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Entries for August 2011

Trying to convince college students not to drink by emphasizing the downside of excessive drinking is ineffective, say researchers who recently presented their findings at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting.


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A new smartphone application estimates a person’s blood-alcohol concentration. The app is designed to help a person decide if they should avoid driving because they’ve had too much to drink.


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As we prepare to send kids back to classrooms for another school year, it’s important to equip parents and caregivers with the tools for talking with kids about alcohol.


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A growing number of companies are linking employees’ eligibility for lower-cost health plans to tobacco screening test results. Hospitals are at the forefront of the trend, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.


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A new study suggests that people with alcohol use disorders who show signs of being impulsive are more likely to die within the next 15 years than those who act less rash.


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California is facing budget cuts that threaten to hamper efforts to fight prescription drug abuse at a time when more people in the state are illegally obtaining prescriptions.


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An appeals court in Los Angeles has upheld $13.8 million in punitive damages against tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris. The damages were awarded for the addiction and death of a woman who smoked for 45 years.


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Conducting drug tests in high schools appears to have only a small effect in reducing substance use, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found the tests had no influence on male students, and only a slight impact on females—but only in some schools.


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Hundreds of New Yorkers who have been found with small amounts of marijuana, or who have simply admitted to using the drug, have been accused of child neglect, even though they did not face criminal charges.


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Countering the myth that alcohol can help a person sleep better, a small study indicates drinking interferes with the restorative functions of sleep.


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