Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on additional steps by the agency to support the development of safe and effective novel nicotine replacement therapies to help smokers quit cigarettes
FDA releases the second of two draft guidances aimed at supporting the development of novel nicotine replacement therapies. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - February 21, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Helplessness and hopelessness in adolescents who commit sexual and nonsexual crimes - Brown A, Grady MD.
The authors' purpose was to test the relationship of helplessness and hopefulness to experienced trauma, as well to explore the role of these emotions to sexual and nonsexual criminal behaviors among 332 residential youths adjudicated for sexual crimes. Al... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Durham woman to serve 4 years in prison over Medicaid fraud
After operating two mental health businesses in North Carolina that were accused of fraud – and allegedly stealing over $900,000 from Medicaid – a Durham woman will serve nearly four years in prison.  Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tamara McCaffity, 57, of Durham will serve 46 months of jail time followed by three years of parole for conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  McCaffity operated two mental health businesses in the state: Dreamworks II and Prominence Consulting… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Seth Thomas Gulledge Source Type: news

MINORITY PRIVILEGE: If you're black and commit crimes in Los Angeles, all charges against you might be dropped for "social justice" reasons
(Natural News) Caving to the pressure of political correctness and identity politics, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has reportedly agreed to drop all criminal charges against a Black Lives Matter leader and social agitator by the name of Melina Abdullah, whose black privilege has afforded her a handy get-out-of-jail-free card. As explained by The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Randomized Trial of E-Cigarettes versus Nicotine-Replacement Therapy
E-cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine-replacement therapy, when both products were accompanied by behavioural support. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Soterix Medical launches tDCS trial for cocaine addiction
Soterix Medical said yesterday that it won a Phase I NIH-SBIR contract from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Drug Abuse to launch a trial of its remote transcranial direct current stimulation platform intended to treat cocaine addiction. The Phase I contract comes with a value of approximately $475,000 delivered over a period of eight months and supports the application to a Phase II award for a larger efficacy trial which will culminate in an FDA marketing trial, the New York-based company said. Soterix Medical said that it aims to develop and validate the first self-administered electro...
Source: Mass Device - February 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Neurological Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Soterix Medical Source Type: news

SDSU researchers find new way to measure nicotine exposure in children
(San Diego State University) A team of researchers from SDSU has found silicone wristbands to be an effective way to measure children's exposure to secondhand smoke. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: E-cigarettes Top Nicotine Replacement for Quitting
TheNew England Journal of Medicine recently published a study comparing e-cigarettes'effectiveness in helping smokers quit with that of nicotine-replacement therapy, finding marked differences between the two interventions. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 13, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Marketing e-Cigarettes: New Product, Same Tactics Marketing e-Cigarettes: New Product, Same Tactics
The cat-and-mouse game between the tobacco industry and medical and public health organizations has now moved to a new front: marketing of e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery systems.Georgetown University Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Cochrane ’s Governing Board is seeking to appoint a new member – February 2019
New member is sought from a low- or middle-income country, and/ or from a geographical region that is different from that of the current Trustees.Cochrane is looking for an experienced person with a strong interest in the work of Cochrane, a belief in its power to improve healthcare decision making worldwide, and the ability to provide strategic input into the work of the organization to serve as an Appointed Member of the Governing Board.  Cochrane is an international and diverse organization committed to informing healthcare decisions with synthesised evidence from research. Organisationally, we are a registered cha...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - February 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Vaping vexes regulators: Smoking cessation tool or gateway drug?
While some view e-cigarettes like Juul as a way to quit smoking, others see the product as a pathway for young people to be introduced to nicotine -- posing a problem for federal regulators. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tick tock: Commitment readiness predicts relationship success, say scientists
(Society for Personality and Social Psychology) New research shows how a person's readiness to commit predicts the success or failure of relationships. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Smoking Among Teens Has Stopped Declining. And Vaping Is to Blame, Officials Say
(NEW YORK) — Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has flattened, according to new numbers released Monday. There may be several reasons, but a recent boom in vaping is the most likely explanation, said Brian King of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We were making progress, and now you have the introduction of a product that is heavily popular among youth that ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKE STOBBE / AP Tags: Uncategorized onetime Smoking Source Type: news

