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August 8, 2012
Heavy drinking is known to affect an adolescents’ developing brain, but certain patterns of brain activity may also help predict which teens are at risk of becoming problem drinkers, according to a new study.
August 6, 2012
Doctors often miss alcohol problems in their patients who are not intoxicated at the time of their visit, a new study finds. The researchers analyzed studies that included a total of 20,000 patients assessed for alcohol...
August 6, 2012
A new report released by SAMHSA today shows that the national weighted average rate of illegal tobacco sales to youth is 8.5 percent, the lowest rate reported since the inception of the Synar program. The Synar program...
August 1, 2012
Several recent studies are shedding light on why athletes may be more prone than the general population to substance abuse, eating disorders and suicide. The findings may have implications for athletes retiring after...
July 25, 2012
A new rodent study suggests that a key ingredient in “bath salts” called mephedrone has effects on the brain’s reward circuits that are comparable to similar doses of cocaine. The study offers evidence that mephedrone...
July 25, 2012
Central nervous system abnormalities are common among children whose mothers drink large amounts of alcohol during pregnancy, a small new study finds. Most children exposed to large amounts of alcohol while in the...
July 23, 2012
Adults 65 and older who binge drink at least twice a month are two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer cognitive and memory declines, compared with seniors who don’t binge drink, according to research presented at...
July 23, 2012
Almost 8 percent of pregnant women report alcohol use, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study analyzed data from almost 14,000 pregnant women and more than 330,000 non-...
July 16, 2012
Adults over age 50 often ignore prescription drug labels that highlight key safety information, a new study suggests. The researchers say the labels should be redesigned and placed in a more prominent place to prevent...
July 12, 2012
Women who suffered physical or emotional abuse in their youth are more likely to smoke than women who did not suffer such adverse childhood experiences, a new study suggests. The researchers say treatment and strategies...

 

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