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More Booze Won't Beat Back That Hangover

Posted 2 days 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 – Contrary to what you might want to believe, a hair of the dog isn't the best remedy after a night of heavy drinking, a substance abuse expert warns. "There's no scientific evidence that having an alcoholic drink will cure a hangover," said Laura Veach. "It will, at best, postpone one." Veach is director of screening and counseling intervention services and training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. People develop hangovers because the concentration of alcohol in their blood falls dramatically once they stop drinking. This can lead to headache, thirst, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and irritability. "Taking a drink the morning after may temporarily make you feel better because you're putting alcohol back into the system," Veach said in a center news release. "But it doesn't cure the hangover; it just sort of tricks you by masking the ... Read more

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Smart Kids Prone to Dumb Choices on Pot, Booze

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Smart students usually know better than to light up a cigarette. But when it comes to drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana, these same whiz kids are likely to let knowledge take a backseat to "party" time. New research from the United Kingdom revealed that students who excel in English, math and science appear to be less likely to smoke cigarettes than those with poorer grades. But smart teens are more likely than their less-brainy peers to knock back some drinks or smoke pot. The study, led by James Williams of the University College London, UCL Medical School, included about 6,000 students, starting at the age of 11. The kids came from nearly 900 schools in England. Until they reached the age of 19 or 20, all of the study participants regularly completed behavioral questionnaires, which included questions regarding use of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana. ... Read more

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5 Ways Women Can Cut Their Heart Attack Risk

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Heart disease is the leading killer of American women, but lifestyle changes can reduce the risk, a heart expert says. An estimated 43 million women in the United States have heart disease, but many don't know it, according to Dr. Mary Ann McLaughlin. She's medical director of the Mount Sinai Health System's Cardiac Health Program in New York City. As part of American Heart Month in February, McLaughlin describes how women can protect themselves: Starting 10 years after menopause, women should ask about a stress test if they have a family history of heart disease or are obese. Doctors also recommend a stress test if you want to start a vigorous exercise program or if you have chest pressure or shortness of breath when walking uphill. Reduce emotional stress levels through exercise, mediation or yoga. Emotional stress is a bigger heart risk factor in women than ... Read more

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Tougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the Road

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – In U.S. states with the toughest laws to discourage drinking and driving, fewer children and teens were killed in car crashes, a new study shows. Half of motor vehicle accidents that claim the lives of children and teens in the United States are fueled by alcohol, the researchers noted. Of the nearly 85,000 kids and teens killed in car crashes in the United States between 2000 and 2013, 28 percent involved drivers who were legally drunk. About half the children died in crashes where the driver had any alcohol in his or her system, according to the study. But the states with the toughest policies saw a 9 percent decrease in child and teen crash deaths. "To reduce alcohol-related crash deaths among youth, it is important to strengthen policies that focus on adults, not just youth, and that focus on drinking, not just driving," said senior study author Dr. Tim ... Read more

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Opioids and Alcohol a Dangerous Cocktail

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – Drinking alcohol while taking powerful opioid painkillers can trigger a potentially deadly respiratory problem, particularly in seniors, a new study warns. "Unfortunately, we're seeing more fatalities and people in emergency rooms after having misused or abused legally prescribed opioids, like oxycodone, while having consumed alcohol," said study author Dr. Albert Dahan. "Respiratory depression [where breathing becomes very shallow or stops temporarily] is a potentially fatal complication of opioid use. We found alcohol exacerbated the already harmful respiratory effects of opioids," Dahan said. Dahan is head of the Anesthesia and Pain Research Unit at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. In the study, the researchers assessed how mixing the opioid painkiller oxycodone and alcohol affected 12 younger volunteers, aged 21 to 28, and 12 older ... Read more

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What You Don't Know About Cancer Can Kill You

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Cancer isn't inevitable, but many Americans don't know that several lifestyle factors affect their risk of developing the disease, a new survey finds. Only one in two Americans is aware that obesity can raise the risk of cancer. And fewer than half understand that alcohol, inactivity, processed meat, eating lots of red meat and low consumption of fruits and vegetables are linked to cancer risk, the researchers said. "There is a clear crisis in cancer prevention awareness," said Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at the American Institute for Cancer Research. A larger percentage of Americans mistakenly believe that stress, fatty diets and other unproven factors are linked with cancer, according to the institute's 2017 Cancer Risk Awareness Survey. "It's troubling that people don't recognize alcohol and processed meats increase cancer risk," Bender said in ... Read more

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Poverty Takes 2 Years Off Your Life: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Poverty significantly shortens life expectancy and should be regarded as a major health risk factor, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed 48 studies that included more than 1.7 million people in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland. They found that poor people were 46 percent more likely than wealthier people to die before age 85. Among poor people, about 15 percent of men and more than 9 percent of women died before age 85, compared with more than 11 percent of men and about 7 percent of women who were wealthier. The researchers concluded that being poor was associated with a 2.1-year reduction in life expectancy. This is similar to being inactive, which cuts life expectancy by 2.4 years – more than the reductions associated with high blood pressure, obesity and heavy drinking, the researchers added. ... Read more

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When Loved One Has Breast Cancer, Partner Suffers, Too

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Breast cancer can take a heavy toll on the partners of patients, too, a new study finds. The stress of managing breast cancer care provokes symptoms of anxiety in more than 42 percent of partners and caregivers. And this stress-induced anxiety can last years after their loved one's illness, researchers found. Those who coped poorly with the bad news fared even worse, according to the study. Partners were more than twice as likely to report anxiety if they became emotionally withdrawn, went into denial about the situation, turned to drink, started blaming others for their problems or grew agitated and aggressive, said lead researcher Nancy Borstelmann. "Caregivers' mental health and how they cope needs attention," Borstelmann said. "This not only has implications for their own well-being, but also survivors' health and quality of life." Borstelmann is director of ... Read more

