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    However, while many adult users opt for e-cigarettes to ease themselves out of their smoking habit, some researchers have raised concerns that teenagers may be using them as a gateway into this very habit. E-cigarette usage seems to be popular among many teenagers, despite the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have banned the sale of such devices to people under 18. Carcinogens threaten teenagers' health In order to reach their conclusions, Dr. Rubinstein and team collected and...
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  • Scientists show cannabis TRIPLES psychosis risk: Ground-breaking research blames 'skunk' for 1 in 4 of all new serious mental disorders

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    Researchers highlighted the dangers of a super-strength strain of cannabis A study found 'skunk' was responsible for a quarter of psychosis cases But weaker forms such as hash don't carry the same risk of mental illness By Stephen Adams for The Mail on Sunday PUBLISHED: 15 February 2015 Super-strength strains of cannabis are responsible for up to a quarter of new cases of psychotic mental illness, scientists will warn this week. The potent form of the drug, known as 'skunk', is so powerful...
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  • Mental illness risk as ‘skunk’ drives out milder cannabis

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    Chris Smyth, Health Editor - February 28 2018, The Times Cannabis has become stronger since 2008, researchers have found KING'S COLLEGE LONDON/PA Almost all cannabis sold on British streets can cause psychosis after weaker forms were driven from the market. The most potent “skunk” accounts for 94 per cent of all cannabis seized by police, up from half in 2005, according to the first study for almost a decade. Dealers are thought to be pushing higher-strength products to get recreational users...
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  • Melbourne hospital staff take a stand against 'violent, aggressive' patients Emergency department staff deal with violent, aggressive patients at the Royal Melbourne Hospital so often they've...

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    charge for change. Last year there was almost 7500 incidents and nurse unit manager Susan Harding says it's only gotten worse. "We'd have at least one incident of violence or aggression each shift every day," Ms Harding said. A video containing CCTV footage of situations of violence towards hospital staff has been released by the Royal Melbourne Hospital. To fight back, Emergency Department staff has produced a shocking video Help Us, Help You which will play in the waiting area to raise...
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  • Pot Kills: What's on your pot? What's in your water?

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    FEBRUARY 11, 2018 EDITOR The Marijuana Environment is Hazardous to Human Health All creatures great and small are being poisoned by the pesticides and rodenticides in the water they drink, and in the food they eat. This polluted water from the northern California marijuana environment eventually flows to much of the State. The lawless pot industry is nothing less than purveyors of poison. The recent scientific study “Cultivating Disaster: The Effect of Cannabis Cultivation on the Environment...
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  • Prosecutors: Man stabs mother after smoking pot, believing someone was going to rape him

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    KATIE DELONG AND BEN HANDELMAN, Feb 7th 2018 RACINE ( WITI ) -- A Racine man is accused of stabbing his own mother multiple times in their home, and prosecutors say he admitted he did it after smoking marijuana and becoming paranoid, believing someone was about to rape him. Terrell Banks, 23, of Racine faces one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, domestic abuse assessments, and one count of mayhem, domestic abuse assessments. Mayhem in Wisconsin courts refers to when a...
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  • ‘Wine o’clock’ health warning: Doctor says trend can produce problems

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    The middle-class trend of “wine o’clock” is increasing the rate of heart problems, liver disease and even alcohol-induced dementia. And doctors warn people who enjoy a “few glasses” of wine at home each evening could be suffering from a form of chronic alcoholism. While most responsible drinking advertising targets young people, there is also a growing concern about people in their 50s and 60s binge drinking. A glass or two... or several more. NSW Health data reveals­ 27.3 per cent of people...
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  • Aussie kids drinking, smoking less

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    Australian youth are drinking and smoking less than before. AAP School-aged Aussie kids are drinking less alcohol and smoking less tobacco and cannabis, The study is the work of researchers at Deakin University, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, and has been published in the Drug and Alcohol Review journal. Better parental attitudes about the dangers have been linked to the trend, identified by an analysis of more than 40,000 student surveys...
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  • FASD: Family finally gets answers in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnosis

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    By Katherine Gregory 14/1/18 VIDEO: Sharon Wallace shows the damage to her home (ABC News) Sharon Wallace shows the damage to her home (ABC News) RELATED STORY: Magistrate calls for screening for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Magistrate calls for screening for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder RELATED STORY: New tool for diagnosing Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia New tool for diagnosing Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia RELATED STORY: Major project underway to prevent...
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  • The Influence of Cannabis on the Adolescent Brain

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    These data and subsequent analysis suggest that different trajectories of adolescent cannabis use are associated with distinct patterns of neural reward circuit function in early adulthood. Escalating marijuana use presents a higher risk for impaired motivation, including elevated depressive symptoms, anhedonia and poor educational attainment. It follows that alterations, perhaps the degradations of the reward circuitry, represent the mechanism by which cannabis users fail to attain their...
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  • Alcohol & Female Brain

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  • SF report weighs health risks raised by legal pot

