Compact Wearable “Lab on the Skin” Continuously Monitors Glucose, Alcohol, and Lactate

The device can be worn on the upper arm while the wearer goes about their day. Credit: Laboratory for Nanobioelectronics / UC San Diego Imagine being able to measure your blood sugar levels, know if you’ve had too much alcohol to drink, and track your muscle fatigue during a workout, all in one small device … Read more

Being Overweight Amplifies the Harmful Effects of Alcohol on Cancer Risk

New research suggests that being overweight or having obesity amplifies the harmful effects of alcohol on the risk of developing alcohol-related cancer, particularly in people with a high body fat percentage. UK analysis of nearly 400,000 adults suggests overweight and obesity amplifies the harmful effects of alcohol on cancer risk, particularly in those with a … Read more

Monkeys routinely consume fruit containing alcohol, shedding light on our own taste for booze – BIOENGINEER.ORG

For 25 years, UC Berkeley biologist Robert Dudley has been intrigued by humans’ love of alcohol. In 2014, he wrote a book proposing that our attraction to booze arose millions of years ago, when our ape and monkey ancestors discovered that the scent of alcohol led them to ripe, fermenting and nutritious fruit. A new … Read more

Trying to Cut Back on Alcohol? An Expert Explains What Works

With everything going on over the past couple of years, many people have changed their drinking habits. We’ve seen an increased demand for support, suggesting more people are trying to cut back or quit. There are so many options for cutting back or quitting alcohol it’s hard to know what will be most effective. What … Read more

Scripps Research scientists hunt for neurons responsible for alcohol withdrawal – BIOENGINEER.ORG

LA JOLLA, CA—When a heavy alcohol drinker tries to take a night off, their body protests, with shaky hands, heart palpitations, anxiety and headaches. These acute symptoms of alcohol withdrawal — but even more so the enduring emotional distress that lingers into protracted abstinence — are one reason people with alcohol use disorders have a … Read more

First-pass metabolism of alcohol occurs in women’s stomachs – BIOENGINEER.ORG

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – While scientists have broadly agreed that a fraction of the alcohol people consume is broken down before it reaches the bloodstream in a process called first-pass metabolism, they have been uncertain whether this process occurs in the stomach or the liver. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – While scientists have broadly agreed that a fraction … Read more

Targeting dysregulated kappa-opioid receptors reduces working memory deficits in alcohol use disorder – BIOENGINEER.ORG

TAMPA, Fla (March 9, 2022) – As heavy or frequent alcohol use escalates, some people continue to drink despite increasingly negative consequences such as poor job or school performance, unraveling family or personal relationships and declining physical health. TAMPA, Fla (March 9, 2022) – As heavy or frequent alcohol use escalates, some people continue to … Read more