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More Children Are Harmed by Fetal Alcohol Exposure Than Previously Thought
Esther Entin, M.D.

When pregnant women drink alcohol, their babies drink with them. Read more >


Researchers Find An Ingenious Way to Measure Seniors' Drinking
Neil Wagner

Ask someone how much they drink, and the answer they'll give you may not jibe with the number of bottles in the trash. Read more >


Smokers Need the Right Message to Quit
Charlotte LoBuono

Some smokers need to be scared into quitting; others do best with a gentler, more positive approach. Figuring out who needs what. Read more >


Junk Food Changes the Brain, But Healthy Foods Can Bring It Back
Alice G. Walton

Too much junk food may wire the brain for unhealthy choices. But you can change this. Read more >


Smoking Increases the Risk of Suicide
Charlotte LoBuono

Smoking doesn't just harm your heart and lungs. It can bring on serious depression, and make suicide more likely. Read more >


Pairing The Nicotine Patch with Medication Can Help Smokers Quit
Alice G. Walton

If you’re trying to quit smoking, the nicotine patch and Chantix are more effective together than alone. Read more >


Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol Can Make You Drink More
Alice G. Walton

When people mix energy drinks with alcohol, they tend to drink more. Read more >


Brain Patterns Predict Stock Market Bubbles
Sami Hocine

What is it that inspires some investors to leave the market before a crash? They use a different part of their brains than the rest of us. Read more >


Sun Worshipper or Sun Addict?
Leslie Carr

Some people need the sun the way an alcoholic needs a drink. And the health risks can be just as severe. Read more >


Text Messages Can Help Support Smokers As They Quit
Charlotte LoBuono

A text messaging program gives those struggling with nicotine cravings the support they need. You can even ask for help. Read more >


ADHD Stimulant Treatment May Help Prevent Smoking
Esther Entin, M.D.

People with ADHD are often smokers and face serious health problems. Stimulant drugs for the disorder may reduce this risk. Read more >


Closing the Gap in Alcohol Treatment
Esther Entin, M.D.

Physicians don't offer counseling and AA-type programs can't offer drug therapies. The ACA may help. Read more >


Marijuana's Bad Effects on the Brain
Michael J. Gertner

Marijuana may ease the pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy, but it also leaves certain brain areas abnormally enlarged. Read more >


Daily Coffee Fix Could Reduce Liver Cancer Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People who drink more coffee have a far lower risk of HCC, a common liver cancer. The more one drinks, the better. Read more >


Mephedrone Just As Dangerous, and Perhaps More Addictive, Than MDMA
Charlotte LoBuono

Mephedrone, a newer club drug has effects similar to those of MDMA, but it appears to be more addictive. Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Is A Heartbreaker, Literally
Alice G. Walton

Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home had thickened artery walls as adults. There were other problems, too. Read more >


Often Under the Radar, Binge Drinking May Lead to an Early Death
Alice G. Walton

Drinking five drinks twice a week is far worse for your health than drinking two drinks five times a week, even though they may seem equal. Read more >


Quitting Smoking Can Significantly Improve Mental Health
Alice G. Walton

People who smoke usually feel it helps them cope with stress and anxiety, but that's not true. It actually causes those feelings. Read more >


Promising New Treatment for Seizures Related to Liver Disease
Michael J. Gertner

A blood pressure medication already approved for human use may prevent seizures. Read more >


Drinkers Taking Acetaminophen Risk Kidney Damage
Neil Wagner

If you are a regular drinker, taking acetaminophen can damage your kidneys as well as your liver. Read more >


A Promising New Route to Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Alice G. Walton

The “hunger hormone” ghrelin may help short-circuit PTSD. A vaccine may be possible. Read more >


Experts Urge Doctors to Treat Unhealthy Lifestyles Just Like a Disease
Alice G. Walton

Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >


Social Media Like Twitter, Facebook Can Help Smokers Quit
Alice G. Walton

Social media sites can offer people trying to quit smoking the community and support they need to succeed. Read more >


Alcohol Changes Awareness of Drunk Driving
Neil Wagner

People need to decide before they drink that they won't drive. It's too late after they've had a few. Read more >


