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Entries for May 2010

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the U.S. spent $48.1 billion annually to treat cancer between 2001 and 2005, nearly double the cost of cancer care recorded in 1987.
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Mothers are at the forefront of new legalization strategy from marijuana advocates.
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MillerCoors has announced that it will end its sponsor relationship with the National Football League, opening the door for Anheuser-Busch's Bud Light to become the league's official beer.
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Having a heart attack may not mean you need to quit drinking alcohol: in fact, a new study concludes that moderate drinkers who continued their moderate alcohol consumption after having a heart attack tended to fare better than those who abstained.
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President Obama said he is “committed to restoring balance in our efforts to combat the drug problems that plague our communities” in unveiling his 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, and while the plan does little to address the imbalance between demand-reduction and supply reduction spending in the drug budget, it does place stronger emphasis on implementing proven prevention strategies and investing in early interventions that are better integrated into mainstream medicine.
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The 2008 federal addiction and mental-health parity law is under attack by insurance companies that want the Obama administration to delay implementation of the regulations and change some of the rules designed to ensure that behavioral-health problems are treated on par with other diseases.
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Children born to mothers who drank while pregnant were 56 percent more likely to develop a rare form of leukemia called AML, according to French researchers.
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Former first lady Laura Bush never challenged husband George W. Bush to choose between "Jim Beam or me," but her new book does offer new details on the ex-president's drinking problems and his decision to stop using alcohol after a raucous 40th birthday celebration.
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A video game being developed by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Charleston, S.C. hopes to help recovering alcoholics reintegrate with sober life and prevent recidivism.
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The number of U.S. Army soldiers enrolling in treatment for opiate addiction rose 500 percent between 2004 and 2009.
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