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Risks for Cirrhosis Pass Through Family Bloodlines

New evidence from a multinational research team points to the existence of a genetic component in the chances that any given alcohol consumer will develop a severe form of alcoholic liver disease known as alcoholic cirrhosis.

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Posted in Mental Health

The Surprising Connection Between Mental Health and Heart Disease

It’s perfectly normal to feel sad, upset, worried and generally troubled after having a heart attack or finding out you have heart disease. This is a major, life-altering diagnosis and you should be a little shaken up and concerned about your future. If you can’t shake that bad feeling or if your symptoms of worry and sadness get worse, you could be struggling with depression or an anxiety disorder. It is not uncommon for depression, anxiety and heart disease to go hand in hand.

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Texting-While-Walking Lands Hundreds in Hospitals

We all know that texting and driving is a big no-no. But what about texting-while-walking? A recent stunt in China, which included the creation of smartphone-free walking lanes, is highlighting the obsession we have with our smartphones and how it can harm us even while we walk down the street. If you are so addicted to using your phone that you rarely look up from it while walking, you could be putting yourself and others in danger.

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Posted in Eating Disorders

Breakthrough Study Links Anorexia to Problems Metabolizing Cholesterol

Anorexia nervosa is difficult to predict and, if left untreated, potentially life-threatening. How the eating disorder develops is poorly understood, though genetics has long been thought to be a factor. A novel new study has narrowed down a gene connected to cholesterol metabolism as possibly playing a large part.

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Posted in Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Alcohol Abuse and Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is an unofficial term used to describe a collection of symptoms that center on damage in the lining of the large intestine. This damage apparently gives undigested food particles and toxins access to the bloodstream by producing minute gaps in the intestinal wall. While there is controversy regarding some of the purported effects of leaky gut syndrome, most doctors believe that unusual permeability in the large intestine can cause real health problems. People who abuse alcohol commonly experience significant changes in their intestinal function. These changes can potentially support the onset of leaky gut syndrome, or worsen its effects once it appears.

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Adderall Abuse Can Lead to a Heart Attack

Adderall is the brand name of a prescription medication that contains the stimulant drug amphetamine, as well as a closely related stimulant called dextroamphetamine. This medication is commonly used to control the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and doctors also sometimes prescribe it for treatment of the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Adderall has gained significant popularity among some high school and college students as illicit study aids. When abused in this or any other way, Adderall can lead to a heart attack.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Are Addicts More Susceptible to Stress-Based Disease?

Here’s something your general practitioner and your therapist may have forgotten to tell you: the more stress you’re under, the more vulnerable you are to becoming sick. If you are under stress while also feeling isolated, this is when your risk for illness – pneumonia, malignancies, chronic disease – is highest.

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Alcohol Abuse, Alcoholism, and Iron Overload

Iron overload is a medical condition that occurs when too much of the mineral iron builds up inside the body and produces a toxic reaction. Doctors refer to this condition more formally as hemochromatosis. If left uncorrected, an iron overload can lead to serious health problems that include liver cancer, diabetes, arthritis and heart attack. Moderate consumption of alcohol can potentially help the body maintain proper iron levels. However, long-term consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol significantly increases risks for the development of iron overload. The primary result of alcohol-related iron overload is a potentially fatal disorder known as alcoholic liver disease.

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Alcohol and Gastritis

Gastritis is a fairly generic term and refers to an inflammation or swelling of the stomach lining. Unless treated, gastritis can lead to bleeding in the stomach, the development of stomach ulcers, and even stomach cancer.

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Posted in Mental Health

The Emotional Effects & Mental Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke

Smoking is a habit that can lead to a host of health problems. Besides increasing the risk of lung cancer and dental problems, smoking can also cause problems for those who live with the smoker. Research is increasingly highlighting the health problems that are caused by the exposure to secondhand smoke.

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