Tag Archives: Agencies

Want Heart Benefits from Moderate Drinking? Quit Smoking

A number of studies have found that light or moderate drinking may promote coronary health, but any such benefits are wiped out by smoking, HealthDay News reported April 13. Researcher Yangmei Li of the Institute of Public Health at the …

Mechanisms of Drug Abuse and Obesity Linked in Lab Rats

Lab rats that consumed high-fat foods showed neurological responses similar to patterns of addiction in human cocaine and heroin users, a study by the Scripps Research Institute found.  Groups of male rats were given access to high-fat foods over a …

Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Alabama House Committee

A medical-marijuana bill has been advanced by a committee in the Alabama House of Representatives, but probably too late for a vote to take place in the full legislature, the Montgomery Advertiser reported April 8. The Michael Phillips Compassionate Care …

Addiction Linked to 9 of Top 10 Causes of Death in Alaska

Nine of the 10 leading causes of death in Alaska — all but Alzheimer’s disease — include alcohol, tobacco or other drug addiction as an underlying cause, the Juneau Empire reported March 15. Smoking, for example, is a leading cause …

Addicts Have High Rates of Infectious Disease, But Few Treatment Programs Screen Patients

Less than half of U.S. addiction-treatment programs screen for infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis, despite the fact that people with addictions have higher rates of all these diseases than the general public. A new survey …

S.C. Senate Approves 50-Cent Cigarette Tax Increase

The South Carolina Senate has agreed to raise the cigarette tax 50 cents per pack in the state with the lowest cigarette taxes in the nation, but Gov. Mark Sanford is expected to veto the measure. The State reported April …

Blood Test Could Identify Heavy Drinkers

Analysis of protein changes in the blood could be used to distinguish heavy drinkers from light and moderate alcohol consumption, ANI reported March 24. Researchers working with lab primates identified 17 proteins that changed in the presence of alcohol and …

U.K. Plans to Ban Mephedrone

The U.K. government plans to label the currently legal club drug mephedrone a controlled substance on par with marijuana and amphetamines, CBC News reported March 29. A synthetic form of cathinone — the active ingredient in the traditional North African …

FDA Hears Mixed Opinions on Menthol Cigarettes

Some health officials told a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel that adding menthol to cigarettes could make smoking easier and more addictive, an opinion challenged by representatives of the tobacco industry. Reuters reported March 30 that the FDA’s …

4th National Conference on Women, Addiction and Recovery: Thriving in Changing Times

At the Fourth National Conference on Women, Addiction and Recovery: Thriving in Changing Times, July 26-28, 2010, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, Magnificent Mile, we will come together as a community to create a CONFERence filled with informed dialogue and stimulating resources …