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    By Erin Allday : November 26, 2017 Just weeks before recreational pot becomes legal in California, San Francisco public health officials have published a report on their best guesses for problems that could arise from widespread marijuana use, including abuse of the drug by young people and unforeseen health risks among adults. The challenge, authors of the report noted, will be warning new users about the hazards of cannabis consumption — like the possibility of overdosing or driving under...
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  • Research finds link between marijuana use and testicular cancer

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    November 8, 2017 “At this time, surprisingly little is known about the impacts of cannabis on the development of cancer in humans,” said Dr. Callaghan, the study’s lead author. “With Canada and other countries currently experimenting with the decriminalization or legalization of recreational cannabis use, it is critically important to understand the potential harms of this type of substance use.” The results from the recent study, as well as three prior case-control studies in this area,...
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  • Drinking every day cripples your brain - especially if you're a woman: Any more than one glass of wine a night crushes cells in an essential brain region, study warns

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    Chronic alcohol drinking kills stem cells in key regions of the brain and reduces the development of new nerve cells in adults For the first time, research showed that female brains showed more severe deficits than males Researchers said this discovery provides a new way of approaching the problem of alcohol-related changes in the brain By Kayla Brantley For Dailymail.com PUBLISHED: 14 November 2017 Read more
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  • Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening!

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    Download PDF Today, Iceland tops the European table for the cleanest-living teens. The percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 per cent in 1998 to 5 per cent in 2016. The percentage who have ever used cannabis is down from 17 per cent to 7 per cent. Those smoking cigarettes every day fell from 23 per cent to just 3 per cent. The way the country has achieved this turnaround has been both radical and evidence-based, but it has relied a lot on...
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  • WA govt wants alcohol pregnancy warning

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    The WA government is calling for nationwide support for mandatory pregnancy health warnings on alcoholic beverages. 20/11/17 Alcohol sold in Australia should be labelled with mandatory health warnings for pregnant and breastfeeding women, the West Australian government says. WA Health Minister Roger Cook is calling for state, territory and federal governments to support compulsory health warnings on alcohol, ahead of the Australian and New Zealand ministerial forum on food regulation on...
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  • UConn Study: Teenage Pot, Alcohol Use Can Reduce Success Later In Life

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    Teens who use a lot of marijuana and alcohol are less likely to have a full-time job when they grow up, or to get a college education or get married, according to a new study by University of Connecticut researchers. The study of 1,165 young adults from across the U.S. also found that dependence on pot and booze may also have a “more severe effect on young men” than on young women. This study found that chronic marijuana use in adolescence was negatively associated with achieving important...
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  • New insights into marijuana's effect on the developing brain

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    Published 17 October 2017 THC restricts synaptic recovery In their experiments, the researchers injected THC into the young mice, focusing on its effect on the GABA cells in the VTA. The team noted that just one THC injection did not have a significant impact on the functioning of GABA cells. But administering multiple injections — one injection of THC per day for 7 to 10 consecutive days — blocked a function called "synaptic recovery" in the GABA cells of the mice's brains. Dr. Edwards...
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  • Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Among Children and Youth: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

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    Review article Lange S, et al. JAMA Pediatr. 2017. Conclusions and Relevance: Globally, FASD is a prevalent alcohol-related developmental disability that is largely preventable. The findings highlight the need to establish a universal public health message about the potential harm of prenatal alcohol exposure and a routine screening protocol. Brief interventions should be provided, where appropriate. For more
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  • Rethinking ‘safe’ alcohol consumption (or cannabis) in pregnancy!

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    It's not just about tobacco either. Look at this recent line from the BMJ Open just published " Low alcohol consumption and pregnancy and childhood outcomes: time to change guidelines indicating apparently ‘safe’ levels of alcohol during pregnancy?" It concludes that despite thin evidence all women should be warned about the use of alcohol in pregnancy. With cannabis many systematic reviews and meta-analyses have shown retardation of foetal growth rate, small for dates infants, increased rates...
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  • The Truth of Deaths Caused by Marijuana Overdose

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    OCTOBER 18, 2017 EDITOR Dean Whitlock refutes a claim that no one dies of marijuana overdose, in a section of his article , published by Vermont Digger, October 16, 2017. “No One Has Died of an Overdose” This remains the most outrageous claim of the pro-legalization movement. It is not only dangerously misleading, it is a slap in the face to the families who have lost children, spouses and parents. Everyone admits that people are dying in traffic crashes because of stoned drivers , and that...
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  • Why I finally admitted I was powerless over alcohol

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    By Shanna Whan 10/10/17 Three years ago I had hit my personal rock bottom, and was at a point where I was ready to take my own life. And yet here I stand, today, blessed to be three years into a life fully-recovered, healthy, and completely free from any desire to even touch alcohol. There are countless women who think there is no hope left…It wasn't like falling off a cliff and having a tragic accident. It wasn't sudden. This thing took hold of my life when I was 18, and manifested over a...
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  • Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area: Cannabis Report

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    From Executive Summary Section 4 – Emergency Department and Hospital Marijuana-Related Admissions: The yearly rate of emergency department visits related to marijuana increased 35 percent after the legalization of recreational marijuana (2011-2012 vs. 2013-2015). Number of hospitalizations related to marijuana: 2011 – 6,305 2012 – 6,715 2013 – 8,272 2014 – 11,439 Jan-Sept 2015 – 10,901 The yearly number of marijuana-related hospitalizations increased 72 percent after the legalization of...
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  • Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Among Children and Youth: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Lange S, et al. JAMA Pediatr. 2017.

