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Military Families Targeted by New Prevention Campaign

A trio of organizations is sponsoring a new campaign intended to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse among the children of military families, the Associated Press reported Sept. 30. The Time to Talk online educational campaign hopes to encourage military …

Multiple Studies Demonstrate Heart Benefits of Smoking Bans

A new review of 13 U.S. and international studies finds that banning public smoking can reduce the rate of heart attacks by more than one-third, Reuters reported Sept. 21. Researcher James Lightwood of the University of California at San Francisco …

Drinking by Young Teens May Set Stage for Addiction

Brain changes caused by drinking before age 15 could predispose adolescents to a lifetime of alcohol dependency, HealthDay News reported Sept. 18. Researcher Arpana Agrawal of the Washington University School of Medicine, who studied alcohol use among twins, said that …

Recurrent Breast Cancer Risk Raised by Smoking, Drinking

Breast-cancer survivors have a 120-percent greater risk of suffering a second breast cancer if they continue to smoke, while daily drinkers face a 90-percent increase in risk of cancer returning, according to researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center …

Put Prevention in Healthcare Reform, Foundations Say

National healthcare reform needs to include prevention measures such as screening programs in order to save money and improve health, according to a coalition of top U.S. health foundations. The Convergence Partnership recently issued a letter to Congress citing a …

NIATx launches ACTION Campaign II: Financial Strength in a Changing World

In the United States, 23.2 million persons aged 12 or older need treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem, yet only one in ten receive treatment.*  Substance abuse treatment agencies struggle to improve access to the growing need …

Study: SBI Can Work in Community Hospitals

Screening and brief intervention (SBI) for alcohol and other drug problems can be effectively implemented in community hospitals if certain barriers are addressed and overcome, according to researchers at Rhode Island Hospital. Most past research on SBI has been conducted …

Rhode Island Allows Legal Marijuana Sales

Medical-marijuana users in Rhode Island may soon be able to purchase the drug at legal, state-sanctioned “compassion centers,” the Providence Journal reported Aug. 24. Earlier this summer, state lawmakers approved legislation allowing marijuana-sales centers to be established for medical users, …

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 …

Oral Cancer Tied to U.K. Binge Drinking Plague

Cases of oral cancer have risen sharply among middle-aged Britons since the mid-1990s, and health experts place the blame on binge drinking and a surge in alcohol consumption in the U.K., the Guardian reported Aug. 11. Cancer Research UK reported …