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Month: January 2012

New Clues From Scientists as to Why Alcohol is So Addicting

What makes alcohol so addicting? According to scientists, there are several key factors that contribute to why alcohol is so addictive for many people. From the way it affects the brain to its ability to trigger pleasurable sensations, alcohol addiction can be a tough habit to break. However, if you or someone you love is …

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Low Levels of Vitamin D Linked to Depression

Vitamin D strengthens the bones and the heart and has benefitted patients suffering from a variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, and autoimmune diseases. We get a natural dose of Vitamin D from the sunshine and from foods full of calcium, but millions of Americans take additional Vitamin D supplements …

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“Huffing” Isn’t Just Kid’s Stuff: More Adults Are Now Abusing Inhalants

Illicit drugs offer a high to adults and youth that comes with a dangerous price. Drugs like marijuana and cocaine cost people physically, mentally, and monetarily. When teens can’t monetarily afford drugs to give them a high, or are worried about using illicit drugs, sometimes they turn to getting their high from inhalants. These kids …

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Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Findings Released

Findings from the 2009 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) have been released and show that there were nearly 4.6 million drug-related emergency department (ED) visits in 2009. About half (49.8 percent, or 2.3 million) of the 4.6 million were due to adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals. Almost one half (45.1 percent, or 2.1 million) of the …

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Substance Abuse Among Anesthesiologists

Although it can be difficult to accept, physicians are at risk for the same challenges and illnesses as other people, including drug addiction. Anesthesiologists, in particular, have consistently been shown to have an unusually high rate of drug abuse compared to other physicians. A survey of 260 anesthesiologists from the Medical College of Wisconsin graduating …

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