Study finds cannabis least dangerous of illicit recreational drugs
Feb 27, 2015 weblog
A pair of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Germany, has found that of a number of drugs used by people for recreational purposes (i.e. for non-medicinal reasons and without a prescription) cannabis is the ...
Young adults found displaying symptoms of net addiction
Oct 17, 2014 weblog
In 2012, Allen Frances, MD, professor emeritus and former chair of the department of psychiatry at Duke University, cautioned that "Internet Addiction" could be the next new fad diagnosis, complete with "an exuberant trumpeting ...
Can 'love hormone' oxytocin protect against addiction?
Mar 19, 2014
(Medical Xpress)—Researchers at the University of Adelaide say addictive behaviour such as drug and alcohol abuse could be associated with poor development of the so-called "love hormone" system in our bodies during early ...
Gene influences success of nicotine replacement therapy in smokers
Oct 18, 2013
(Medical Xpress)—A gene that controls how quickly smokers process nicotine also predicts whether people who try to kick the habit are likely to respond to nicotine replacement therapy, a new study shows.
Alcohol abuse, eating disorders share genetic link
Aug 21, 2013
Part of the risk for alcohol dependence is genetic, and the same is true for eating disorders. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found it's likely some of the same genes are involved ...
Mindfulness meditation IBMT trims craving for tobacco
Aug 05, 2013
Addiction to smoking and other substances involves a particular set of brain areas related to self-control, according to numerous research. For a new study, researchers wondered if a training approach designed to influence ...
Chronic alcohol and marijuana use during youth can compromise white-matter integrity
Dec 14, 2012
Chronic use of alcohol and marijuana during youth is associated with poorer neural structure, function, and metabolism, as well as worsened neurocognitive abilities into later adolescence and adulthood. This may be due to ...
Women smokers who quit before 40 gain nine years in lifespan
Oct 27, 2012
Women can add nine years to their lives by quitting smoking before the age of 40 but still face a 20-percent higher death rate than those who never smoked, a study said Saturday.
Intermittent binge drinking could cause significant brain impairment within months, research shows
Oct 15, 2012
A study of binge-drinking rodents suggests that knocking back a few drinks every few days may swiftly reduce one's capacity to control alcohol intake. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) found signs of cognitive ...
Electronic cigarettes do not damage the heart
Aug 26, 2012
Smoking is the most preventable risk factor for cardiac and lung disease and is expected to cause 1 billion deaths during the 21st century. Electronic cigarettes have been marketed in recent years as a safer habit for smokers, ...