WARNING: Drinking too much alcohol can lead to THREE different types of cancer 
DRINKING too much alcohol can have a devastating impact on the body. If you drink more than 14 units a week you are at increased risk of developing cancer. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stethoscopes Covered With Potentially Dangerous Bacteria, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – One of the most universal tools that a doctor carries around is a stethoscope, used to listen to a patient’s heart and lungs. Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered the nasty truth about these instruments – that they are covered with potentially dangerous bacteria. The researchers performed DNA testing on stethoscopes used by doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists in an intensive care unit and found, not only significant numbers of harmless bacteria, but also bacteria that could lead to bad infections like staph aureus. They also found that wiping down the st...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated Local Local TV Source Type: news

N.I.H. to Scrutinize Private Donations to Scientific Research Projects
After halting a controversial alcohol study, officials will enforce new policies to ensure that private support does not compromise scientific integrity. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Research Conflicts of Interest National Institutes of Health Collins, Francis S Alcoholic Beverages Alcohol Abuse Source Type: news

You can't do this job when you are sober: heroin use among female sex workers and the need for comprehensive drug treatment programming in Kenya - Syvertsen JL, Agot K, Ohaga S, Bazzi AR.
AIMS: Globally, women who use drugs often practice sex work and experience multiple health and social harms that complicate their drug treatment needs. In East Africa, understanding the emergence of heroin use among women is critical in efforts to build ef... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Concurrent treatment of substance use disorders and PTSD using prolonged exposure: a randomized clinical trial in military veterans - Back SE, Killeen T, Badour CL, Flanagan JC, Allan NP, Ana ES, Lozano B, Korte KJ, Foa EB, Brady KT.
OBJECTIVE: A substantial amount of individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) also meet criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Prolonged Exposure (PE) is an effective, evidence-based treatment for PTSD, but there is limited data on its use ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

#Drugsforsale: an exploration of the use of social media and encrypted messaging apps to supply and access drugs - Moyle L, Childs A, Coomber R, Barratt MJ.
BACKGROUND: The use of new technology is frequently harnessed by drug suppliers to both increase profits and reduce risk. While a growing body of research has investigated drug sales through online pharmacies and cryptomarkets, despite growing media intere... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Alcohol use in adolescents and its association with sensation seeking and impulsivity: a survey in the city of Sfax, Tunisia - Charfi N, Smaoui N, Turki M, Ma âlej Bouali M, Omri S, Ben Thabet J, Zouari N, Zouari L, Maalej M.
BACKGROUND: Although the increase of media interest for psychoactive substances use, especially alcohol, among young people, since the revolution, Tunisia has few epidemiological studies on this subject, which does not allow having a clear idea of the impo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

How Dirty Is That Stethoscope? There Is Bacteria That Can Cause Disease
This study also evaluated whether cleaning stethoscopes with hydrogen peroxide wipes, alcohol swabs, or bleach wipes was enough to get rid of unwanted bacterial groupies. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Sustained Weight Loss in Diabetes More Likely in Teetotalers Sustained Weight Loss in Diabetes More Likely in Teetotalers
Thus,'patients with type 2 diabetes who are trying to lose weight should be encouraged to limit alcohol consumption,'says the lead author of a new study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Vitamin D and Schizophrenia; 007 and Alcohol Abuse
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the psychiatry world (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - December 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Can One App Help Stem the Tide of Opioid Abuse?
Digital health solutions could be the most viable means of curbing the opioid abuse epidemic. FDA contributed to the support of this belief earlier this week, when it gave a nod to Pear Therapeutics’ mobile medical app. The solution, called reSET-O, is used to help those with opioid use disorder stay in recovery programs. The Boston, MA-based company said the reSET-O app is a prescription cognitive behavioral therapy intended to be used in addition to outpatient treatment under the care of a health care professional, in conjunction with treatment that includes buprenorphine and contingency management. &a...
Source: MDDI - December 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Digital Health Source Type: news

