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Study says drinking and smoking during pregnancy can put newborns in danger
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Even low levels of drinking and smoking during pregnancy can slow fetal development, cause severe harm and in some cases, even death of the fetus, found a recent study conducted by the researchers at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The combined effect of drinking and smoking during pregnancy increased the risk of stillbirth and […]


Bipolar disorder treatment may help improve patient’s quality of life, says study
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Individuals with bipolar I disorder have a significantly lower quality of life than healthy individuals, says a recent study. This association was found to be true regardless of the severity of the mental disorder. Bipolar disorder (BD) or manic-depressive disorder is a mental illness characterized by unusual highs and lows in mood, energy and activity […]


Getting to understand bath salt addiction
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Bath salts, also known as synthetic cathinones, are man-made substances prepared from the khat plant grown extensively in east Africa and southern Arabia. People in these areas usually chew the leaves of this shrub or brew it for tea for its mild stimulant properties. Synthetic cathinones are available in the form of white or brown […]


Hollywood actress Margot Kidder struggled with dual diagnosis
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Hollywood actress Margot Kidder, who rose to fame for her role as Lois Lane in the Superman film series, died on May 13, 2018, at the age of 69. Although the cause of her death is unknown, she often made it to the headlines for her substance abuse and long-standing battles with bipolar disorder. Despite […]


Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week: Research indicates smoking weed during pregnancy is harmful for baby’s health
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Taking any kind of substance, including weed, by expectant mothers can be harmful for the baby. Chemicals from tobacco, weed or cocaine could interfere with the development process of the unborn baby, leading to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or other complications, infections, cognitive defects and lowered levels of immunity after birth. The risk of birth […]


Increased stimulant use weakens immune system of HIV-infected patients
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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the body’s immune system and destroys CD4 or T cells or the white blood cells, making it hard for the body to fight diseases and infections. As the immunity gets severely affected, the body is unable to cope with environmental changes. Now, Adam Carrico, Ph.D., associate professor of Public Health […]


Scientists develop low-cost chemical sensing chip to detect cocaine within minutes
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A team of scientists has developed a new chip that can detect cocaine within minutes, just like a breathalyzer identifies alcohol. The chip is a low-cost invention that could be integrated into a handheld device for detecting cocaine in breath, blood, urine or spit samples. The team is now hoping to use the technology to […]


Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley reveals her struggles with drugs and alcohol
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Lisa Marie Presley recently opened up about her struggles with painkillers, alcohol and opioids while undergoing multiple legal battles. In the newly discovered legal documents filed by Presley for her divorce from her fourth husband Michael Lockwood, the star has admitted to “abusing cocaine terribly,” especially in the last three years of her marriage, and […]


Arizona State House to ban alcohol consumption in House offices post harassment investigation
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In a recent case of sexual harassment involving a senior legislator, Arizona state House Speaker J.D. Mesnard has called for an implementation of new anti-harassment policies and a formal ban on alcohol consumption in House offices in Arizona state legislature. In the statement issued recently, Mesnard said that he would strip Rep. Don Shooter of […]


Study finds high prevalence of marijuana use among pregnant women
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Pregnancy is a blessing and the journey to becoming a mother is beautiful. However, for some women, it could be challenging in terms of dealing with morning sickness and anxiety. To cope with such a situation, some pregnant women statrt taking drugs. According to a recent study published in the journal JAMA, an increasing number […]


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