A Lack of Sleep Fuels Brain's Cravings for Food
Michael J. Gertner

Opioid receptors in the brain produces a drug-like craving for sweet and fatty foods when it is deprived of sleep. Read more >


Even Young, Healthy Smokers Show Signs of Lung Damage
Neil Wagner

Even very early on, smoking causes changes to stem cells that set the stage for cancer. Read more >


The Right Routine for a Good Night's Sleep
Neil Wagner

Getting a good night's sleep is a pretty easy habit to get into. So why do millions not get the health-sustaining sleep they deserve? Read more >


Are Refined Carbs the Key to Food Addiction?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Addicted to carbs: Foods like soda and refined flour light up the brain the same way drugs do. Read more >


Self-Help That Works
John C. Norcross, PhD, Linda F. Campbell, PhD, John M. Grobal, PsyD, John W. Santrock, PhD, Florin Selagea, MS and Robert Sommer



Making Smoking Cessation Part of a Routine Health Assessment
Charlotte LoBuono

Doctors often don't address the obvious when it comes to smokers with lung disease. But remedies exist. Read more >


Veterans with Multiple Brain Injuries Are at Greater Risk of Suicide
Alice G. Walton

Veterans who sustain more than one head trauma are at much greater risk of suicide. Read more >


Talk Therapy Helps Depression
Alice G. Walton

Many types of talk therapy work for depression; the important thing is to get started on one. Read more >


Alcohol Consumption and Breast Cancer, A Closer Look
Charlotte LoBuono

Moderate alcohol consumption may offer some benefit to women who have had breast cancer. Read more >


How to Beat a Hangover
Neil Wagner

A chemist explains all you need to know about hangovers and what you can do to relieve them. Read more >


Why Overheard Cell Phone Conversations Are So Annoying
Neil Wagner

Why that guy on the cell phone at the table next to you is so annoying. Read more >


It's Healthier To Give than To Receive
Neil Wagner

Helping others isn't just a good thing to do. It's one of the best de-stressors there is. Read more >


Diet Drink Mixers Raise Alcohol Levels
Alice G. Walton

Mixing diet drinks with alcohol has a bigger effect on blood alcohol than using mixers or soda with sugar or no mixer at all. Read more >


Cigarettes Make Hangovers Even Worse
Alice G. Walton

Smoking makes hangovers worse. Read more >


Even a Little Alcohol When Pregnant Puts a Child's IQ at Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Drinking alcohol while pregnant carries serious risks to a child's IQ. Read more >


Smoke-Free Laws Lead to Fewer Hospitalizations
Leslie Carr

When cities or states prohibit smoking, the health benefits are immediate, enormous and not restricted to smokers. Read more >


Screen Media Hinders Child Development
Charlotte LoBuono

Screen time is physiologically distinct from other sedentary activities like reading or being read to. And that's a problem. Read more >


Xanax, Valium Linked to Dementia in the Elderly
Neil Wagner

When elderly people take benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Valium and Xanax, their risk of dementia goes up 50%. Read more >


Too Much Java Linked to Glaucoma Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Three or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day significantly raises your risk for developing a ... Read more >


The New OxyContin Spurs Heroin Use
Neil Wagner

Abuse of OxyCotin prompted a reformulation. Unfortunately, that prompted heroin use... Read more >


The Complicated Relationship between Alcohol and Anxiety
Alice G. Walton

Alcohol addiction may rewire the brain so that it can't rebound from stress. PTSD suffers may want.. Read more >


60, 70 or 80: It's Not Too Late to Stop Smoking
Neil Wagner

Smokers over 60 have an 83% increased risk of death. Read more >


Closer to a Pill for Long-Term Weight Loss
Leslie Carr

A new drug desensitizes cannabinoid receptors and improves the appetite-reducing action of leptin. Read more >


Vitamin C Supplementation and Smoking During Pregnancy
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you are pregnant and smoke (not a good combination), taking vitamin C can help prevent damage to the your unborn baby's lungs. Read more >


Sleeping Pills May Quadruple Death Risk
Neil Wagner

People who took even small numbers of sleeping pills were over three times more likely to die... Read more >


