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Teens with large social networks more prone to drink
Posted On: Sept. 27, 2011
Washington, Sept 22 (ANI): Adolescents are more likely to start drinking alcoholic beverages when they have large social networks of friends, according to a new study. The findings suggest that, in addition to well-established demographic risk factors like age, race, and team sports, adolescents are at heightened risk of alcohol use onset because of their position in the social network. ...
Teens with large social networks more prone to drink
Scientists find promising target for treating smoking, alcoholism simultaneously
Posted On: Sept. 14, 2011
Washington, Sept 13 (ANI): Scientists have found that an enzyme that appears to play a role in controlling the brain's response to nicotine and alcohol might be a promising target for a drug that simultaneously would treat nicotine addiction and alcohol abuse in people. Researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Centre, affiliated with the University of California, San ...
Scientists find promising target for treating smoking, alcoholism simultaneously
'Health conscious' Americans turning to healthy drinks from beer
Posted On: Sept. 14, 2011
London, Sept 11 (ANI): Miller genuine Draft, Old Milwaukee, Milwaukee's Best, Michelob and Budweiser are among the top eight beer products to have lost a staggering 30 percent or more of their sales between 2005 and 2010. According to statistics compiled by 24/7 Wall St. using databases kept by SymphonyIRI Group, apart from light-calorie beers, drinkers have also turned to ...
'Health conscious' Americans turning to healthy drinks from beer
Cutting liquor outlet density can prevent youth homicide
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
Washington, Sept 8 (ANI): Violent crime could be reduced significantly if local policymakers limit the number of neighbourhood liquor stores and ban the sale of single-serve containers of alcoholic beverages, according to two US researchers. In their respective studies, sociology professors Robert N. Parker and Kirk R. Williams, co-directors of the Presley Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at UCR ...
Cutting liquor outlet density can prevent youth homicide
Internet addiction 'weakening our mental capabilities'
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
Melbourne, Sept 9 (ANI): Surfing the Internet is changing the way our brains work, reducing our ability to think and concentrate, a leading psychologist in the UK has warned. Sheila Keegan says that its long-term use could even cause brain dysfunction. "We spend huge and a growing number of hours on the Internet and, as a result, our brains are ...
Internet addiction 'weakening our mental capabilities'
Smoking causes more arterial damage in women than in men
Posted On: Sept. 5, 2011
Washington, Aug 30 (ANI): A large European epidemiological study has found that the harmful effects of tobacco smoke on atherosclerosis, one of the driving forces of cardiovascular disease, are greater in women than in men. In the improve study, authors examined 1694 men and 1893 women from Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, France and Italy, and used ultrasound technology to assess the ...
Smoking causes more arterial damage in women than in men
Decrease in smoking rapidly reduces mortality rates within six months
Posted On: Sept. 5, 2011
Washington, Sept 2 (ANI): A study by the University of Liverpool has found that a decrease in smoking rapidly reduces mortality rates in individuals and entire populations within six months. The study, by Professor Simon Capewell and Dr Martin O'Flaherty at the Institute of Psychology, Health and Well-being, examined evidence from clinical trials and natural experiments. They found that a ...
Decrease in smoking rapidly reduces mortality rates within six months
Drinkers 'know they're making mistakes, but just don't care about them'
Posted On: Sept. 5, 2011
Washington, Sept 2 (ANI): It was previously known that a few drinks could dull the brain 'alarm' that monitors mistakes, but a new study has revealed that drinkers are still aware of what they're doing, but care less about them. "When people make mistakes, activity in a part of the brain responsible for monitoring behavior increases, essentially sending an alarm ...
Drinkers 'know they're making mistakes, but just don't care about them'
'Adult ratings' for smoking in films would hardly help, say experts
Posted On: Aug. 29, 2011
Washington, August 28 (ANI): Giving adult ratings to movies that feature tobacco use is unlikely to have a measurable effect on youth smoking outcomes, two prominent tobacco researchers have claimed. The essay, by researchers at the University of Sydney and RTI International, objects to a draft policy being proposed by more than 20 public health agencies and the World Health ...
'Adult ratings' for smoking in films would hardly help, say experts
Drinking at a new bar may not be a good idea: Study
Posted On: Aug. 29, 2011
Washington, August 28 (ANI): Drinking alcohol in a new setting makes us lose the inhibitions that we have when drinking at familiar environments, according to a new study. The results show that people who drank in a new setting were half as likely to stop themselves from giving an inappropriate response during a computer task as people drinking in a ...
