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    1. Gender Gap in Prescription Pain Drug Abuse

      April 29, 2010 -- Gender appears to play a role in the risk of abuse of prescription pain drugs, a study shows. Predictors of such abuse are different in men and women, researchers say, and knowing this could help doctors adopt treatment plans that are less likely to cause misuse of opioid medicatio

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    2. Indoor Tanning Addiction Linked to Anxiety, Drug Abuse

      April 19, 2010 -- Indoor tanning can be addictive, and people who are hooked on tanning beds may also be prone to anxiety and substance abuse problems, according to a new study in the Archives of Dermatology. Despite the well-publicized risks of skin cancer, indoor tanning is on the rise among adole

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    3. Too Much Alcohol? Friends May Be to Blame

      April 5, 2010 -- The people you hang out with play a big role in determining how much booze you drink -- or if you drink alcohol at all. The finding comes from a study based on data mined from the Framingham Heart Study, which followed 12,067 people for more than 30 years, looking at lifestyle habit

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    4. FAQ: K2, Spice Gold, and Herbal 'Incense'

      Editor's note: On March 1, 2011, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration invoked its "emergency scheduling authority" to make most "legal high" products illegal. The relatively inactive herbs used in these products are spiked with potent designer drugs. The DEA action applies to five of these drugs

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    5. Dangerous Cocktail: Energy Drinks + Alcohol

      Feb. 12, 2010 -- College-age drinkers who swill alcoholic energy-drink cocktails are three times more likely than alcohol-only drinkers to leave a bar drunk. What's more, those imbibing energy cocktails are four times more likely to attempt drunken driving, find University of Florida researchers Den

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    6. Abuse of Alcohol, Pot Linked to Same Genes

      Dec. 18, 2009 -- Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the U.S., but little is known about the genes that influence its use. Now new research suggests that many of the same genetic factors that lead people to drink alcohol also lead them to smoke marijuana. Researchers interviewed 2,761

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    7. Drunk? Coffee Won't Get You Sober

      Dec. 10, 2009 -- Gulping down coffee won’t sober you up if you’re drunk, but it may make you awake enough to be dangerous, new research suggests. Researchers draw that conclusion from laboratory experiments on mice, in which caffeine made drunken rodents more alert but didn’t reverse learning proble

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    8. When You Don't Drink But Your Friends Do

      There's no graceful way out: Your best friend's getting married. Your boss says the holiday party is mandatory. Your mom expects you to play Santa on Christmas, like always. But now that you're sober, you're nervous about social functions where everyone will be drinking and expecting you to follow s

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    9. Internet Addiction: Is Your Teen at Risk?

      Oct. 6, 2009 -- Kids with ADHD, hostility, social phobia, or depression may be more likely to become addicted to the Internet, according to a new study. Researchers in Taiwan examined the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and Internet addiction in 2,162 junior high students over a period of

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    10. Vaccine May Treat Cocaine Addiction

      Oct. 5, 2009 -- A new vaccine may one day help people who are addicted to cocaine to curb their drug use and overcome their dependency. The experimental cocaine vaccine works by raising levels of cocaine antibodies to hamper the drug's ability to affect the brain. Researchers found that treated drug

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