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Could a Little Alcohol Lower Your Diabetes Risk?

Posted 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – That glass of wine or pint of beer you enjoy with dinner every night might come with an added benefit – a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a new Danish study contends. The researchers found that men who had 14 drinks each week and women who had nine drinks a week appeared to have the lowest risk of type 2 diabetes, compared to nondrinkers or people who drank more heavily, said senior researcher Janne Tolstrup. People received the most benefit if they spread those drinks out during the week, rather than downing them all in one or two binges, Tolstrup added. "Drinking pattern seemed to play a role for the risk of diabetes," Tolstrup said. "Drinking frequency was important, as those who were drinking three to four times per week had lower risk as compared to those drinking only once per week – regardless of the total weekly amount." The potential protective ... Read more

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Binge Drinking Rates Dropping on College Campuses

Posted 15 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – After years of increases in binge drinking among the college crowd, new research shows those rates have now dropped. Unfortunately, the reverse held true for young adults who did not go to college. Between 1999 and 2005, binge drinking among college students jumped from 37 percent to 45 percent. But that trend reversed itself after 2005, landing back at 37 percent by 2014, according to the analysis from the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Meanwhile, binge drinking rates among those who were not enrolled in college increased from 36 percent to 40 percent between 1999 and 2014. "For many years, there was an increase in the percentage of college students in national surveys who binged," said study first author Ralph Hingson, director of the division of epidemiology and prevention research at NIAAA. "We saw that up until 2005. "But ... Read more

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Treating ADHD May Help Curb Later Drinking, Drug Problems

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Teens and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may have a lower risk of developing an alcohol or drug problem if they take medications to treat their ADHD, a new study suggests. "This study contributes to growing evidence that ADHD medication is linked to lower risk for many types of harmful behavior, including substance abuse," said study leader Patrick Quinn. "The results also highlight the importance of careful diagnosis and compliance with treatment," he added. Quinn is a postdoctoral researcher at Indiana University's department of psychological and brain sciences. For the study, the researchers looked at data from 3 million Americans with ADHD. The risk of alcohol or drug abuse was 35 percent lower among men and 31 percent lower among women who took ADHD medications, such as Adderall, Ritalin and Strattera, than among those who did not take ... Read more

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Can Fetal Alcohol Damage Be Undone?

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Animal research may have yielded a potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children. Two common medications reversed memory and learning problems in rats exposed to alcohol while in the womb, according to researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago. "We've shown you can interfere after the damage from alcohol is done. That's huge," study senior author Eva Redei said in a university news release. Currently, there is no treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, added Redei, a professor of psychiatric diseases affecting children and adolescents. In the United States, 1 percent to 5 percent of children are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. The condition is linked with low IQ; learning, memory and behavioral problems; high risk of depression; and heart and other health problems. For 10 days after birth, rat pups that were ... Read more

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Boozing Can Age You Right Down to Your Cells

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – The more you booze it up, the more your cells age, increasing your risk for age-related health problems like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers studied 134 alcoholics between the ages of 41 and 85 and a control group of people in the same age group who weren't alcoholics. DNA samples revealed that the alcoholics had shortened telomeres. "Telomeres, the protein caps on the ends of human chromosomes, are markers of aging and overall health," said study leader Dr. Naruhisa Yamaki, a clinical fellow at the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. Every time a cell replicates, a tiny bit of telomere is lost, so they get shorter with age. As time passes, that leaves chromosomes less protected so cells may be unable to function properly. But some people have shorter telomeres for reasons other than aging. "Our ... Read more

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Fewer U.S. Kids Binge Drinking

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – A new federal report finds that fewer U.S. teens and young adults are indulging in frat-party style drinking because their levels of binge drinking have gone down over the past six years. But not all teens and young adults are forgoing extra drinks. Fourteen percent of young people from 12 to 20 years old reported binge drinking at least once within the past four weeks. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks on one occasion within a few hours, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). "Alcohol use continues to be a serious public health issue for young people, their families, and communities," said Frances Harding, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at SAMHSA. "We've made plenty of progress through prevention efforts, yet the work still needs to continue." she said in an agency news ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get the Facts on Alcohol and Sleep

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A glass of wine may initially help you drift off to sleep, but it's hardly a prescription for a quality night of rest. Here's how alcohol can interfere with sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation: Alcohol's iniitial sedating effects wear off, which could make you more restless and likely to waken. Alcohol interferes with REM sleep, which could affect memory and concentration. Women are more likely than men to have poor sleep after drinking alcohol. Read more

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Pot Plus Booze: A Deadly Mix Behind the Wheel

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Marijuana and alcohol make a terrible mix on the road, significantly increasing a driver's chances of causing a deadly crash, a new study warns. The risk of being the person to start a crash if you've used both pot and alcohol "increases by more than fivefold when compared with drivers who used neither of the substances," study author Dr. Guohua Li, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, said in a school news release. Researchers looked at data from nearly 15,000 fatal two-vehicle crashes in the United States between 1993 and 2014. Drivers who caused the crashes were much more likely than blameless drivers to test positive for alcohol (28 percent vs. 10 percent), marijuana (10 percent vs. 6 percent), or both alcohol and marijuana (4 percent vs. 1 percent). Drivers who tested positive for alcohol, marijuana or both ... Read more

