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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.K. Health Experts Question Wisdom of Setting Daily Drinking Guidelines

Setting recommendations about daily maximum drinking guidelines could backfire by giving consumers the false impression that downing multiple alcoholic drinks each day is healthy behavior, according to a U.K. health expert. The BBC reported Aug. 1 that Nick Sheron, a …

Alcohol Retailers Fight New Mass. Tax

A new Massachusetts tax on liquor, wine and beer went into effect this weekend, but the state’s alcohol sellers are working to reinstate a longtime sales-tax exemption on alcoholic beverages, the Associated Press reported July 31. As part of a …

Domestic Dissatisfaction with Mexican Drug War Grows

Mexico’s bloody war on the nation’s drug cartels may be losing public and political support, the Washington Post reported July 28. Some members of President Felipe Calderon’s own political party are calling for a shift in tactics in the face …

Study: FASD Often Confused with ADHD, But Symptoms More Severe

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) share many attributes, and children with FASD are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD. However, a recent study found that children with FASD have a harder time understanding social information than …

Congressman Says Job Insulated Him from Dealing with Addiction

U.S. Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.), who returned to Washington this week after a stint in the Betty Ford Center, said his drinking never affected his job performance and that being a functioning alcoholic made it harder for him to seek …

Supreme Court Requires Lab Analysts to Testify about Drug-Test Results

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that crime-lab reports can no longer be used against defendants at trial unless the analyst who created the report testifies in court and is available for cross-examination, the New York Times reported June 26. …

Illinois Considers Upping Penalties for High-Potency Marijuana

Legislators in Illinois are considering a bill that would increase penalties for marijuana containing high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the Chicago Sun Times reported June 13. The bill would increase penalties for sale or distribution of marijuana that contains more than …

More College Students Dying from Drinking, NIAAA Reports

Alcohol-related deaths, heavy drinking and drunk driving are all increasing among U.S. college students, according to a report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Alcohol-related deaths among college students ages 18-24 rose from 1,440 in 1998 …

Navy Culture Contributes to Heavy Drinking

Series: Drugs in the Military The young age of recruits, cycles of activity and boredom, and general attitudes about alcohol use are all parts of Navy culture that contribute to heavy drinking among sailors, according to a new study. ScienceDaily reported …