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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a Global Problem: Report

Posted 2 days 5 hours ago 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 3 days ago 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 14 days ago 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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Resolve to Reduce Your Cancer Risk This Year

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – More than half of cancer deaths could be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right, exercising and not smoking, according to the American Cancer Society. Doctors at Philadelphia's Fox Chase Cancer Center offer some advice to help you settle into the new year with a new attitude toward cancer prevention: Get screened. "Some risk factors cannot be controlled, such as family history or getting older," said Dr. Namrata Vijayvergia, assistant professor in the center's department of hematology/oncology. "That's why getting regular recommended cancer screenings may be just as important as living a healthy lifestyle." Screening tests are available for many forms of cancer. Ask your doctor when to begin and how often to be screened. Follow a healthy diet. Excess weight boosts the risk of cancer in the breast, colon and rectum, the lining of the uterus, as ... Read more

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Study Ties Alcohol Abuse to Increased Heart Risks

Posted 17 days ago 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, Atrial Fibrillation, Weight Loss, 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

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Polar Vortex Takes Aim at U.S.

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 – A polar vortex is expected to bring extreme cold and winds to the central and eastern United States this week, and millions of Americans are being warned to guard against frostbite and hypothermia. Wind chills could fall to 30 to 40 degrees below zero in some areas. In such temperature extremes, exposed skin can develop frostbite in as little as 10 minutes, according to AccuWeather. Hypothermia is another danger, especially for the homeless, the elderly and people who work outdoors. This occurs when your body temperature falls dangerously low, resulting in shivering, confusion and drowsiness. Each year, hypothermia kills more than 1,000 Americans, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "It is important to take measures to stay warm, paying special attention to the head and scalp [as well as the nose, neck, and ears], which are often exposed ... Read more

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Where You Live May Determine How You Die

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 – People along the southern stretch of the Mississippi River are more likely to die from heart problems than anywhere else in the United States. Suicide and homicide will claim the most lives in the southwestern part of the country. Deaths from chronic respiratory diseases are greatest in eastern Kentucky and western West Virginia. And mental and substance abuse disorders cause the most deaths in Alaska, eastern Arizona, New Mexico, eastern Kentucky and southwestern West Virginia. What causes a person's death depends in large part on where they spend their lives, concludes a new county-level analysis of U.S. mortality data. Armed with this sort of information, county and city health departments can focus their efforts on the specific problems affecting their communities, said lead researcher Ali Mokdad. He is a professor with the department of global health at ... Read more

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Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – Rural U.S. communities are seeing a surge in infants experiencing opioid withdrawal at birth because of widespread drug abuse by pregnant women, a new study finds. These tiny victims of the U.S. opioid epidemic are born addicted to heroin and powerful prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet. And this public health crisis is hitting rural residents harder than their urban cousins, researchers say. Investigators found that from 2004 to 2013, rural communities experienced a nearly 80 percent higher rise in infant opioid withdrawal rates, relative to cities. "The magnitude of the difference between rural and urban areas was not expected," said study lead author Dr. Nicole Villapiano of the University of Michigan. She is with its Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. This class of drugs, which also includes morphine and fentanyl, is ... Read more

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Most Teen Smokers Also Turn to Alcohol, Drugs, Study Finds

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – Many U.S. teen smokers – even those who only light up occasionally – also use other drugs, a new study suggests. Of the 176 teen smokers in San Francisco who took part in the study, 96 percent said they'd used at least two other substances besides cigarettes. In most cases, those other substances were alcohol, marijuana and other tobacco products. However, 16 percent reported the use of harder drugs, such as cocaine, hallucinogens and Ecstasy, or the misuse of prescription medications. "Most of these adolescents smoked five or fewer cigarettes a day," said study author Karma McKelvey. She's a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. "This tells us that multidrug use among adolescents may be more prevalent than we think, and that even kids who smoke only occasionally are likely ... Read more

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Alcohol Can Be a Risky Guest at Holiday Parties

Posted 11 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 11, 2016 – During the holiday season, gatherings and parties are a part of the festivities. Unfortunately, so are alcohol-related accidents and deaths. Many people who attend seasonal parties seldom drink alcohol, making them more vulnerable to its effects, according to experts at UC Davis Health System in California. Meanwhile, heavy drinkers may use holiday gatherings as an opportunity to let loose and drink too much, the experts cautioned. Drinking in moderation can help prevent alcohol-related injuries and health issues. It's also important to appoint a designated driver who will stay sober and ensure partygoers get home safely, the experts advised. Everyone metabolizes alcohol differently. U.S. health officials define moderate drinking as one drink per day for women and two drinks for men. The type of alcohol also matters. One drink is the equivalent of: 1.5 ounces ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Dysthymia, Hangover, Depressive Psychosis, Alcoholic Psychosis, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Regular Drinkers, Irregular Heartbeat?

Posted 5 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Regularly drinking even small amounts of alcohol may boost the risk of an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, a new research review finds. "The results are significant, since chances are, there are people who are consuming one to two glasses of alcohol per day that may not realize they are putting themselves at risk for irregular heartbeat," said study lead author Dr. Peter Kistler. He is head of clinical electrophysiology research at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Other research has linked light-to-moderate alcohol use (up to two standard drinks a day for men and one for women) to better heart health for some people. The new research suggests that this may not apply to atrial fibrillation, which boosts the risk of heart-related problems and stroke. The authors of the new study reviewed prior research that ... Read more

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

Could White Wine Boost Your Melanoma Risk?

Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – A new study raises the possibility that people who enjoy a glass of white wine every day may face a slightly elevated risk of melanoma. Total alcohol intake was associated with a 14 percent higher risk of melanoma per drink per day, researchers found. But, when they looked at the type of alcohol consumed, white wine emerged as the potential culprit. Each drink per day of white wine was associated with a 13 percent higher risk of melanoma, the researchers said. "Per drink" risk was based on 12.8 grams of alcohol – the median amount of alcohol in a beer, a glass of wine or a shot of spirits. Beer, red wine and liquor did not significantly affect melanoma risk, the study authors added. The study does not prove that white wine causes this deadly skin cancer. It merely shows an association, though one worth exploring, the researchers said. "We are just adding one ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Breast Cancer, Alcohol Dependence, Colorectal Cancer, Alcoholism, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Hangover, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prevention, History - Skin Cancer, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

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