Teens, Alcohol and Benign Breast Disease
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen girls who drink have an increased risk of benign breast disease and ultimately, breast cancer.. Read more >


Brain Cells Benefit from the Company of Others
Alice G. Walton

Brain connections that form when we learn something new are strengthened when there are friends near Read more >


Endorphins May Explain Why Alcohol Makes Us Feel Happy
Alice G. Walton

Alcohol works by releasing "feel good" chemicals, endorphins, in the brain, which could explain its addictiveness. Read more >


One in Five Americans Suffers from Mental Health Problems
Alice G. Walton

One in five Americans suffers from mental health problems. There is no reason to feel uncomfortable about seeking help. Read more >


Uncovering Why Marijuana Has Opposing Effects on the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Smoking pot can make people calm, anxious, or even psychotic. A study reveals the chemical culprit.. Read more >


Quitting Smoking Means a Happier New Year
Neil Wagner

Struggling with the resolution to quit smoking? It gets better: Quitters report being happier... Read more >


How to Cut Down on Chocolate
Neil Wagner

A short walk, even at work, can reduce the need to nibble at your desk. Read more >


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (If You Keep Your Head about You)
Alice G. Walton

Why are the holidays responsible for so many accidents and ER visits? We count the ways and offer help. Read more >


Energy Drinks Responsible for More ER Visits
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Energy drink-fueled visits to the ER have risen 1600 percent since 2005. Read more >


Alcohol: Friend or Foe?
Alice G. Walton

Drinking offers health benefits and risks. Get help sifting through the latest findings. Read more >


A Sobering Look at Alcohol
Neil Wagner

Heavy drinking and alcoholism raise a person's risk of cancer and a host of other diseases considerably. Read more >


Chantix: The Wrong Way to Quit Smoking
Neil Wagner

Some anti-smoking drugs carry a significantly increased risk of depression, suicide, and violent behavior. Read more >


Text Messaging Doubles Smokers' Quit Rate
Neil Wagner

A British study had double the quit rate thanks to support and tips delivered by cell phone... Read more >


New Insights into Alcohol and Brain Damage
Neil Wagner

Alcohol abuse damages precisely those areas of the brain that are also important to impulse control, making it harder to stop. Read more >


Hookah Smoking: Not Safe At All
Esther Entin, M.D.

Hookah lounges are on the rise in California and with them, tobacco use... Read more >


Heavy Drinking Affects Diet Quality
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Heavy drinkers often have poor diets. A double whammy when it comes to the risk for disease. Read more >


Fuzzy Logic: How Healthy Behavior Can Encourage Health Risks
Neil Wagner

Too often people believe that taking vitamins will protect you from the damage from bad habits like smoking. This is not true. Read more >


Overeating Explained by Three Neurological Processes, Not Laziness
Alice G. Walton

Overeating involves neurological processes involving impulse control and reward, not laziness. Read more >


ADHD and The Risk of Substance Abuse
Esther Entin, M.D.

Why are kids and adolescents with ADHD prone to substance use? Read more >


Alcoholism May Be Linked to Impulsivity Gene, Brain Differences
Alice G. Walton

People with alcoholism in the family tend to have a genetic variation affecting impulsivity. Environmental factors also play a role. Read more >


Food May Activate Same Addiction Centers in the Brain as Drugs
Alice G. Walton

Food addiction and drug addiction may activate the same reward areas of the brain. Read more >


Cancer: Quit Smoking for Pain Relief
Neil Wagner

Is it that smoking actually increases cancer pain, or that greater pain increases smoking? Read more >


Anti-Smoking Laws Clean Up the Air
Neil Wagner

Wisconsin passed a law banning smoking in bars and restaurants. Now the air in them is not dangerous Read more >


Tobacco: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Neil Wagner

In Ireland, a ban on displaying tobacco products changed attitudes and didn't hurt shopkeepers'... Read more >


New Drinks for the New Year
Neil Wagner

Think before you drink. Not only is alcohol a risk factor for cancer and injury, it contains quite a few empty calories. Read more >


The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Alice G. Walton

Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. Read more >


CT Scans or X-Rays? Lung Cancer Screening Trial Raises Some (Ethical) Dilemmas
Alice G. Walton

