TUESDAY, Nov. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A widely available drug used to treat alcoholism has potential as a COVID-19 treatment, researchers say. The investigators found that people taking disulfiram (Antabuse) for alcoholism had a lower risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 and were less likely to die from COVID-19 ifContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) — More older folks are winding up on liver transplant waiting lists than ever before, as obesity and alcoholism supersede hepatitis C as the main cause of liver failure in the United States. The percentage of liver transplant candidates aged 65 or older roseContinue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — People suffering from dangerous abnormal heart rhythms can take matters into their own hands and figure out what is triggering their episodes, researchers report. Folks with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) were able to reduce their episodes of the irregular heartbeat by 40% by identifyingContinue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — As if suffering through a childhood trauma weren’t enough, new research suggests it might raise the risk of poor mental and physical health later in life. Researchers analyzed nearly 2,900 responses to the 2019 New Zealand Family Violence Survey and found that aboutContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Wine lovers, beer drinkers and those who enjoy a martini now and then have long been told that moderate drinking beats total abstinence. Unfortunately, new German research is throwing some cold water on that advice, finding that premature death among non-drinkers is likelyContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Use of stimulants among college students was once thought to be a problem among high achievers seeking energy and focus to study. Not so, according to new research that links misuse of these so-called “study drugs” to binge drinking and marijuana use. TheContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Drug and alcohol abuse increase the risk of breakthrough COVID-19 infection as well as severe illness and death among fully vaccinated people, a new study shows. “First and foremost, vaccination is highly effective for people with substance use disorders, and the overall riskContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Sept. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Even when genetics and personality are working against you, having a strong network of supportive friends and family may help lower alcoholism risk, researchers say. “Genes play an important role in alcohol use,” stressed Jinni Su, an assistant professor of psychology at ArizonaContinue Reading

MONDAY, Aug. 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Fully half of all young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also battle alcohol or drug abuse. And folks with ADHD who have a history of depression or anxiety are particularly vulnerable to substance abuse problems, a new study showed. “PeopleContinue Reading