People who abstain from alcohol are at higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those who drink regularly, and drinkers with arthritis report less-severe symptoms
Israeli researchers who studied nicotine craving among flight attendants concluded that the desire for a cigarette may have more to do with habit than addiction
About 15 percent of people seeking recovery from alcoholism turn to clergy members for support, a University of Michigan study finds. HealthDay News reported July
Car crashes involving prescription drugs are often harder to detect and prosecute than those involving alcohol or illicit drugs, the New York Times reported July
You can lead colleges to evidence-based programs, but you can’t make them adopt measures that stop kids from drinking … Virginia’s governor wants the state out of the alcohol retail business … Four big farms could legally supply Oakland’s medical-marijuana users, the city says … Despite declining smoking rates and ongoing litigation, the tobacco industry continues to pull in big profits …
Methadone maintenance is on the budgetary chopping block in California, but supporters — including some prominent law-enforcement officials — are trying to get $53 million in funding restored to the state budget.
A plan to eliminate Medi-Cal funding for methadone maintenance is “tantamount to destroying the lives of 35,000 people, as well as having them return to addiction,” according to a column by Lee Baca and Charlie Beck — the sheriff of Los Angeles County and L.A.’s police chief, respectively. The pair note that cutting the funding will actually result in a double loss as federal matching funds will be forfeited.
Will federal privacy regulations stand in the way of integrating behavioral and mainstream healthcare? … New Mexico can’t grow enough marijuana to meet the demands of medical users … Kansas is balking on enforcing a law that would require drink prices to be set according to alcohol content … Unhappy hour: Your risk of stroke spikes during the hour after you drink alcohol, researchers say … Teens who binge-drink may be more likely to suffer osteoporosis later in life …
With national health reform moving the field toward coordination of all aspects of an individual’s medical care via “patient-centered medical homes,” longstanding federal requirements that
Treatment admissions for prescription-drug problems have tripled in recent years, SAMHSA reports … Putting teens in group therapy with heavy users can lead to more youth drug use … A bid to repeal the state’s new alcohol tax will be the first thing Massachusetts voters will see on the ballot this fall … “Token clubs” provide a safe haven for sober socializing …
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