CT scans can detect lung cancer early and save lives, but there are risks and costs to be weighed. Read more >


Energy Drinks Linked to Alcohol Consumption in College Kids
Alice G. Walton

College kids who drink more energy drinks also consume more alcohol: coincidence or cause? Read more >


Secondhand Smoke: Worse for Children
Neil Wagner

Don't smoke at home. Secondhand smoke appears to affect children even more than it does adults. Read more >


Alcohol and Violence: An Earlier Last Call May Help
Neil Wagner

An earlier last call at bars can lower the number of assaults and other alcohol-related violence. Read more >


Alcohol Disrupts the Biological Clock
Neil Wagner

Reduced messenger RNA activity appears to be behind the sleep and mood problems in drinkers. Read more >


Putting Meditation to the Test
Alice G. Walton

Science is putting the ancient practice to the test. It appears that being mindful can change your brain and your behavior. Read more >


Alcohol and Adolescents: The Need to Teach our Children Well
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen drinking is not like on TV. There are real risks, like auto accidents and impaired brain development. Read more >


Parents, Especially Dads, Affect Teen Smoking
Neil Wagner

Father-child communication is more important than many may realize, particularly when it is about things like cigarette smoking. Read more >


Researchers Find Way to Detect Lung Cancer Earlier
Alice G. Walton

A new approach yields cells that provide a look at a genetic marker which may predict cancer... Read more >


New Study Shows Only Small Connection between Fruits, Veggies and Reduced Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

While the exact relationship between fruits, vegetables, and cancer risk has not yet been determined, it can't hurt to continue eating... Read more >


Chocolate Cuts Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke, Lowers Blood Pressure
Alice G. Walton

Eating the equivalent of a square of chocolate every day can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke Read more >


A Healthy Diet and Less Alcohol May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Heavy alcohol consumption and a fatty diet raise the risk of breast cancer by up to 20%. Read more >


Blood Vessels Rebound After People Quit Smoking
Alice G. Walton

Quitting smoking improves FMD, or flow mediated dilation of blood vessels, a strong indicator of heart health. Read more >


Six Months of Nicotine Patches Work Better Than Two
Neil Wagner

Nicotine patches tend to be more effective when used for longer periods of time. Read more >


Mild Depression Should Not be Left Untreated, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

People who believe they may be depressed should not ignore the symptoms. Untreated symptoms raise the odds of full-blown depression. Read more >


Quitting Smoking after Early Lung Cancer Diagnosis Doubles Survival
Alice G. Walton

It's never too late to quit smoking. When people diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer quit smoking, they double their chances of survival. Read more >


Researchers Break Code for Skin, Lung Cancers
Alice G. Walton

The genetic mutations causing skin and lung cancer have been mapped, and nearly all of them are the result of exposure to sun or smoke respe Read more >


A Reminder for New Year's Eve: Coffee Does Not Sober You Up
Neil Wagner

Coffee does not sober you up. In fact, it may impair judgment further. Read more >


Quitting in a Virtual World Helps Smokers Quit for Real
Alice G. Walton

A video game in which virtual smokers stomp out their cigarettes actually helped real smokers quit Read more >


Yo-Yo Dieting May Work Like Addiction in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Yo-yo dieting may generate a withdrawal effect in the brain, increasing the likelihood of a relapse. Read more >


Where There's Smoke, There's Illness
Esther Entin, M.D.

Secondhand smoke remains a danger to children exposed to it in the home. Read more >


Researchers Find No Connection between Coffee and Cognition
Alice G. Walton

Drinking coffee offers no defense against the natural decline of mental abilities as we age. But several other factors seem to be good predictors... Read more >


Alcoholism, Depression, and Obesity Create Vicious Triangle in Women
Alice G. Walton

Women who obsessively replay negative events in their mind are more at risk for alcoholism, depression and obesity. Read more >


Getting Online Support May Help College Kids Tackle Drinking
Alice G. Walton

College students who have harmful drinking patterns can be helped to rein in their drinking by receiving personalized online feedback. Read more >


Improving Children's Mental Health: An Updated Agenda and a Roadmap
Esther Entin, M.D.

