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Alcohol mixed with energy drink causes similar risk as cocaine

Drinking highly caffeinated alcoholic beverages trigger changes in the adolescent brain, similar to taking cocaine, and the consequences last into adulthood, according to a recent research conducted at Purdue University. Lead researcher Richard van Rijn looked at the effects of highly caffeinated energy drinks and highly caffeinated alcohol in adolescent mice. These alcohol studies cannot be performed in adolescent humans but changes seen in mouse brains with drugs of abuse have been shown to correlate to those in humans in many drug studies. These energy drinks can contain as much…

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Alcohol and Substance Abuse May Worsen PTSD Symptoms

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) refers to a disorder wherein a person may fail to recover after experiencing a terrifying event. It can trigger anxiety and dreadful memories of the incident. Veterans or people from the armed forces may be at a higher risk of developing PTSD as they are often exposed to life-threatening experiences and tough combat. Millitary services and many other local organisations offer help to veterans to overcome this disorder. However, sometimes they may turn to alcohol and substance abuse to numb distress and ease the anxiety. But…

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Prenatal Alcohol Exposure to Alcohol and Stress May Make Kids Aggressive

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is a debatable topic. While some believe that you must completely avoid alcohol and also smoking cigarettes during pregnancy, some say that an occasional drink may be alright. But a new study, conducted by researchers from King’s College London and the University of Bristol, clearly indicates that consumption of alcohol, smoking cigarettes and exposure to stress can cause certain epigenetic changes at birth that can make the child more prone to aggressive behaviour. Epigenetic changes refer to external modifications to the DNA that turn the genes ‘on’ or…

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Poverty Versus Obesity and Alcohol: What’s More Deadly for Your Life?

We know that lifestyle diseases are on the rise. There are several reports published daily, bringing to light various causes, symptoms, preventive measures and other facts to spread more awareness about the consequences of our lifestyle choices, and how major diseases like diabetes, obesity, cancer, etc are killing thousands every year. We also read how in our chase for making money we are neglecting are health, which then contributes to stress and other ailments. All that money you earn can’t really buy you life, but it perhaps helps in more…

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New Blood Test May Identify Alcohol Disorders in Foetus

Researchers have identified a blood test that may help predict how severely a newborn can be affected by alcohol exposure during pregnancy. Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is a severe form of mental and physical disabilities. Children and adults affected by FASD may experience a range of symptoms, from physical changes like a small head and subtle differences in facial characteristics to learning difficulties and behavioural issues. The study showed that moderate to high levels of alcohol exposure during early pregnancy resulted in significant differences in some circulating small RNA…

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Smoking, Alcohol Associated With Most Cancers in U.S

Preventable risk factors like smoking and alcohol are closely associated with 11 of the 15 cancers in the US, finds a study. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, finds that the cancer burden is 20 per cent to 30 per cent higher in African-Americans than in all races and ethnicities combined. To measure cancer burden, researchers from the American Cancer Society calculated the disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost to cancer. This measure combines mortality, incidence, survival, and quality of life into a single summary indicator. DALYs…

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