E-cigs'twice as effective' than nicotine patches, gum or sprays for quitting
" E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers give up tobacco than other alternatives such as nicotine patches or gum, " Sky News reports. Researchers carried out a trial with 886 smokers who sought help through NHS stop smoking services. People were randomly assigned to either nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products (products such as patches or gums that can deliver a dose of nicotine) or e-cigarettes, plus one-to-one support for at least 4 weeks. After a year, 18% of e-cigarette users had stopped smoking tobacco, compared to 9.9% of NRT users. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Juul Success Spurs E-Cig'Nicotine Arms Race '
(MedPage Today) -- Many vape products deliver triple the nicotine found in earlier versions (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 8, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Nicotine levels in Juul, other e-cigarettes may spark addiction epidemic
The success of industry leader Juul has spurred a widespread e-cigarette culture that may fuel a nicotine addiction among youth, a new study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

School-aged children with cognitive dysfunction may have been exposed to air pollution while in the womb, according to new study
(Natural News) Air pollution is a modern-day scourge many city folks can’t ignore. It’s in the toxic smoke we inhale from vehicles. It’s in the cigarette smoke we unwittingly inhale from the guy standing next to us in the checkout counter. More sad news: Even unborn children suffer from the sins their elders commit against... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Juul ramped up nicotine levels, and competitors followed, study says
Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs spurred a "widespread rush" of companies seeking to boost their own nicotine concentrations in order to mirror Juul's success, according to a paper published Thursday in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Bill Gates to Speak at AU Summit 32 and First Annual Africa Leadership Meeting
[Gates Foundation] On February 9-10, Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation, will be delivering remarks at the African Union Summit 2019 and the first annual Africa Leadership Meeting: Investing in Health. Speaking to an audience of Heads of State and Government, representatives of the African Union and business leaders, he will highlight the remarkable progress made in the fight against poor health and the urgent need to further commit to and support investment in human capital to ensure this progre (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 7, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

This Is a Neuron on Nicotine
When a person takes a puff on a cigarette, nicotine floods into the brain, latching onto receptors on the surface of neurons and producing feelings of happiness. But nicotine does not simply stay on the surface of cells - the drug actually permeates into neural cells and alters them from the inside out. Now, a team of scientists has developed a protein sensor that glows in the presence of nicotine, allowing the researchers to (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - February 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

This is a neuron on nicotine
(California Institute of Technology) Newly developed sensors visually illustrate how nicotine affects cells from the inside out. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Thirdhand smoke residue exposes children to chemicals
(University of Cincinnati) In " Nicotine on Children's Hands: Limited Protection of Smoking Bans and Initial Clinical Findings, " published Jan. 16 in Tobacco Use Insights, Cincinnati Children's attending physician Melinda Mahabee-Gittens and UC assistant professor Ashley Merianos found that not smoking around children doesn't stop children of smokers from being exposed to nicotine. They also found that higher levels of exposure to tobacco smoke residue -- which likely includes carcinogenic tobacco-specific nitrosamines -- may be linked to respiratory problems. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 7, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Smoking increases the risk of SPINAL surgery by 50%: Nicotine damages spinal tissue, weakens bones, causes inflammation, back pain
(Natural News) A Swedish study concluded that cigarette smoking increases the risk of lower back pain that needs to be remedied by spinal surgery. The scientists studied a common cause of back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, which happens when the spinal canal diminishes in shape, putting pressure on the spinal column and nerves. The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental illness not to blame for gun violence study finds
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) Counter to a lot of public opinion, having a mental illness does not necessarily make a person more likely to commit gun violence. According to a new study, a better indicator of gun violence was access to firearms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What Everyone Needs to Know About Bipolar Disorder
Nine years ago, Julie Kraft’s doctor uttered the words, “you have bipolar II disorder.” Immediately, images of unhinged film characters, sensationalist tabloid headlines and shocking news stories flooded her mind. All these things are now associated with me, she thought. Kraft felt embarrassed, ashamed, sad—and afraid. “I was fearful of being judged, backed away from, viewed as unsafe, unpredictable, unstable, an unreliable friend, an irresponsible mom, a moody wife, a woman of weak character, and the list goes on and on.” It’s an understandable reaction because even though bipolar...
Source: Psych Central - February 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Bipolar Disorders Stigma Bipolar Disorder bipolar disorder myths bipolar disorder stereotypes bipolar I Bipolar Ii Cyclothymia Hypomania Mental Health Stigma Mood Disorders Source Type: news

