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Millions of Pregnant Women Put Their Babies at Risk With Alcohol: CDC

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TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 – Drinking before and during pregnancy can cause lifelong physical, behavioral and mental problems for a child. Yet more than 3 million U.S. women risk exposing their baby to alcohol, federal health officials reported Tuesday. An estimated 3.3 million women ages 15 to 44 who are sexually active are drinking and not using birth control. And, three in four women who want to get pregnant don't stop drinking when they stop using birth control, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. "Alcohol can permanently harm a developing baby before a woman knows she is pregnant," CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, said during a media briefing. "We think 2 to 5 percent of children may have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder," she said. "We believe that up to 5 percent of American schoolchildren may have a fetal alcohol spectrum ... Read more

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People Gamble More When They Think Things Are 'Going Their Way'

Posted 12 days ago by

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – If you're feeling like things have been going your way lately, you may want to keep a tighter grip on your wallet, researchers say. A new study suggests that people are more likely to gamble when things suddenly go their way – such as an unexpectedly sunny day, or when a local sports team scores a big upset. "Our study reveals how positive, but incidental unexpected outcomes, like sports and weather, can predict day-to-day lottery gambling in New York City's 8 million residents," lead researcher Ross Otto, of New York University, said in a news release from the Association for Psychological Science. However, the study could only show a link between unexpected outcomes and people's willingness to gamble, it couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. For the study, published online recently in Psychological Science, the researchers looked at daily lottery ... Read more

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Alcohol Ads Should Be a No-See on TV for Kids

Posted 13 Jan 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 – Children and teens would see far fewer alcohol ads on TV if the alcohol industry tightened – and followed – its own advertising guidelines, a new study suggests. The industry is self-regulated in terms of advertising, and in 2003 introduced guidelines that limit ads to media whose audience is almost three-quarters adult, age 21 and older. But the new study found, between 2005 and 2012, about one in eight alcohol ads on TV shows seen by children and teens did not comply with those industry guidelines. While some alcohol companies have been using the guidelines – known as no-buy lists – to guide their advertising, others have not, according to the study, published in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. These lists put certain TV shows off-limits due to their mostly underage audiences. "Since 2005, kids have been exposed more ... Read more

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Chronic Drinking Plus Binge Drinking Spurs Rapid Liver Damage in Mouse Study

Posted 30 Dec 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 – Chronic drinking combined with binge drinking quickly damages the liver, and is more destructive than previously thought, a new study with mice suggests. "Heavy binge drinking by those who habitually consume alcohol is the most common cause of liver damage in chronic alcoholic liver disease," lead author Shivendra Shukla, a professor of medical pharmacology and physiology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "We know that this behavior causes large fatty deposits in the liver that ultimately impair the organ's ability to function properly. However, we wanted to understand the mechanism that causes this damage and the extent of the harm," Shukla said. "Our research focused on different forms of alcohol abuse and the results of those behaviors," he explained. Shukla and his colleagues looked at how chronic alcohol ... Read more

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Abuse of Prescription Painkillers, Stimulants Ups Sexual Risks for Teens

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 – Teens who use abuse prescription drugs such as narcotic painkillers are more likely to have sex or to participate in risky sexual behaviors, a new study suggests. These risky behaviors included having sex with multiple partners, using drugs or alcohol before having sex or having sex without the use of a condom, the research revealed. The study looked at a variety of prescription drugs that might be used recreationally by teens. These included the prescription painkillers Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet or codeine; sedatives such as Xanax or Ativan; or stimulant drugs used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall or Ritalin. "About 1 out of every 5 high school students reported non-medical use of prescription drugs," said study author Heather Clayton, a health scientist in the division of adolescent and school health at the U.S. ... Read more

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Others' Drug, Alcohol Use May Trigger Bad Behavior in Teens

Posted 11 Dec 2015 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 – Seeing other people drink or use drugs can trigger antisocial behavior in kids, a new study suggests. Duke University researchers used cellphones to survey about 150 children between the ages of 11 and 15 three times a day for 30 days. The study participants completed more than 90 percent of the surveys. On days when they saw others drink alcohol or use drugs, participants were two times more likely to engage in behaviors such as stealing, damaging property, or hitting or hurting someone. But those with a "risk-taking" gene associated with sensitivity to substance-use exposure were six times more likely to commit such acts, according to the study published online Dec. 9 in the journal Development and Psychopathology. "Past research has shown that children who grow up in families, schools and neighborhoods where alcohol and drugs are frequently used are at risk ... Read more

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Moderate Drinking May Benefit Early Stage Alzheimer's Patients

Posted 11 Dec 2015 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 – A couple of drinks a day may lower the risk of premature death in people with early stage Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The study included just over 320 people in Denmark with early stage Alzheimer's disease. Those who had two to three alcoholic drinks a day had a 77 percent lower risk of dying during the study period than those who had one or fewer drinks a day, the investigators found. "The results of our study point towards a potential, positive association of moderate alcohol consumption on mortality in patients with Alzheimer's disease," Sine Berntsen, from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and colleagues wrote. "However, we cannot solely, on the basis of this study, either encourage or advise against moderate alcohol consumption in [these] patients," the study authors concluded. The study did not prove a cause-and-effect ... Read more

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Fewer Teens, Young Adults Driving After Drinking, Smoking Pot: Report

