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Join Together News Roundup for May 19, 2010

One of Congress’ big backers of tough drug penalties is out of a job thanks to a classic Capitol Hill sex scandal … Doctors should be screening all kids for signs of alcohol use, according to the American Academy of Pediatricians …

Analysts Say FDA Menthol Probe Threatens Tobacco Profits

Investment advisors are worried that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) review of menthol cigarettes could pose a serious risk to cigarette companies that sell the flavored smokes, the Associated Press reported May 14. Fitch Ratings said companies like…

Fla. Jury Awards $20 Million in Cancer Death Case

A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., jury has ordered three cigarette companies to pay $20 million to the family of a dead smoker in the latest court loss for the tobacco industry. Bloomberg reported April 27 that Philip Morris, R. J. Reynolds,…

Rent-a-Drug-Dog Service Offered to Parents

Parents who suspect that their kids are using drugs can now rent a retired drug dog from a Chandler, Ariz., woman to help sniff out evidence, the Phoenix New Times reported April 13. Amy Halm and her dog, Dargo —…

NIDA Funds Research on Cocaine Addiction Drug

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has agreed to fund a midstage clinical trial of a cocaine-addiction drug called vigabatrin, produced by Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. The Associated Press reported April 13 that NIDA will fund a second series…

Christians ’Just Pray No’

If you are struggling with an addiction and felt particularly uplifted last weekend, it could be because Christians worldwide were praying for your recovery. The Christian Post reported April 10 that the 20th annual “Just Pray NO!” campaign urged believers to…

Progress of Arthritis Slowed by Moderate Drinking, Study Says

Moderate drinking could slow the progress of rheumatoid arthritis over the course of decades — not enough to make an immediate, noticable impact but perhaps beneficial in the long-term, researchers from Switzerland said in a new report. Reuters reported March…

FASD Kids at Higher Risk of Epilepsy, Study Finds

Six percent of children who had Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) later developed epilepsy, compared to a rate of less than one percent in the general population, according to researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Study author James Reynolds…

Bad Kitty? ’Hello Kitty’ Debuts Wine Line in U.S.

The popular Japanese children’s character Hello Kitty is now appearing on a line of branded wines, LA Weekly reported March 25. Marketed in the U.S. by Innovation Spirits, the wines include bottles adorned with Hello Kitty images, hearts, and neck…

Ohio Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced

A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Ohio and allow certified users to grow the plant for personal medical use has been introduced in the state legislature, the Columbus Dispatch reported April 6. The measure was introduced by Rep….

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