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Smoke Less, Drink Less?

Posted 3 days ago by

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – Smokers who try to give up tobacco drink less alcohol than other smokers, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed survey data from nearly 6,300 smokers in England, including 144 who said they had attempted to quit smoking the week before they were surveyed. Those who tried to quit cigarettes drank less alcohol and were less likely to binge drink than those who did not try to quit. "These results go against the commonly held view that people who stop smoking tend to drink more to compensate. It's possible that they are heeding advice to try to avoid alcohol because of its link to relapse," said study lead author Jamie Brown, from University College London. The reasons for the findings aren't clear. Smokers may reduce their alcohol consumption when trying to quit smoking to lower the risk of relapse, or people who drink less may be more likely to quit smoking, ... Read more

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9 Out of 10 Strokes Could Be Prevented, Study Finds

Posted 10 days ago by

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 – Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability but the vast majority of strokes are preventable, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that 10 controllable risk factors account for 90 percent of all strokes worldwide. Of these modifiable risk factors, high blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important. "The study confirms that hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor in all regions, and the key target in reducing the burden of stroke globally," said study co-leader Dr. Martin O'Donnell. He is an associate clinical professor in the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and the HRB-Clinical Research Facility in Galway, Ireland. Preventing strokes is a major public health priority and strategies for reducing people's risk should be based on key preventable causes of stroke, the ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Anxiety and Stress, Diabetes, Type 2, Obesity, Hypertension, Smoking, Ischemic Stroke, High Cholesterol, Smoking Cessation, Transient Ischemic Attack, Pre-Diabetes, Alcoholism, Diabetes Mellitus, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Intracranial Hemorrhage, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Hypertensive Heart Disease, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

The Older the Drinking Age, the Lower the Illness Rates?

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 – States typically raised the minimum drinking age to lower drunk driving rates, but a new study suggests the move could have other health benefits. Researchers say states that prevent people younger than 21 from buying alcohol may also curb deaths from chronic alcohol-related health issues, such as liver disease and certain cancers. The finding wasn't a surprise for one expert in substance abuse treatment. "We in the treatment field are acutely aware that those who have alcohol and substance abuse problems in adolescence and late adolescence remain at high risk of lifelong problems," said Bruce Goldman, who directs substance abuse services at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. The new study was led by Dr. Richard Grucza, an associate professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. His team noted that prior research has shown that boosting ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Health Risks Higher for LGBT Community

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – In yet another sign that lesbian, gay and bisexual people face additional health risks, a new study finds they're more likely to drink heavily and smoke. Gay men and bisexuals of both genders are also more likely to report moderate-to-severe "psychological distress," and lesbians have a higher risk of poor or fair health than other women, the researchers reported. The study, which mirrors the findings of earlier research, doesn't determine why gay, lesbian and bisexual people face these higher health risks. However, the study authors suggested that discrimination causes stress and could be a contributing factor. "Stigma and discrimination against the LGBT population can lead to lower levels of self-esteem and cause feelings of shame and rejection," explained study author Gilbert Gonzales. He is an assistant professor with Vanderbilt University School of ... Read more

Related support groups: Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Mixed News on Drinking and Heart Health

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Texans living in "dry" counties are more likely to suffer heart attacks and congestive heart failure than people living in nearby "wet" counties, where alcohol sales are legal, a new study reports. But they're also less likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation, a condition where irregular heart rhythms raise the risk of stroke. "It appears that alcohol is not necessarily all good or all bad for the heart – it's more complex than that," said senior author Dr. Gregory Marcus, director of clinical research for the University of California, San Francisco Division of Cardiology. "One size does not fit all," Marcus added. "These data suggests that there may be some in whom alcohol – presumably in moderation – would be of benefit, and others where it would do harm." Residents of wet Texas counties, for instance, have a 9 percent lower risk of heart attack and 13 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Take Steps to Stay Mentally Healthy

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by

-- Mental health is as important as physical health, so take steps to keep yourself well. The University of Michigan Health System advises: Regularly do things you enjoy. Create a support network of friends and family. When you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it. Volunteer in your community. Find healthy ways to deal with stress, and find ways to laugh more. Set realistic goals. Don't turn to drugs and alcohol. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Opiate Dependence, Social Anxiety Disorder, Drug Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Cutting Back on Wine? Try a Smaller Glass

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 – Like wine just a little too much sometimes? You may sip a little less over an evening if it's served in smaller goblets, a new British study finds. "It's not obvious why this should be the case, but one reason may be that larger glasses change our perceptions of the amount of wine, leading us to drink faster and order more," said lead researcher Rachel Pechey, of the University of Cambridge. In the study, Pechey's team tracked customers' purchases of wine in a restaurant/bar over 16 weeks. Every two weeks the restaurant changed the size of its wine glasses, alternating between the standard 10-ounce size and 12-ounce and 8-ounce sizes. The amount of wine served each day by the establishment was 9.4 percent higher when it was sold in larger (12 ounce) glasses compared to standard-sized glasses, even though the amount of wine served in the glasses each time ... Read more

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Beware of Bleeding Risks With Antacids Containing Aspirin

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – Antacids that contain aspirin may cause stomach or intestinal bleeding in rare cases, U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said Monday. Since it issued a warning about serious bleeding risk with aspirin in 2009, the FDA has recorded eight new cases of serious bleeding caused by aspirin-containing antacid products sold over-the-counter, which include Alka Seltzer and Bromo Seltzer. In some of those cases, patients required a blood transfusion, the agency said in a news release. "Take a close look at the Drug Facts label, and if the product has aspirin, consider choosing something else for your stomach symptoms," Dr. Karen Murry Mahoney, deputy director of the division of nonprescription drug products, said in the release. "Unless people read the Drug Facts label when they're looking for stomach symptom relief, they might not even think about the possibility ... Read more