The ALS Association and the Tow Foundation commit additional $6 million to New York Genome Center
(New York Genome Center) The ALS Association and the Tow Foundation are pleased to announce their continuing support of the New York Genome Center's (NYGC) Center for Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disease (CGND), in recognition of the substantial genomic research being carried out by NYGC scientists. The ALS Association has committed an additional $3.5 million to the NYGC's CGND, including a $1 million commitment from the Association's Greater New York Chapter. The Tow Foundation in New Canaan, Conn., has contributed an additional $2.5 million gift. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New data suggests nicotine while pregnant alters genes
(University of Houston) A University of Houston biomedical research team is reporting that a possible cure for addiction may be found by following the pathways of significantly altered dopamine neurons in newborns who were chronically exposed to nicotine in utero. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

E-Cigs: Better Than NRT for Smoking Cessation? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- E-cigarette effective for smoking cessation versus nicotine replacement, but long-term health effects unclear (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - February 4, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Former SNC-Lavalin CEO pleads guilty in superhospital fraud case
Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime was arrested in November 2012 on charges including fraud, conspiracy and forgery related to a $1.3-billion contract to build a superhospital in Montreal. Today, he pleaded guilty to helping a public servant commit breach of trust, avoiding a trial that was to start Monday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

E - Cigarettes More Effective for Smoking Cessation
One - year abstinence higher with e - cigarettes than other nicotine replacement products (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - January 31, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

E-cigs most effective in helping smokers quit, study says
A British study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that e-cigarettes were almost twice as effective at helping people quit smoking as nicotine-replacement products like patches and gum.   The study, conducted by Queen Mary University in London and funded by Britain’s National Institute for Health Research and Cancer Research, found that when combined with one-on-one behavior therapy, using e-cigarettes was an effective path to smoking cessation. A total of 886 participants… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 31, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

E-cigs most effective in helping smokers quit, study says
A British study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that e-cigarettes were almost twice as effective at helping people quit smoking as nicotine-replacement products like patches and gum.   The study, conducted by Queen Mary University in London and funded by Britain’s National Institute for Health Research and Cancer Research, found that when combined with one-on-one behavior therapy, using e-cigarettes was an effective path to smoking cessation. A total of 886 participants… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 31, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

E-Cigarettes More Effective for Smoking Cessation
THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 -- Electronic cigarettes are more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine replacement therapy, according to a study published online Jan. 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Peter Hajek, Ph.D., from the Queen... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 31, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

As Millions of Teens Get Hooked on Vaping, What Works to Help Them Quit?
THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 -- E-cigarette use is surging among American teenagers, with millions of kids flirting with nicotine addiction by regularly vaping. Unfortunately, these kids are going to face a rocky road if they try to kick their nicotine... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 31, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Vaping Beats Nicotine Patch, Gum in Helping Smokers Quit
Title: Vaping Beats Nicotine Patch, Gum in Helping Smokers QuitCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/30/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/31/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - January 31, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

