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Entries for October 2011

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has purchased nine million cigarettes made of tobacco that are genetically altered to reduce the nicotine content by 97 percent, The New York Times reports. The NIH is looking for ways to regulate cigarettes so they are not addictive.


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More companies are raising health insurance rates for smokers, according to Reuters. Companies are taking a more punitive approach after finding not enough employees signed up for classes to quit smoking, and those who did weren’t showing enough improvement.


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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder came to Tampa, Florida to announce the arrest of 22 people in Central Florida on charges of illegal prescription drug distribution.


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The Foundation for Recovery’s Conference on Addiction, Research, Recovery and Education (CARRE) will take place at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas on December 1-2, 2011.


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The National Institute on Drug Abuse interacts with a variety of audiences, including scientists, prevention and treatment specialists and the general public. But one particularly important audience (and often the most difficult to reach) is the American teenager, explains Dr. Nora Volkow of NIDA.


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The National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse has given the University of Buffalo a $900,000 grant to develop graduate medical education programs in addiction medicine.


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A proposed Massachusetts bill would require doctors to participate in a prescription drug monitoring program. Currently participation in the program is voluntary.


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A new study estimates 2.5 million children under age 12 in California are at risk of exposure to secondhand smoke.


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Smoking cigarettes produces changes in the lungs that are similar to those seen in cystic fibrosis patients, according to a new study.


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Yearly chest X-rays to screen for lung cancer do not reduce the death rate for the disease, a new study concludes.


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