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Army should consider PTSD in discharge decisions, says lawsuit
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A federal lawsuit has claimed that the U.S. Army issued less-than-honorable discharges to thousands of servicemen without sufficient consideration of their mental health conditions. In the lawsuit filed on April 17, 2017, two veterans from Connecticut – Stephen Kennedy and Alicia Carson, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan – alleged that they were unlawfully denied […]


Study finds brain system that may help treat cocaine addiction
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Known to increase the availability of neurotransmitter dopamine – responsible for generating euphoric effects – in the brain, cocaine is often abused with alcohol and other drugs, such as heroin and marijuana, making it a dangerous concoction. Cocaine is known to be one of the most addictive substances, and the treatment of its addiction generally […]


Alcohol Awareness Month: Can alcohol ban on college campuses curb misuse?
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Underage college drinking is a significant health problem in the United States. Often seen as an integral part of one’s higher education, drinking at college has become a ritual. Young adults enrolled full time in college are more likely to report binge or heavy drinking. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and […]


Alcohol Awareness Month: Actor Verne Troyer gets treatment for alcoholism
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Famous for his role as Mini-Me in two Austin Powers’ movies alongside Mike Myers, actor Verne Troyer has revealed that he is getting treated for alcoholism. Troyer, who has appeared in a number of TV shows including Celebrity Big Brother in the United Kingdom in 2009, has battled alcohol addiction in the past. Talking to […]


Florida Senate passes medical marijuana plan
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In November 2016, Florida voters approved the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative or Amendment 2 that legalized medical marijuana in the state. What emerged as the biggest supporter of the medical marijuana legislation was the bill presented by Senator Rob Bradley. On April 3, 2017, Florida Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 406 sponsored by Bradley, refining […]


Florida looking at mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients
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A divided House panel in Florida on April 4, 2017, voted for a bill requiring mandatory drug testing for some welfare applicants. Despite legal battles that halted a previous program, the new bill requires applicants convicted of a drug-related felonyor those suspected to be under influence of controlled substances to undergo drug screening before receiving […]


Heroin ‘laced with fentanyl’ kills 4 in Sarasota
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While Sarasota County in Florida continues to receive top honors in health rankings, it also has to deal with above the state average for drug overdose deaths. Recently, a drug-related overdose involving a batch of bad heroin resulted in multiple fatalities in Sarasota city. According to the Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino, the situation is […]


World Health Day: Machine learning to help diagnose depression
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The World Health Day (WHD), which is observed on April 7, aims at drawing people’s attention toward the importance of global health. An annual event, it provides an opportunity for every community in the world to take initiatives that can lead to better health. The WHD also marks the anniversary of the founding of the […]


Alcohol Awareness Month: Anxiety better predictor of alcohol addiction than stress, says study
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April is being observed as the Alcohol Awareness Month (AAM) across the United States. Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), the month is commemorated every year to raise public awareness about pitfalls of excessive alcohol consumption and to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism. AAM aims at providing an opportunity […]


Drug and alcohol abuse linked to increased suicide risk among veterans, says study
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Although illicit drug use is lower among members of the armed forces in the United States, alcohol and prescription drug abuse is much more prevalent and on the rise. In addition to substance abuse, another problem plaguing the U.S. military is the increase in suicide among veterans. As per the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) […]


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