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Health Tip: Women, Don't Neglect Your Health

Posted 30 May 2016 by

-- Being a wife and mother are important, but women need to take care of themselves, too. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: See your doctor for regular screenings and checkups. Get plenty of exercise, including aerobic and strengthening exercises. Eat a nutritious, balanced diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Get enough folic acid, and limit alcohol use. Stay mentally healthy by finding ways to cope with stress, and getting plenty of sleep each night. Don't smoke, use caution with prescription drugs, and protect your skin daily with sunscreen. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Folic Acid, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Sunscreen, Folic Acid Deficiency, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Folacin-800, Ethinyl Estradiol/folic Acid/levonorgestrel, Ferrous Fumarate/folic Acid/docusate, B-Nexa, Cholecalciferol/folic Acid, Hemocyte-F, Zingiber, Restora Rx, Nephro-Fer RX, Ferrous Fumarate/Folic Acid/Iron Polysaccharide

Health Tip: Using Aspirin Therapy

Posted 27 May 2016 by

-- Aspirin therapy may help reduce the risk of heart attack by thinning the blood and preventing clots. But it's not safe for everyone. The University of California - Davis Health System says you should be wary of aspirin therapy if you: Have kidney or liver disease. Drink three or more alcoholic beverages daily. Have uncontrolled high blood pressure. Take a blood-thinning medication. Have any possible symptoms of stroke. Read more

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Tough Economy, Alcohol Fuels Suicide Risk in Men: Study

Posted 26 May 2016 by

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 – Heavy drinking may fuel the risk of suicide among men when the economy is sinking, new research suggests. Previous studies found a link between increased suicide risk among Americans and economic downturns. So, investigators from the University of California, Los Angeles decided to examine the role alcohol plays in that association. In general, recessions are linked with an overall decline in drinking, but heavy drinking increases, particularly among people affected by the economic downturn, said study author Mark Kaplan, a professor of social welfare at UCLA. "Surprisingly, there is evidence that individuals intoxicated at the time of death did not necessarily have a history of alcohol abuse prior to suicide," Kaplan said. The researchers analyzed data from 16 states to compare alcohol use between suicide victims and the general population in 2005-2007, during ... Read more

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

Lifestyle Change May Cut Risk for Women With Breast Cancer Genes

Posted 26 May 2016 by

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 – Women who carry common gene variants linked to breast cancer can still cut their risk of the disease by following a healthy lifestyle, a large new study suggests. In fact, lifestyle might be especially powerful for women at relatively high genetic risk of breast cancer, researchers found. "Those genetic risks are not set in stone," said senior researcher Nilanjan Chatterjee, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The study found that four lifestyle factors were key: Maintaining a healthy weight; not smoking; limiting alcohol; and not using hormone therapy after menopause. The researchers estimated that if all white U.S. women did those things, almost 30 percent of breast cancer cases could be avoided. And a majority of those averted cancers would be among women at increased risk because of family history and the gene ... Read more

Related support groups: Hot Flashes, Smoking, Breast Cancer, Menopausal Disorders, Smoking Cessation, Alcoholism, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

1.2 Million U.S. College Students Boozing on Average Day

Posted 26 May 2016 by

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 – When they're not hitting the books, many U.S. college students are hitting the bars or getting high, a new government report shows. About 1.2 million full-time college students, aged 18 to 22, drink alcohol, and nearly 704,000 use marijuana on an average day, researchers from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found. "Substance misuse at any age can jeopardize one's health and long-term well-being, but college students may be particularly at risk because of the pressures they face at this critical juncture of their lives," said Frances Harding, director of SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. "College administration, faculty and staff; students; parents; and the surrounding community must work to ensure that college students get the effective prevention programming and treatment services they need," Harding ... Read more

Related support groups: Smoking, Drug Dependence, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Dependence, Substance Abuse, Alcoholism, Hangover, Cannabis, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Hepatitis C Patients More Likely to Drink, Study Finds

Posted 25 May 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – People infected with hepatitis C are more likely to be current or former heavy drinkers, a new study suggests. Unfortunately, alcohol may accelerate the liver damage associated with the virus, the researchers added. Adults with hepatitis C were three times more likely to have five or more drinks daily – currently or in the past – than people who didn't have the virus, according to the study published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Alcohol promotes faster development of fibrosis and progression to cirrhosis [scarring of the liver] in people living with hepatitis C, making drinking a dangerous and often deadly activity," said lead investigator Amber Taylor, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Viral Hepatitis. "In 2010, alcohol-related liver disease ranked third as a cause of death among people with ... Read more

Related support groups: Hepatitis C, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Alcoholic Liver Damage, Alcohol Hepatitis, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Drink Spiking a Problem on U.S. Campuses

Posted 25 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Drink spiking may be prevalent on U.S. college campuses, and women are at much greater risk than men, new research finds. Women were also more likely than men to cite sexual assault as a motive for drink spiking – where someone secretly adds alcohol or drugs to another person's drink. Men were more likely to say the motive was "to have fun," according to the study of more than 6,000 students at three U.S. universities. These findings show it "is more than simply an urban legend," said study leader Suzanne Swan, an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of South Carolina. The researchers found that almost 8 percent of the students said they'd had drugs put into their drinks. Also, 1.4 percent said they had either spiked another person's drink or knew someone who had. While spiking drinks is often linked to "date rape," some ... Read more

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