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Entries for May 2010

A study of 12 male weightlifters who were long-term users of anabolic steroids found that the drugs can cause significant damage to the heart.
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The CannBe program of Oakland, Calif., and its Harborside Health Center have distanced their medical-marijuana operations from the counterculture and are hoping to be in the vanguard if the trend toward marijuana decriminalization and legalization continues across the U.S.
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The Massachusetts House of Representatives has rejected Republican-led efforts to roll back a recent state sales-tax increase that included alcoholic beverages.
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Children whose parents allow them to watch R-rated movies are more likely to drink alcohol than their peers, exclusive of any other parenting decisions, according to researchers at Dartmouth Medical School.
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Swayed by lobbying from a man with rhumatoid arthritis, a Tennessee House of Representatives committee voted this week to authorize a study of medical marijuana.
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The Oscar-nominated film "Crazy Heart," which features Jeff Bridges as an alcoholic country singer, was honored in the annual Prism Awards for its accurate portrayal of the disease of addiction.
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URAC, a national healthcare accreditation and education organization, and Hayes, Inc., a health technology research and consulting company, announce a two-day symposium "The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: Implications for All Stakeholders" to be held June 23-24, 2010, in Baltimore, MD.
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One-third of American drinkers over age 60 consume excessive amounts of alcohol, are at risk of dangerous interactions between alcohol and medications, or have illnesses that can be exacerbated by drinking, according to researchers.
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A new, supposedly abuse-resistant version of OxyContin is getting tepid reviews from Massachusetts addiction experts and parents.
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Synthetic drugs like the marijuana analogue Spice and mephedrone -- similar to the banned khat -- have become prominent drugs of abuse within the last year, and experts say that similar "legal high" drugs are coming down the pike.
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