanism for choosing alcohol over an alternative reward
Alcohol addiction leads to increased choice of alcohol over healthy rewards. We established an exclusive choice procedure in which ~15% of outbred rats chose alcohol over a high-value reward. These animals displayed addiction-like traits, including high motivation to obtain alcohol and pursuit of this drug despite adverse consequences. Expression of the -aminobutyric acid (GABA) transporter GAT-3 was selectively decreased within the amygdala of alcohol-choosing rats, whereas a knockdown of this transcript reversed choice preference of rats that originally chose a sweet solution over alcohol. GAT-3 expression was selectivel...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 21, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Augier, E., Barbier, E., Dulman, R. S., Licheri, V., Augier, G., Domi, E., Barchiesi, R., Farris, S., Nätt, D., Mayfield, R. D., Adermark, L., Heilig, M. Tags: Medicine, Diseases, Neuroscience r-articles Source Type: news

NIH Pulls Funding for Trial Exploring CV Effects of Moderate Alcohol NIH Pulls Funding for Trial Exploring CV Effects of Moderate Alcohol
The prospective, single-blind MACH15 trial was halted because of alleged improprieties in how it was funded, partial financial support from industry, and'serious'limitations in methodology.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Light Drinking May Prolong Your Life
BOSTON (CBS) — Enjoying a cocktail from time to time may be good for your health. A new study finds that light drinkers have the lowest combined risk of developing cancer and dying prematurely. Light drinking is considered one to three drinks a week. Researchers looked at almost 100,000 adults and found that drinking less than 1 drink a day was associated with the lowest risk of death, even compared to those who don’t drink at all. The study can’t prove that light drinking prevents cancer or prolongs life. Perhaps light-drinkers are more likely to engage in other healthy behaviors than heavier drinkers. B...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Alcohol Consumption Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Source Type: news

Attitudes towards risky driving and dark triad personality traits in a group of learner drivers - Endriulaitien ė A, Šeibokaitė L, Žardeckaitė-Matulaitienė K, Markšaitytė R, Slavinskienė J.
The main purpose of this study is to explore the associations between Dark Triad personality traits (Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy) and attitudes towards risk taking in driving in a group of learner drivers. A total of 475 driving licence ca... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Exploring traffic safety culture and drunk driving: an examination of the community and DUI related fatal crashes in the U.S. (1993-2015) - Stringer RJ.
This project explores the relationship between structural level factors associated with community traffic safety culture toward alcohol and alcohol related fatal crashes in the United States from 1993 to 2015. Multilevel growth curve models were estimated ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Cycling under the influence of alcohol in Germany - Huemer AK.
Cyclists have a relatively high risk of being injured in traffic accidents. In Germany, statistics have shown that cyclists injured in police-reported traffic accidents are often found to have cycled with high blood alcohol levels. Relevant research has di... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

How your HAIR can tell if you're an alcoholic
Researchers from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, found people suffering from alcohol-use disorders are more likely to have two compounds in their hair. This could diagnose alcoholism. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Alcohol, mortality, and cancer risk: Is moderation key?
There have been many studies on alcohol and its impact on health, but the relationship is not fully understood. A new, large-scale study investigates. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Pill-testing success in ACT proves it should go national, organisers say
Trial at music festival found many of those tested didn ’t know what drug they were taking•Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noonThe pill-testing trial at a music festival in the Australian Capital Territory was an “overwhelming success” and the federal government should help roll out a scheme nationwide, the organisers have said.Ina report on the trial at the Groovin ’ the Moo festival in April, released on Wednesday, the Sta-safe consortium said the government should support a “mixed-model” with pill-testing offered permanently at drug, alcohol and syrin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Paul Karp Tags: Drugs Canberra Music festivals Australia news Drugs policy Health Source Type: news

A brief alcohol intervention during inpatient psychiatric hospitalization for suicidal adolescents - McManama O ’Brien KH, Aguinaldo LD, White E, Sellers CM, Spirito A.
Alcohol use and suicide-related thoughts and behaviors are common in psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents and each problem can exacerbate the other. Despite knowledge about the functional relationship between alcohol use and suicide-related thoughts an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

