More Bad News About Alcohol - Dementia!

More Bad News About Alcohol - Dementia!

 

By Rachel Baxter

21 FEB 2018, 12:13

An analysis of more than a million dementia patients has found that chronic heavy drinking puts you at serious risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, alcohol use disorders were found to be the biggest avoidable risk factor in the onset of dementia.

The case for testing all adults for Hepatitis C: It's safer and more cost-effective than what many hospitals do

The case for testing all adults for Hepatitis C: It's safer and more cost-effective than what many hospitals do

Screening all adults for hepatitis C is a cost-effective way to improve clinical outcomes and identify more infected people compared to current recommendations, according to a new study. 

Giving Up Drinking Changed My Life

Giving Up Drinking Changed My Life

A year ago, Cheyne Kobzoff's life sucked. Hard. Despite a loving wife, two kids, and a great job as a chef at a local restaurant, the lifelong drinker spent every miserable morning trying to remove the creeping thoughts of self-hatred from his perpetually pounding head. But beyond the emotional damage, Kobzoff's rampant boozing had also caused his belly to balloon into a Santa-like situation. (The beard didn't do him any favors either.)

There Are Four Types Of Drinker According To Science - Which One Are You?

There Are Four Types Of Drinker According To Science - Which One Are You?

More precisely, the model assumes people drink to increase positive feelings or decrease negative ones. They’re also motivated by internal rewards such as enhancement of a desired personal emotional state, or by external rewards such as social approval.

This results in all drinking motives falling into one of four categories: enhancement (because it’s exciting), coping (to forget about my worries), social (to celebrate), and conformity (to fit in). Drinkers can be high or low in any number of drinking motives – people are not necessarily one type of drinker or the other.

WTF?! Texas judge ordered electric shocks to silence man on trial. Conviction thrown out.

WTF?!  Texas judge ordered electric shocks to silence man on trial. Conviction thrown out.

In Tarrant County, Tex., defendants are sometimes strapped with a stun belt around their legs. The devices are used to deliver a shock in the event the person gets violent or attempts to escape.

But in the case of Terry Lee Morris, the device was used as punishment for refusing to answer a judge’s questions properly during his 2016 trial.

What Mixing Weed and Alcohol Does to Your Mind

What Mixing Weed and Alcohol Does to Your Mind

I rarely mix weed and alcohol—otherwise, I become more silent than a hermit crab floating in space. 

But pursuing the high that results from combining the two drugs—known as a "crossfade"—isn't uncommon. Researchers, however, are still delving into the science behind this blissed-out state of mind—and why so many people seek it out.  

Stem Cell Treatment Could Curb Alcoholism By Reducing Brain Inflammation

Stem Cell Treatment Could Curb Alcoholism By Reducing Brain Inflammation

A series of experiments by Chilean scientists imply that injections of a type of immune system-altering stem cell can stop binge drinking behavior in rats by reversing the neurological inflammation that comes with alcoholism.

When Opioids Make Pain Worse

When Opioids Make Pain Worse

An English physician in 1870 reported on morphine's tendency to "encourage the very pain it pretends to relieve." Researchers found that active heroin users were more sensitive to pain than expected. Other investigators took note, and by decade's end, a half-dozen studies had demonstrated similar results among heroin users as well as among recovering users on methadone.

Opioids Don't Beat Other Medications For Chronic Pain

Opioids Don't Beat Other Medications For Chronic Pain

For many people who live with chronic pain, opioids can seem like the difference between a full life or one lived in agony. Over the past few decades, they have become go-to drugs for acute pain, but Dr. Erin Krebs, with the Minneapolis Veteran's Administration Health Care System and the University of Minnesota, says the science about the effectiveness of opioids for chronic, or long-term, pain has been lacking.

$1 Fentanyl Test Strip Could Be a Major Weapon against Opioid ODs

$1 Fentanyl Test Strip Could Be a Major Weapon against Opioid ODs

As the deadly crisis refuses to wane, cities search for unconventional responses to overdoses.

“It’s an important study, and it shows that the fentanyl test can be really used as a point-of-care test within harm-reduction programs,” says Jon Zibbell, a public health scientist at nonprofit research organization RTI International.

Why Alcohol Can Turn You Into A Mean Drunk

Why Alcohol Can Turn You Into A Mean Drunk

"Although there was an overall dampening effect of alcohol on the prefrontal cortex, even at a low dose of alcohol we observed a significant positive relationship between dorsomedial and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex activity and alcohol-related aggression," lead author Thomas Denson, from the University of New South Wales in Australia, said in a statement. "These regions may support different behaviors, such as peace versus aggression, depending on whether a person is sober or intoxicated.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in U.S. communities

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in U.S. communities
  • A new study estimates that at least 1 to 5% of children in select communities have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and suggests the prevalence may be even higher.
  • The findings are more accurate than previous estimates and highlight the need for strategies to address this problem.

Heroin Vaccine Treats Addiction and Lethal Overdose

Heroin Vaccine Treats Addiction and Lethal Overdose

The vaccine is built by binding a heroin molecule to a protein recognized by the immune system. The heroin molecule does not trigger an immune reaction on its own. When the vaccine initiates an immune response, antibodies are produced that bind to heroin molecules that build up when a person is using the drug. The antibody binding prevents the drug from reaching the brain and causing a high.

A Father's Story: How a "Really good kid" died of a heroin overdose

A Father's Story: How a "Really good kid" died of a heroin overdose

“I talk to her in the seat next to me and I tell her I‘m going to remember you the way you used to be and how fun you used to be,'” he says.

Jessica isn’t in the seat. She’s dead.