Tag Archives: Brain

Former Prosecutor Named U.S. ’Border Czar’

Alan Bersin, who served as a federal prosecutor in the Clinton administration, has been named the Obama administration’s ’border czar,’ the Associated Press reported April 15. Bersin’s primary responsibility will be to stop the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants …

House Overwhelmingly Approves FDA Tobacco Bill

A bill that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco products has been approved by the House of Representatives on a 298-112 vote, the New York Times reported April 3. The legislation, sponsored by …

Increase in Federal Cigarette Tax Leaves Smokers Feeling Targeted

The largest-ever federal cigarette tax increase, which adds 61.6 cents to the price of a pack this week, has left smokers feeling “picked on” by the federal government, CNN reported April 1. President Barack Obama approved the tax increase in …

Alcohol-Related Flushing Among Asians Could Signal Cancer Risk

East Asians who have an enzyme deficiency that makes them flush when consuming alcohol appear to be at high risk of developing esophageal cancer if they drink heavily, according to a study from the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse …

Drug Strip-Search Case Before Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether the desire to keep schools drug-free justified the strip search of a 13-year-old middle-school girl, the New York Times reported March 24. Savana Redding, an 8th-grade honors student in Safford, Ariz., was …

Texas Urged to Build on Prison Treatment System

Texas serves as a national model for providing addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs to prison inmates, but could do even more to cut recidivism rates and divert offenders from prison to treatment, according to former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. The …

One Drink a Day for Women Raises Risk of Cancers

New research suggests that middle-aged women who imbibe even one alcoholic drink a day have greater risks for developing breast, liver and rectum cancer, Health Day News reported Feb. 24. Naomi Allen and colleagues from the University of Oxford analyzed …

Youth Mental Health, Substance Use Problems Cost U.S. Billions

Lost productivity and treatment for mental illness, substance abuse and behavioral problems in American youth add up to $247 billion annually, according to a panel assembled by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, Reuters reported Feb. 13. The …

’Deadly in Pink’ Report Targets Big Tobacco

A new report issued by a coalition of public-health organizations says that Big Tobacco is targeting women and girls with aggressive marketing campaigns that only new legislation from Congress can help address. The ”Deadly in Pink: Big Tobacco Steps Up Its …

Smokers Might Quit for Pets

Some smokers may be willing to quit smoking if informed that secondhand smoke is causing harm to their pets, MSNBC reported Feb. 9. Researcher Sharon Milberger of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and colleagues found that 28 percent …