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  • Jul 2018

    How long does nicotine stay in your system?

    After smoking a cigarette, nicotine and its by-products stay in a person’s urine and saliva for 4 days and blood for up to 10 days. In this article, we look at whether this differs between smoking and vaping, what withdrawal feels like, and if people can affect how long it takes to clear their system of nicotine.

  • Jul 2018

    Can you withdraw from opiate addiction at home?

    There are many symptoms of opiate withdrawal, including shaking, chills, nausea, and diarrhea in some cases. These uncomfortable symptoms can often be relieved through home treatments until the body is entirely free of opiates. Learn more about the potential home remedies for opiate withdrawal symptoms here.

  • Jul 2018

    Rapid increase in deaths due to alcohol-related liver disease

    Specialists are expressing concern over rising mortality due to late-stage liver disease. Most cases are caused by alcohol use, they warn.

  • Jul 2018

    What is gaming disorder?

    The World Health Organization have given gaming disorder a mental health classification. People with gaming disorder prioritize gaming over other activities and experience negative effects from continuing to play video games. Here, we discuss what gaming disorder is and what its classification may mean for gamers.

  • Jul 2018

    Major study finds 'no evidence' that cannabis relieves chronic pain

    A 4-year prospective cohort study finds that cannabis may not be very effective for treating chronic pain that is not cancer-related.

  • Jul 2018

    Signs of alcohol withdrawal syndrome

    Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is the cluster of symptoms that may develop when someone who is alcohol dependent suddenly stops drinking. Alcohol affects many body systems, so the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome can vary widely. In this article, learn about the signs and symptoms, as well as the treatment options.

  • Jun 2018

    Medical cannabis for epilepsy approved in FDA first

    Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first ever cannabis-based drug for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy.

  • Jun 2018

    What causes alcohol addiction? Study investigates

    Rats that persistently choose alcohol despite negative consequences have the same altered signaling mechanism in the brain as human addicts, a study shows.

  • Jun 2018

    What to know about birth control and alcohol

    Alcohol does not directly reduce the effectiveness of birth control. However, excessive drinking may prevent a person from taking the birth control pill correctly, or increase their likelihood of engaging in risky behavior. Side effects such as vomiting can also increase the chance of pregnancy. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2018

    Is it possible to prevent a hangover?

    A hangover is what some people experience the morning after an evening of heavy drinking. There are many supposed hangover cures, but few are proven. Here, we look at nine evidence-based ways to prevent a hangover, including drinking in moderation, eating, staying hydrated, and avoiding chemicals called congeners.

  • Jun 2018

    Parkinson's drugs may lead to compulsive behavior

    A new study finds that, with time, half of those who take dopamine agonists develop compulsive shopping, eating, gambling, or sexual behaviors.

  • Jun 2018

    Alcohol, mortality, and cancer risk: Is moderation key?

    There have been many studies on alcohol and its impact on health, but the relationship is not fully understood. A new, large-scale study investigates.

  • Jun 2018

    What to know about Freon poisoning

    Chemicals used as cooling agents in refrigeration and air-conditioning units can be deadly if inhaled. This rarely occurs by accident, but some people inhale these chemicals, commercially known as Freon, to get high. Read on to find out about the dangers and what to do if someone shows signs of refrigerant poisoning.

  • Jun 2018

    What is rhinophyma?

    The skin disorder rhinophyma is a subtype of rosacea. It causes a distinctive growth of the nose, which can make it look red, large, bulbous, and distorted. Doctors can often diagnose rhinophyma visually. In this article, learn about the causes and risk factors. We also explain the treatment options, including surgery.

  • Jun 2018

    What is refeeding?

    Refeeding is reintroducing food after a period of malnourishment or starvation. If electrolytes become imbalanced as digestion resumes, a person can develop refeeding syndrome. Symptoms include fatigue and weakness, and treatment involves careful monitoring and intravenous electrolyte replacement. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2018

    Does CBD oil work for menopause symptoms?

    There are different treatments available for menopause symptoms. Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming a more popular alternative treatment, however, there is some dispute over how effective it is. Also, its legal status means that it is not available everywhere. Learn more about the potential use of CBD for menopause here.

  • Jun 2018

    Alcohol may prime the brain for Alzheimer's, but how?

    Heavy drinking is a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's. New research now reveals how alcohol may endanger the brain by impairing its defenses.

  • May 2018

    The truth about formaldehyde in e-cigarettes

    Whether there are dangerous levels of formaldehyde in e-cigarettes or not has been a contentious issue for years. A new study reopens the debate.

  • May 2018

    Understanding and treating alcoholic neuropathy

    Alcoholic neuropathy is a serious condition caused by excessive alcohol use. This can damage a person’s nerves, which can lead to unusual sensations in the limbs, reduced mobility, and loss of some bodily functions. Here, learn what alcoholic neuropathy is, what causes it, and the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.

  • May 2018

    Drug addiction: Is brain stimulation the answer?

    Researchers used a brain stimulation technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation to reduce the brain's response to drug cues in chronic drug users.

  • May 2018

    Foods for bladder health

    Having an overactive bladder can be a very challenging condition, but there are many ways in which people can improve their symptoms. These include monitoring the foods and drinks that they consume, as well as avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods. Learn more about the overactive bladder diet here.

  • May 2018

    How long does a cup of coffee keep you awake?

    Caffeine stimulates the nervous system. People often consume it to stay alert, but how long do effects last, and how does it impact sleep? This depends on many factors, including the amount of caffeine ingested at once and an individual's metabolism. Learn to estimate how long the effects of caffeine last here.

  • May 2018

    Which drugs pose the biggest threat to public health?

    A brand new, up-to-date report, collecting data from large organizations worldwide, sheds light on which substances threaten public health the most.

  • May 2018

    Foaming or frothing at the mouth: What to know

    The conditions known to cause foaming at the mouth are all medical emergencies. They include rabies, seizures, and drug overdoses. In this article, learn what to do if someone starts foaming at the mouth. We also look at treatment options and how to prevent life-threatening complications.

  • May 2018

    How to manage thin skin

    As a person ages, their skin naturally becomes thinner, less elastic, or papery. While there is no specific way to treat thin skin or to thicken the skin, a person can prevent skin from getting thinner by using retinol creams and avoiding risk factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and spending time in the sun.