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Health alert: Flavored e-cigs have been tied to popcorn lung

Strong scientific evidence has linked electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) to flavoring-induced lung disease. Because e-cig cartridges are unregulated, many contain dangerous chemicals. The addictive properties of nicotine make e-cigs likely to be used repeatedly over time. Adolescents may be at particular risk because of e-cig popularity among them. To date, no recall of flavored e-cig cartridges […]


Scientists discover liver hormone that may reduce sugar and alcohol cravings

This past December, two research teams independently made the same discovery: A hormone that originates primarily in the liver might be responsible for regulating both sugar and alcohol-cravings. FGF21: A liver hormone that reduces cravings The first study examined how fibroblast growth factor 21 (or FGF21) impacted nutrient preference in mice and monkeys. FGF21 is […]


Replacing heroin with prescription painkillers: The problem of cross-addiction

People who become addicted to a particular drug (e.g., heroin) are more likely to develop dependence to other drugs within the same drug class (e.g., prescription painkillers) — a problem known as cross-addiction. Cross-addiction is common in today’s world of addiction — heroin addicts are becoming addicted to prescription opioids (e.g., oxycodone, hydrocodone), and cocaine […]


Breaking the cycle of addiction in families
Posted in Addiction, Children

It has been proven that genetic diseases such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes have an increased risk if a first-degree relative such as a mom, dad, sister or brother is affected. It is even true that patients with a first-degree relative affected by one of the genetic diseases must be screened at early ages and […]


Good support systems make all the difference in recovery
Posted in Alcohol Rehab, Recovery

Social support is one of the most important functions of social relationships, and is a key component in the treatment and recovery process for patients with substance use problems. Many people come to treatment lacking vital resources for support and have difficulty maintaining important social relationships due to substance abuse. Having a strong social support […]


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