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Study finds link between exercise, alcohol consumption
People tend to consume greater amounts of alcohol on days when they exercise more, a new Northwestern Medicine study found. Please click here to continue reading.
Now, app that automatically makes mental health assessments
Soon your smartphone will know your state of mind as, scientists have developed an app that automatically reveals students' mental health, academic performance and behavioral trends. Please click here to continue reading.
EDITORIAL: Bills to fight drug abuse worth the cost
“And indeed it could be said,” Wrote Albert Camus in his novel “The Plague,” “that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was ended.” Whatever stirrings of hope have been felt before among those involved in battling the heroin plague in New Jersey, those breezes are on their way to becoming a full force gale. Please click here to continue reading.
Former addicts may be at lower risk of new addictions
People who manage to get clean after being addicted to drugs are at lower risk of becoming addicted to something else in the future than people who never overcame the first substance use disorder, according to a new study. “The results are surprising, they cut against conventional clinical lore which holds that people who stop one addiction are at increased risk of picking up a new one,” said senior author Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. “The results challenge the old stereotype that people switch or substitute addictions but never truly overcome them,” Olfson told Reuters Health by email. Please click here to continue reading.
The drug that turned a heroin user’s life around
Danielle Hall injected a quarter of her normal heroin dose the afternoon of June 29, but that day’s particularly potent batch was strong enough to shut her body down. Please click here to continue reading.
Prescription drug abuse epidemic demands mandatory physician education
Our nation’s growing concern and response to the epidemic of opioid misuse and abuse continues to drive action from public health and public policy leaders. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced a new regulation to greatly expand the drug-take-back program to make it easier to return unused prescription drugs and controlled substances. New DEA rules for the safe and secure disposal of prescription drugs take effect in October. And public health officials from three of the largest metropolitan health departments this week briefed Capitol Hill on their front-line efforts to battle opioid abuse. Please click here to continue reading.
Research shows alcohol consumption influenced by genes
How people perceive and taste alcohol depends on genetic factors, and that influences whether they "like" and consume alcoholic beverages, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Please click here to continue reading.
Younger Age at First Drink, Higher Odds for Problem Drinking: Study
Both drinking and getting drunk at an early age are key risk factors for alcohol abuse by high school students, a new study suggests. The conclusions, based on a survey of high school students who drink, could help expand alcohol-prevention efforts aimed at teens to include those who already drink, to stop them from becoming binge drinkers, the researchers suggested. Please click here to continue reading.
In Pennsylvania, heroin easier to get than wine, cheaper than beer: report
Young people in rural Pennsylvania can buy heroin more easily than a bottle of wine and getting high with the opiate can be cheaper than buying a six pack of beer, according to an investigative report released on Tuesday. Please click here to continue reading.
Pot and Parenting: Confessions of Colorado's Weed-Smoking Moms
When Jane West and her friends get together, the laughter rolls, trays of food and stories are passed around. But instead of splitting bottles of wine, these women like to unwind with artisanal marijuana. Please click here to continue reading.
Fraternities Are Their Own Worst Enemies, Not Drunk Girls
Bill Frezza, the president of the alumni house corporation for MIT fraternity Chi Phi Beta, wrote a post on Forbes’ contributor network on Tuesday entitled “Drunk Female Guests Are the Gravest Threat to Fraternities.” Please click here to continue reading.
Group of Fraternities Launches New Education Effort to Tackle Problem Behaviors
Beginning this fall, eight major fraternal organizations will launch a new education effort aimed at preventing and intervening against sexual and relationship misconduct, binge drinking and hazing among fraternity members. Please click here to continue reading.