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  1. Marijuana Study Counters 'Gateway' Theory

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana may not be the "gateway drug" some believe it to be, a new study contends. Instead, teens smoke pot for very specific reasons, and it is those reasons that appear to prompt their decision to try other drugs, re

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  2. Could Blue Eyes Raise Odds for Alcoholism?

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with blue eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics, a new study suggests. Genetic researchers at the University of Vermont said their findings could help doctors learn more about the roots of alcoholism

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  3. Evidence Backs Medical Pot for Some Conditions

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals. A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving medical marijuana or marijuana-derived dr

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  4. Teens Unfamiliar With Harms of Pot, E-Cigs

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens may have a firm grasp on the dangers of smoking cigarettes, but they appear less clear about how using marijuana or electronic cigarettes might harm their health, new research suggests. "The most striking finding from

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  5. Labels on Edible Pot Products May Be Misleading

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to edible medical marijuana products, new research shows that ailing people are unlikely to get what they pay for in that pot brownie or chocolate chunk cookie. Most edible pot products sampled in three ma

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  6. Legalizing Medical Pot May Not Raise Teen Use

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When states legalize medical marijuana, this does not lead to greater use of the drug by teens, a new study suggests. The findings are published June 15 in The Lancet Psychiatry. "Our findings provide the strongest eviden

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  7. Pot 'Dabbing' Poses Risk of Serious Burns

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially hazardous form of marijuana use called "dabbing" is growing in popularity across the United States, researchers warn. In dabbing, users inhale through a water pipe the vapor from "dabs" of waxy or solid mar

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  8. Synthetic Pot a Growing Danger, CDC Report Finds

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Calls to poison centers for problems caused by synthetic marijuana spiked more than 220 percent since last year, according to a new U.S. government report. That includes a 330 percent increase in calls from January 201

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  9. 3 in 10 Have Drinking Problem at Some Point

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 30 percent of Americans have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives, ranging from binge drinking to full-blown alcoholism, but less than 20 percent are ever treated, a new study found. Alcohol use d

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  10. ‘$5 Insanity’: What You Should Know About Flakka

    May 21, 2015 -- Some call it “$5 Insanity.” Flakka, a new designer drug, is surging in popularity. Poison control centers in states including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas are responding to an increasing number of incidents involving it. Here’s what you need to know: What is flakka? It’s

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