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Cost of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: $23,000 Annually Per Case

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – About 630,000 babies worldwide are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) each year. They'll need care averaging $23,000 annually, new research suggests. These children face a range of lifelong problems caused by alcohol exposure during pregnancy, according to the research review. "People with FASD often require lifelong and multidimensional services to address ...

Major Injuries Take a Toll on Mental Health

Posted 12 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – People who've suffered major traumatic injuries are at much greater risk for mental health problems and suicide, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 19,000 people in the Canadian province of Ontario who suffered serious injuries. Most of the injuries (89 percent) were accidental rather than intentional (for example, car crashes and falls). "Major ...

Study Casts Doubt on Light Drinking's Benefits

Posted 3 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 – If you think your nightly glass of vino is doing good things for your health, think again. A new study suggests that folks who like to tip back a drink or two every day are more likely to die prematurely. "At any given age, if you drink daily – even just one or two drinks – you have a 20 percent increased risk of death compared to someone who drinks the same amount ...

Genes May Control How Tough It Is to Stop Drinking

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 – When they give up booze, some alcoholics have more severe withdrawal symptoms than others. This discrepancy may come down to genetics, researchers say. The Yale University team hopes its findings ultimately lead to treatments that ease the discomfort of "detox." Heavy drinkers can develop shakes, nausea, headaches, anxiety and changes in blood pressure when going ...

Health Tip: Control Some Risk Factors for Diabetes

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Some risk factors for diabetes are under a person's control, such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet and getting enough exercise, the American Heart Association notes. The AHA says additional risk factors that are under a person's control include: Managing stress. Avoiding smoking. Limiting alcohol. Getting quality sleep every night.

'Deaths of Despair' May Have Helped Fuel Trump's Victory: Study

Posted 5 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 – U.S. voters' despair over poor health and premature deaths might have tipped the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump's favor, a new analysis argues. Counties that voted Republican more heavily had a 15 percent higher age-adjusted death rate than counties that voted heavily Democratic, researchers found. In particular, counties that shifted toward Trump had much ...

Is Teen Drinking Tied to Aggressive Prostate Cancer Later in Life?

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 – Teen boys who drink may raise their risk for aggressive prostate cancer decades later, a preliminary study suggests. Compared to non-drinkers, men who reported having at least one alcoholic drink a day between ages 15 and 19 had more than triple the odds of developing aggressive prostate cancer in adulthood, the researchers said. The study doesn't prove that alcohol ...

Alcohol Helps Kill 2.8 Million People Globally Each Year

Posted 24 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 – Alcohol contributes to 2.8 million deaths a year worldwide, and there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, researchers say. The new analysis of hundreds of studies conducted between 1990 and 2016 found that one in three people worldwide (2.4 billion people) drink alcohol, and that 6.8 percent of men and 2.2 percent of women die of alcohol-related health problems ...

'Moderate' Drinking May Help the Heart, But Only If You Stick With It: Study

Posted 22 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 – Could a habit of consistent "moderate" drinking – a little more than two drinks a day for men, and slightly less for women – actually help your heart? That's the suggestion from a new study of more than 35,000 British and French adults whose health and drinking habits were tracked for a decade. The investigators found that consistent, moderate tippling was tied to ...

For Pennies a Drink, Higher Taxes Would Help Counter Alcohol's Toll: Study

Posted 9 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – As a tool to reduce the public health toll of drinking, higher taxes on alcohol get the most bang for the buck, a new study finds. Worldwide, more than 4 percent of diseases and 5 percent of deaths are directly linked with alcohol, previous research suggests. In this study, researchers looked at data from 16 countries to find out which of five alcohol-control strategies ...

'Moderate' Drinking May Be a Brain Buffer

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 – Middle-aged people who drink moderately – no more than a glass of wine a day – may have a relatively lower risk of developing dementia later in life, researchers report. The study, which followed 9,000 British adults for over two decades, found that both heavier drinkers and abstainers had a higher dementia risk than moderate drinkers. Moderate drinking was defined ...

Drinking While Breast-Feeding May Dampen Child's Brain Development

Posted 30 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – Sorry, new moms, although you've already waited at least nine months, it's not time for a glass of wine just yet: New research suggests it might be best for baby's brain to wait until you've stopped breast-feeding. That's because exposure to alcohol in breast milk was linked to a reduction in thinking and reasoning skills when kids were tested at ages 6 and 7. The effect ...

3-Pronged Approach to Cancer Prevention

Posted 26 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 – Need another reason to improve your diet and start exercising? Doing so could help ward off cancer, a new study finds. "Keep in mind that every lifestyle factor counts and it is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle," said study co-author Bernard Srour, of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. Eating healthful foods, engaging in physical ...

More U.S. Teens Shunning Drugs, Alcohol

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 – Over the last four decades, more American teenagers have decided to say no to drugs and alcohol, a new report shows. "There has been a steady increase in the proportion of students graduating high school who report never having tried alcohol, marijuana, tobacco or any other drugs," said study author Dr. Sharon Levy. She directs the adolescent substance use and addiction ...

Drinking and Driving: A Deadly July 4 Cocktail

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 – The July Fourth holiday is one of the year's deadliest in the United States, and drunken driving is a major reason. Last year between the evening of July 1 and the morning of July 5, 188 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). That represented 41 percent of road deaths for the holiday period. "As ...

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