It is not easy to get rid of smoking habits. The nicotine contained in the tobacco of cigarettes lends a temporary feeling of high and relaxation, thus, inducing the smoker to continue with their smoking habits. A recent study by a group of researchers from Australia found that maternal smoking may cause breathing problems in their children many years later. This can be understood as diminishing lung function potential in children whose mothers smoke may result in alleviated functioning of the lung by the time they reach adulthood. Read more
For America, alcohol addiction is the biggest threat. Numerous researches have been conducted to study the risks associated with the drinking culture that is synonymous with the American way of life. A 2015 study published in the BMJ said that moderate drinking, viewed as harmless by most Americans, can increase the risk of cancer. Most studies till date have been confined to the impact of alcohol alone, and not many studies have tried to understand the impact of caffeinated energy drinks taken in combination with alcohol by adolescents.
A mother’s drinking or smoking habits have been linked to different types of abnormalities and defects in the unborn child. Now, a recent study published in the American Journal of Stem Cells revealed that a father’s age, his alcohol consumption habits and other factors, like stress, diets, weight, etc., can also affect the growth of the child.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of deadly diseases, such as cancer and chronic lung ailments. When suffering from the ill effects of persistent smoking habit, people usually seek refuge in a good healthcare facility to get back to life. But if a hospital fails to check a person’s smoking habit due to lack of anti-tobacco policy, it is a serious cause of concern.
Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances in the world. While many kids and teens find pleasure in trying alcohol during their high school and college years, tackling the issue can be a harrowing task for parents. Many parents feel confused about the right steps to be taken. Thus, it’s important to discuss alcohol use and abuse with kids early and keep talking about it as they grow. Read more
Nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses between 2000 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Opioid overdose deaths, including opioid pain relievers and heroin, hit record levels in 2014, with an alarming 14 percent increase in just one year, the agency says. Read more
Most of the people take prescription drugs only when recommended by a doctor. But more than 2 million people in the United States do not conform to this norm and use prescription painkillers for other purposes as well, says a 2015 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Read more
October 17 to 24 marks Food and Drugs Interactions and Awareness Week in the United States. The seven-day event aims to educate the public about how prescription medications and alcohol respond to certain nutritional ingredients and supplements and vice versa. Some of these combinations can hinder the needed effectiveness of various medicines or enhance the potency of other drugs to dangerous degrees.
Many cases of overdose involve long-time substance abusers. Over decades of psychological research, experts have questioned why these individuals consistently overestimate the amount of drugs they can handle. Through investigating how our bodies tolerate and condition themselves to repeated usage, the biggest discovery involves the underestimated role of changing environmental and situational factors.
When a woman gives birth to her baby, establishing a foundation of good health is a paramount concern. In order to achieve this goal, there is a general consensus that being pregnant and giving birth should be done without the presence of drugs or other potentially harmful substances. This same standard is applicable to breastfeeding as well and with the expansion of the pharmaceutical industry in the last century, the risk for exposure has never been higher. Read more