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FDA Asks How Safe Is That Hand Sanitizer?

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 – Millions of Americans use hand sanitizers every day, believing they safely kill bacteria. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to find out if that's really true. The agency Wednesday requested makers of antibacterial hand sanitizers and related products to provide data showing the products' active ingredients actually reduce bacteria and are harmless over ...

Substance Abuse, Suicide Killing More White, Middle-Aged Americans: Report

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – A largely unnoticed "epidemic" is killing white, middle-aged Americans in growing numbers, a new analysis reveals. Princeton University researchers report that the overall death rate of white adults in midlife has risen sharply over the past 15 years, largely because of drug and alcohol overdoses, suicide, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver. The tally is on ...

Alcohol, Pot Combo Impairs Driving More Than Either Alone

Posted 10 Jul 2015 by

FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 – Drinking alcohol and smoking pot at the same time hampers driving skills more than consuming one alone does, a new study shows. However, while the combined impact leads to greater behind-the-wheel impairment, it didn't double the effect. The findings stem from a new investigation that looked at driver performance along a virtual roadway after drinking alcohol, smoking pot ...

Higher Alcohol Taxes May Lead to Fewer Drunk-Driving Deaths: Study

Posted 6 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 – Higher alcohol taxes in Illinois are associated with a decrease in alcohol-related car crash deaths, a new study finds. "Similar alcohol tax increases implemented across the country could prevent thousands of deaths from car crashes each year," Alexander Wagenaar, a professor in the department of health outcomes and policy at the University of Florida in Gainesville, said ...

Too Much Alcohol at Midlife Raises Stroke Risk, Study Finds

Posted 29 Jan 2015 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 – Too much alcohol in middle age can increase your stroke risk as much as high blood pressure or diabetes, a new study suggests. People who average more than two drinks a day have a 34 percent higher risk of stroke compared to those whose daily average amounts to less than half a drink, according to findings published Jan. 29 in the journal Stroke. Researchers also found ...

Could a Drink a Day Lower Your Risk for Heart Failure?

Posted 19 Jan 2015 by

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 – Having a drink each day might help lower a middle-aged person's odds for heart failure, a new study reveals. The investigation suggests that men in their 40s, 50s and 60s who drink as much as seven comparably sized glasses of wine, beer and/or spirits per week will see their risk for heart failure drop by 20 percent. For women the associated drop in risk amounted to ...

TV Alcohol Ads Tied to Problem Drinking for Teens, Study Finds

Posted 19 Jan 2015 by

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 – A new study finds a link between the number of TV ads for alcohol a teen views, and their odds for problem drinking. Higher "familiarity" with booze ads "was associated with the subsequent onset of drinking across a range of outcomes of varying severity among adolescents and young adults," wrote a team led by Dr. Susanne Tanski of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth ...

Poor Sleep Tied to More Drinking, Drug Use by Teens

Posted 16 Jan 2015 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 – Lack of sleep raises teens' risk of alcohol and drug problems, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 6,500 American teens that was collected in three separate waves: 1994-95, 1996 and 2001-02. The findings appear in the February online issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. "Sleep difficulties at the first wave ...

Many Americans Who Drink Also Take Prescription Medications: Study

Posted 16 Jan 2015 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 – A substantial number of Americans who drink also take medications that should not be mixed with alcohol, new government research suggests. The study, of nearly 27,000 U.S. adults, found that among current drinkers, about 43 percent were on prescription medications that interact with alcohol. Depending on the medication, that mix can cause side effects ranging from ...

Moderate Drinking May Increase Risk of Heart Rhythm Disorder: Study

Posted 1 Oct 2012 by

MONDAY, Oct. 1 – For older people with heart disease or advanced diabetes, moderate drinking may increase their risk of a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, according to a new study. Atrial fibrillation is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that affects about 2.7 million people in the United States, and is a risk factor for stroke. Researchers analyzed data from more than 30,000 ...

New Clues to How Alcohol May Boost Cancer Risk

Posted 23 Aug 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22 – A new study provides insight on how alcohol may increase cancer risk. When the body metabolizes – or breaks down – alcohol, a substance called acetaldehyde is formed, which can cause DNA damage, researchers say. Acetaldehyde's chemical makeup is similar to the known carcinogen formaldehyde, according to the researchers. "We now have the first evidence from living human ...

The Health Benefits, and Risks, of Alcohol

Posted 20 Jul 2012 by

FRIDAY, July 20 – Mirroring so much of life, alcohol consumption comes with plusses and minuses. A lot of recent research has highlighted the potentially beneficial effects on the heart and other parts of the body of drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages. But risks to health exist, too, as well as the more well-known and potentially life-threatening effects of alcohol, including drunken ...

For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age

Posted 8 Sep 2011 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 8 – Women who consume moderate amounts of alcohol in middle age are somewhat more likely than teetotalers to be in good physical and mental health in old age, new research finds. The study doesn't prove that moderate drinking will lead to better health compared to not drinking, since it's possible that other factors could account for the difference. Also, the research doesn't ...

More Evidence That Alcohol Hinders Good Sleep

Posted 15 Aug 2011 by

MONDAY, Aug. 15 – You might want to take a pass on that nightcap, a new study suggests. Japanese researchers report that alcohol hinders the restorative functions of sleep. The findings, from a study of 10 male university students, appear online and in the November print issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Booze's effect on sleep appears linked to a disruption in ...

Even One Glass of Beer, Wine Boosts Car Crash Risk: Study

Posted 25 Jun 2011 by

FRIDAY, June 24 – Drinking even a single glass of beer or wine can raise blood-alcohol concentrations enough to increase the chances of being seriously injured or dying in a crash for those who choose to get behind the wheel, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego found that having a blood-alcohol concentration of just 0.01 percent – much lower than the ...

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