E-Cigs More Effective Than Nicotine Replacements in Helping Smokers Quit, Study Shows
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday put to the test a major claim made by e-cigarette makers when the devices first emerged: that electronic cigarettes, which don’t burn tobacco but do still provide a hit of nicotine, can help cigarette smokers to kick the habit. In a rigorous study pitting the battery-powered e-cigs against nicotine replacement therapies like nicotine gums, lozenges, sprays and patches, the researchers found that e-cigs helped smokers to remain abstinent for one year at nearly twice the rate as those using nicotine replacement options. Among 886 smokers who were random...
Source: TIME: Health - January 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized e-cigs health onetime Smoking Source Type: news

E-cigarettes beat traditional methods of helping smokers quit in new clinical trial
A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches.Theresearch, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, could influence what doctors say to their patients... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 30, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Source Type: news

E-cigarettes are nearly TWICE as effective as nicotine gum, patches or sprays
A study by Queen Mary University of London found that of 900 smokers, 18 per cent stopped smoking a year after taking up vaping compared to only 10 per cent who tried gum, patches or sprays. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-cigarettes 'much better for quitting smoking'
The devices are almost twice as effective as nicotine replacements for helping smokers quit, a study suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-cigs outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study
E-cigarettes beat nicotine gum and patches when it comes to quitting smoking (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Vaping Beats Patch, Gum in Helping Smokers Quit
Going “cold turkey” with no nicotine can make it difficult to deal with withdrawal symptoms. Having some kind of nicotine replacement improves your chances of quitting, a study author said. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-cigarettes help more smokers quit than patches and gum, study finds
E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit as nicotine replacement treatments like patches, lozenges and gum, according to the results of a major clinical trial. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

UK study shows e-cigarettes help adult smokers quit, but US experts warn caution
A new study out of the UK shows e-cigarettes worked twice as well as other nicotine replacements in helping adults kick their smoking habit, but experts are concerned the results don't apply to the United States. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-cigarettes twice as likely to help adult smokers quit over gum
A new study out of the UK shows e-cigarettes worked twice as well as other nicotine replacements in helping adults kick their smoking habit, but experts are concerned the results don't apply to the United States. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-Cigarettes Are Effective at Helping Smokers Quit, a Study Says
A yearlong, randomized trial in England showed that e-cigarettes were almost twice as successful as products like patches or gum for smoking cessation. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JAN HOFFMAN Tags: E-Cigarettes Smoking and Tobacco Nicotine Research Medicine and Health Clinical Trials New England Journal of Medicine Great Britain Source Type: news

e-Cigs Beat Nicotine Patch, Gum for Smoking Cessation in RCT e-Cigs Beat Nicotine Patch, Gum for Smoking Cessation in RCT
Smokers who used e-cigarettes were almost twice as likely to quit smoking traditional tobacco products at 1 year, but experts question the study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

E-cigarettes more effective than nicotine replacement to help smokers quit, study finds
E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as nicotine patches and gum in weaning smokers off conventional cigarettes, according to a clinical trial led by a British university. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

E-cigarettes beat nicotine gum and patches to quit smoking
E-cigarettes worked slightly better than other nicotine replacement treatments to help people quit smoking, but there are still many unknown health effects of e-cigarettes, a new study suggests. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Trial: Smoking Cessation Rate Double With E-Cigs vs Nicotine Replacement
(MedPage Today) -- But most e-cigarette users did not kick nicotine habit (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - January 30, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Pharma rep pleads guilty to health-care fraud
A pharmaceutical sales representative from Clarence faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for health-care fraud. Scott Trapp, a therapy specialist with Sunovion Pharma, pleaded guilty Jan. 28 before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo to conspiracy to commit health-care fraud for his role in the distribution of $5.8 million in prescriptions.  According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Trapp worked as a ph armaceutical sales rep for various companies since 1996. In 2014, he began marketing… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news