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    Abstract Importance : Prevalence estimates are essential to effectively prioritize, plan, and deliver health care to high-needs populations such as children and youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). However, most countries do not have population-level prevalence data for FASD. Objective : To obtain prevalence estimates of FASD among children and youth in the general population by country, by World Health Organization (WHO) region, and globally. Data Sources : MEDLINE, MEDLINE in...
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  • Persistency of cannabis Use Predicts Violence following acute Psychiatric Discharge

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    To conclude, our findings are relevant as they aid to shed light on the cannabis–violence association that has been less extensively studied amid psychiatric patients, in whom cannabis use is twice as prevalent in contrast to the general population. Compared to prior studies, we employed a prospective design to precisely examine the association between the continuation of cannabis use and violence. Our results are particularly relevant and may have clinical and violence risk management...
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  • Mounting evidence indicates that the endocannabinoid (EC) system (ECS) plays an important role in various liver

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    Mounting evidence indicates that the endocannabinoid (EC) system (ECS) plays an important role in various liver diseases including viral hepatitis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), alcoholic liver disease, hepatic encephalopathy, and autoimmune hepatitis. The ECS also impacts on involved processes such as hepatic hemodynamics, nutrient intake and turnover, and ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) after liver transplantation. Although this involvement is undisputed, therapeutic implications...
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  • Drowsiness and uncommon fever in a child after cannabis ingestion.

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    Abstract Trivialization of cannabis consumption goes hand in hand with a growing exposure of children and the number of cannabis poisoning cases is steadily increasing. As clinical presentation can be different from what is currently seen in adults, added to the fact that it is not always suspected, diagnosis of cannabis intoxication in children is often delayed or missed. A 16-month-old girl was admitted to the pediatric emergency unit for an important drowsiness combined to moderate fever....
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  • Drug-testing new welfare recipients is a good idea

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    Tensions Rise Over Proposed Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients WITH ice addiction declared a public health crisis, the Government’s proposed drug-testing trial of welfare recipients couldn’t come at a better time. Methamphetamine-related deaths have doubled in Australia in just six years, according to new findings by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Back in May, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended the controversial trial by saying: “If you love somebody who is addicted to...
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  • Alcohol, drugs and family violence: A question of framing and boundary markers

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    Controversy: Alcohol, drugs and family violence Alcohol and other drugs (AOD) is an interesting topic to analyse, because the relationship between AOD and family violence is extremely controversial. I argued in my paper that much of the controversy boils down to whether it’s acceptable to say that AOD causes violence. I interviewed several of the nine expert witnesses from the Commission’s AOD topic, and one of them explained to me that the way people treat AOD and causation is a ‘boundary...
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  • These college students lost access to legal pot — and started getting better grades

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    The research on more than 4,000 students, published in the Review of Economic Studies , found that those who lost access to legal marijuana showed substantial improvement in their grades. Specifically, those banned from cannabis cafes had a more than 5 percent increase in their odds of passing their courses. Low performing students benefited even more, which the researchers noted is particularly important because these students are at high-risk of dropping out. The researchers attribute their...
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  • Drinking alcohol while pregnant could have transgenerational effects

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    Published 11 July 2017 The new study by Kelly Huffman, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, titled "Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Neocortical Development: A Transgenerational Model of FASD," was published in the journal Cerebral Cortex. "Traditionally, prenatal ethanol exposure (PrEE) from maternal consumption of alcohol, was thought to solely impact directly exposed offspring, the embryo or fetus in the womb. However, we now have evidence that the effects of...
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  • Psychosis relapse, medication non-adherence, and cannabis

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    Published: 10 July 2017 In The Lancet Psychiatry, Schoeler and colleagues present a study describing the mediating effect of medication adherence on the association between continued cannabis use and relapse risk in patients with first-episode psychosis. They have previously reported a relapse rate of 36% in this patient group over a 2-year period. Acknowledging the potential risk of psychosis relapse related to the high proportion of patients continuing cannabis use after the onset of...
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  • Research: Foetus absorbs mother's alcohol, nicotine intake in just two hours

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    Toxic substances such as nicotine and alcohol from alcoholic drinks can travel quickly through an expectant mother's placenta to her unborn baby, says a researcher from the University of Eastern Finland. The research showed that the placenta does not shield the foetus, but revealed that alcohol and nicotine can travel from mother to child in less than two hours. For more
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  • What do police in weed-friendly places say?

