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DEA Puts Tighter Controls on Hydrocodone Combination Pills

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has taken action to control the widespread abuse of narcotic painkillers. The agency has placed tighter restrictions on products containing one of the most common painkillers available.

Parents' Actions May Influence Age Children Try Alcohol

Past research has found that around two-thirds of US teens will drink alcohol by age 18. New research looks at reasons why kids start drinking in the first place.

WHO Calls for Regulations on E-Cigarettes

In the ongoing debate about electronic cigarettes, some experts welcome the products as a way to reduce tobacco smoking. Other experts, however, believe that e-cigarettes may work against efforts to reduce smoking. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) is weighing in.

Teens May Be Trying E-Cigarettes First

Urging teens not to smoke has long been a concern for many parents, health experts and educators. Now, there may be a new factor in the struggle: e-cigarettes.

Strict Control of E-Cigarettes Recommended

E-cigarettes are often sold as a healthier alternative to cigarettes. The American Heart Association, however, has warned that their use could lead to nicotine addiction and traditional smoking.

New Review Advocates for More Counseling to Help Smokers Quit

Finding the best way to quit smoking is not easy. But several treatments were associated with high quitting rates in a recent study.

Peer Group Could Influence Medication Abuse Patterns

Prescription medicine misuse continues to be a problem in the United States, and researchers recently wanted to find out why.

Doctor Shopping Was Common After Bone Surgery

After orthopedic surgery, many patients return to their doctor asking for more pain medication. But many find other doctors in addition to their own who will prescribe them more narcotics.

Robin Williams Dead at 63

Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died at his home in Northern California August 11.

Many Cancer Survivors Still Smoked

Smoking cigarettes is a proven cause of cancer and other medical conditions. But some people may continue to use tobacco even after they have had cancer.