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2008-10-08 13:50:00

U.S. government scientists convened in an online chat room Tuesday to answer questions about drugs and alcohol coming from students during the National Institute on Drug Abuse's second-ever Drug Facts Chat Day.  "How many drinks does it take to get you drunk?" asked an anonymous teenager at George Washington High School in California. "For a person of normal weight not used to alcohol, about four-five drinks within one hour," came the answer. Another student from Sanborn Regional High...

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2008-08-21 19:18:38

Findings may help explain how sleep-deprived people stay alert Just one night without sleep can increase the amount of the chemical dopamine in the human brain, according to new imaging research in the August 20 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Because drugs that increase dopamine, like amphetamines, promote wakefulness, the findings offer a potential mechanism explaining how the brain helps people stay awake despite the urge to sleep. However, the study also shows that the increase in...

2008-08-20 09:01:30

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Forterus, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: FTER) has completed its acquisition of A Better Tomorrow Treatment Center Inc., a fast growing Southern California-based drug, alcohol and gambling treatment center. Forterus acquired Murrieta-based A Better Tomorrow for a purchase price of $12.825 million. The purchase price was 2.85 times the Annual Gross Revenue of the clinic. Annual Gross Revenue is defined as total revenue for the preceding...

2008-07-27 03:00:36

By Lewis, Paul C In this issue of MEDSURG Nursing, we are fortunate to have an article written by a nursing expert in the areas of tobacco use, addiction, and abstinence. Dr. Lewis provides an overview of the prevalence of tobacco use and the risks of exposure to tobacco and second-hand smoke for both adults and adolescents. He explains the challenges surrounding smoking cessation and encourages abstinence, starting at the grade school level. He concludes by emphasizing that nurses can...

2008-07-18 15:00:57

By The Tribune, Seymour, Ind. Jul. 18--A report released earlier this year by the Indiana University Center for Health Policy carries a sobering title and message. The report -- "Fatal Drug Overdoses: A Growing Concern in Indiana" -- outlines a mushrooming problem in the Hoosier state as the number of drug-induced overdose deaths increased nearly 150 percent between 1999 and 2004, according to the report, which turned to the Indiana State Department of Health for its statistics. The...

2008-06-18 00:00:30

Despite reported declines in teen marijuana use, in 2007 almost 11 million teens report having used marijuana. For those using the drug, four alarming trends are of grave concern for parents and teens, according to "Non-Medical Marijuana III: Rite of Passage or Russian Roulette?," a new report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. From 1992 - 2006: -- There was a 175 percent jump in the potency of marijuana (3.2 to 8.8 percent THC(1)...

2008-05-28 03:00:00

By Barrington, Kyle Abstract Illegal drug use and abuse by the nation's secondary school students is a continuing public health issue and this is especially true for students living in rural, low-income areas where access to intervention and treatment services is often limited. To address this issue, some school districts have implemented voluntary, randomized, student drug-testing (VRSDT) programs. The quantitative findings of this quasi-experimental study revealed that VRSDT had no...

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2007-12-24 06:00:00

A car, a home, a gallon of milk -- most everything costs more now than a generation ago. Except a baggie of Mexican marijuana. Give or take a few dollars, authorities say, pot grown in Mexico and sold in Houston and other Texas cities still goes for about the same price as 25 years ago: $60 to $80 for an ounce. In economic terms, marijuana is far cheaper since the decade when a three-bedroom home in upscale West University cost $150,000, a new ride was less than $6,000 and first lady Nancy...

2007-09-25 00:00:19

Substance abuse costs the taxpayers of America more than a quarter of a trillion dollars a year -- enough to pay for every one of the estimated 21 million alcohol and illicit drug abusers in the country to receive medically-supervised alcohol and drug rehab programs, with tens of millions of dollars left over. The $300 billion a year costs of substance abuse estimated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse includes all costs related to alcohol and drug addictions -- lost wages, loss of...

2006-07-25 07:05:00

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO -- Convicted of dealing drugs, Cheryl Cline asked for help conquering her long addiction to crack cocaine but was told that even in prison there was a waiting list. "That upset me that I wanted help and I had to wait to get it," Cline said at a news conference on Monday to introduce a U.S. report highlighting the effectiveness of drug treatment for perhaps the most heavily drug-addicted population: prison inmates. The report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse said...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.