Substance-free dorms at University of Vermont encourage wellness
In our series What's Working, we look at innovations that are paying off in America, from education to infrastructure. About one-quarter of today's college students admit they suffer consequences from drinking too much. Nearly 700,000 people say they've been assaulted by another student who had too much alcohol. A major university is turning to neuroscience to encourage kids to tap into their books instead of kegs. Jim Axelrod reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Strategies to improve the implementation of workplacebased policies or practices targeting tobacco, alcohol, diet, physical activity and obesity
Data from 6 trials concludes available evidence regarding effectiveness of implementation strategies for improving health ‐promoting policies/practices in the workplace is sparse and inconsistent, and makes little or no difference on measures of employee health behaviour outcomes. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ultrasound options abound for diagnosing liver disease
When it comes to ultrasound, radiologists have a number of options for effectively...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Elastography helps diagnose pediatric liver fibrosis Ultrasound identifies alcohol-induced liver disease Shear-wave elastography works to evaluate liver disease Steatosis complicates MR elastography for liver fibrosis AIUM: Can deep learning classify liver fibrosis on US? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 12, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with fewer hospitalizations
(Istituto Neurologico Mediterraneo Neuromed I.R.C.C.S.) A study of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed (Pozzilli, Italy), in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston), highlights that people who consume alcohol moderately (one glass of wine a day), in the general framework of Mediterranean diet principles, have a lower risk of being hospitalized compared to heavier drinkers, but also to the teetotallers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A tax hike on alcohol is the obesity fix Australians need to swallow
The national health impact could be substantial, preventing more than 190,000 cases of diabetes and 16,000 cases of cancerWe don ’t often equate the kilojoules we drink in our glass of wine or pint of beer with the weight that accumulates around our middle. Butour new study shows increasing the price of alcohol is the foremost value-for-money policy option to prevent obesity in Australia.The study, released today, shows if we increase alcohol taxes by standardising them across different types of alcohol, overall alcohol consumption would go down. This would lead to substantial reductions in the kilojoules Australians...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 12, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jaithri Ananthapavan, Gary Sacks and Vicki Brown for the Conversation Tags: Health Alcohol Tax Obesity Australia news Business (Australia) Medical research Source Type: news

Here are 5 science-backed benefits to quitting drinking
(Natural News) Regardless if you’re only a lightweight drinker or if you can chug an alarming number of beers before you feel drunk, there are some crucial benefits to being sober. Even if you’re not addicted to alcohol, these five reasons should be enough to quit drinking until you black out at the next office party. You... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

James Bond is a 'severe' alcoholic: Academics declare 007 should have been provided with help
Bond drank an average of 4.5 times in each film, a analysis in New Zealand found. In one scene in Quantam of Solace, the character, played by Daniel Craig, consumes a dangerous 24 units. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What alcohol is really doing to your body
Dr. Pedram Kordrostami has revealed why you suffer symptoms such as muscle aches and anxiety the day after drinking and what steps you need to take to tackle each specific symptom. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pennsylvanians can Receive Naloxone for Free on Thursday
From the Pennsylvania Press Room: The Wolf Administration will provide naloxone for free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment. “The life-saving medication naloxone is essential for all of us to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We want to ensur...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - December 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Consumer Health Health Professionals In the Region K-12 Public Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Kitgum Locals Use Arvs to Brew Alcohol, 'Fatten' Pigs
[Monitor] Some residents of Kitgum District are said to be using Antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs in brewing alcohol and enhancing the weight of domestic animals. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CBF Morning Run: Office party etiquette, gassing up at the dentist and digging a Moeller Brew Barn toasted hazelnut porter
Happy Tuesday morning, Columbus. About a week ago, I got an email from an "etiquette expert" explaining the Dos and Don'ts of the Holiday Office Party. It contains such hits as: Do be sure to "greet, thank and shake hands with your hosts and the party planners." Do watch topics of conversation: "Remember to avoid politics, sex and religion." Don't "hide in the corner" or "head straight for the bar or buffet." Don't be the hit of the office gossip: "Alcohol and a loose tongue may add up to a regretful… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 11, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Mark Somerson Source Type: news

