Alcoholism

New drug offers renewed hope to patients with hepatitis C

Alcoholism - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 17:10

Patients with hepatitis C who suffer from advanced stages of liver disease have renewed hope, thanks to findings by researchers who have discovered that a new drug significantly reduces their risk of death and need for transplantation. The research team, led by clinical researchers at Intermountain Healthcare's Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, studied nearly 1,900 hep C patients and found that the number of patients needing transplants was reduced by 40 percent after they were given a regimen of the drug, sofosbuvir.

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'He got me hook, line and sinker': Trump voters...

Alcoholism - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:17

An upstate New York man who sold many of his possessions last year to fund a months-long tour playing music at Trump rallies now regrets his vote for the Republican candidate. "I had everything riding on the fact that he was going to make things better," Kraig Moss told the Associated Press .

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Stack Pursues Drive for Pardons

Alcoholism - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 07:21

LT.GOV. Mike Stack addressed a W. Philly audience on how to clear their record of past criminal offenses.

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Fears for drug addicts and alcoholics in Stoke-on-Trent after charity's collapse

Alcoholism - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:49

It throws the future of the organisation's Hanley branch into doubt - although it is hoped other charities will keep it going. The investigation comes as the charity's annual income soared from A 26 million in 2012/13 to almost A 62 million in 2015/16.

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Empty Bottles: New book explores relationships between presidents and alcohol

Alcoholism - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:38

The founders enjoyed Madiera, and many made their own beer. George Washington opened a commercial distillery, the largest in the new country, after his presidency.

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Jamie Foxx Reveals Oprah Winfrey Saved Him From Alcoholism

Alcoholism - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:06

Jamie Foxx is known for his humor and keeping things lighthearted and fun in interviews, but he decided to get seriously candid when he stopped by The Howard Stern Show and discussed his past battle with alcoholism. As reported by TMZ , Foxx told the story of how Oprah was the person responsible for waking him up and giving him the strength he needed to kick alcohol to the curb for good.

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People use their phones in Toronto, Monday, July 18,

Alcoholism - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:33

Are you addicted to your phone? Here's how to tell Here's a checklist to see if your screen time is too much. Check out this story on thetimesherald.com: https://usat.ly/2rU9dNH A decade into the iPhone age, such devices feel like extensions of our bodies.

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Author Gives Courageous Take on Struggle with Alcoholism in New Book

Alcoholism - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:45

He puts the readers at ease in reading his book with his candor and spontaneity in describing his experiences, and matched with casual and conversational narrative. is an eye opener to people struggling with alcoholism.

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New findings provide insights into brain mechanisms underlying alcohol addiction

Alcoholism - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:18

The human brain functions on a delicate balance of reinforcing positive behaviors and suppressing negative ones, which takes place in the dorsal striatum, a brain region critical for goal-directed behavior and implicated in drug and alcohol addiction. According to a new study in Biological Psychiatry , two pathways in the dorsal striatum that regulate this process -- the "Go" pathway, which hits the gas for rewarding behaviors, and the "No-Go" pathway, which hits the brakes -- have opposite effects to control alcohol drinking behavior.

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Clock ticking on liquor wall bill fate

Alcoholism - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 23:56

Gov. Rick Scott faces a Wednesday deadline to act on a bill that would remove a Prohibition-era law requiring liquor to be sold in separate stores from groceries and other retail items. Twenty-nine other states have similar laws allowing spirits in the grocery aisles.

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Founders' Day weekend to draw thousands to Akron, birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholism - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:28

In June, Akron will mark the 82nd anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous , welcoming nearly 10,000 visitors to the birthplace of the organization. Events across the city are scheduled for the 2017 Founders' Day weekend, June 9-11.

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Dr. Oa s Daily Dose: high risk drinking and treating alcohol addiction

Alcoholism - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:43

Dr. Omar Faruk is a Double Certified Physician who has expertise in many areas of modern medicine: addiction medicine, functional medicine, autoimmune, anti-aging health trends and more.

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Catasys, Inc. (CATS) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to "Hold"

Alcoholism - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:59

According to Zacks, "Catasys, Inc., formerly known as Hythiam, Inc., provides specialized behavioral health management services to health plans, employers and unions through a network of licensed and company managed health care providers. The Company's program seeks to improve member health by delivering medical and psychosocial interventions in combination with long term care coaching, including their proprietary treatment program for alcoholism and stimulant dependence.

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Salvation Army gives community groups tour of rehab facility

Alcoholism - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 05:36

The Adult Rehabilitation Center program at the Springfield Salvation Army is one of western Massachusetts's best kept secrets in the war against drug and alcohol abuse. Salvation Army Lieutenants David and Angela Wetzel invited community leaders to view the program that helps dozens of opioid victims return to a normal life each year.

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McMaster names head of drug and alcohol treatment agency

Alcoholism - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 01:06

Gov. Henry McMaster on Tuesday named Sara Goldsby to lead the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. She's been acting director since Bob Toomey retired last August.

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Alcoholics Anonymous sues for return of 12-step manuscript

Alcoholism - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:21

Alcoholics Anonymous is demanding the return of its 1939 original manuscript describing the "Twelve Step" program of recovery from alcoholism. The organization last Thursday in New York state court sued an Alabama man, a New York art gallery and a California auction house.

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Gov. Rick Scott's family history of alcohol abuse could decide 'liquor wall" bill

Alcoholism - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:48

Gov. Rick Scott must decide Wednesday whether to let Walmart and other big-box stores sell liquor, and he says a factor in his decision is the history of alcohol abuse in his family. Scott has the last word on one of the session's most heavily-lobbied issues - one that divided powerful special interests.

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Faith leaders to meet on opioid epidemic

Alcoholism - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:23

For that reason Robert Kellogg, a Gastonia city councilman, has called upon ministers, priests, reverends and anybody else who speaks to a Gaston County congregation to participate in a frank discussion Thursday about the drugs impacting so many residents. From there, he hopes they take that wisdom back to congregants and set up mechanisms for which to fight those addictions.

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Local book offers help for people suffering from addiction

Alcoholism - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:37

By telling the story of his own struggle with alcoholism, and the story of Glenn Jorgenson's similar battle, author Terry Woster illuminates the mindset of those who persist in drinking even when it becomes obvious that they are harming themselves and others. In 'It's Great To Be Alive,' author Terry Woster weaves into the narrative compelling stories of addiction and recovery told by more than a dozen celebrities-including singers Johnny Cash and Larry Gatlin, actor Dick Van Dyke, and superstar athletes Carl Eller and Don Newcombe-who Jorgenson interviewed for an educational television series called "It's Great To Be Alive."

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Researchers link intestinal fungi to increased risk of death in patients with alcoholic liver disease

Alcoholism - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 05:43

Liver cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of mortality worldwide and approximately half of those deaths are due to alcohol abuse. Yet apart from alcohol abstinence, there are no specific treatments to reduce the severity of alcohol-associated liver disease.

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