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Category: Substance Abuse

Alcohol and Breast Cancer

May 1, 2017

Study confirms link between alcohol consumption, breast cancer risk...

In findings published in the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers confirmed the link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk in a study in black women. The association has been seen in other studies drawn from majority white populations.

Social Justice, Substance Abuse

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Mehmet Kesimer

April 27, 2017

UNC wins competitive NIH grant to study how nicotine affects lungs

UNC Marsico Lung Institute researchers Rob Tarran, PhD, and Mehmet Kesimer, PhD, will lead a $2.3-million, five-year project, which will include the study of electronic cigarettes.

Awards, Substance Abuse

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Adam Goldstein

March 28, 2017

Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs

A study led by UNC Lineberger researcher Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, and Sarah Kowitt, MPH, found broad support, even among smokers, for increasing the size of health warnings on cigarette packs.

Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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Kate Lansu

March 27, 2017

UNC researchers link orphan receptor to opioid-induced itching

With a more accurate understanding of the characteristics and function of the receptor MRGRPX2, University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers were also able to create chemical probe that will allow them study the receptor more precisely.

Neurology, Research, Substance Abuse

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Center: a molecule of LSD bound to a larger serotonin receptor. The lid" that keeps LSD bound so long is the orange bar running through the center."

January 26, 2017

This is LSD attached to a brain cell serotonin receptor

For the first time, UNC School of Medicine researchers crystalized the structure of LSD attached to a human serotonin receptor of a brain cell, and they may have discovered why an “acid trip” lasts so long.

Neurology, Research, Substance Abuse

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December 14, 2016

Cigar warning labels are not equally believable among adolescents

Less than 50 percent of surveyed teens found it ‘very believable’ that cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes, according to a first-of-its-kind UNC School of Medicine study.

Families, Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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Adam Goldstein

November 21, 2016

Flavors influence appeal and use of most tobacco products, especial...

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, concluded in a study published in Tobacco Control that banning non-menthol flavors like fruit and candy could reduce use of most tobacco products across the globe, especially among adolescents.

Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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Felicia Williams

September 29, 2016

Severe burns, injuries from e-cigarette explosions go under-reporte...

In a new British Medical Journal editorial, UNC School of Medicine researchers and physicians stress the need for better worldwide surveillance of e-cigarette-related burns and better regulation of e-cigarettes to reduce burn injuries.

Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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Adam Goldstein

September 14, 2016

UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Team Up to Reduce Tobacco Use

Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Cancer Hospitals, with support from the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program, are collaborating on an innovative training program to prepare health care providers across North Carolina and the U.S. to better assist people addicted to tobacco products and help them become “tobacco free.”

Collaboration, Substance Abuse

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August 25, 2016

UNC expert weighs in on e-cigarette debate

Rob Tarran, PhD, says much is unknown about the effects of vaping, but data thus far suggest it is not harmless.

Families, Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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