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UMB, Guidewell Financial Solutions Partner on Problem Gambling Grant

Problem gambling among credit counseling clients is the focus of a $34,500 seed grant awarded to the School of Social Work and Guidewell Financial Solutions.

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Smoking Cessation, Tobacco, quit smoking

Research Is at the Heart of Decade-Long Collaboration on Smoking Cessation Between KU Medical Center and the University of Kansas Hospital

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UKanQuit, a joint inpatient program between the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital, is helping more smokers quit the habit

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Variability in Local Costs of Substance Abuse Across California

The average news consumer might be surprised to learn that the economic costs of alcohol abuse far exceed those related to illegal drug use. In California, alcohol abuse cost $129 billion in 2010, $3,450 per California resident. That was almost three times the $44 billion bill for illicit drug use. The largest cost contributors were mortality, impaired driving, and violence. The costs varied greatly from city to city and county to county.

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Embargoed AJPH Research: ACA TV News, Housing Assistance and Health, CVS Tobacco Sales

In this month’s release, find new embargoed research about: Affordable Care Act television news content; housing assistance’s link to resident health; and the effect of CVS ending tobacco sales on cigarette purchasing.

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Smoking Cessation, Health, Public Service Announcement, Advertsing, Smoking, Nostalgia, Disease

Smokers’ Memories Could Help Them Quit

Rather than inciting fear, anti-smoking campaigns should tap into smokers’ memories and tug at their heartstrings, finds a new study by Michigan State University researchers.

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Opioid, Drug Abuse, opioid abuse, Physicians and Opioids, opioid prescribing, prescribing practices, Opioid use, Opioid Epidemic, Harvard Medical School, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Opioid Addiction, opioid overdose, Addiction

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At a glance: New research shows great variation among clinicians’ opioid prescribing practices and links physician prescription patterns to patients’ risk for subsequent long-term opioid use. Being treated by an emergency room physician who prescribes opioids more frequently increases a patient’s risk of long-term opioid use and other adverse outcomes. The results suggest that differences in clinicians’ prescribing habits may be helping to fuel the opioid epidemic sweeping the United States.

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Smoking Cessation Counseling Successful When Paired with Lung Cancer Screening

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The first successful randomized trial of its kind provides preliminary evidence that telephone-based smoking cessation counseling given to smokers shortly after undergoing lung cancer screening can be effective at helping people stop smoking.

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Nicotine, Nicotine Addiction, nicotine receptors, Smoking, Brain, Faruk H. Moonschi, Ashley M. Loe, Chris I. Richards, University Of Kentucky, Biophysical Society 61st Meeting, Biophysical Society

Nicotine Changes How Nicotinic Receptors Are Grouped on Brain Cells

Nicotine -- the primary compound found within tobacco smoke -- is known to change the grouping of some subtypes of nicotine receptors, but the mechanisms for nicotine addiction remain unclear. This inspired a group of University of Kentucky researchers to explore the role nicotine plays in the assembly of nicotine receptors within the brain. During the Biophysical Society meeting, Feb. 11-15, 2017, Faruk Moonschi will present the group’s work, which centers on a fluorescence-based “single molecule” technique they developed.

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Depression Linked to E-Cigarette Use Among College Students

The emergence of e-cigarettes as a nicotine product has left scientists with many questions about their impact on health, including how the product interacts with depression. A new study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), published today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, found a connection between depression and initiation of e-cigarette use among college students.

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Getting Kids to Eat Veggies, Healing Tea, Bad Supplements, and More in the Food Science News Source

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Improving Medicare, Online Health Visits, Surplus Medical Equipment Go to Ghana, Flu Panic, and More in the Healthcare News Source

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‘Smokeless Doesn’t Mean Harmless’ Campaign May Be Doing More Harm, Researchers Argue

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FDA ad campaign geared toward rural teens who use smokeless tobacco products fails to provide public with important information on relative risks of smokeless tobacco compared to traditional cigarettes, Kozlowski and Sweanor write.

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Teens Who Vape at Increased Risk for Future Cigarette Smoking

Among high school seniors who have never smoked a cigarette, those who vape are more than four times more likely to smoke a cigarette in the following year than their peers who do not vape.

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Anesthesiology, Opioids, Elderly, Respiratory Health, Alcohol

Mixing Opioids and Alcohol May Increase Likelihood of Dangerous Respiratory Complication, Especially in the Elderly, Study Finds

Taking one oxycodone tablet together with even a modest amount of alcohol increases the risk of a potentially life-threatening side effect known as respiratory depression, which causes breathing to become extremely shallow or stop altogether, reports a study published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology.

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Study: Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Liquids

A study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found high levels of toxic metals in the liquid that creates the aerosol that e-cigarette users inhale when they vape.

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Alcohol Withdrawal, pain, Electroacupuncture, rodent study, Hyperalgesia, relapse to drinking, Alternative Therapies, mu opioid receptors

Pain During Alcohol Withdrawal: Electroacupuncture May Help

Hyperalgesia refers to an increased sensitivity to pain. It can occur during alcohol withdrawal, and may contribute to a relapse to drinking. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA; which combines acupuncture with electrical stimulation) are effective in reducing pain and, possibly, alcohol-withdrawal symptoms. This rodent study investigated whether EA can alleviate hyperalgesia during alcohol withdrawal, potentially reducing the risk of a relapse to drinking, and whether it achieves this effect via action at mu opioid receptors (MORs) located in a brain region called the lateral habenula.

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e-cigarette, Lung Cancer, nicotine levels, Yale Cancer Center, Dripping

Yale Study: 1 in 4 Teen E-Cigarette Users Have Tried 'Dripping'

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Yale researchers found in a study that one in four high schoolers who use electronic cigarettes are inhaling vapors produced by dripping e-liquids directly onto heating coils, instead of inhaling from the e-cigarette mouthpiece, possibly increasing exposure to toxins and nicotine.

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thirdhand smoke, smoke exposure, Enviornmental Health, Public Health

Thirdhand Smoke Affects Weight, Blood Cell Development in Mice

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A new Berkeley Lab-led study found that the sticky residue left behind by tobacco smoke led to changes in weight and blood cell count in mice. These latest findings add to a growing body of evidence that thirdhand smoke exposure may be harmful.

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Mount Sinai Neurobiologist Illuminates the Underexplored Potential of Cannabis to Address Opioid Addiction

A number of animal studies and a small human pilot study have revealed that cannabinoids, extracts of cannabis legally sold as medical marijuana, could reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms in heroin users.







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