Jun 23

But it was only the biggest imbibersmen who said they had more than 50 drinks a weekwho were at higher risk of catching the infection.

The study isnt the first to draw a line between alcohol and pneumonia. Yet researchers cant be sure that drinking by itself leads to pneumoniait could be that alcohol-linked chronic diseases like liver and heart problems may be at play, for example.

In the current report, Dr. Reimar Wernich Thomsen, of Aarhus University Hospital, and his colleagues used data from a large Danish health study, including more than 45,000 people age 50 to 64, who had never had pneumonia.

All participants filled out surveys at the beginning of the study, which included questions on how often they drank beer, wine, and hard liquor.

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Jun 13

Concerns about cost, efficacy, and side-effects are possible barriers to the acceptability of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in key at-risk groups, a study conducted in Peru and published in the International Journal of STD and AIDS shows.

“Important barriers to PrEP…included high out-of-pocket cost, partial efficacy and fear of side-effects,” comment the investigators, “these potential barriers will require careful attention when planning for PrEP dissemination.”

PrEP involves HIV-negative individuals taking antiretroviral drugs to prevent their infection with HIV.

There is considerable interest in this biomedical method of HIV prevention. There are

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Jan 24

MONDAY, Jan. 24 () — Heavy smokers of childbearing age — especially women who have not been pregnant — may face a modest increase in their risk of developing breast cancer, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston found that breast cancer among pre-menopausal women was associated with greater cigarette amounts over a longer time period, including taking up the habit at a younger age.

Using data collected from the Nurses’ Health Study, initiated in 1976 with funding from the U.S.

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Dec 19

Having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in childhood may raise the risk of using alcohol or drugs in adolescence, but stimulant treatment does not appear to increase that risk.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with increased risk of illicit drug use. However, the slowly growing body of scientific literature on the topic shows mixed outcomes about the relationship between stimulant treatment and drug use, said Brooke Molina, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) annual meeting in New York in October.

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