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Fibromyalgia is a common condition, which causes long-term, intractable pain and tenderness in the muscles, joints, tendons, and other soft tissues. It affects more than five million people in the US and it is often accompanied by stiffness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and anxiety.  Its management is often difficult because the cause is not clear and cure is unknown. Mayo Clinic researchers found, however, that patients with fibromyalgia who consume low to moderate amounts of alcohol experience less severe symptoms than nondrinkers. They suspect that alcohol increases γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels, which are usually found to be low in people with […]

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Unhealthy Alcohol Intake a Global Burden

More than 200 diseases and injuries has been attributed to alcohol consumption, according to study lead author Kevin Shield, which includes several types of cancer such as female breast cancer on top of those known effects of drinking such as liver cirrhosis and traffic accidents.  The study, published in a recent issue of the journal Addiction, shows that alcohol was responsible for more than 5% of the global burden of disease and injury, third after hypertension and tobacco smoking. The findings show huge differences by geographical region, number of alcohol consumers, and the amount of alcohol intake and general patterns […]

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Alcohol, a Leading Cause of Cancer Death

Studies have shown that alcohol consumption is linked to many types of cancers, including cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, breast, liver, colon and rectum. It is estimated that it accounts for about 4% of deaths due to cancer worldwide. Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH, from the Department of Medicine at BUSM and colleagues from the National Cancer Institute, the Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute and the Center for Addiction and Mental Health report that about 20,000 cancer deaths related to alcohol intake occur annually in the US. This accounts for 3.5% of all deaths due to cancer. The researchers […]

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Risks of Combining Energy Drinks and Alcohol

The American Academy of Pediatrics reported in its journal, Pediatrics in Review, the possible danger the mixture of energy drink and alcohol could bring to adolescents. In an incident report last 2010, there were nine and twenty-three students who were admitted in the hospital in the states of Washington and New Jersey, respectively after intake of the mixed drinks. Young people are unaware of the effect of the mixture, as the impact of alcohol is faintly felt. Thus, there is a tendency for adolescents to drink more than what is necessary. Moreover, their motor skill and visual reaction are just […]

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Binge drinking is not only a social problem but is a serious health problem as well. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that bingeing on alcoholic drinks is a prevalent problem that is often underestimated especially among female adults and adolescents in the US. The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming four or more alcoholic drinks on one occasion. Researchers found that using this definition, around 14 million US women consume an average of six drinks about three times a month. They also found that it appears that the prevalence of binge drinking […]

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