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a Global Problem: Report

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – About 119,000 children worldwide are born each year with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a new report finds. The syndrome refers to a group of conditions that include poor growth for the baby both in the womb and after birth, and mental, physical and developmental problems for the child that can last through adulthood, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Globally, an average of nearly 10 percent of women drink alcohol during pregnancy. But, the rate is as high as 45 percent in some countries, said researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. The five countries with the highest alcohol use in pregnancy were Russia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Belarus and Ireland. As a region, Europe had a 2.6 higher prevalence of the syndrome than the global average. The lowest levels of drinking during pregnancy and fetal alcohol ... Read more

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Debunking Winter Weather Myths

Posted 16 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – A hot toddy may seem like a good way to stay toasty on a freezing day because it makes blood rush to your skin's surface. But drinking alcohol actually speeds heat loss, according to experts. That's just one common myth about winter and cold weather. Separating fact from fiction is key to avoiding cold-related complications like hypothermia and frostbite, researchers at the University of Rochester in New York said. Here's what they say you need to know: Warm clothes don't prevent viral illnesses. More than 200 germs cause the common cold. Bundling up may not help you avoid exposure to one of them. Wearing a hat is a good idea when temperatures tumble, but heat escapes from any part of your body that is exposed – not just your head. Heat loss from the head also depends on how thick your hair is and how much energy you burn in the cold. But kids lose much more ... Read more

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Breathalyzer Lock Laws Prevent Drunk-Driving Deaths: Study

Posted 5 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – Breathalyzer-type devices known as ignition interlocks that prevent drunks from driving do prevent deadly accidents, a new study indicates. States started passing mandatory interlock laws in 1993. This new study found they were associated with a 7 percent decrease in the rate of fatal crashes involving at least one drunk driver. "Our study demonstrates the value of mandatory ignition interlock laws across the United States," said study leader Emma McGinty. "We already know that alcohol plays a tragic role in the number of motor vehicle crash fatalities each year. Interlock laws which are mandatory for all DUI offenders save lives," said McGinty, deputy director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research in Baltimore. Cars equipped with an ignition interlock won't start if the driver's blood alcohol level exceeds a preset limit. ... Read more

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Study Ties Alcohol Abuse to Increased Heart Risks

Posted 2 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2017 – A new study suggests that people who abuse alcohol also boost their risk of three cardiac conditions: atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure. The possible added risk appears to be about the same as that linked to high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and diabetes, the researchers said. "We found that even if you have no underlying risk factors, abuse of alcohol still increases the risk of these heart conditions," lead researcher Dr. Gregory Marcus said in an American College of Cardiology news release. Marcus is director of clinical research at the University of California, San Francisco's division of cardiology. The study was based on a database of close to 15 million Californians aged 21 and older who had outpatient surgery, emergency room treatment or inpatient hospital care between 2005 and 2009. About 2 percent had been diagnosed with ... Read more

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Kids Landing in ERs After Drinking Parents' E-Cig Nicotine Liquid

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 – A case study highlights the danger liquid nicotine for electronic cigarettes poses to children. Doctors in Oregon described the case of a 6-year-old girl who accidentally swallowed liquid nicotine used in her parents' e-cigarettes. The girl's mother had filled an empty ibuprofen bottle with liquid nicotine that she had mixed herself using unflavored nicotine and vegetable glycerin. Believing the bottle still contained ibuprofen, the father gave his daughter a dose of the liquid to treat pain from a sprained ankle. The girl quickly lost consciousness. Her father immediately contacted poison control and called 911, according to the account published online recently in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine. "Liquid nicotine is highly concentrated, which makes it especially dangerous in households with children," study author Dr. Matthew Noble said in a journal ... Read more

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Head Off 'Holiday Heart Syndrome'

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – Overindulging over the holidays can take a toll on the heart, according to experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Heavy drinking and eating too much, especially salty foods, can trigger atrial fibrillation. A-fib is an irregular heartbeat that causes the upper chambers of the heart to contract rapidly, increasing the risk for stroke. People with the condition may feel short of breath, have heart palpitations and feel like their heart is beating much faster than usual. During December when holiday revelry peaks, emergency rooms see a surge of patients with what's unofficially dubbed "holiday heart syndrome" from too much food and drink, according to UT Southwestern cardiologist Dr. Sharon Reimold. "It's common for people to go to multiple parties during this time of year. You go to one party and have a drink or two, go to the next party and have a ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Atrial Fibrillation, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Prevention of Thromboembolism in Atrial Fibrillation, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Celebrate the Holidays, But Not While Drinking and Driving

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 – During the holidays, cocktails, eggnog and wine are always flowing, and the danger of serious or deadly car accidents soars. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers these safety tips to help prevent tragedies caused by drinking and driving: Choose a designated driver. Before a party, make sure at least one person will stay sober and make sure everyone gets home safely. Hand over your keys. Anyone who plans to drink but doesn't have a designated driver should give someone else their keys so they won't be tempted to drive. Take along an overnight bag. If the party will run late or there will be heavy drinking, be prepared to spend the night. Take public transportation. Many cities run extra buses and trains to accommodate holiday crowds. Party-goers can also share a taxi to cut down on costs. Don't walk home. More pedestrians are killed ... Read more

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