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Study Pokes Holes in Fetal Alcohol Hypothesis

A new study published in the journal Brain Behavior and Immunity appears to challenge the theory that cells in the brain’s immune system are the culprit behind the neurological damage that occurs in children exposed to alcohol while in the womb.
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Industry messages on responsible drinking can be muddy

The language used in industry-sponsored messages about drinking alcohol, such as “drink responsibly” and “drink properly,” doesn’t do a good job of explaining to the public what safe alcohol consumption means, suggests a recent study.
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Your Hangovers Really Are Getting Worse With Age

And it's not just your liver falling down on the job.
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Fentanyl Is Now The Leading Cause Of US Overdose Deaths

Deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids killed more than 21,000 people in 2016, doubling the previous year's rate, CDC data show.
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Cannabis intoxication may be stopped with anti-obesity drug

Researchers from the Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom may have found an antidote to cannabinoid intoxication. Findings may counter the potentially life-threatening effects of intoxication with synthetic cannabinoids.
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Is Alcohol Really Good for Your Health?

We’ve long been told that a little wine with dinner may help prevent heart disease and perhaps offer other health benefits.
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Alcohol vs. marijuana: Which one is safest?

There are few battles as heated as the discussion as to what's safer — alcohol or marijuana?
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Apps help women limit alcohol consumption to reduce risk of breast cancer

Limiting alcohol consumption may reduce women's breast cancer risk, according to The American Cancer Society.
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