Tag Archives: State Government

PLoS Journal to Reject Research Funded by Tobacco Industry

Researchers who accept money from the tobacco industry will no longer be able to get their work published in PLoS Medicine, a journal produced by the Public Library of Science (PLoS). Reuters reported Feb. 23 that the new policy was detailed …

Colo. Sentencing Reform Bill Has Bipartisan Support

A bill that would cut sentences for drug offenses and put more money into addiction treatment programs has support from both sides of the aisle in the Colorado statehouse. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Feb. 23 that the bill from …

Student Death Prompts Underage-Drinking Reporting Reform in Utah

Youths who call for help when underage drinkers get sick from drinking will get leniency — but not a free pass — from the courts under legislation approved by a Utah Senate panel. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Feb. 22 …

Study Hints at More Drunk Driving Among Young Women

The rate of alcohol-related fatal car crashes has risen among some populations of female drivers, a worrying trend that runs counter to the decline in such crashes among young men. ScienceDaily reported Feb. 18 that an analysis of U.S. National …

Binge Drinking Confounds Any Health Benefits of Drinking, Study Says

Alcohol consumption may improve coronary health, some studies say, but new research suggests that even the occasional binge-drinking episode can foil any such health benefits, Reuters reported Feb. 18. A review of 14 previously published studies finds that occasional binge …

Sweet-Loving Kids More Likely to Have Family History of Alcoholism

Children who have an extreme sweet tooth also may be at elevated risk of becoming alcoholics, according to researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. LiveScience reported Feb. 10 that researcher Julie Mennella and colleagues studied sweetness preference …

Legislators Seek to Overturn Nebraska’s Ban on Serving Beer Mixed with Liquor

A Prohibition-era law still on the books makes Nebraska the only U.S. state to ban bars from serving drinks that mix beer and liquor, and some lawmakers are trying to make the restriction history, ABC News reported Feb. 17. The …

Panel Recommends Amending Federal Privacy Law to Help Integrate Addiction Treatment Records

A new proposal to amend a landmark federal privacy law is butting up against resistance from recovery advocates and others, as the addiction treatment and recovery community struggles to strike a balance between the need for integration with mainstream medicine and privacy …

Study Casts Doubt on Using Marijuana to Treat Alzheimer’s

A new animal study suggests that marijuana may not be useful in improving memory among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or affecting progression of the disease, the Vancouver Sun reported Feb. 9. Mice genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer’s were given a synthetic …

Smoked Marijuana Can Be Effective in Treating Pain, Calif. Report Says

There is “reasonable evidence” that smoked marijuana can provide relief for certain pain-related ailments, according to a new report prepared for the California legislature by researchers at the University of California at San Diego. Five clinical trials conducted by the …