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    Cannabis harm prevention messages are essential, according to police in places where the drug has been decriminalised. Government, police and health agencies need clear guidelines for public campaigns on preventing harm from cannabis use, according to new research from Massey University. Front line police officers she interviewed in the Netherlands and states of Colorado and Oregon in the United States, where recreational cannabis use is not an offence, provided insights on how their...
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  • WHO’s NEXT? Jihadi Potheads: DR MAX PEMBERTON asks if marijuana is a factor in jihadi murders?

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    What was going through Salman Abedi’s mind when he made that journey to Manchester Arena on Monday night? How does someone do something so unspeakably evil as to slaughter and grievously injure innocent young children in this way? Was he a psychopath? Was he evil? I do not know the answer but I do know, as the Mail reports today, that according to his friends Abedi was a frequent and heavy cannabis smoker. Studies into the personality type of would-be jihadi terrorists have found some...
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  • Just one small glass of wine per day increases breast cancer risk

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    Written by Ana Sandoiu Published: Tuesday 23 May 2017 Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women across the globe. New research suggests that as little as one alcoholic drink per day can increase breast cancer risk, while exercise and a healthful diet lowers the risk. In 2012, 1.7 million cases of breast cancer were diagnosed across the globe, which makes up 25 percent of all cancer diagnoses in women. Worldwide, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related...
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  • US workers testing positive for illegal drugs hits 12yr high –

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    Report - 16 May, 2017 Marijuana positivity has increased "dramatically" in the last three years, Quest said, due in part to recreational legalization in some US states. Marijuana positivity through oral fluid testing has gone up by 75 percent since 2013 among the general US workforce and has also risen in both urine and hair testing. Among the federally-mandated workforce, marijuana positivity increased by ten percent from 2015. Both Colorado and Washington state, the first two states to...
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  • White wine, liquor may raise women's risk of rosacea

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    Written by Honor Whiteman Published: 21 April 2017 Researchers found that consumption of white wine and liquor posed the greatest rosacea risk for women. Researchers have found that women who consume alcohol may be more likely to develop rosacea than non-drinking women, with white wine and liquor being the biggest offenders. Furthermore, the study revealed that the more alcohol women consume, the higher their risk of developing the skin condition. Study co-author Dr. Abrar A. Qureshi, chair of...
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  • Warning labels about drinking while pregnant are working

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    April 2017 A random encounter with a warning sign at a north Eugene grocery store put Gulcan Cil on the trail of research toward her UO doctoral degree and, now, a newly published paper. The paper , published in the Journal of Health Economics, took a deep dive into extensive federal data to probe behavioral changes that likely resulted from point-of-sale warning signs urging women who are pregnant to avoid alcohol. In states requiring the signage, drinking by pregnant women is down 11...
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  • The importance of dads – on foetal health

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    April 2017 The father’s role in producing a healthy baby doesn’t begin and end with conception. Evidence is now pointing to an important link between the father’s health pre-conception and the health of their child over their lifetime. “There’s this phenomenon called the developmental origins of health and disease where influences during early life, during pregnancy, during the early post-natal period change your metabolic set up for the rest of your life,” Dr Scott White, WA spokesman for the...
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  • Medical marijuana laws linked to greater increase in illicit use, disorders (Permission, NOT prohibition is putting our kids at risk)

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    Written by Honor Whiteman Published: Wednesday 26 April 2017 Increased legalization of marijuana for medical purposes may be fueling illicit use of the drug, as well as increasing the number marijuana use disorders, according to the results of a new study. Researchers have identified a greater increase in illicit marijuana use and disorders in states that have legalized medical marijuana. An analysis of data from three national surveys in the United States revealed a higher increase in illicit...
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  • Moderate alcohol intake could increase risk of breast cancer relapse, research suggests May 2017

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    Researchers have found less than one standard drink of alcohol per day could lead to a relapse in breast cancer in survivors. The research from the Cancer Council Victoria shows approximately half a bottle of wine a week could be enough to increase the risk of breast cancer reoccurring. The disease, which alcohol is a risk factor for, currently affects one in eight Australian women. Read more
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  • PROENKEPHALIN MEDIATES THE ENDURING EFFECTS OF ADOLESCENT CANNABIS EXPOSURE ASSOCIATED WITH ADULT OPIATE VULNERABILITY

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    In conclusion, our findings indicate that marijuana exposure in and of itself can serve as a risk factor that acts `above the genome' and can imprint upon the existing epigenetic landscape of adolescent neurodevelopment. Thus, the epigenetic effects of adolescent THC exposure may act in concert to augment future behavioral responses to drugs of abuse via stable and long-term regulation of genes at the transcriptional level. The results also support a novel role for the Penk gene as an emergent...
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  • Study shows link between maternal marijuana use and low birth weight

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    Women who used marijuana while pregnant were almost three times more likely to have an infant with low birth weight LAWSON HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE - LONDON, ON - In a new study, researchers in London, Ontario found that women who used marijuana while pregnant were almost three times more likely to have an infant with low birth weight than women who did not use marijuana. The study analyzed data from perinatal and neonatal databases at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and is the first...
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  • The grass isn't always greener: The effects of cannabis on embryological development.