An unusual case of suicide by methanol ingestion - Waters B, Hara K, Ikematsu N, Takayama M, Matsusue A, Kashiwagi M, Kubo SI.
A female in her late teens purposely ingested alcohol fuel containing methanol to commit suicide, which she admitted on social media. She was found in distress by her parents and died at the hospital some hours later. Autopsy revealed swelling of the brain... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Alcohol and marijuana use may increase risk of condomless sex in young adults
(Wiley) Young persons who use alcohol and/or marijuana experience heightened likelihood of condomless sex, according to a new study published in The American Journal on Addictions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Substance in hair may be a marker for alcohol consumption
(Wiley) A new Drug Testing& Analysis study reveals that measuring levels of ethyl sulfate (EtS), a metabolite of ethanol, in the hair can be used to assess alcohol consumption. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

MDEA Winner Shows the Value of Nonsurgical Robots in Healthcare
Equashield is proving that robots aren’t limited to just helping with surgeries in the healthcare industry. The Port Washington, N.Y.-based company and Gold winner for MDEA under the Non-Surgical and Hospital Supplies category has developed the Equashield Pro technology. The device is designed to help transport and handle dangerous drugs. The system enables compounding large varieties of patient-specific chemotherapy doses quickly, using optimized process flow by performing multiple tasks simultaneously. The Pro’s highly reliable dose verification software reduces the occurrences of medication dosage and i...
Source: MDDI - June 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

Wales on brink of minimum unit pricing for alcohol
National Assembly approves new public health legislation Related items fromOnMedica Most Brits suffer harm from others ’ drinking We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ NHS bears brunt of cost of poverty Child mental health funding not reaching CCGs UK child health near bottom in Europe (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

WATCH: Can drinking too much alcohol raise the risk of cancer?
A new study published in "Plos Medicine" shows the risk of cancer is lowest in light drinkers, while heavy drinkers are at the greatest risk. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: WNT Source Type: news

Parents who binged on alcohol as teens may have antisocial kids
New research form Loyola University Chicago found that rats that drank 'binge' levels of alcohol while they were young were more likely to have babies with stunted growth and poor social skills. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists work out your risk of dying early because of alcohol
Current UK guidelines advise a maximum of 14 units of alcohol a week - six pints of average strength beer or seven medium sized glasses of wine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What drinking alcohol means for your cancer and death risk
The science is clear: Drinking too much alcohol is bad for your health, but exactly how low-risk is light drinking? (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

J-Shaped Association for Alcohol, Mortality in Older Adults
TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 -- In older adults there is a J-shaped association between alcohol and mortality, according to a study published online June 19 in PLOS Medicine. Andrew T. Kunzmann, Ph.D., from Queen's University Belfast in the United... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Liver disease symptoms: Seven signs your organ has been severely damaged by alcohol
LIVER disease symptoms, caused by excessive alcohol intake, usually only show when the organ has been severely damaged. It ’s important to recognise these signs as repeated damage can lead to alcoholic liver cirrhosis. There are seven symptoms to look out for. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Young people 'see cannabis as safer than alcohol'
As Lord Hague calls for a change in the law on cannabis, young people claim it is often seen as a "softer" stimulant. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How alcohol protects the heart: Scientists discover moderate drinking toughens up heart cells
Researchers at the University of S ão Paulo discovered the body's reaction to drinking alcohol is similar to its reaction during a heart attack, so alcohol could help the body learn to protect itself. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risks of cancer and mortality by average lifetime alcohol intake
(PLOS) The risk of mortality, and of developing a number of cancers, is lowest in light drinkers consuming an average of less than one drink per day across their lifetime, and the risk of some cancers increases with each additional drink per week, according to a new study, published this week in PLOS Medicine by Andrew Kunzmann of Queen's University Belfast, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 19, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

