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Why do the liver cells of some people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth ER?

Why do the liver cells of some people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth ER?

Induced effect: EtOH induces proliferation of smooth ER in hepatocytes in order to detoxify the body. Specific drugs will do the same. ...Read more

Alcohol Abuse (Definition)

Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more


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What are the various dangers a person can experience from tobacco (both cigarettes and cigars), alcohol, and drug abuse?

What are the various dangers a person can experience from tobacco (both cigarettes and cigars), alcohol, and drug abuse?

Substance abuse: The question cannot be answered in a short column other than to say, lung, oral, and bladder cancer, hepatitis, liver damage and cirrhosis, hiv, aids, and a myriad of other infections and illness. On top of these, a life of misery associated with these substances is often more intolerable than the "afflictions" themselves. ...Read more

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Why do the liver cells of people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth tissue?

Why do the liver cells of people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth tissue?

Alcoholic liver : Not sure what you mean by smooth tissue. Generally, early in the disease alcoholics get more fat in their liver, followed shortly by liver inflammation, and eventually by fibrosis or scarring of the liver. At that point the liver appears shrunken. and hard in texture. .Best to try to quit drinking now. Your doctor can provide help. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some of the physical and social dangers of illicit (illegal) drug use?

What are some of the physical and social dangers of illicit (illegal) drug use?

Physical and social: From a physical aspect you could die. From a social aspect you could go to prison you are doing something illegal. Remember it does not mater what state law is - federal law is stricter. ...Read more

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What are the risks to preteens of drug and alcohol addiction?

What are the risks to preteens of drug and alcohol addiction?

Below: Younger brains will have more pronounced neurotransmitter effect when exposed to the same amount of drug, which will lead to more significant establishment of cravings in persons who are more impulsive. Since brains are still developing, one may be moe likely to see long eterm neurological deterioration. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on drug and alcohol addiction in employed people in america?

What are your thoughts on drug and alcohol addiction in employed people in america?

Drug alcohol addicit: This is a serious problem. It seems that we have one of the highest rates in the world. Illicit/illegal drug use is a problem of society and family structure. Breakdown of the family structure results in deviant behavior. Alcoholism is no different. These deviant behaviors appear generation after generation. Correction lies with the family unit which has to be strong and supportive. ...Read more

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Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Nicotine & Schiz: There are different ideas about this, but no "written in stone" answers. One is the possibility that nicotine may assist people whose internal "gating" mechanisms may be faulty -- where they have trouble differentiating inner from outer stimuli. Another is that nicotine may simply be more addicting in schizophrenic brains than others. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23919443. ...Read more

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What are some signs of perscription drug abuse in kids?

What are some signs of perscription drug abuse in kids?

Many : Being withdrawn, falling grades, lying, being stealthy, sneakiness, stealing, losing friends, insubordination, truancy, disobedience, breaking curfew. Any of these in a kid who previously didn't have them is cause for concern. ...Read more

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Are there any facts which support that kid could develop schizophrenia after marijuana abuse?

Are there any facts which support that kid could develop schizophrenia after marijuana abuse?

Real evidence.: Though marijuana may not cause schizophrenia, there is a growing body of evidence that it can trigger the illness at an earlier age. And we have known for years that marijuana does cause psychosis in susceptible individuals. For recent data, check out nami.Com. ...Read more

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If a mother's and/or father's abuse of drugs or alcohol throughout their lifetimes affect the health of their children?

If a mother's and/or father's abuse of drugs or alcohol throughout their lifetimes affect the health of their children?

I agree, parents: Are role models for their children. They are learning to drink. In addition, their children are at high risk to either become alcoholics or marry one. There is also a strong hereditary factor which make the risk of becoming addicted higher. Sons of alcoholic fathers ; daughters of alcoholic mothers are at highest risk. ...Read more

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Are there any studies that link Lexapro (escitalopram) and alcohol use to blackouts? I see a lot of people reporting that side affect

Are there any studies that link Lexapro (escitalopram) and alcohol use to blackouts? I see a lot of people reporting that side affect

Yes: Alcohol alone can cause blackouts. Combining it with a variety of medications that also act on the brain intensifies the effect. Check for interactions on Drugs.com or some related web site. ...Read more

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Which are some of the psychiatric drugs that have amphetamine-like effects?

Which are some of the psychiatric drugs that have amphetamine-like effects?

Several classes: The two major stimulant classes are amphetamine and methylphenidatep, each of which has several different delivery forms. Methyamphetamine once was used but rarely is now. Caffeine is a weak stimulant. Modafanil has properties much like stimulants but is longer acting. Bupropion is an antidepressant that works on the same system as stimulants. ...Read more

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Can drug abuse in the past cause hallucinations in the future for a teen, even when the drug abuse has stopped?

Can drug abuse in the past cause hallucinations in the future for a teen, even when the drug abuse has stopped?

Yes: Yes. But this has nothing to do with being a teen. Some drugs simply hang around much longer in the brain (and other tissues) than one would reasonably desire...Whether one is a teen...A middle-aged guy...Or a bona fide member of the aarp...Or not... ...Read more

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Can EPO abuse stop the kidneys from producing their own EPO once drug use is ended i've read plenty of research about erythropoietin abuse by athletes, and there is consensus that one of the big risks is polycythemia and the possibility of strokes, hypert

Can EPO abuse stop the kidneys from producing their own EPO once drug use is ended i've read plenty of research about erythropoietin abuse by athletes, and there is consensus that one of the big risks is polycythemia and the possibility of strokes, hypert

Yes, : Yes, once exogenously administered erythropoietin is stopped, assuming that the patient's kidneys are normal (where erythropoietin is primarily made), they should resume making erythropoietin on their own. Erythropoietin also known as epo, is a hormone that controls erythropoiesis, or red blood cell production. ...Read more

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If someone has a traumatic brain injury and they drink and smoke weed what are the effects of these habits?

If someone has a traumatic brain injury and they drink and smoke weed what are the effects of these habits?

Mindless choices: After a traumatic brain injury, you want to give your brain the best chance of recovery it can have. Throwing toxins on top of struggling neurons is not the thing to do! perhaps the injury has caused the person to lose his/her judgment, or his/her control of impulsive decisions? Hoping you are not this person -- and that if you are, you get help soon! brain cells need love too. Take care. ...Read more

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How is it possible to increase awareness in young adults about the dangers of illicit drug use?

Illicit drugs: Firstly - by setting an example, secondly educate and teach so they understand. ...Read more

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Has anyone studied longterm effects of all the types of fertility drug on the children created? They are nearly 30, right?

Has anyone studied longterm effects of all the types of fertility drug on the children created? They are nearly 30, right?

Sort of: I think the first baby from in vitro is about 32 now. She has had a child of her own. Pregnancies created from fertility treatments are at slightly higher risk for things like pre-eclampsia and preterm delivery. Therefore the babies may have some problems related to prematurity. Other than that, most think they are healthy. ...Read more

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What are some of the long term effects of being born addicted to drugs?

What are some of the long term effects of being born addicted to drugs?

Developmental and : Cognitive problems. Children born addicted often have learning issues, and are at higher risk for add/adhd emotional issues. Many do just fine with good nutrition and therapies early on when any issues surface. ...Read more

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Alcoholism (Definition)

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