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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Alcoholism May Alter Sleep Long-Term

    Oct. 1, 2009 -- Even if they quit drinking, alcoholics still have differences in their sleep when compared with other people, a new study shows. The study, published in the Oct. 1 edition of the journal Sleep, included 42 alcoholics who had quit drinking and 42 people with no history of alcoholism.

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  7. Teen Drinking Tied to Bad Choices as Adult

    Sept. 21, 2009 -- Abuse alcohol when you're young and you'll make unwise decisions later on in life, a new study suggests. It is well known that too much alcohol can slow down a person's ability to think, react, and make decisions at the current moment. But scientists from the University of Washingt

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  8. Older People Are Binge Drinkers, Too

    Aug. 17, 2009 -- Older people as well as aging baby boomers may be turning to booze and binge drinking, a new study shows. The study raises significant concerns, researchers say, because doctors often overlook drinking habits, which can be harmful to individual health and public safety. Duke Univers

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  9. Study: Alcohol Tied to Nearly 1 in 25 Deaths

    June 25, 2009 -- Approximately 4% of global deaths may be linked to alcohol, according to a new study. The study, published in The Lancet, estimates the percentage of alcohol-related deaths based on accidents, alcohol abuse, and various health conditions -- including certain cancers, high blood pres

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  10. Alcohol's Effects: Old vs. Young People

    March 6, 2009 -- Social drinking seems to impair older people more than their younger drinking buddies. Also, older people are less likely to realize how the alcohol is affecting them, according to a new study. The study, published in The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, is based on a resear

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