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The Older the Drinking Age, the Lower the Illness Rates?

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- States typically raised the minimum drinking age to lower drunk driving rates, but a new study suggests the move could have other health benefits.

Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are Underused

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse are effective but underused, a new study suggests.

Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of the musician Prince's death from a painkiller overdose, a new study suggests some opioid-related deaths could be prevented by routinely prescribing an antidote for certain patients who take the medications.

Health Risks Higher for LGBT Community

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In yet another sign that lesbian, gay and bisexual people face additional health risks, a new study finds they're more likely to drink heavily and smoke.

Smoking May Hinder Common Breast Cancer Treatment

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may blunt the effectiveness of a certain kind of breast cancer treatment, new research suggests.

Opioid Update: Painkiller Misuse in U.S. Doubled in Decade

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More bad news from the U.S. drug wars: Misuse of prescription opioid painkillers by American adults more than doubled from the early 2000s to 2013, a new government study says.

Drug Monitoring Programs Do Curb Overdose Deaths: Study

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drug monitoring programs appear to help reduce deaths from prescription painkillers called opioids, a new study finds.

Southern States Lagging in Tough Smoking Bans, CDC Says

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers in southern states can still find plenty of places to spread secondhand smoke to others, a new report finds.

Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. laws designed to curb abuse of opioid painkillers haven't reduced misuse or overdoses by disabled Medicare beneficiaries, a new study suggests.

Parkinson's Rates Rising Among American Men

MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of Parkinson's disease may be on the rise for U.S. men over the past three decades, and the trend could be tied to declines in smoking, a new study suggests.

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