New study shows how a single binge drinking episode affects gene that regulates sleep
(University of Missouri-Columbia) New findings from the University of Missouri School of Medicine explain how a single episode of binge drinking can affect the gene that regulates sleep, leading to sleep disruption in mice. The finding may shed light on how sleep problems can contribute to alcoholism in humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Many Doctors Give Morphine to Babies Born With Opioid Addiction. A New Study Suggests There ’s a Better Way
As the opioid crisis continues, an estimated one baby is born every 20 minutes to a mother who is addicted to the painkilling drugs. But doctors have few proven ways to treat those infants who become dependent on opioids in utero and are born in withdrawal from the drugs. “Despite the fact that we have seen increases in NAS in recent years, there is still significant uncertainty about who to treat, when to treat and what agents to use,” says Dr. Jonathan Davis, vice chair of pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center. “And then there are questions about how fast to increase the dose, and how fast to take the babi...
Source: TIME: Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Alcohol's Influence on Alzheimer's Risk Explained? Alcohol's Influence on Alzheimer's Risk Explained?
As the debate over beneficial or detrimental effects of alcohol on Alzheimer's disease continues, researchers examine the cellular and genetic mechanisms that may explain its impact on amyloid plaque in the brain.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

It Was Supposed to Be an Unbiased Study of Drinking. They Wanted to Call It ‘ Cheers. ’
Buried in a new N.I.H. report are disturbing examples of coordination between scientists and the alcohol industry on a study that could have changed America ’ s drinking habits. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Alcoholic Beverages Clinical Trials Alcohol Abuse Breast Cancer Heart Liquor National Institutes of Health Collins, Francis S Source Type: news

Development of a Mobile App to Improve the Cognitive Health of Veterans with Alcohol Use Disorder and PTSD
July 10, 2018 1:00-2:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What If You Lose Your Child at an Amusement Park?
While most parents said they would report a ride operator who appeared impaired by alcohol or drugs, less than half said they would report a ride operator who used a cellphone while operating a ride. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Smoke and mirror' tactics of drink-drive defence teams criticised
Forensic science regulator launches investigation into a number of expert witnessesThe “smoke and mirror” tactics of defence lawyers in drink-driving cases have been criticised by the government’s forensic science regulator, who has launched an investigation into the work of a number of expert witnesses.The review was triggered by a recent high court judgment that raised concerns about defence teams requesting the disclosure of vast amounts of “irrelevant” technical information in order to challenge the reliability of breathalyser and blood alcohol test results.Continue reading... (Source: Gua...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Forensic science Alcohol Society Crown Prosecution Service UK news Source Type: news

Research shows how a moderate dose of alcohol protects the heart
For at least 20 years, research has shown that for many people, moderate consumption of alcohol can protect the heart, but the reason for this is poorly understood. A study conducted at the University of São Paulo's Biomedical Science Institute (ICB-USP) in Brazil suggests that this cardioprotective mechanism may be associated with activation of ALDH2 (aldehyde dehydrogenase-2), (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - June 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

The United States opioid epidemic: a review of the surgeon's contribution and health policy initiatives - Theisen K, Jacobs B, Macleod L, Davies B.
Opioid abuse, addiction, and death have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Communities wear the devastation of the crisis in there pockmarked geography where addiction has increased homelessness and abandoned homes. Rural communities have f... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The relationship between socioeconomic status and risky drinking in Denmark: a cross-sectional general population study - Seid AK, Bloomfield K, Hesse M.
BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic status (SES) is regarded as consisting of education, income and employment. However, the relationship of these three components to alcohol use behaviours, such as risky single occasion drinking (RSOD) is unclear. The aim of the pr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The association between cannabis use and suicidal behavior in patients with psychiatric disorders: an analysis of sex differences - Naji L, Rosic T, Dennis B, Bhatt M, Sanger N, Hudson J, Mouravska N, Thabane L, Samaan Z.
BACKGROUND: Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug. In the general population, its use has been linked to a heightened propensity for suicidal behavior (SB). We hypothesize that this association varies in patients with psychiatric disorders. SB is... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Synthetic cannabidiol poisoning - Kuehn B.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Suicidal ideation among adults with a recent sexual assault: prescription opioid use and prior sexual assault - Gilmore AK, Hahn CK, Jaffe AE, Walsh K, Moreland AD, Ward-Ciesielski EF.
INTRODUCTION: Sexual assault (SA) is common, and recent sexual assault is associated with suicidal ideation and prescription opioid (PO) use. PO use is also associated with increased risk of suicidal ideation. The current study examined suicidal ideation a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news