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Men More Likely to Use Marijuana Than Women, Study Finds

Posted 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – As more American adults choose to puff at the marijuana pipe, a gender difference is becoming clear – men are significantly more likely to smoke pot than women, a new study finds. Compared with 2002, an additional 6 million men reported past-year pot smoking in 2014. For women, that number was 4 million, the researchers said. Use remained at about 13 percent for men and 7 percent for women for a number of years. But after 2007, use rose about 4 percent among men and 3 percent among women, according to study authors Hannah Carliner and Deborah Hasin. They are epidemiologists at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. "These changes parallel national trends in decreased perceived harmfulness of marijuana use, and legalization of both recreational and medical use in over half of U.S. states," Carliner said in a university news ... Read more

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Just 1 Cigarette a Day Can Be Deadly: Study

Posted 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Think smoking just one cigarette a day is harmless? Think again, a new study says. Even a single daily cigarette can raise your odds for an early death, the research showed. "There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke," said study author Maki Inoue-Choi, who's with the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). "Smoking cessation benefits all smokers, regardless of how few cigarettes they smoke," she added in an institute news release. In the study, Inoue-Choi's team tracked data on more than 290,000 older Americans, aged 59 to 82. The investigators wanted to assess the risks of "light" smoking – defined as 10 or fewer cigarettes a day. All of the smokers were asked about their smoking habits at nine different points in their lives, beginning with before they turned 15 until after they reached the age of ... Read more

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Plastic Surgeons Urge Giving Up E-Cigs Before Procedure

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Plastic surgery patients should avoid smoking e-cigarettes for at least four weeks before their procedures, two plastic surgeons advise. Patients who smoke are believed to face a higher risk of skin flap failure, apparently because nicotine reduces blood flow, the surgeons said. "Based on our current best knowledge, it seems reasonable to advise plastic surgery candidates to cease e-cigarette use," said Dr. Peter Taub,, of Mount Sinai Medical Center and Dr. Alan Matarasso of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Both are in New York City. "Refraining from [e-cigarette] use four weeks before surgery is a prudent course of action, despite the fact that it has yet to be determined if the effects are similar to traditional cigarettes," they added. The doctors noted that there are still plenty of unanswered questions about the safety of e-cigarettes, which produce ... Read more

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Flavored E-Cig Liquids May Contain Toxic Substances

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Some of the liquid flavorings heated in e-cigarettes appear to break down into potentially dangerous compounds, researchers say. It's not yet clear what this might mean for the health of electronic cigarette users. Whatever the case, e-cigarettes are popular. A 2015 federal survey suggested that 4 percent of U.S. adults use the devices on a regular basis. Nearly 13 percent say they've tried them. But what exactly is in the vapor from e-cigarettes? According to a statement provided by the American Chemical Society, research suggests that the heat converts the "e-liquids" into toxic compounds. For the new study, Andrey Khlystov, from the department of atmospheric sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., and colleagues analyzed vapor from three types of e-cigarettes loaded with flavored and unflavored e-liquids. The researchers reported that just one ... Read more

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US to Ban Smoking in Public Housing

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Smoking will be banned in public housing residences starting next year, U.S. officials announced Wednesday. The federal government's "historic" decision to make all public housing properties smoke-free will protect millions of children and adults from dangerous secondhand smoke, said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Myers praised the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) "for taking action to protect the health of public housing residents, including many children, elderly and people with health conditions who are particularly susceptible to the health effects of secondhand smoke." He said secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and at least 69 that cause cancer. HUD said the new rule will protect more than 2 million public housing residents, including 760,000 ... Read more

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It's Never Too Late to Stop Smoking

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – You're never too old to reap the health benefits of quitting smoking, a new study finds. "Even participants who quit smoking as recently as in their 60s were 23 percent less likely to die during follow-up than those who continued to smoke into their 70s," said lead researcher Sarah Nash, who conducted the study while at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. In addition, the age at which you start smoking can have an impact on longevity, the researchers found. "This study confirms that age at smoking initiation and cessation, both key components of smoking duration, continue to be important predictors of mortality in U.S. adults over age 70," Nash said. "It also underscores the importance of measures to prevent initiation, as well as encourage cessation, for all smokers," she added. Nash is currently with the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center at the Alaska ... Read more

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Smoking Raises Heart Attack Risk 8-Fold in People Under 50

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – All smokers face a higher risk of heart attack, but the threat is particularly high among those under 50, a new study finds. Compared to former smokers and nonsmokers in their age group, heart attack risk was nearly 8.5 times higher for smokers younger than 50, British researchers found. One expert in smoking and health who reviewed the report said the findings underline the importance of keeping youth and cigarettes apart. "Through comprehensive tobacco-control programs that include environmental smoking bans, high taxes on cigarettes, and anti-tobacco media campaigns, we can decrease the rates of smoking/tobacco use, heart disease and many other health conditions," said Patricia Folan. She directs the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. The study found that smokers at older ages faced higher heart risks, as well. Compared to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Want Healthier Looking Skin?

