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Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking

Close friends have more influence on teens' alcohol use than their general peer group does, a new study says.
Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows

Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene.
Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate), an abuse-resistant, extended release form of the painkiller hydrocodone (best known as Vicodin).
FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller

Seeking to make it tougher for people to misuse prescription painkillers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new hydrocodone tablet that's designed to help thwart abuse.
Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren't Alcoholics: CDC

Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says.
Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout

The third Thursday of November is almost here, and that's a key annual date for many health advocates -- the Great American Smokeout.
Alcoholism Damages Brain's White Matter, Scans Show

Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report.
Number of Pregnant Women on Narcotic Painkillers, Heroin Doubles, Study Finds

The proportion of women dependent on drugs such as narcotic painkillers or heroin during pregnancy has more than doubled in the past decade and a half, a new study finds, though it still remains below a half-percent of all pregnancies.
Alcohol Taxes May Give Boost to Public Health, Economy

Some may believe that raising taxes on alcohol products will cost jobs in the service sector, but a new study suggests that's made up for by job creation elsewhere.
Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice

Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if you do add a few pounds once you quit, your post-cigarette health is still much better than if you'd kept on smoking.

 

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