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  • Almost half of drinkers mix prescription drugs with alcohol
    Almost half of drinkers mix prescription drugs with alcohol
    A new study has reported that almost 50% of alcohol consumers in the United States have used one or more prescription medications that interact with alcohol. The practice can result in serious health consequences, including death. The findings...
  • Many teens think light smoking is not harmful
    Many teens think light smoking is not harmful
    Many older smokers rue the day they took up the smoking habit, and public awareness in general has increased regarding the health hazards of smoking. However, many teens are becoming casual smokers. To gain insight into the problem, researchers at...
  • Are complementary and alternative medicines safe during pregnancy?
    Are complementary and alternative medicines safe during pregnancy?
    Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) are taken by many women, and the practice often continues during pregnancy. A common misconception is that, since they are non-prescription, they cannot be harmful. Sadly, that is not true. A new...
  • More than 16 million US children can legally buy e-cigarettes
    More than 16 million US children can legally buy e-cigarettes
    At present, laws regarding e-cigarettes are limited and much less stringent than those regulating tobacco products. According to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, released on December 11, 10 states and the District of...
  • The Mother Road on Albuquerque
    The Mother Road is in need of hospice care in Albuquerque
    Before moving to Albuquerque seven years ago, I wondered why Nate “King" Cole didn’t include Albuquerque in his great musical travelogue Route 66 and why the only city in New Mexico included in the tune is the tiny town of Gallop....
  • Review study reports adverse health effects from energy drinks
    Review study reports adverse health effects from energy drinks
    A new review study of the existing evidence suggests that energy drinks may represent a looming public health threat, especially for children and young adults. The investigators reviewed scientific literature that examined adverse effects of...
  • Sexting teens likely to be sexually active
    Sexting teens likely to be sexually active
    A number of teens in the United States engage in sexting and transmit sexually explicit images on their electronic devices, most often smartphones. A new study set out to determine whether sexting increased the likelihood of teens becoming...
  • Medication errors linked to US use of archaic measuring system
    Medication errors linked to US use of archaic measuring system
    Medication errors can have a significant impact; too little medication will not adequately treat a medical problem, while too much can produce harmful, and even toxic side effects. When our nation was founded, we adopted the English system of...
  • E-cigarette use soaring among teens
    E-cigarette use soaring among teens
    According to a new study, e-cigarette use is soaring among middle school and high school students. Furthermore, the investigators found evidence that use of e-cigarettes (vaping) may increase the likelihood of smoking tobacco. The findings were...
  • UCLA School of Nursing finds Southland hookah lounge patrons unaware of dangers
    UCLA School of Nursing finds Southland hookah lounge patrons unaware of dangers
    Hookah smoking is soaring in popularity among teens and young adults in the US. Researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing visited three Southern California hookah lounges to assess whether patrons were aware of the harmful effects of inhaling the...
  • Internal medicine group says no to screening pelvic exam
    Internal medicine group says no to screening pelvic exam
    A screening pelvic exam, also known as a well woman exam, is a common procedure. Some women are reassured when they find that the results are negative, while others would prefer to avoid one. On July 1, the American College of Physicians (ACP)...
  • E-cigarette TV ads pose hazard to teens and young adults
    E-cigarette TV ads pose hazard to teens and young adults
    E-cigarettes are currently being touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. In addition, a major public health concern is to encourage abstinence from tobacco products among teens and young adults. This is the period when many begin...
  • FDA extends tobacco authority to e-cigarettes
    FDA extends tobacco authority to e-cigarettes
    In 2009, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into law. On April 24, as part of its implementation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a new rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to...
  • How women cope with a false positive breast cancer diagnosis
    How women cope with a false positive breast cancer diagnosis
    Many women undergo mammograms periodically to screen for breast cancer. Not uncommonly, a false-positive result will occur. Later tests will determine that a cancer is not present; however, until that occurs, a woman must cope with the possibility...
  • Codeine prescribed to kids far too often reports new study
    Codeine prescribed to kids far too often reports new study
    National guidelines recommend that the narcotic, codeine, should not be prescribed to children; however, a new study has found that this recommendation is often not followed. The study was published online on April 21 in the journal Pediatrics by...