Drinking at a new bar may not be a good idea: Study
Early morning smokers at heightened cancer risk
Posted On: Aug. 27, 2011
Washington, August 26 (ANI): Smokers who enjoy a cigarette soon after they wake up in the morning are more likely to develop lung and head and neck cancers than those who light up later in the day, a new study has shown. Joshua Muscat, PhD, of the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, and his colleagues investigated whether nicotine ...
Early morning smokers at heightened cancer risk
Smoking during pregnancy ups kids' asthma risk
Posted On: Aug. 24, 2011
Washington, August 23 (ANI): Children with severe asthma are 3.6 times more likely to have been exposed to tobacco smoking before birth than children with a mild form of the disease, according to a new study. The prenatal exposure also was associated with three times the number of daily and night-time asthma symptoms later in the child's life, as well ...
Smoking during pregnancy ups kids' asthma risk
Prenatal smoking effects on kid's neurodevelopment worse than thought
Posted On: Aug. 24, 2011
Washington, August 23 (ANI): Babies born to mothers who smoke while pregnant face delays in early neurological development, and the effects may be stronger than had been previously thought, a new research has warned. According to the study, smoking may cause as much as a 40 percentage point increase in the probability of being at risk of developmental problems in ...
Prenatal smoking effects on kid's neurodevelopment worse than thought
Smokers are more likely to undergo chronic pain than non-smokers
Posted On: Aug. 24, 2011
Washington, Aug 24 (ANI): A study has found that smokers are much more likely to report problems with persistent musculoskeletal pain than non-smokers. Researchers from the University of Kentucky School of Public Health surveyed more than 6000 women participating in the Kentucky Women's Health Registry, which regularly polls women on health-related issues to better understand the state's disease burden. The ...
Smokers are more likely to undergo chronic pain than non-smokers
Menthol cigarette smokers find it harder to kick the butt
Posted On: Aug. 19, 2011
Washington, August 16 (ANI): Smokers who use menthol cigarettes have a harder time stopping smoking than those who smoke regular cigarettes, according to a new study. The effect is even more pronounced within some ethnic groups, with blacks and Puerto Ricans appearing to have the hardest time quitting menthol cigarettes, the study found. Utilizing data from the 2003 and 2006-2007 ...
Menthol cigarette smokers find it harder to kick the butt
Ex-bodyguard reveals Britney's drug addiction, terrible hygiene
Posted On: July 23, 2011
London, July 21 (ANI): The former bodyguard of Britney Spears, who is suing her for allegedly forcing him to join her in bed, has now opened a can of worms against his ex-employer's terrible personal hygiene and usage of drugs. Fernando Flores' new court documents, as obtained by RadarOnline and Star magazine, said that "Spears was generally personally unkempt" during ...
Ex-bodyguard reveals Britney's drug addiction, terrible hygiene
Response to alcohol, peers, expectancies, contribute to adolescent drinking
Posted On: July 22, 2011
Washington, July 16 (ANI): A study has found that a low level of response (LR) to alcohol is one of several genetically influenced characteristics that may increase an individual's risk for heavy drinking and alcohol problems. The study has confirmed key elements of a LR-based model of risk through examination of a large sample of adolescent boys and girls in ...
Response to alcohol, peers, expectancies, contribute to adolescent drinking
Much-needed vaccine for heroin addiction successfully tested
Posted On: July 22, 2011
Washington, July 21 (ANI): Scientists have successfully tested a much-needed vaccine to help individuals, addicted to heroin, abstain from the illicit drug. Kim D. Janda and colleagues note that heroin use cost the United States more than 22 billion dollars in 1996 annually due to medical and law enforcement expenses and productivity loss. Although behavioural therapy and certain medicines help ...
Much-needed vaccine for heroin addiction successfully tested
New discovery paves way for cocaine addiction treatment
Posted On: July 22, 2011
Washington, July 16 (ANI): A new discovery by researchers could offer the potential for the development of a first-ever pharmacological treatment for cocaine addiction. A common beta blocker, propranolol, currently used to treat people with hypertension and anxiety, has shown to be effective in preventing the brain from retrieving memories associated with cocaine use in animal-addiction models, according to Devin ...
New discovery paves way for cocaine addiction treatment
Exposure to household smoke ups bronchiolitis risk in babies
Posted On: July 22, 2011
Washington, July 21 (ANI): Here's another reason for parents to smoke outside or kick the butt. A new study has found that babies exposed to household smoke are more likely to be affected by bronchiolitis than infants who came from non-smoking households, regardless of their socio-economic status. Researchers at the University of Liverpool also found that those children are twice ...
Exposure to household smoke ups bronchiolitis risk in babies
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