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Press releases and research updates from the team

Breaking the Opioid Addiction Chain

By Laura Jean Bierut There is no doubt that the opioid epidemic, which has been building in the U.S. for the past two decades, is a public health crisis. But after a slow start, public health efforts are targeting this issue at the local, state and federal levels....

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Fox 2 Now: Risks of Smoking Marijuana While Pregnant

ST. LOUIS - US Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, issued a warning last week that appears to be obvious.  Pregnant women and teenagers should not smoke or vape marijuana because it's dangerous.  Psychiatrist Dr. Laura Bierut of the Washington University School of...

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More cancer patients get help to quit smoking

By Jim Dryden Charis Baumgartner, a clinical nurse coordinator, completes a tobacco assessment of a patient at Siteman Cancer Center. A new program funded through the Cancer Moonshot Initiative has doubled the number of Siteman patients assessed for smoking, and...

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STL Moms: Teens and vaping hazards

By Halle Ames ST. LOUIS - If you have a teenager, you are likely familiar with vaping or Juuls, if not you should be. Being on the market for just two years, the Juul, which is a type of e-cigarette, has become so popular among young people, it has garnered nearly...

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Mobile app engages individuals with opioid use disorders

By Doug Brunk   SAN DIEGO – Individuals with opioid use disorder generally embraced the idea of using a novel mobile application to learn about recovery options and medication-assisted treatment, according to results from a pilot study. “We found that, after...

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Initiative to help cancer patients quit smoking

A new program funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Moonshot initiative will help patients at Siteman Cancer Center quit smoking. The national smoking rate is about 15 percent, but some 23 percent of Siteman patients smoke.

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Washington University wants to help smokers kick the habit

By Marquise Middleton     ST. LOUIS, Mo. _ Today is "The Great American Smoke-Out", a day where smokers are urged to kick the habit. It's hard yes, but it is possible, especially with this free program at Washington University. Brad Serengeli, a former...

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Langley Award for Basic Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

  Congratulations to Dr. Laura Bierut for winning the Langley Award. The 2018 Langley Award for Basic Research on Nicotine and Tobacco is awarded by the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT). The Langley Award is named in honor of John Newport...

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