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    Abstract With the increasing publicity of marijuana due to recent legislation, it is pertinent that the effects of fetal exposure to the drug are assessed. While in utero cannabis exposure has been associated with early pregnancy failure, birth defects and developmental delay, the mechanisms of such outcomes are largely unexplained. Furthermore, the use of cannabinoids in cancer treatment via growth inhibition and apoptosis may indicate how cannabis exposure likely harms a growing fetus....
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  • Binge drinking BEFORE you get pregnant ‘can have life-long effects on future children’

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    April 2017 An American study suggests it raises the risk of having children born with high blood sugar. WOMEN who binge drink before they become pregnant risk harming their babies, a study suggests . They are more likely to have children with high blood sugar, increasing their chances of developing diabetes as adults… "These findings suggest that the effects of a mother's alcohol misuse before conception may be passed on to her offspring. "These changes could have lifelong effects on the...
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  • Proliferation of marijuana ads alarms addiction researchers

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    More than half of young marijuana users encounter online ads, survey finds by Jim Dryden • March 28, 2017 As more states have legalized marijuana, advertising for the drug has become more common. In a new study, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report that more than half of young pot users they surveyed have seen marijuana ads — either online or in more traditional forms of advertising such as billboards and print media. “Advertising can be powerful,” said...
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  • Our Growing Problem of Traumatized Children

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    A long-term study from Denmark, explored a number psychological factors that may or may not have adverse outcomes on the children. The Danish study determined that parental factors most likely to create either violent or suicidal tendencies in adulthood are 1) parents who used marijuana; 2) having parents who are sociopaths or 3) having parents who attempt suicide . In other words, marijuana abuse is far more serious in predicting adverse behavioral outcomes than other parental mental health...
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  • What Will Legal Marijuana Cost Employers - 2016

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  • New Report by National Families in Action Rips the Veil off the Medical Marijuana Industry

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    Please read the latest publication from Sue Rusche and National Families in Action. It is one of the best resources you can have in exposing the lies and motives of the pro-pot movement. Download Article
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  • SAM's Toolkit

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    Download our latest Marijuana Education Toolkit to inform yourself and others! Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM's) Toolkit includes information about the health risks of marijuana, data showing links between marijuana use and other drugs…. You can use these educational briefs to inform not just lawmakers, but also community leaders, friends, and anyone else interested in this important subject.
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  • Under the Influence: Jamaicans Driving High

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    CARIBBEAN360 - JANUARY 18, 2017 KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday January 18, 2017 – Jamaica’s recent decriminalization of possession of up to two ounces of ganja is contributing to a dangerous practice that officials warn needs urgent attention. Disturbing findings in the 2016 National Drug Prevalence Survey show that one in six males and 17 females drive under the influence, with most admitting to using ganja since it has been decriminalized. Executive director of the National Council on Drug...
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  • Nearly 100 Conclusions on the Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products Presented in New Report; One of the Most Comprehensive Studies of Recent Research on Health Effects of...

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    Jan. 12, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON – A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a rigorous review of scientific research published since 1999 about what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products – such as marijuana and active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids – ranging from their therapeutic effects to their risks for causing certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries. The...
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  • There goes the "Nobody ever died from cannabis myth"

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    5477 Males and 1534 Females, Death from Cannabis, 7011 Deaths, USA, 1999-2015 - There goes the "Nobody ever died from cannabis myth" View Graph Read More
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  • Pot may restrict blood flow to brain: study

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    Brain scans of nearly 1,000 past and present marijuana users revealed abnormally low blood flow throughout their brains, compared with a smaller control group of 92 people who'd never used pot. "The differences were astonishing," said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Amen, a psychiatrist and founder of the U.S.-based Amen Clinics. "Virtually every area of the brain we measured was lower in blood flow and activity in the marijuana smokers than in the healthy group." Blood flow was lowest in the...
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  • Regular cannabis use could damage eyesight, study suggests

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    Ian Johnston, Science Correspondent, Friday 9 December Research could ‘highlight the neurotoxic effects of cannabis use on the central nervous system as a result of how it affects retinal processing’ Marijuana may have neurotoxic effects, researchers have found. Regularly smoking cannabis may damage users’ eyesight by triggering an abnormality in the retina, a new study has found. Researchers in France tested 28 cannabis smokers and 24 people who did not use the drug to see how well their...
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  • Parsing the Contradictions: Marijuana and the Brain

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    by Kayt Sukel December 6, 2016 California’s Proposition 64, or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, passed on Nov. 8, 2016, making it legal for people 21 and older in that state to use marijuana recreationally. California is just the latest—more than 20 states have now legalized some manner of Cannabis sativa use and it is expected that more will follow. At Neuroscience 2016, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, said...
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  • Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife

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    1. Madeline H. Meiera,b,1, 2. Avshalom Caspia,b,c,d,e, 3. Antony Amblere,f, 4. HonaLee Harringtonb,c,d, 5. Renate Houtsb,c,d, 6. Richard S. E. Keefed, 7. Kay McDonaldf, 8. Aimee Wardf, 9. Richie Poultonf, and 10. Terrie E. Moffitta,b,c,d,e 1. aDuke Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center, Center for Child and Family Policy, 2. bDepartment of Psychology and Neuroscience, and 3. cInstitute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708; 4. dDepartment of Psychiatry and...
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  • Why Some Pot Smokers Face a Higher Risk of Drinking Problems

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    By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer | November 1, 2016 DENVER — People who use alcohol and marijuana together may be at greater risk for alcohol-related problems, such as drunken driving and poorer health, than those who use only alcohol, a new study finds. Of the more than 2,400 people who said they drank alcohol in the past year, 70 percent said they used alcohol only, 18 percent said they tended to use alcohol and marijuana simultaneously, and 13 percent said they used both drugs, but...
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  • With worrisome animal research, more focus needed on effects of cannabis on human development

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    Adapted Media Release Published: Monday 3 October 2016 In this new era of legalized marijuana, far too little research has been conducted on the effect of cannabis on the development of human embryos, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center who scoured medical literature on the topic and found what they say is worrisome animal research. Their study, in the journal BioMed Central (BMC) Pharmacology and Toxicology, suggests an urgent need for human epidemiological and basic...
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  • National Estimates of Marijuana Use and Related Indicators — National Survey on Drug Use and Health, United States, 2002–2014

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    Surveillance Summaries / September 2, 2016 / 65(11);1–25 Alejandro Azofeifa, DDS1; Margaret E. Mattson, PhD1; Gillian Schauer, PhD2; Tim McAfee, MD3; Althea Grant, PhD4; Rob Lyerla, PhD1 ( Abstract Problem/Condition : In the United States, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. In 2013, 7.5% (19.8 million) of the U.S. population aged ≥12 years reported using marijuana during the preceding month. Because of certain state-level policies that have legalized marijuana for medical or...
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  • Mixing cannabis with tobacco increases dependence risk, suggests study

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    July 5, 2016 Tobacco and cannabis are two of the world's most popular drugs, used respectively by 1 billion and 182 million people worldwide (World Health Organization; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime). The adverse health effects of tobacco are well known. Short-term effects of cannabis are transient impairments in motor function and working memory, planning, and decision-making, while possible long-term health effects of heavy cannabis use include physical and psychological...
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  • Pot-related psychosis linked to early ‘dangerous’ use

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    Researchers trying to understand what triggers psychotic episodes in some users say it’s a myth marijuana is risk-free. Dr. Romina Mizrahi, a psychiatrist and director of the Focus on Youth Psychosis Prevention Clinic, says young people who use marijuana before the age of 16 have a higher risk of having a psychotic experience. (KEITH BEATY / TORONTO STAR) By MARINA JIMENEZ Foreign Affairs Writer - Mon., June 6, 2016 At first, the voices he heard in his head were pleasant. But then, they turned...
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  • ANNA’S STORY Author Dies: Angela Wood: A tribute to a wonderful and very effective anti-drug campaigner.

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    It is with deep sadness that we confirm to our subscribers the passing of Mrs Angela Wood in late June 2016. She finally lost her long battle with various cancers. Angela, with her remarkable husband Tony, lost their daughter Anna to the first highly publicized Ecstasy death over 20 years ago. One of the most appalling and predator-esque outcomes of this tragedy was the immediate approach of the family by Australians most prominent pro-drug activist Dr Alex Wodak, who (using St Vincent...
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  • One in six children hospitalized for lung inflammation positive for marijuana exposure - April 2016

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    A new study to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting found that one in six infants and toddlers admitted to a Colorado hospital with coughing, wheezing and other symptoms of bronchiolitis tested positive for marijuana exposure… Of the children who were identified as having been exposed to marijuana smokers, urine samples showed traces of a metabolite of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana, in 16 percent of them. The results also showed...
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  • University of Florida study finds teens’ likelihood of trying marijuana peaks at ages 16, 18

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    The likelihood adolescents will try marijuana rises steadily from age 11 to age 16, then decreases before hitting another peak at age 18, according to a new University of Florida study. The study findings, which appear in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, may help experts develop new marijuana prevention strategies, says lead author Xinguang (Jim) Chen, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the department of epidemiology in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and the UF...
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  • Schizophrenic who started smoking cannabis aged nine is jailed for life after killing both his sister and mother

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    Schizophrenic who started smoking cannabis aged nine is jailed for life after killing both his sister and mother Peter Fox, 27, killed mother Bernadette, 57, and sister Sarah, 27 Liverpool Crown Court heard he was a drug user with history of violence Sister's neighbours said they heard screams of 'help me' as he stabbed her Fox had previously claimed to have been a spy 'ordered to kill people' He was discharged by mental health service weeks before the killings due to a 'breakdown in...
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  • Prenatal marijuana exposure, age of marijuana initiation, and the development of psychotic symptoms in young adults.