Posted 10 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 – Fewer teens and young adults are driving under the influence of alcohol or a combination of alcohol and marijuana, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. From 2002 to 2014, self-reported driving under the influence of alcohol alone dropped by 59 percent among those aged 16 to 20 and by 38 percent among those aged 21 to 25, the study found. "The decline in driving under the influence of alcohol is probably due to a combination of factors," said lead researcher Dr. Alejandro Azofeifa, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Among these factors are the decline in drinking overall and the decline in binge drinking among high school students, he said. In addition, underage drinking laws have been more strictly enforced, and graduated driving license laws have required that young drivers don't drink and drive, ... Read more

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Bullying Can Leave Lasting Mental Scars

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 – Bullying can lead to lasting psychological effects for both victims and tormentors, researchers report. More than 20 percent of children who have suffered bullying are prone to depression serious enough to require medical help by their late 20s, researchers from Finland said. "Frequent victimization at age 8 is associated with adult psychiatric disorders needing treatment," said lead researcher Dr. Andre Sourander, a professor in the department of child psychiatry at the University of Turku. Besides depression, researchers found that bullying or being bullied were associated with psychosis, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse. "We need to understand the importance of early peer and school experiences for children," Sourander said. "We should integrate a mental health perspective to anti-bullying campaigns, because early intervention can prevent long-term ... Read more

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Women Starting to Match Men's Drinking Habits, Study Finds

Posted 24 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – American women are catching up to men when it comes to using and abusing alcohol, a new government report shows. The researchers analyzed data from 2002 to 2012 and found that reported alcohol consumption in the previous 30 days rose among women, from almost 45 percent to more than 48 percent, while it fell among men, from slightly more than 57 percent to just over 56 percent. "We found that over that period of time, differences in measures such as current drinking, number of drinking days per month, reaching criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year, all narrowed for females and males," study leader Aaron White, senior scientific advisor to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), said in an institute news release. "Males still consume more alcohol, but the ... Read more

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Gene Mutation May Be Tied to Drunken Recklessness

Posted 17 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 – Scientists say that they have identified a gene mutation that is linked to an increased risk of impulsive and reckless behavior when drunk. The research also indicates that "persons with this mutation are more impulsive by nature even when sober, and they are more likely to struggle with self-control or mood disorders," study leader and psychiatrist Roope Tikkanen, of the University of Helsinki in Finland, said in a university news release. The mutation occurs in a gene of the serotonin 2B receptor, whose function is little-known but thought to connect with impulsivity, the study authors said. "The impact of one gene on complex phenomena is typically minor. But it is possible to identify the impact of such a genetic mutation in the Finnish population, as our historical isolation has led to a relatively homogenous gene pool," Tikkanen added. More than 2 percent ... Read more

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Heavy Drinking May Strain the Heart

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Heavy drinking may dramatically increase a person's risk of heart failure, even if they're young and healthy, a new study suggests. People who abuse alcohol are 70 percent more likely to develop heart failure, according to findings that were to be presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The detrimental effects of hard drinking were particularly pronounced in young and middle-aged adults, and people who were otherwise in good health, said lead researcher Dr. Isaac Whitman, an electrophysiologist at the University of California, San Francisco. However, the study did not prove that heavy drinking causes heart failure. These results suggest that younger adults need to take it easy on the booze, especially if they don't have any risk factors for heart disease, Whitman said. "In the case of alcohol, I don't think it's ... Read more

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Health Tip: Kick Bad Sleep Habits

Posted 4 Nov 2015 by

-- If you can't sleep, a few bad habits could be the issue. The National Sleep Foundation mentions these sleep-stealing practices: Having caffeine within six hours of bed. Drinking alcohol before bed, which makes your sleep lighter. Having a large meal or snack just before bed. Getting insufficient exercise. Keeping fit boosts energy and generally helps you fall asleep faster and more soundly. Having a TV, smartphone or computer in the bedroom. Sleeping in late during weekends. Read more

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More Evidence That Drinking May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – A new study out of Europe supports the notion that drinking raises women's risk of breast cancer. Researchers from five Spanish universities looked at data on more than 334,000 women aged 35 to 70, across 10 European countries. Nearly 12,000 of the women developed breast cancer over the study period. Reporting recently in the International Journal of Cancer, the investigators found that the risk of breast cancer quadrupled with each daily glass of wine or beer. The study wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect, however, only to show an association. In a new release from the journal, study co-author Maria Dolores Chirlaque said that "a daily intake of one glass of wine or beer – or less – would correspond to a risk value of 1. However, if we increase our intake to two daily glasses of wine or beer, our risk would rise by 4 percent." The risk continues to ... Read more

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Many Teens Knowingly Ride With Drunk Drivers, Survey Finds

Posted 22 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2015 – Many U.S. teenagers have willingly accepted a ride from a drunk driver within the past year, a new survey reveals. Nearly one in three teens surveyed – 30 percent – said during the previous 12 months they had accepted a ride from someone who'd been drinking alcohol. Further, one in four said they'd be willing to ride with a driver who has been drinking, according to results from a survey sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and State Farm Insurance. "Everyone would agree that riding with a drinking driver is not a good idea, but teens are making this choice to do so," said Dave Phillips, a State Farm spokesman. "This study shows that teens don't plan to ride with a drinking driver, but they are willing to do so if the situation comes up." But the online poll of 600 people ages 15 to 20 turned up some encouraging news, too. More than 90 percent of ... Read more

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