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    AAP report: Talk to your kids about alcohol by age 9
    Parents and pediatricians should be talking to kids about the dangers of alcohol when they are as young as 9 years old, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Published online Aug. 31 in the journal Pediatrics,...
  • Teens with chronic illnesses prone to use alcohol and marijuana
    Teens with chronic illnesses prone to use alcohol and marijuana
    Marijuana and alcohol use among teens is a significant public health concern in the United States. A new study has found that these practices are common among a group of medically vulnerable teens—those with chronic illnesses. The findings...
  • Pear juice, coffee, water, or Hair of the Dog won't cure alcohol hangovers
    Pear juice, coffee, water, or Hair of the Dog won't cure alcohol hangovers
    A July 2015 junk-science news article claimed pear juice cuts hangover symptoms. A more recent news piece suggests that traditional hangover prevention tactics like loading up on greasy food or pounding water aren't really effective. An...
  • Alcohol: A carcinogen hiding in plain sight
    Alcohol: A carcinogen hiding in plain sight
    Alcohol is a carcinogen. Even moderate alcohol use may substantially increase the risk of getting and dying from cancer, according to a study reported in The BMJ, Aug. 18. This isn't exactly breaking news: Alcohol use accounts for about 3.5...
  • Control your weight with the Tetris diet
    Control your weight with the Tetris diet
    Diet failures far outweigh diet successes due to a number of factors such as food cravings that bomb the diet or boring meals. A new study has come across a pleasant way to keep that excess poundage off—playing Tetris on your mobile device....
  • Sake Barrel at Meiji Shrine
    How to enjoy the art of drinking sake
    Sake (酒; pronounced “sah-keh” not “sock-ee”) is a drink that has been made in Japan for thousands of years. It is relatively unknown in the US, although a few varieties are starting to pop up in some restaurants and...
  • Four alcohol-related liver damage signals
    Four alcohol-related liver damage signals
    If the liver had pain nerves, nobody would ever take a second drink. The stuff is that toxic. Spill a drop in a cut or an accidental splash in the eye will demonstrate what I mean. The liver is a resilient, tough toxin eradicating giant, but it...
  • Summer Secrets by Jane Green
    'Summer Secrets' by Jane Green: Novel about drinking, relationships and family
    "Summer Secrets" by Jane Green is, especially for those of us who don't drink much, a window into the life of an alcoholic. Cat doesn't start off as an alcoholic, but the buzz she gets from liquor and the way it makes her feel ...
  • Alcohol increases autoimmune disease risk, worsens symptoms
    Alcohol increases autoimmune disease risk, worsens symptoms
    If you don't know what an autoimmune disease is, you haven't had the distinct pleasure of hearing from your physician that you have one… your fortunate. It's just like it sounds: A body's immune system goes on auto and...
  • Three ways alcohol triggers asthma attacks
    Three ways alcohol triggers asthma attacks
    With a rash of new inhaler-type treatments, more effective drugs like kinase inhibitors, and the promise of immunotherapy, what gets lost in the shuffle for asthmatics is what brings on an asthmatic attack. Some asthmatics learn the hard way that...
  • Dr. Dan Headrick
    Get high naturally: Recovery movement insider creates a program for kids
    Dr. Dan Headrick wants your kids to get high. Not that way. A natural high. He wants them to be so high on life itself that there will be absolutely no temptation to even try alcohol or drugs until they’re 21.To that end, he created The...
  • QB De'Andre Johnson kicked off team after video shows him punching girl in face
    QB De'Andre Johnson kicked off team after video shows him punching girl in face
    On July 6, Florida State University (FSU) announced that the college’s freshman football quarterback, De'Andre Johnson, was kicked off the team after video was released showing the 19-year-old punching a girl in her face last month in a...
  • Study finds high legal drinking age promotes marijuana use
    Study finds high legal drinking age promotes marijuana use
    As one might expect, lawmakers seeking to prevent a problem have actually caused another problem. People that are under the minimum legal age for buying and drinking alcohol have a higher tendency to use marijuana. University of Illinois economist...
  • Alcohol Tracker app warns you if you drink too much
    Alcohol Tracker app warns you if you drink too much
    Dr. Melvyn Zhang with the National Addictions Management Services at the Institute of Mental Health in Singapore has developed the first phone app that not only tracks how much a person drinks but provides help lines and direct access to therapy...
  • Mixing booze and pot, a bad combo
    Mixing booze and pot, a bad combo
    Both marijuana and alcohol are substances that can be abused and lead to untoward consequences. Some only in indulge exclusively in one or the other; however, some partake of bot substances. A new study evaluated the combined effects of consuming...
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