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    Day NL1, Goldschmidt L2, Day R3, Larkby C1, Richardson GA1. Abstract BACKGROUND : Studies have demonstrated that an early age of onset of marijuana use (EAOM) is associated with a higher risk of developing psychotic symptoms (PS) compared to initiating marijuana use at a later age or not at all. Research has also found that prenatal marijuana exposure (PME) predicts EAOM. This report evaluates the relationships among PME, EAOM, and PS. CONCLUSIONS : In addition to EAOM, PME may also play a...
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  • Researches Say Cannabis Use Can Lead to Risk of Inherritable Mutations

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    Scientists from The University of Western Australia have identified how using cannabis can alter a person’s DNA structure, causing mutations which can expose them to serious illnesses, and be passed on to their children and several future generations. Although the association between cannabis use and severe illnesses such as cancer has previously been documented, providing an understanding how this occurs and implications for future generations was not previously understood. Associate...
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  • University of WA scientists found cannabis alters a person's DNA structure

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    Subject : University of WA scientists found cannabis alters a person's DNA structure Cancer risk to kids from cannabis use: University of Western Australia found that cannabis alters a person’s DNA, potentially exposing future generations to serious illnesses such as cancer. “In my 20 years of research on human cells, I have never found any other drug, including heroin, which comes close to the DNA damage caused by marijuana” – Dr Akira Miroshima. WA researchers have warned that cannabis use...
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  • More Black and Hispanic youth arrested for marijuana after Colorado legalization

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    Pot-related arrests of Black youth jump 58%; arrests of Hispanic kids rise 29% May 20, 2016 Contact: Jeffrey Zinsmeister jeff@learnaboutsam.org [WASHINGTON, DC] - A recent report from the Colorado Department of Public Safety reveals that marijuana-related arrests of Black and Hispanic youth increased sharply in the two years following legalization, belying claims by legalization advocates that such policies would promote racial justice. Overall arrests of minors for marijuana jumped 5 percent...
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  • Yes, Marijuana Kills and this time it was a 16 Year!

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    There are echoes of Levy Thamba’s death in the story of a 16-year-old student in Seattle who jumped to his death after trying marijuana for the first time. The Seattle Police Department ruled that the death of Hamza Warsame was an accident. He had gone to the 6th floor apartment of an older classmate to work on a project. After having marijuana, he became “frantic,” went out on the balcony and fell off the building. Hamza Warsame’s death follows that of Levy Thamba,Luke Goodman and Justin...
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  • Safe pot? Tell that to the 62 kids who died

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    Sheila Polk, AZ I See It2:29 p.m. MST June 15, 2015 Marijuana is an addictive and hazardous drug. But lately, some have taken to proclaiming that "marijuana is safer than alcohol," a message that is not only wrong but dangerous. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, in a study that examines all deaths in Arizona of children under the age of 18, a disturbing number of child deaths resulted from substance use. It was linked to the deaths of 128 of Arizona's children in 2013....
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  • Alcohol, Methamphetamine, and Marijuana Exposure Have Distinct Effects on the Human Placenta

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    Carter RC1, Wainwright H2, Molteno CD3, Georgieff MK4, Dodge NC5, Warton F6, Meintjes EM6, Jacobson JL3,6,5, Jacobson SW3,6,5. Abstract BACKGROUND : Animal studies have demonstrated adverse effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on placental development, but few studies have examined these effects in humans. Little is known about effects of prenatal exposure to methamphetamine, marijuana, and cigarette smoking on placental development. METHODS : Placentas were collected from 103 Cape Coloured...
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  • Alcohol-free: why temperance drinks are making a comeback

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    Compared with more modern soft drinks, traditional botanical brews may be old-fashioned, but they are packed with flavour and anything but boring Rebecca Hardy Friday 12 February 2016 Booze. We’re so over it now. Not only is the government trying to wean us off our swift halves with its new alcohol guidelines (so good luck with that, then), but there’s been shocking exposure of “Britain on the Booze”, and a “dramatic rise” in the number of young teetotallers shunning their alcopops and Bacardi...
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  • This mother drank while pregnant. Here’s what her daughter’s like at 43.

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    Kathy Mitchell wants to share something with you. She's not proud of it, and it's not a behavior she hopes you'll emulate. It's just the truth: As a teen, Kathy drank alcohol while pregnant with her daughter, Karli. It was a perilous if unwitting mistake that has defined both of their lives….To Kathy, Karli's is simply a life snuffed of promise. "I adore my very sweet daughter," Kathy says. "She's a forever innocent child. But not a day goes by that I don't ask myself, 'What if? What if...
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  • Over 400 conditions co-occur with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), study finds

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    January 5, 2016 Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified 428 distinct disease conditions that co-occur in people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), in the most comprehensive review of its kind. The results were published today in The Lancet. "We've systematically identified numerous disease conditions co-occurring with FASD, which underscores the fact that it isn't safe to drink any amount or type of alcohol at any stage of pregnancy, despite...
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  • New Dutch healthy diet guidelines...

