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Month: June 2014

New Breathalyzer Detects Marijuana Use

Breathalyzers are devices originally developed to detect the concentration of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream. Law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. commonly use these devices as part of procedures designed to identify people driving while intoxicated. In a study published in December 2013 in the journal Clinical Chemistry and reported in May 2014 by study …

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Bipolar Disorder and ADHD: Similarities and Differences in Teens and Children

When someone tells a parent there’s a possibility their child suffers from a type of mental health concern, it can stir up many feelings. The most common mental health concern in children of late has been attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, diagnoses of ADHD can occur when some teens and children should have been diagnosed …

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Even Mice Can Get Addicted to Tanning

With summer here and the July 4 holiday upon us, millions of people in America and across the world will head to beaches and pools to soak up the sun. Unfortunately, this commonplace activity can drastically increase a person’s odds of developing skin cancer. Public health officials and researchers know that, despite the known risks …

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Mental Illness More Dangerous to Health Than Smoking

Smoking is a form of substance use known for its ability to trigger a wide range of serious and potentially fatal health problems. In fact, current figures indicate that roughly 20 percent of all annual deaths in the U.S. stem from smoking-related causes. In a large-scale study review slated for publication in 2014 in the …

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Impulsivity Related to Food Addiction

For some, certain foods like chocolate or chips have a strong attraction. So-called “chocoholics” talk about their affinity for chocolate in ways that incorporate terms usually reserved for addiction to drugs or alcohol. Those that believe that they really cannot eat just one potato chip may feel that this food has a particular hold on …

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CDC Reports Explosion in E-Cigarette Child Poisoning Calls

Soaring child poisonings from the fluid used in electronic cigarettes — especially in summer months — has prompted warnings about the risks of liquid nicotine exposure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that reports of adverse e-cigarette exposure to U.S. poison control centers climbed from one in September 2010 to 1,351 in …

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