Tag Archives: Agencies

Arterial Aging Worse for Smokers, Study Says

Smokers’ arteries age about twice as quickly as those of nonsmokers, becoming progressively stiffer and increasing the risk of stroke and heart attacks, according to new research from Japan. HealthDay News reported April 26 that Tokyo Medical University and University …

Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Nicotine Addiction

Genetic markers for smoking initiation, smoking cessation, and heavy smoking have been identified by researchers who hope that the information could someday be used to identify individuals at high risk of nicotine addiction and match them to effective treatment, HealthDay …

’Crazy Heart’ Honored for Depiction of Addiction

The Oscar-nominated film “Crazy Heart,” which features Jeff Bridges as an alcoholic country singer, was honored in the annual Prism Awards for its accurate portrayal of the disease of addiction, the Hollywood Reporter reported April 22. Bridges and costar Maggie …

One in Three Elderly Drinkers Face High Risk of Harm, Study Finds

One-third of American drinkers over age 60 consume excessive amounts of alcohol, are at risk of dangerous interactions between alcohol and medications, or have illnesses that can be exacerbated by drinking, according to researchers at the David Geffen School of …

Health Officials Unimpressed with New OxyContin Formula

A new, supposedly abuse-resistant version of OxyContin is getting tepid reviews from Massachusetts addiction experts and parents, the Brockton Enterprise reported April 23. The latest version of OxyContin approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a time-released …

GPS for the Recovering? Researchers Studying Behavior Through Mapping

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) researchers are studying whether additional clues to the environmental factors associated with addiction can be uncovered by tracking addicts’ whereabouts through GPS technology, CNET News reported April 21. Researcher David Epstein and colleagues are …

Kelly Clarkson Cancels Controversial Tobacco Sponsorship

One day after singer Kelly Clarkson indicated that her April 29 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia would continue as scheduled with a controversial cigarette company sponsorship, the concert promoter announced that the sponsorship is being pulled amid protests from fans and …

Anti-Alcohol Ads Featuring Children Withstand Parent Protests

Parent complaints that two United Kingdom television ads featuring children discussing drinking’s negative effects would upset young viewers have failed to block the ads’ airing, the Guardian reported April 21. The Advertising Standards Authority has authorized continuation of the ad …

Young Drinkers Influenced More by Alcohol Ads than by Athletes’ Drinking Behavior

Reports of heavy drinking by sports stars appear to have little influence on young people’s own drinking behavior, but use of athletes in alcohol advertising carries considerably more weight, results of a study in Australia suggest. BBC News reported April …

Heart Benefits of Moderate Drinking May Extend to Young Adults, Researchers Say

Moderate alcohol consumption among young adults appears to have similar protective benefits for heart health as those seen in older adults, although it has been difficult to study the effects of moderate drinking on heart disease in younger populations, according …