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E-cigarettes just as, if not more, harmful than traditional cigarettes

E-cigarettes just as, if not more, harmful than traditional cigarettes

Are e-cigarettes less harmful than conventional cigarettes that contain tobacco? From a cardiovascular point of view, at least, new research answers with a resounding “no.” In fact, says one study author, “e-cigs may confer as much and potentially even more harm to users” than traditional cigarettes. Share on PinterestDespite popular perception, e-cigarettes may not be […]

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Could cannabis use help avert depression in PTSD?

Could cannabis use help avert depression in PTSD?

Could people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) benefit from using cannabis to help reduce depressive episodes and thinking about suicide? A study of a population survey from Canada suggests that the preliminary answer is yes. Share on PinterestNew research looks into the benefits of cannabis for relieving depressive symptoms in PTSD. A recent paper on […]

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Can meditation, hypnosis, and CBT help address the opioid crisis?

Can meditation, hypnosis, and CBT help address the opioid crisis?

A first-of-its-kind review and meta-analysis of specialized literature suggests that mind-body therapies, such as meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy, can help ease physical pain and prevent the development of opioid use disorder. Meditation and other mind-body therapies could help relieve pain and reduce opioid use, according to a new review. Opioids are a class of […]

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Alcohol intake and reduced brain volume: What explains the link?

Alcohol intake and reduced brain volume: What explains the link?

Does drinking more alcohol shrink the brain, or does a smaller brain volume actually predispose individuals to drink more alcohol? Share on PinterestA new study confirms the link between alcohol use and lower brain volume and proposes a shared underlying cause. Excessive alcohol consumption carries many risks, including heart and liver problems, a higher risk […]

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Atrial fibrillation: Daily alcoholic drink riskier than binge drinking

Atrial fibrillation: Daily alcoholic drink riskier than binge drinking

A new study suggests that drinking small amounts of alcohol frequently rather than having infrequent bouts of binge drinking is more likely to increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (A-fib), a condition in which the heart beats irregularly. Share on PinterestNew research suggests that drinking daily may harm the heart’s regular rhythm more than […]

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What is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?

What is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is a condition that sometimes develops due to the long term use of marijuana. The syndrome causes repeated and severe vomiting and nausea. As CHS is a newly described condition, many doctors may find it challenging to diagnose and treat. Researchers have tried to explain what causes CHS, but further study […]

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Mindfulness could boost opioid use disorder treatment

Mindfulness could boost opioid use disorder treatment

Thousands of people experience negative health outcomes from the overuse or misuse of opioids, a drug class that includes both illegal substances, such as heroin, and prescription medicines for pain relief. Can mindfulness boost the effects of traditional treatments that relieve opioid cravings? New research suggests that mindfulness can help reduce cravings for opioids. The […]