Resilience, the ability to thrive in the face of extreme adversity, is a reason why some children develop successfully while others fail. Read more >


Mood and Impulsive Behavior
Neil Wagner

One good way to curb impulsive behaviors like shopping and overeating is to find a way to delay the behavior. Read more >


Violent Video Games Dampen Players' Reaction to Others' Pain
Alice Walton

Playing violent video games and watching violent films make people insensitive to others' pain and less likely to notice others' distress. Read more >


Mother-Infant Bonding: Up in Smoke
Esther Entin, M.D.

For newborns whose mothers smoke, withdrawal from nicotine occurs during the first five days after birth. Read more >


Exposure to Alcohol in the Womb Leads to Altered Connections in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

It is not clear that drinking any amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Read more >


Sugar Addiction in Rats
Neil Wagner

The American Psychiatric Association defines addiction as including three stages: craving, bingeing, and withdrawal. Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Decreases Fertility in Women, New Study Reports
Alice G. Walton

Women who are exposed to secondhand smoke may have more trouble getting pregnant or, once pregnant, have increased chances of miscarriage. Read more >


Ingredient in Red Wine May Help Fend Off Fatty Liver Disease
Alice G. Walton

The accumulation of fat in the liver can lead to such diseases as cirrhosis and fibrosis. Read more >


Fatal Medication Errors at Home on the Rise
Chris Pollock

Asking your doctor more questions and disclosing recreational drug use about your medication might help prevent a terrible accident. Read more >


Smokers Quit in Clusters
Alice G. Walton

When people close to you quit smoking, you are more likely to quit as well. Read more >


A Drink — or Two or Three — May Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tom Gilbert

Smoking increases the risk or RA, but moderate drinking seems to reduce it. Read more >


Smoking and Sleep
Tom Gilbert

Regular smokers go through nightly nicotine withdrawal, which may contribute to a restless sleep and fatigue the next day. Read more >


Smoke Cigarettes and Heal Slower
Tom Gilbert

Both the Native American cultures that discovered tobacco and the first Europeans to make it a cash crop believed that tobacco had the ability to cure ailments ranging from toothache to cancer. Read more >


First Evidence of Alcohol-Cancer Link
Tom Gilbert

Studies find that consuming alcohol increases your chance of rapid tumor growth. Read more >


All or Nothing at All
Tom Gilbert

Cutting down on smoking cigarettes — even by as much as 50% — will not help you live longer. Read more >


Acute Pancreatitis
Stephen J. Pandol M.D.



Smoking, Quitting and Genetics
Eric Siu, M.Sc., Nael Al Koudsi, H.B.Sc., Man Ki Ho, H.B.Sc., Rachel F. Tyndale, M.Sc., Ph.D

Nicotine's addictive properties are a result of the activation of the special receptors in the brain. Read more >


Another Reason Not to Do Meth
Tom Gilbert

Everybody knows that methamphetamine (meth, crank, crystal and speed) is a dangerous and powerfully addictive drug. Read more >


Are Menthol Cigarettes Worse for You?
Tom Gilbert

It's not that menthol cigarettes are more dangerous, it's just that — for some reason — they appear to be harder to give up than regular cigarettes. Read more >


Two Ways to Quit — One New, One Old
Tom Gilbert

In a tale of two anti-smoking drugs, two new aids to quitting smoking have emerged — one from the laboratory and one from the library. Read more >


Quit Smoking. Get Fat.
Tom Gilbert

Quitting smoking can result in a substantial weight gain. Forewarned is forearmed. Read more >


Tobacco and Women: Trends and Strategies for Quitting
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, if an American woman smoked a cigarette it was considered disgraceful behavior. Read more >


Rewards and Addictions
Dean D. Krahn, M.D.

Drug abusers, alcoholics and overeaters may appear to be out of control but, actually, it's the opposite. Their brain chemistry, thrown out of balanceby substance abuse, is strongly dictating their behavior. Read more >


What We Know about Unhealthy Behaviors and How You Can Change Them
Dean D. Krahn, M.D.

We pride ourselves on our intelligence but we still engage in many unhealthy behaviors — eating and drinking to excess, smoking, abusing drugs. Read more >





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