NIAAA’s new triannual Webzine, NIAAA Spectrum, offers news and information for anyone interested in alcohol research. This issue’s lead article explores personalized medicine and its potential to improve treatment for alcohol-related problems. Another feature article focuses on the complex relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer.
A series of brief reports includes a discussion of new research on: the nuisance vine kudzu, which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, and which contains a compound that might help curb craving for alcohol; how policies on drinking may lower the incidence of violence in some communities; how drinking during pregnancy may affect a child’s future behavior; how marriage and parenthood may influence the risk of problem drinking; and the dangers of combining alcohol and caffeine.
An interview with David Goldman, M.D., chief of NIAAA’s Laboratory of Neurogenetics, completes the issue.
To access the newsletter online, go to http://www.spectrum.niaaa.nih.gov.