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Month: May 2014

Just Faking Happiness Boosts Mood, Study Finds

You might think that figuring out what makes most people happy isn’t exactly rocket science, but sometimes the results of this type of study are surprising. Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) recently published results from a study that explored whether “acting happy” by engaging in outgoing behaviors would actually lead to a greater sense …

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Ex-Players Say NFL Handed Out Painkillers ‘Like Candy’

The National Football League has been sued by more than 600 retired players, who have charged that they were wrongfully doped with addictive painkillers to keep them on the field at the expense of their health. This marks the second time in a week that makers of opiate drugs have been pulled into lawsuits. On …

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Chronic Meth Use Damages Brain Structures, Impairs Mental Flexibility

Methamphetamine is a synthetically manufactured stimulant known for its ability to profoundly alter the brain’s chemical environment and foster both drug abuse and drug addiction. Some of the brain changes found in users of the drug may appear before problems with abuse and addiction begin, while others may stem from the direct impact of chronic …

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Counties Sue Drug Makers, Allege ‘Campaign of Deception’

The district attorneys of two California counties have sued five giant pharmaceutical companies, charging that they fraudulently marketed highly addictive drugs meant for terminal cancer patients as safe for chronic pain relief. The resulting explosion in prescription painkillers, the plaintiffs allege, has contributed to the nation’s alarming spike in opiate overdose deaths.

Binge Drinking Reduces Impulse Control, Increases Risky Sex Behavior

Binge drinking is a common form of problematic alcohol consumption in the U.S., especially among young adults. Public health officials are well aware that people who engage in this practice have significantly increased chances of participating in risky, unplanned sexual conduct. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental …

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Memorial Day Weekend Checkpoints for Drugged, Drunk Driving

An army of officers will fan out over Memorial Day weekend around the country with DUI checkpoints and patrols aimed at snagging not just drunk drivers, but the growing menace of drugged drivers. This intensified focus comes on the heels of a new study that finds an increase in fatal accidents involving marijuana since Colorado …

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Drugs That Curb Alcohol Cravings Underused, Study Finds

Given that one person in the world dies every 10 seconds from alcohol consumption, the need for help in staying sober is starkly clear. So why has more than a decade passed with little use of two effective medications for alcoholics? That was the question undertaken by researchers at the University of North Carolina at …

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