Doubt cast on ‘Use it or lose it’ claim for brain health
But sudoku, crosswords, and other problem-solving activities may boost brain power over a lifetime Related items fromOnMedica Foetal alcohol syndrome may be more common than previously thought Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women UK lagging behind peers on child health Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth Youngest and oldest mothers ’ babies have highest risk of problems (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The pharmacokinetics and the pharmacodynamics of cannabinoids - Lucas CJ, Galettis P, Schneider J.
There is increasing interest in the use of cannabinoids for disease and symptom management, but limited information available regarding their pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to guide prescribers. Cannabis medicines contain a wide variety of chemical ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Licence to swill: James Bond's drinking over six decades - Wilson N, Tucker A, Heath D, Scarborough P.
OBJECTIVES: To describe the patterns of alcohol use in James Bond movies over six decades. DESIGN: Film content analysis. SETTING: Wide range of international locations in 24 James Bond movies (Eon Productions series, 1962-2015). MAIN OUTCOME MEASU... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Heavy drinking and contextual risk factors among adults in South Africa: findings from the International Alcohol Control study - Trangenstein PJ, Morojele NK, Lombard C, Jernigan DH, Parry CDH.
This study aimed to identify risk factors for heavy drinking in Tshwane, South Africa. METHODS: A household surv... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Gaps in predicting clinical doses for cannabinoids therapy: overview of issues for pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics modelling - Liu Z, Martin JH.
The objective of this article is to review the ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Current defence strategies in some contested drink-drive prosecutions: is it now time for some additional statutory assumptions? - Williams PM.
The prosecution of those socially irresponsible individuals who drive when they have had too much to drink - in that their breath, blood or urine alcohol level exceeds the prescribed legal limit - has been standard practice since October 1967. The forensic... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Cannabis contaminants: sources, distribution, human toxicity and pharmacologic effects - Dryburgh LM, Bolan NS, Grof CPL, Galettis P, Schneider J, Lucas CJ, Martin JH.
There has been a resurgence in interest and use of the cannabis plant for medical purposes. However, an in-depth understanding of plant contaminants and toxin effects on stability of plant compounds and human bioavailability is needed. This systematic revi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Acute effects of smoked and vaporized cannabis in healthy adults who infrequently use cannabis: a crossover trial - Spindle TR, Cone EJ, Schlienz NJ, Mitchell JM, Bigelow GE, Flegel R, Hayes E, Vandrey R.
ImportanceVaporization is an increasingly popular method for cannabis administration, and policy changes have increased adult access to cannabis drastically. Controlled examinations of cannabis vaporization among adults with infrequent current ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A review of risk factors for methamphetamine-related psychiatric symptoms - Chang X, Sun Y, Zhang Y, Muhai J, Lu L, Shi J.
The illegal use of methamphetamine (MA) is a growing public health concern globally and results in a series of negative effects. The prominent detrimental effect of MA use is MA-related psychiatric symptoms (MAP) and is observed at a much higher incidence ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Untangling the complexity of opioid receptor function - Valentino RJ, Volkow ND.
Mu opioid receptor agonists are among the most powerful analgesic medications but also among the most addictive. The current opioid crisis has energized a quest to develop opioid analgesics that are devoid of untoward effects. Since their discovery in the ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Serum Testosterone and NAFLD in Men and Women in the US Serum Testosterone and NAFLD in Men and Women in the US
This study examined the relationship between total serum testosterone levels and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Might low levels be a risk factor for NAFLD?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

The surprising upward link between college alcohol consumption and physical activity
(University of Houston) Upending conventional wisdom that physical activity can be a healthy deterrent to alcohol consumption, a University of Houston psychologist is examining why those who exercise more drink most. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What are Some of the Causes of SGA?
Discussion Intrauterine growth retardation or fetal growth retardation is due to a pathological process that causes decelerated fetal growth velocity. Small-for-gestational age (SGA) is an infant with growth parameters below the normal range for gestational age. More commonly, SGA is defined as a birth weight
Source: PediatricEducation.org - December 10, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Hidden health risks of trendy craft beer
Beer enthusiasts say Belgian beers, stouts and IPAs have interesting and complex flavours, but officials fear craft beers could be fuelling alcohol-related health problems. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Middle classes risk health for super-strength craft beers
WITH their alcohol content pushing 10 per cent, these beers have a potency once linked to street drinkers and thrill-seeking teenagers. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Who is most likely to experience 'hangxiety?'
New research finds that 'hangxiety,' the experience of anxiety during a hangover,  is higher among shy, introverted people than it is in extroverted people. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

