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Health alert: Flavored e-cigs have been tied to popcorn lung
01-31-16 Category: Addiction, Health and Wellness

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
01-29-16 Category: 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 […]

How prescription painkillers often lead to drug addiction
01-27-16 Category: Addiction, Health and Wellness

How someone could go from prescription painkillers to drug addiction is easy to understand. The pain bone’s connected to the doctor bone. The doctor bone’s connected to the opioid bone. The opioid bone’s connected to the addiction bone. Once the addiction bone takes over, the word “pain” takes on a whole new meaning. The pain […]

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