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Secondhand Smoke Still Plagues Some Cancer Survivors

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of nonsmoking cancer survivors exposed to secondhand smoke is down significantly in the United States, but it's too soon to breathe easy.

Health Tip: Get the Facts on Alcohol and Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- A glass of wine may initially help you drift off to sleep, but it's hardly a prescription for a quality night of rest.

Depressed Back Pain Patients Often Get Opioids

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with low back pain who are depressed are more likely to be prescribed opioids, and to be prescribed higher doses, a new study finds.

Opioid-Linked Hospitalizations Rising Fastest for Women: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid-related hospitalizations among women in the United States increased far faster than among men between 2005 and 2014, a federal government report says.

Cocaine, Other Drugs Detected in Carrie Fisher's System After Her Death

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Autopsy results reveal that a cocktail of illicit drugs was in actress Carrie Fisher's system after her death on Dec. 27, but it remains unclear what role they may have played in her death.

Opioid Abuse Jumps 6-Fold for U.S. Youth, Too Few Get Treated: Study

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of opioid addiction among Americans age 25 and under rose nearly sixfold from 2001 to 2014. But few young addicts get medical treatment that might prevent overdose or relapse, a new study finds.

Raise the Smoking Age to 21? Most Kids Fine With That

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly two-thirds of U.S. teens support raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 years old, new research finds.

Addicts Try to Avoid Deadly Fentanyl, But Many Tragically Fail

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that more than half of all drug overdose deaths may be caused by the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Many Young Americans Using Snuff, Chewing Tobacco

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 3 percent of Americans age 12 and older said they'd used chewing tobacco or snuff in the past month, according to a recent federal government report.

Pot Plus Booze: A Deadly Mix Behind the Wheel

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana and alcohol make a terrible mix on the road, significantly increasing a driver's chances of causing a deadly crash, a new study warns.

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