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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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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) researchers are studying whether additional clues to the environmental factors associated with addiction can be uncovered by tracking addicts' whereabouts through GPS technology.
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Parent complaints that two United Kingdom television ads featuring children discussing drinking's negative effects might upset young viewers have failed to block the ads' airing.
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Reports of heavy drinking by sports stars appear to have little influence on young people's own drinking behavior, but use of athletes in alcohol advertising carries considerably more weight.
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Researchers at an Israeli clinic offering methadone maintenance treatment have found that the treatment for opiate addiction appears to protect individuals against subsequent hepatitis C infection.
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A research team at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is targeting the brain’s opiate receptor system in trying to answer the age-old question of why some people can remain social drinkers while others who drink develop serious alcohol problems.
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