Category results for "Mental Health"

Burger King Selling Beer in South Beach

The Whopper Bar in Miami’s South Beach is exactly what it sounds like — a place where you can get a beer along with your Burger King sandwich. The new fast-food concept opened in February — it’s the first BK to sell alcohol in the U.S., though a couple of similar outlets are operating overseas.

Teens May Be More Sensitive to Dopamine Release, Study Suggests

A small research study indicates that the teenagers may experience the release of the brain’s pleasure-and-reward chemical dopamine more acutely than children or adults, the Australian Associated Press reported May 17. Researchers said the findings could help explain why teens…

VA Says Docs Can’t Prescribe Medical Marijuana

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors are forbidden from recommending medical marijuana for patients even in states that allow medical use of the drug, NPR reported May 19. Some evidence suggests that marijuana can relieve the symptoms of Post Traumatic…

WHO Calls on Nations to Address Excessive Alcohol Use

Price controls and marketing regulations are among 10 policy options outlined in a resolution aimed at cutting excessive alcohol use, which was endorsed this week by the 193 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO). “The more affordable alcohol is…

All Kids Should Be Screened for Alcohol, Pediatricians Say

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) has recommended that doctors screen all of their young patients for alcohol use starting in middle school, the Wausau Daily Herald reported May 15. The AAP Committee on Substance Abuse released a revised policy…

Graphic Tobacco Warnings Could Soon Appear in Mass. Stores

Federal stimulus money could be used to pay for a Massachusetts campaign to mandate display of posters with graphic health warnings at tobacco retail outlets, the Boston Globe reported May 12. The state’s Public Health Council is expected to formally…

Rare Childhood Leukemia Tied to Drinking During Pregnancy

Children born to mothers who drank while pregnant were 56 percent more likely to develop a rare form of leukemia called AML, according to French researchers. Reuters reported May 6 that researcher Paule Latino-Martel and colleagues drew their conclusions from…

Univ. of Central Florida Develops Alcohol-Abuse Recovery Video Game

A video game being developed by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Charleston, S.C. hopes to help recovering alcoholics reintegrate with sober life and prevent recidivism, the Orlando Sentinel reported April 22….

Guns Allowed in Bars Under Bill Passed by Tenn. Senate

Handgun concealed-carry permit holders would be allowed to take their guns into Tennessee bars — but not to drink — under a bill passed by the state Senate last week. The Chattanoogan reported April 29 that the measure passed 23-9…

Steroids Harm the Hearts of Long-Term Users, Study Finds

A study of 12 male weightlifters who were long-term users of anabolic steroids found that the drugs can cause significant damage to the heart, the Los Angeles Times reported April 27. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital studied the amount of…

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