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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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 …

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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

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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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Old-school cigarette vending machines have nearly disappeared from New York City bars, but a new generation of modern machines may soon take their place, the

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