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Your skin care routine may well impact how your skin ages. The American Academy of Dermatology offers this advice: Wear sunscreen before you head outside. Don't smoke. Inspect your skin regularly for signs of skin cancer. Determine your skin type, such as oily or dry, and use products formulated for that type. Wash your face before bed, when you wake and after each time you sweat. Use mild warm water and a gentle cleanser, and don't scrub. Find ways to manage stress. Read more

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Rural Appalachia Faces Growing Cancer Crisis, Research Shows

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2016 – While the rest of the United States makes major strides against cancer, a cancer crisis is taking hold in rural Appalachia. A University of Virginia (UVA) team analyzed federal government data and found that between 1969 and 2011, cancer rates fell in every U.S. region except rural Appalachia. Over the study period, rural Appalachia went from having the nation's lowest cancer death rate to the highest. Cancer death rates were nearly 15 percent higher in Virginia's rural Appalachian counties than in non-Appalachian urban areas nationwide. In rural Appalachian areas of Kentucky, cancer death rates rose 36 percent. Rural residents in every state in the Appalachian region, except Maryland, had higher cancer death rates than their urban counterparts, the study found. "Almost 40 percent more cancer mortalities [in rural Kentucky] than in the other United States. I ... Read more

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Tobacco Flavors Draw in Young Folks

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – Flavored tobacco products attract young people who also consider them less harmful, researchers say. The University of North Carolina team reviewed 40 studies conducted in the United States and other countries to assess people's attitudes about non-menthol tobacco flavors such as cherry, cotton candy and coffee. "We found that flavors for most tobacco products have a universal and rather strong appeal to youth and young adults, and that they were perceived as less harmful among younger people," said review first author Li-Ling Huang in a university news release. She is a research collaborator at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. For example, some of the studies found that cigarette packs without flavor descriptions were less appealing to girls and young women. And a study from the United Kingdom found that teens believed that e-cigarettes with cherry ... Read more

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Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – While smoking is tough enough on health, adding in diabetes boosts the risk of an early death even more, new research confirms. Heavy smokers who also have diabetes are at twice the risk of an early death compared to smokers without the blood sugar disease, the study found. "Smoking is bad for all, but even more in those with diabetes," said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He reviewed the new findings. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, and involved data on more than 53,000 Americans who were either current or former heavy smokers. The overall risk of an early death was roughly double if the smoker had diabetes, the researchers reported. Overall, almost 13 percent of smokers with diabetes died during the seven-year study period, compared with ... Read more

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Smoking May Hinder Kidney Disease Drugs

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Cigarette smoking may decrease the effectiveness of drugs taken during early stages of chronic kidney disease, a small study suggests. Blood pressure-lowering drugs known as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors slow kidney decline by relaxing blood vessels. "It has practically become dogma that if you have a patient with high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease that you start them on an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor," said study author Dr. Bethany Roehm, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston. "We are often comforted as clinicians that we are doing something to help slow progression of their kidney disease in doing this," Roehm added in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. "But our data suggest that this may not be the case for smokers, and our study underscores the importance of doing all we can as clinicians to encourage our ... Read more

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E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Electronic cigarettes could be as harmful to gums and teeth as regular cigarettes are, a new study suggests. In laboratory experiments, researchers at the University of Rochester in New York exposed nonsmokers' gum tissue to e-cigarette vapors. Their findings appear to counter arguments that the battery-operated devices are a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking. "We showed that when the vapors from an e-cigarette are burned, it causes cells to release inflammatory proteins," said study leader Irfan Rahman. These, in turn, "aggravate stress within cells, resulting in damage that could lead to various oral diseases," explained Rahman, a professor of environmental medicine in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. "How much and how often someone is smoking e-cigarettes will determine the extent of damage to the gums and oral cavity," Rahman added in a ... Read more

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U.S. Surgeon General Declares War on Addiction

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – America's response to alcohol and drug addiction demands a shift in thinking – away from moralizing and toward proven medical treatment instead, the U.S. Surgeon General said Thursday. For too long, addiction has been looked at as a character flaw or a moral failing, rather than as a chronic disease of the brain, Dr. Vivek Murthy said during a morning news conference. "We have 20.8 million people in America with substance abuse disorders," the Surgeon General noted. But only one in 10 is getting treatment, research shows. "That is unacceptable, we have to close that gap," Murthy said. Addiction to alcohol or drugs is not hopeless. "There's strong evidence that prevention and treatment work," Murthy said. Under this line of thinking, treatment of opioid disorders – a national crisis – is likely to include medications such as buprenorphine and methadone. ... Read more

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Migraine and Stroke Risk Linked Again

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – Women who experience migraines have more than double the risk of suffering a stroke, new research shows. The finding adds evidence to the suspected link between these two conditions. Although it's not yet clear why this connection may exist, study lead author Dr. Cecil Rambarat said it's important for health care providers to be aware of the link. "This is important since migraine is generally not considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease," said Rambarat. He's a resident physician at the University of Florida Shands Hospital in Gainesville. "Maybe providers need to factor in migraine headaches as a potential risk factor for cardiovascular disease among women," he said. "This is not being done currently." Previous research has linked migraines – especially the form known as migraine with aura – to stroke. Migraine with aura is estimated to affect one ... Read more

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