'It never killed anybody': Is this drink really a new 'alcohol alternative'?
Pace is being sold to Canadians as having a buzz similar to alcohol, but without calories or a hangover. Health Canada says it's illegal. But the company disagrees. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Most Americans think marijuana is MUCH safer than alcohol
In a survey of over 1,000 people, 57 percent said that, if they could only legalize one, it would be cannabis, while the remaining 43 percent picked alcohol. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Onset, comorbidity, and predictors of nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana use disorders among North American Indigenous adolescents - Hautala D, Sittner K, Walls M.
North American Indigenous (i.e., American Indian and Canadian First Nations) youth experience inequities in rates of substance abuse and dependence. Despite this, few longitudinal studies examine the developmental course of substance use disorders (SUD) am... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Pilot study of a brief WeChat intervention in China to increase students' willingness to assist a flushing student to reduce alcohol use - Zhang F, Yuen LW, Ding L, Newman IM, Shell DF.
OBJECTIVES: This pilot study tested the effectiveness of a brief alcohol-related intervention delivered by the social media app WeChat to teach about ethanol-induced facial flushing and increase the willingness of students who see another student flushing ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Among substance-abusing traffic offenders, poor sleep and poor general health predict lower driving skills but not slower reaction times - Abdoli N, Bahmani DS, Farnia V, Alikhani M, Golshani S, Holsboer-Trachsler E, Brand S.
In this study, we examined whether and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Free Beer, Wine After Alcohol Warning at Cancer Meeting Free Beer, Wine After Alcohol Warning at Cancer Meeting
On opening night, an epidemiologist told meeting attendees that any alcohol intake was associated with an increased breast cancer risk. The next night, the organizers provided free beer and wine to attendees.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Depression in Men: It Looks Different Than You Might Think
There is a big emphasis in our society on men being strong and tough. They should be able to handle anything and shouldn’t struggle with emotions and feelings. They just tough it out and power through. The only problem with that is, it isn’t true. Men can’t just power through anything and the belief that you should be able to is putting you in a bad situation. When it comes to depression women are more likely to be diagnosed, but does that mean that men don’t struggle with it too?  It’s true that depression is more prevalent in women, however, that doesn’t mean t...
Source: Psych Central - December 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Julie K. Jones, Ph.D., LPC Tags: Bipolar Depression Men's Issues Stigma Stress Gender Differences Source Type: news

US life expectancy falls for third year in a row - Dyer O.
Life expectancy at birth in the United States fell again in 2017 for the third year running, the longest sustained decline since 1915-18, when the first world war and the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic were among the causes of death. A continued inc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Starting two antidepressants to prevent suicide: a potentially dangerous recommendation? - Hengartner MP, Ploderl M.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Could alcohol abuse drive intimate partner violence perpetrators' psychophysiological response to acute stress? - Vitoria-Estruch S, Romero-Mart ínez A, Lila M, Moya-Albiol L.
Proactively aggressive individuals have been shown to present a different pattern of autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysregulation from that of individuals characterized by reactive violence. Although attempts have been made to classify intimate partner vio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Correction to: Post-mortem distribution of the synthetic cannabinoid MDMB-CHMICA and its metabolites in a case of combined drug intoxication - Gaunitz F, Lehmann S, Thomas A, Thevis M, Rothschild MA, Mercer-Chalmers-Bender K.
The following clarification to the content of Table 3 (MDMB-CHMICA data from previously published cases of acute (non-fatal) and fatal drug intoxications) of the named manuscript needs to be brought to the readership's attention. Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Chemical composition and safety of unrecorded grain alcohol (bai jiu) samples from three provinces in China - Newman IM, Qian L, Tamrakar N, Zhang BB.
About 20% of spirits consumed in China are "unrecorded", where these spirits are produced in small-scale distilleries and sold outside the systems of taxation and quality control. Researchers visited small distilleries in rural Yunnan, Hubei and Anhui and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news