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Treating ADHD May Help Curb Later Drinking, Drug Problems

Posted 3 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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Health Tip: Talking in Your Sleep

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Talking in one's sleep is common. But the National Sleep Foundation says it may not be anything to worry about, except when it is attributed to or results in: Using alcohol or drugs. Feeling stressed, depressed or anxious. Getting insufficient sleep. Waking up feeling tired or overwhelmed. Talk with your doctor if you're concerned about talking in your sleep. Read more

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Can Fetal Alcohol Damage Be Undone?

Posted 8 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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Teens Keep Building Bone After They Stop Growing: Study

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – The late teens are a key time for bone growth, even after young people reach their full height. A new study included more than 2,000 youngsters who had annual bone and growth measurements for up to seven years as they moved into their late teens and early adulthood. The findings highlight the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity during the late teen years, according to authors of the study published recently in JAMA Pediatrics. ''We often think of a child's growth largely with respect to height, but overall bone development is also important,'' said lead author Dr. Shana McCormack, a pediatric researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. ''This study shows that roughly 10 percent of bone mass continues to accumulate after a teenager reaches his or her adult height,'' McCormack said in a hospital news release. The study also found that bone ... Read more

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4 Ways to Look Younger Longer

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – There's no escaping the fact that there'll be another birthday candle on your cake this year, but that doesn't mean your skin has to give away your age. These four steps can help stop the wrinkles – and you're never too young to start. The main culprit behind aging skin is the sun's ultraviolet rays, including UVAs that penetrate your skin and damage collagen fibers. That sets off a chain reaction that leads to wrinkles. The best way to prevent this damage, called photoaging, is by using at least SPF 15 sunscreen every day, even when you're just going to work or running errands. Many daywear cosmetics contain SPF, but if yours don't, apply sunscreen, wait 15 minutes, and then put on your makeup. But keep in mind that wearing sunscreen doesn't give you license to bake in the sun. The skin around your eyes is particularly fragile, so be sure to wear sunglasses, ... Read more

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Painkiller Prescriptions More Prone to Errors If Handwritten

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Mistakes are much more likely to occur with handwritten prescriptions for opioid painkillers than with electronic ones, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed 510 prescriptions for opioids – such as oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet) and hydrocodone (Vicoprofen) – filled at a Johns Hopkins Medicine outpatient pharmacy. The investigators found that 42 percent of the prescriptions contained an error. Rates of failure to comply with federal opioid prescription rules were similar for handwritten and electronic prescriptions, the findings showed. Nearly half of the prescriptions (47 percent) were handwritten, and 89 percent of these did not meet "best practice" guidelines or were missing at least two forms of patient identification information. None of the prescriptions produced by the hospital's electronic prescribing system had either of these errors. Overall, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Basic Beach Safety

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Make sure a day at the beach stays fun by taking precautions to keep the family safe. The American Red Cross advises: Only swim where there is a lifeguard. Never swim after drinking alcohol. Check local weather. Anyone who isn't a strong swimmer should wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. No other type of flotation device should be substituted. Never dive head first. Carefully supervise elderly people and young children, even in shallow water. Pay attention to any ocean animals and plants. 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

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Head Injury, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Prevention of Fractures

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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Excess Alcohol May Speed Muscle Loss in Older Women

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – Heavy drinking may hasten muscle loss in older women, a new study warns. Both aging and menopause can lead to loss of muscle mass and strength, a condition called sarcopenia. Muscle mass loss typically starts in midlife, and progresses at a rate of 6 percent per decade, the researchers said. Usually, only three-quarters of midlife muscle mass remains after the age of 80. This loss of muscle affects balance, gait and the ability to do daily tasks, the researchers said. By 2030, the number of people in the world 60 or older is estimated to grow by 56 percent, and older people will number one in six individuals globally, according to the South Korean researchers. Their study looked at nearly 2,400 postmenopausal women, average age 62. Of those, 8 percent had sarcopenia. Rates of sarcopenia were nearly four times higher among high-risk drinkers than among low-risk ... Read more

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