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  • U.S. Top Court Rejects Bid to Block Indivior Opioid Drug Copycat The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to Indivior Plc on Tuesday, clearing the way for a copycat version of the British pharmaceutical firm's lucrative opioid addiction treatment Suboxone Film in a victory for India-based generic drug maker Dr. Reddy's Laboratories.
  • Fluconazole Tied to Miscarriages Pregnant women who take oral fluconazole to treat vaginal yeast infections may be more likely to have miscarriages than women who don't take this pill during pregnancy, a Canadian study suggests.
  • Two-Question Screen Pinpoints Adolescents at Risk for Future Alcohol Use Disorder A two-question screen from the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) can identify young people at higher risk of developing a future alcohol use disorder, researchers say.
  • Two Crises in One: As Drug Use Rises, So Does Syphilis Public health officials are grappling with climbing rates of syphilis and drug use in the US, as two public health crises collide.
  • Leaving the Hospital Early Can Double the Odds of Going Back Patients who discharge themselves from the hospital against medical advice are twice as likely to be back within 30 days as those who leave when doctors say they're ready, a large U.S. study finds.
  • Comorbidities, Not PTSD Itself, Behind Higher Heart Risks Comorbidities such as smoking, anxiety and depression account for the increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new analysis of electronic health records.
  • Money Troubles Tied to Higher Risk of Heart Disease for African-Americans African-American adults who often struggle to pay bills may be more than twice as likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts who don't have much financial stress, a U.S. study suggests.
  • Newborn Health Harmed by Cannabis Exposure In utero exposure to cannabis can have adverse effects on birth outcomes, new research warns, and rates of marijuana use by pregnant women are increasing as legalization becomes more common.
  • Adolescent Cannabis Use Tied To Depression, Suicidal Thoughts Cannabis consumption during adolescence is tied to an increased risk for depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts during young adulthood, suggests a new meta-analysis of 23,300 participants.
  • More Young Adults Binge-Drinking Well Into Their 20s More young men and women are binge-drinking into their mid- and late-20s today than a generation ago, increasing their risk of accidental injuries, deaths and a variety of chronic illnesses, researchers say.
  • Substituting Medical Cannabis for Other Drugs a Common Practice A survey of more than 2000 respondents has concluded that people who use medical cannabis often substitute it for other agents, including opioids, tobacco, and alcohol.
  • Kindergarten Teachers' Assessments May Be Linked With Pupils' Earnings as Adults Boys whose teachers find them antisocial in kindergarten may have lower income as adults than their classmates who don't have behavior problems, a Canadian study suggests.
  • Opioid Prescriptions for Pets Surge, Mirroring Human Crisis Many more Americans may be getting opioids for their pets, and veterinarians appear to be prescribing increasingly potent versions of these drugs to animals, a small study suggests.
  • FDA Takes Action Against Walgreens for Violating Tobacco Sale Laws by Selling to Minors The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it was taking action against certain retailers including Walgreen Boots Alliance for repeatedly flouting tobacco sale rules, including sale of cigars and menthol cigarettes to minors.
  • EU Health Official Slams Greek Minister for Defying Smoking Ban The European Union's top health official hit out at Greece's deputy health minister for publicly defying the country's smoking ban, saying in remarks published on Tuesday the practice was shameful.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder: High Risk for Early Death It is well known that patients with borderline personality disorder have high suicide rates. However, new research shows they also have high rates of premature death from nonsuicidal causes.
  • Rise in Overdose-related Donor Hearts in US A net increase in recovery rates of hearts from individuals who died from drug intoxication may be responsible for a net decrease in the heart transplant waiting list, new results suggest.
  • Nearly Half of US Adults Have CVD — Mostly Hypertension The increased prevalence in the new AHA stats report is driven largely by the revised definition of high blood pressure in the 2017 guidelines to 130/80 mm Hg.
  • Indivior Sells Rights to Chinese Treatment Drugmaker Indivior Plc said on Monday it is selling its rights related to the opioid addiction treatment drug Sai Bo Song tablet in China to privately-held Zhejiang Pukang Biotechnology Co. Ltd, which focuses on vaccines, for up to $122.5 million.
  • Cancer Patients May Need Longer Support to Quit Smoking Cancer patients are more successful at giving up cigarettes for good if they take smoking-cessation medicine for 24 weeks instead of the usual 12 weeks, a small clinical trial suggests.
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