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2012-02-16 12:51:42

Varenicline/Chantix may reduce drinking by increasing alcohol's aversive effects A medication commonly used to help people stop smoking may have an unanticipated positive side effect for an entirely different vice: drinking alcohol. A new study by University of Chicago researchers finds that varenicline, sold as Chantix, increases the negative effects of alcohol and therefore could hold promise as a treatment for alcoholism. A group of heavy-to-moderate social drinkers given a single...

2012-01-13 06:51:01

(Ivanhoe Newswire)-- A new study shows that the use of a nicotine patch leads to improved memory and cognitive skills. The study looked at people with mild cognitive impairment, who were not smokers. The participants were separated equally into two groups. One group was given a placebo and the other group was given a nicotine patch per day for six months. The participants took several thinking skills and memory tests throughout the six months of treatment. At the end of treatment, the...

New Doubts Surface About Nicotine Replacement Therapies
2012-01-10 11:51:15

According to a rigorous long-term study of so-called nicotine replacement therapy, nicotine gum and patches that millions of smokers use to help kick their habit have no lasting benefit and may backfire in some cases, reports Benedict Carey for the NY Times. The study of 787 people attempting to quit smoking over a period of several years is likely to inflame a long-running debate about the value of nicotine alternatives. In surveys smokers who have used the over-the-counter products,...

2012-01-06 19:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services indicates that including comprehensive tobacco cessation benefits in Medicaid insurance coverage can result in substantial savings for Medicaid programs. The study, titled "The Return on Investment of a Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Program in Massachusetts," published by the open access journal PLoS ONE, found that every dollar spent in program costs...

2012-01-05 10:48:00

In the news release, West Virginia's Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline Receives New Management, issued 05-Jan-2012 by First Choice Services over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the Quitline phone number in the last paragraph, should read "1-866-987-8488 " rather than "1-866-981-8488" as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows: West Virginia's Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline Receives New Management CHARLESTON, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2012...

2012-01-05 09:00:00

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- First Choice Services has taken over operation of the West Virginia Prescription Drug Abuse Quitline from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. "We are excited for the opportunity to continue the operation of this tool that is so vital in the fight against prescription drug abuse in our state," Steve Burton, chief executive officer of First Choice Services, said. "We want to build on the successful foundation the quitline...

2011-12-29 13:53:00

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Year after year, top health New Year's resolutions include weight loss, eating right and smoking cessation--all without breaking the bank. In support of these popular concerns, Sam's Club® offers free health solutions for New Year's resolutions, including a variety of complimentary in-Club health screenings and smoking cessation consultations. On Saturday, January 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sam's Club will offer the...

2011-12-08 15:29:00

MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sean P. David, M.D., Ph.D., SRI research physician and director of the Translational Medicine program in SRI's Policy Division, has been selected as the 2011-2013 James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellow at the Institute of Medicine. David was selected from an outstanding group of nominees because of his accomplishments in family medicine, and specifically his work on smoking cessation and health...

2011-11-17 10:56:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite all the publicity about the dangers of smoking, many Americans haven't given up their cigarettes. And thousands of kids start smoking every day. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17, 2011 is an attempt to change those two realities. The society is asking smokers to use that day to make a plan to quit. Or even to quit smoking just on...

2011-11-15 06:59:00

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Blueprint to Quit" is a comprehensive quit-smoking program designed to provide resources for smokers interested in quitting, available exclusively at Walmart. Through the program, smokers have access to online behavioral support resources on QuitNet.com - including trained experts and a variety of quitting materials and self-assessment tools - and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help curb cravings and withdrawal symptoms. With the...