Health News

Is Prescribed Heroin Cost Effective?
Methadone Maintenance Treatment ( MMT ), for heroin addicts, comes with considerable societal expenses. Thankfully, an alternative treatment that is more effective and more cost-effective may exist.
Weight Loss Program Shows Promise
The obesity epidemic especially afflicts low-income people - who are also less likely to receive good health care. But at least one experimental program offers some positive results.
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Helps Alcoholics
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s researchers tested the effects of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) as a treatment for alcoholics. The results of multiple trials has not been pooled and analyzed until now.
Alcohol While Pregnant is Worse Than Cocaine or Pot
Children exposed to as little as half an alcoholic drink a day in utero - even if they didn't have fetal alcohol syndrome - appeared to suffer in their achievement test scores.
Babies Born Healthier in Smoke-Free Land
Smoking is associated with a number of complications for babies in the womb, including early deliveries and underweight babies. Scotland's smoking ban made in dent in both of these.
Knowledge Aids Prevention for Adopted Youth
If you’re considering adoption or have already adopted, understanding the family history of a child can help predict and possibly prevent psychological struggles.
Up in Smoke: Anti-Tobacco Campaign Blocked
The images on cigarette packs were to have been so disgusting that consumers would think twice about smoking. Now they may never be seen, because the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) anti-smoking campaign may have gone up in smoke.
Condoms Aren't Cool to Freshman Girls
If you’re daughter is in her first year of college, it might be a good time to remind her about the importance of safe sex. According to new research, freshman girls use condoms less and less as the year progresses.
Does Ecstasy Hurt Unborn Babies?
Using ecstasy is no way to escape the discomfort of pregnancy. The first study to look at its impact on babies reveals it can cause developmental delays that might spell trouble later.
Rx Misuse May Forecast Drug Abuse
If you’ve caught your son or daughter with their hand in the medicine cabinet, you may want to keep a cautious eye on their behavior for signs of further substance abuse.