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Centenarians Often Healthier Than Younger Seniors: Study

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Americans who are 100 years or older have lower rates of chronic illness than younger seniors, a new study finds. George Washington University researchers used U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration data to compare centenarians with people in their 80s and 90s. Most were white men who had fought in World War II. "Additionally, this generation lived through the Great Depression," study author Dr. Raya Elfadel Kheirbek said in a university news release. "It is a wonder, considering the hardships they had faced, that they have achieved such longevity." She said this never-before-studied group of centenarians at the VA offers an important message of resilience to anyone who is struggling. Kheirbek, an associate professor of medicine at George Washington, is also a palliative care doctor at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Due to their military ... Read more

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Health Tip: Teach Teens About Dangerous Driving Habits

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Distractions abound for people behind the wheel, especially for teens who recently started driving. Safe Kids Worldwide says parents should encourage teens to avoid these dangerous habits: Not using a seat belt. Texting and driving. Having more than one friend in the car. Driving under the influence of alcohol. Driving at night. Driving too fast. Read more

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Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Suffer From Mental Illness

Posted 12 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 – Nearly 10 million American adults have a serious mental illness, and a similar number have considered suicide during the past year, according to a new government report on the nation's behavioral ills. The report also said that 15.7 million Americans abuse alcohol and 7.7 million abuse illicit drugs. The nation's growing opioid epidemic was also a focus in the report. The researchers found that 12.5 million people are estimated to have misused prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) or hydrocodone (Vicoprofen). Despite the growing number of Americans with mental health problems, about a third of those who need help aren't getting it, said researcher Dr. Beth Han. She's from the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). "These are real increases," ... Read more

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Even Moderate Drinking May Dull the Aging Brain

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – People who drink at even moderate levels may see some of their mental skills slip faster as they age, a new study suggests. The researchers found that those who regularly drank alcohol showed greater brain shrinkage than non-drinkers by old age. They also lost more of their language "fluency" – a measure of memory and thinking skills. And, the effects were seen even among people who drank "moderately" – roughly four to seven drinks a week, the researchers found. The findings do not prove that alcohol was to blame. But experts said they add to evidence that moderate drinking is not as healthful as many like to believe. "People should be skeptical of the idea that it's actually healthy, and treat alcohol with respect," said Tim Stockwell, director of the Center for Addictions Research at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. Stockwell, who was ... Read more

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Cirrhosis Could Raise Stroke Risk

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – Cirrhosis – a stiffening of liver tissue that's often tied to excessive drinking of alcohol – may also raise an older person's odds for a stroke, a new study suggests. "In a nationally representative sample of elderly patients with vascular risk factors, cirrhosis was associated with an increased risk of stroke, particularly hemorrhagic stroke," wrote a team led by Dr. Neal Parikh, of Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Hemorrhagic or "bleeding" stroke comprises about 13 percent of strokes and occurs when a blood vessel ruptures, according to the American Stroke Association. The majority of strokes (87 percent) are ischemic – meaning they are caused by clots. In the new study, Parikh's team tracked 2008-2014 data for more than 1.6 million Medicare patients older than 66. The research showed that while just over 1 percent ... Read more

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3 Key Lifestyle Factors Can Lower Breast Cancer Odds

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 – Things that keep you healthy overall, also appear to help lower a woman's risk of breast cancer, a new review says. The review found that exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol could all reduce breast cancer odds. The report, from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund, is based on a review of over 100 studies. On balance, researchers found, regular exercise was tied to small reductions in the risk of breast cancer. On the other hand, the risk was elevated among women who drank regularly – even at a "moderate" one-drink-a-day level. Meanwhile, women who were overweight throughout adulthood faced a heightened risk of breast cancer after menopause. The bottom line is that women can take steps to cut their odds of developing the disease, according to Dr. Anne McTiernan, one of the report ... Read more

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Fewer US Teens Are Boozing It Up

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – American teens are hitting the bottle less often than they did 25 years ago, new research reveals. The analysis found that while 5 percent of 13-year-olds frequently binge drank between 1991 and 1998, only 2.6 percent were doing so in 2015. Among 18-year-olds, that number fell from 20 percent to less than 15 percent in the same time frame. "Frequent binge drinking" was defined as knocking back five or more drinks in a row, on two or more separate occasions, over the span of two weeks. And while rates are down overall, study author Joy Bohyun Jang said the trend isn't benefiting all teens equally. "First," she said, "black youth have experienced slower declines since 1991. Second, the gender gap is narrowing recently due to female's slower decline in the frequent binge drinking rates. Third, the socioeconomic status gap is growing, due to slower decline among ... Read more

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