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Even Short-Term Smoking Makes MS Worse, Study Finds

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) tend to have more severe brain-tissue destruction and atrophy if they ever smoked regularly in their lifetime, according to a new study from the University of Buffalo. Science Daily reported Aug. 18 that researchers studying …

U.S. Currency Contaminated with Cocaine

The vast majority of U.S. paper money in circulation contains traces of cocaine, a new study finds. CNN reported Aug. 18 that researchers found that 90 percent of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills tested had detectable cocaine residue. …

Pleasure, Stress Relief Among Top Reasons Smokers Light Up

A British poll finds that half of smokers say they enjoy the experience, while 47 percent cite the need for stress relief as their reason for lighting up. The Independent reported July 29 that the study by Cancer Research UK …

Drinking Increases Cancer Risk, Canadian Study Finds

Drinking beer, wine or liquor raises the risk of developing certain types of cancer, according to a study of male drinkers and nondrinkers in Montreal. The Los Angeles Times reported Aug. 3 that researchers compared cancer prevalence in a group …

Court Orders Calif. to Slash Prison Population

California’s prisons violate constitution prohibitions on cruel and unusual punishment of inmates because of overcrowding and inadequate health care, according to a panel of federal judges which ordered the state to cut its prison population by 27 percent within two …

House, Senate Vote to Kill Drug-Free School Formula Grants

Both houses of Congress seem to be of like mind regarding the future of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) program: eliminate the formula-based state grants portion of the program and shift a portion of the funding …

Iowa State Panel Holds Medical Marijuana Hearings

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is sponsoring a series of public meetings to gather input on the issue of medical marijuana, the Quad-City Times reported Aug. 2. Backers of medical marijuana hope the hearings will build public pressure on state lawmakers; …

E-Cigarettes Targeted in Oregon

Law-enforcement officials in Oregon have moved to prevent sales of so-called “e-cigarettes” in the state, KTVZ-TV reported July 30. In a move described as the first of its kind in the U.S., the Oregon Department of Justice went to court …

Legalization Question Could Appear on 2010 California Ballot

An Oakland, Calif., based group is trying to gather the 434,000 signatures necessary to put the question of marijuana legalization before state voters on the 2010 ballot, the Associated Press reported July 28. Under the Tax, Regulate and Control Cannabis …

U.S. Considers Paying Off Afghan Poppy Farmers

As additional U.S. forces push deep into southern Afghanistan — where the Taliban is the strongest and the cultivation of opium is the most lucrative — the Obama administration is considering paying local farmers to cease planting poppies, the Associated …