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Alcohol ads can encourage kids to drink

The brands of alcohol popular with underage drinkers also happen to be the ones heavily advertised in magazines that young people read, a new study finds. [More]
Study details brain mechanisms involved with addictive substances

Study details brain mechanisms involved with addictive substances

The National Institutes of Health has turned to neuroscientists at the nation's most "Stone Cold Sober" university for help finding ways to treat drug and alcohol addiction. [More]
Research shows link between alcohol sponsorship and hazardous drinking in UK athletes

Research shows link between alcohol sponsorship and hazardous drinking in UK athletes

New research from the University of Manchester (UK) and Monash University (Australia) shows a link between alcohol sponsorship and hazardous drinking in UK athletes. [More]
State highlights: Caring for Texans injured on-the-job; heroin deaths in Md.; pertussis in Calif.

State highlights: Caring for Texans injured on-the-job; heroin deaths in Md.; pertussis in Calif.

In formerly depressed South Texas, gas flares from the fracking boom can be seen from outer space. While Texas has a Division of Workers' Compensation, it is the only state that doesn't require any private employer to carry workers' compensation insurance or a private equivalent, so more than 500,000 people have no occupational benefits when they get injured at work. That means they often rely on charities or taxpayers to pay for their care (Root, 6/29) [More]
Hospitals taking new steps to figure per patient cost

Hospitals taking new steps to figure per patient cost

The new tools rely heavily on data to figure out just what it will cost to treat a patient -- and they're sometimes buying information from "data brokers" to do it. [More]
Targeting ASIC-related neurotransmission may lead to new therapies for treating drug addiction

Targeting ASIC-related neurotransmission may lead to new therapies for treating drug addiction

University of Iowa researchers have discovered a new form of neurotransmission that influences the long-lasting memory created by addictive drugs, like cocaine and opioids, and the subsequent craving for these drugs of abuse. Loss of this type of neurotransmission creates changes in brains cells that resemble the changes caused by drug addiction. [More]
NAPHS survey shows that need for psychiatric services in inpatient hospitals continues to grow

NAPHS survey shows that need for psychiatric services in inpatient hospitals continues to grow

The need for psychiatric services in inpatient hospitals continues to grow, according to the latest annual survey from the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems released today. The survey reports 2012 data that was collected in 2013 from NAPHS-member organizations. Data were analyzed and reported by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC, Vienna, VA. [More]
Women are 10% more likely to use mental health services than men

Women are 10% more likely to use mental health services than men

Women with chronic physical illnesses are more likely to use mental health services than men with similar illnesses; they also seek out mental health services six months earlier than those same men, according to new study from St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). [More]
Good news for adults who suffer from insomnia

Good news for adults who suffer from insomnia

There's good news for the 30 per cent or more of adults who suffer from insomnia--difficulty falling asleep, waking up for prolonged periods during the night or unwanted early morning awakenings. [More]
Alcoholic liver disease: an interview with Dr Vinood Patel, University of Westminster

Alcoholic liver disease: an interview with Dr Vinood Patel, University of Westminster

Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and also in the UK. As its name indicates this disease arises due to consuming excessive amounts of alcohol (80 g/day) over an extended period, normally 10-20 years. [More]
State highlights: Ohio managed care plans launch; Bluecross Blueshield plan faces Ore. lawsuit; N.Y. policy on unvaccinated children upheld

State highlights: Ohio managed care plans launch; Bluecross Blueshield plan faces Ore. lawsuit; N.Y. policy on unvaccinated children upheld

A selection of health policy stories from Ohio, Oregon, New York, Colorado, Iowa, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia, California and Minnesota. [More]
Yap1 oncogene drives recurrence and progression of pancreatic cancer

Yap1 oncogene drives recurrence and progression of pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer tumors addicted to mutant Kras signaling for their growth and progression have a ready-made substitute to tap if they're ever forced to go cold-turkey on the mutant oncogene, scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report in the journal Cell. [More]
Brain changes in problem gamblers make it hard to quit habit

Brain changes in problem gamblers make it hard to quit habit

People who gamble frequently may experience brain changes that make it extremely difficult for them to give up the habit. [More]
Study demonstrates cost-effectiveness of Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation

Study demonstrates cost-effectiveness of Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation

In a recent study published in Tobacco Control, researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC), an intervention that includes in-hospital counseling, pharmacotherapy and post-hospital follow-up, compared to usual care among smokers hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [More]
Alkermes reports data from aripiprazole lauroxil phase 3 clinical trial for treatment of schizophrenia

Alkermes reports data from aripiprazole lauroxil phase 3 clinical trial for treatment of schizophrenia

Alkermes plc today announced the presentation of data from its phase 3 clinical trial of aripiprazole lauroxil, an investigational drug candidate in development for schizophrenia, at the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Fla. [More]
Brain iron levels offer potential biomarker in the diagnosis of ADHD

Brain iron levels offer potential biomarker in the diagnosis of ADHD

Brain iron levels offer a potential biomarker in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and may help physicians and parents make better informed treatment decisions, according to new research published online in the journal Radiology. [More]
Researchers explore role of stem cells in treating neuroinjury and neurodegenerative disorders

Researchers explore role of stem cells in treating neuroinjury and neurodegenerative disorders

Researchers at the University of Florida, USA, led by Dr. K. Wang have demonstrated that inhibition of Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) and subsequent cofilin dephosphorylation is mediating neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells. [More]
Combining 2 smoking cessation therapies more effective for highly nicotine-dependent smokers

Combining 2 smoking cessation therapies more effective for highly nicotine-dependent smokers

Combining two smoking cessation therapies is more effective than using just one for male and highly nicotine-dependent smokers who weren't initially helped by the nicotine patch, according to researchers at Duke Medicine. [More]
Research finds food addicts lacking psychological inhibition

Research finds food addicts lacking psychological inhibition

Women with weight problems were more impulsive than average in a food-related psychology test, a new research paper has shown. [More]
Recover programs are expensive and hard to find for addicted teens

Recover programs are expensive and hard to find for addicted teens

Families often struggle to get help for children with addiction problems. Also, a new study finds that young adults are making strong use of hospital care for mental health issues. [More]