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Study unveils link between drinking and cancer risk among elderly

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Study unveils link between drinking and cancer risk among elderly Several studies conducted in the past have substantiated that drinking an excessive amount of alcohol can lead to dangerous effects on an individual’s health. A recent study conducted by a team of researchers has proved that drinking also increases an individual’s risk for developing cancer. The nine-year-long study has reflected that drinking in minimal amounts is likely to cause a lower risk of cancer and death than those who drank more or none at all. To be specific, people who had less than seven drinks a week were found to have the lowest risk for cancer and death compared to…

Psychedelics can help fight mental illness and addiction-related disorders, says study

June 14, 2018 Addiction

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Psychedelics can help fight mental illness and addiction-related disorders, says study Psychedelics have been known to produce mind-altering effects; however, a recent research has revealed that it can improve the brain’s plasticity, including its ability to repair itself from damage caused by stress or trauma. According to the study published online, psychedelics like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) might have mind-altering powers and could help fight mental illness and addiction-related disorders. As per the study authors, psychedelics such as DMT, DOI and LSD may alter the brain structure physically by increasing the number of connections between neurons; the psychedelics were shown to promote brain cell growth and form new connections between individual…

Tyson fury fights toughest battle yet, overcomes depression, drugs and alcohol

June 11, 2018 depression

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Tyson fury fights toughest battle yet, overcomes depression, drugs and alcohol I am living proof that anyone can come back from the brink. -Tyson Luke Fury, former WBA-IBF-WBO world heavyweight champion Professional boxer Tyson Luke Fury had recently admitted to suffering from depression and a drug problem in an interview to BBC Sport, ahead of his comeback fight with Sefer Seferi on June 9, 2018, which he won easily. He revealed how depression led him to abuse substance which he felt was the only coping mechanism at that time. “I woke up every day wishing I would not wake up any more. To subside that depression, other things happened,” he said.…

1 in 5 deaths among US young adults due to opioids, says report

June 11, 2018 Addiction

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1 in 5 deaths among US young adults due to opioids, says report The number of premature deaths involving opioids and related causes among young adults of the United States skyrocketed during 2001-2016, according to a recent analysis. One in 65 deaths in 2016 were due to opioids, whereas, for young adults, it was one in five, said the report, published in the JAMA Network Open in June 2018. The researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto also revealed that in 2001, opioids were responsible for just 4 percent of deaths among young Americans that reached 20 percent in 2016. Borrowing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WONDER database,…

Kate Spade’s death, a grim reminder that depression does not discriminate

Kate Spade’s death, a grim reminder that depression does not discriminate Depression has claimed one more beautiful life and this time, it’s famous American fashion designer and businesswoman Kate Spade’s. In what is being seen as an apparent suicide, the 55-year old fashion mogul was found hanging with a scarf around her neck in  her Manhattan apartment. Her body was found by the police after being discovered by her housekeeper. According to the NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, police  found a suicide note at the scene of the incident. The celebrated fashion kingpin’s death has once again renewed conversations about mental illness and is a gory reminder of the fact…

Minnesota joins states filing lawsuits against pharma firms, sues Insys over fraudulent marketing

June 4, 2018 opioid

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Minnesota joins states filing lawsuits against pharma firms, sues Insys over fraudulent marketing Minnesota recently joined the states that have sued pharmaceutical companies for their fraudulent marketing practices adopted to promote the sale of opioid painkillers in the market. The state filed its first ever lawsuit against a pharma company in the wake of the opioid epidemic devastating the entire United States. Lori Swanson, the state’s attorney general, along with the state’s Board of Pharmacy sued Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics for illicit marketing and promotion of Subsys – a fentanyl spray – accusing it of selling the strong painkiller saying it was safe to use. The company has also been accused of violating the…

Tightening alcohol laws can reduce alcohol-related crash fatalities, says study

May 31, 2018 alcohol

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Tightening alcohol laws can reduce alcohol-related crash fatalities, says study With 29 people succumbing to alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes every day in the United States, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the need of hour is stricter regulations. In this context, a recent study has suggested that strengthening state alcohol policies by a mere 10 percent can effectively pull down alcohol-related crash fatalities by 10 percent. According to the study conducted by Dr. Timothy Naimi, an alcohol policy expert at Boston Medical Center’s Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, since the alcohol-related policies in the U.S. vary from state to state, it is important that all…

Opioid manufacturers paid $1 million to Florida lawmakers, says report

May 22, 2018 opioid

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Opioid manufacturers paid $1 million to Florida lawmakers, says report Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi recently announced her decision to sue some of the biggest opioid manufacturers for the devastation they unleashed over the years in the state. Bondi alleged that drug makers and distributors used fraudulent means to downplay the addictive nature of opioids, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Floridians. Now, media reports suggest that these companies paid over $1 million to state lawmakers over the past two decades. According to an analysis by the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald, nearly 89 percent of the amount went to either Republican candidates or Republican committees. The…

People fail to understand opioid epidemic is community problem, says US General Surgeon

May 22, 2018 opioid

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People fail to understand opioid epidemic is community problem, says US General Surgeon “Less than a quarter people feel it’s an emergency in their community,” said U.S. General Surgeon Dr Jerome Adams while talking about the opioid epidemic during a panel discussion at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Dr. Adams said that opioid abuse occurs at the national level, but only a few Americans consider it as an emergency at the local level. Therefore, in order to save more lives, he advised everyone to carry opioid-reversal drug naloxone all the time so that it could be used as and when required in the community. Supporting his idea, Gov. Phil Bryant, also…

David Itzkoff’s ‘Robin’ reveals Robin Williams’s tryst with alcohol and drugs

May 18, 2018 alcohol

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David Itzkoff’s ‘Robin’ reveals Robin Williams’s tryst with alcohol and drugs David L. Itzkoff, an American journalist and writer, recently released his biography on Robin Williams, the late legendary actor and comedian. The book titled “Robin” doesn’t just take the readers through the fame and glory earned by the actor who was full of life but also aptly touches the dark side of his life, his battle against alcohol and drug addiction and the ways in which his talent disguised his conflicting emotions and self-doubt. Itzkoff’s book is based on the findings drawn from more than a hundred original interviews conducted with family, friends and colleagues, and an extensive archival research.…
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