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    New Dutch healthy diet guidelines say don’t drink alcohol at all. (Health November 5, 2015) The Dutch health council is recommending that people abstain from alcohol altogether or drink no more than one glass per day. Previously women are advised to drink no more than one glass and men two on a daily basis. The council has published new recommendations on ensuring a healthy diet and says more than one alcoholic drink raises the risk of strokes and various forms of cancer. The health benefits...
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  • Mothers Drinking Alcohol in Pregnancy

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    (Hidden Harm) They both have brain damage, caused by their mothers drinking alcohol in pregnancy. " I'm sure there's lots of mothers out there that know that they drank. They're too scared to come forward because it's a shameful thing. " Claire H, mother who drank alcohol while pregnant In this confronting story, we take you into the lives of three everyday Australian families grappling with the consequences of drinking in pregnancy. The children face a devastating range of problems, from...
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  • UW research leads to new recommendation against drinking while pregnant

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    SEATTLE – Research from the University of Washington's Fetal Alcohol Syndrome program helped lead to a new recommendation that no amount of alcohol should be considered safe during pregnancy. That recommendation came last week from the American Academy of Pediatrics. "It just sounds ultra-conservative. But when it comes to alcohol I cannot stress enough if you have the ability to not drink at all during pregnancy, don't drink at all. It's just not worth the risk," said Dr. Susan Astley, a UW...
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  • Pinkwashed alcohol products & promotions exposed in new study

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    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study in the October issue of Addiction documents alcohol products promoted with pink ribbons, partnerships with breast cancer charities, and general terms such as "breast cancer research" or "cure." Hundreds of brands promote products with breast cancer awareness ribbons, and when companies that make products that contribute to cancer do so, it is called pinkwashing. Ironically, pinkwashed alcohol brands contribute to cancer risk...
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  • Drug Information Sheets Listing of PDF Files

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    DRUG INFORMATION RESOURCES - INTERNATIONAL SAMHSA’s 15th Annual Prevention Day Afternoon Plenary Recording (February 4, 2019) The importance and efficacy of Prevention & Demand Reduction mechanisms Focusing on the real dangers of Marijuana, Kratom and E-Cigarettes (Vaping) View Video Are Electronic Cigarettes Facilitating Illicit Drug Use? What are the reasons that substances other than nicotine may be found in e-cigarettes? This is a question that many experts would like to know since the...
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  • Under the Influence:

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    Considering the role of alcohol and sexual assault in social contexts Key messages Alcohol is a feature in a high proportion of sexual assaults. It appears that alcohol has a multi-faceted role in facilitating sexual assault. There are social and gender issues around alcohol consumption that perpetrators are able to exploit to their advantage. Alcohol is used as a tool by perpetrators to increase victim vulnerability and enhance their own confidence. Alcohol is used as an excuse by...
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  • Alcohol & Violence In Australia

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    Key messages Young people are more likely to experience alcohol-related violence One in five Australians aged 18 to 19 years have been a victim of physical abuse by someone under the influence of alcohol. 79% of 18 to 25 year old males charged with assault on a Friday or Saturday night consumed alcohol in the 48 hours prior to their arrest. Young people are more likely to report being verbally abused, physically abused or put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol than any other age...
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  • Warning – can cause disability

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    The alcohol industry should be devastated by the report that less than 5 per cent of Australian women can recall pregnancy health warnings on alcohol. Read More Lack of support for alcohol-dependent pregnant women Almost 4% of Australian women meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder in any given year. According to research, less than one in 10 of them receive any treatment and the coverage is even worse for women who are pregnant. Read More Have the Drug Talk The following online...
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  • Daddy drinks too much

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    View Clip “Children under alcohol – stolen potential – stolen childhood – stolen lives!” Unfortunately there is a small but incredibly vocal minority who are backed by some lobbyists that want to unwisely foster further damage on our children by promoting illicit drugs as relatively harmless or at least ‘manageable’. This propaganda is not only patently false, it is seeking to tear down the protective fences on the edge of society’s cliff of dysfunction and thus exposing our most vulnerable –...
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  • A Trauma Surgeon speaks out

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    A Trauma Surgeon speaks (Dr. John Crozier) “What are the emerging generation learning? What are our community, and you, teaching them?” View Clip
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  • Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

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    What You Need to Know About Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders View Clip One View Clip two View Clip Three FASD, ADHD or both with Dr. Gabor Maté View Clip Up to 7% of entire student popluation in the USA are under the burden of FASD View Clip For information regarding F.A.S.D contact The National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Related Disorders (NOFASARD) on 1300 30 238 or email admin@nofasard.org.au
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