Latest James Garbutt Stories

2005-08-11 07:55:00

Finding in fruit flies may yield new treatments Hard-drinking fruit flies have helped U.S. and German scientists uncover a gene that may shed light on humans' tolerance to alcohol. The gene -- named hangover by its discoverers -- is part of a genetic pathway that enables the flies to deal with increasing amounts of alcohol, according to researchers. They also believe this mechanism can lead to alcohol dependence and addiction. The finding may be important because "identifying the genes you...

2005-04-06 07:05:00

Naltrexone reduces heavy drinking days by average of 16 days a month HealthDay News -- A monthly injection could help problem drinkers cut back or stop drinking alcohol altogether. That's the conclusion of a study published in the April 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association that found alcoholics given a monthly shot of naltrexone were able to reduce their heavy-drinking days from an average of 19 days per month to three days per month. "Alcoholism is a very common...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.