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Drink Spiking a Problem on U.S. Campuses

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drink spiking may be prevalent on U.S. college campuses, and women are at much greater risk than men, new research finds.

Frat Brothers Keep Chugging Despite Anti-Booze Efforts

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The boys of "Animal House" and "Neighbors" may be immune to anti-boozing programs that curb drinking for other college kids, new research suggests.

Why Heavy Drinking Seems to Boost Desire to Smoke More

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The reason alcoholics struggle to stop smoking may be because their heavy drinking speeds up how quickly their body breaks down nicotine, a new study suggests.

Many Smokers Have COPD Symptoms, Without Diagnosis

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many smokers have symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) even before they've been diagnosed with the lung condition, according to a new study.

Experts Rank America's 'Fittest Cities' -- Is Yours One of Them?

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Washington, D.C., is the fittest city in the United States for the third straight year, a new report shows.

Marriage a Buffer Against Drinking Problems?

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Married people are less likely to have drinking problems than single people, and that protective effect is particularly strong among those with a family history of alcoholism, a new study suggests.

Middle Schoolers Exposed to Alcohol Ads Every Day: Study

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Kids as young as 11 see alcohol ads on a daily basis, through television, billboards and signs, new research shows.

More Bars, More Ambulance Calls

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Areas with more bars have about eight times more ambulance calls than places where booze flows less freely, according to a new study.

Parents Often Don't Get Rid of Leftover Prescription Opioids

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When children are prescribed opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, for surgery or illness, about half of parents say they keep the leftover medicine on hand.

Booze, High Blood Pressure a Dangerous Mix

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even an ounce of alcohol a day might alter heart function if you have high blood pressure, researchers report.

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