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Substance addiction is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug use. While addiction is difficult to understand, all abused substances share one thing in common - repeated use could change the way the brain looks and functions. Some people can

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The global toll of fetal alcohol syndrome

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Worldwide, an estimated 119,000 children are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) each year, a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows.

What are the risks and benefits of cannabis use? New report sheds light

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:00:00 PST

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have analyzed over 10,000 studies to better understand the benefits and harms of cannabis.

Can Marijuana Help Treat ADHD?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Learn if marijuana affects ADHD and if medical marijuana is available as a treatment. What are the risks, and can marijuana treat children with ADHD?

More older Americans using cannabis, underscoring need for research

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has reported that cannabis use by persons over age 50 has outpaced recent growth observed across all other age groups.

A surprise advance in the treatment of adult cancers

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A team of researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has found an epigenetic modification that might be the cause of 15% of adult cancers of the throat...

Current controls on alcohol marketing are not protecting youth, warn public health experts

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Leading public health experts warn that youth around the world are exposed to extensive alcohol marketing, and that current controls on that marketing appear ineffective in blocking the association...

New framework could help online addicts reduce their usage

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Research has shown that internet addicts do not always feel guilty about their usage, and in many cases, they do not even perceive their usage as problematic.

Researchers identify factors associated with stopping treatment for opioid dependence

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Individuals with opioid use disorder who are treated with buprenorphine, a commonly prescribed drug to treat addiction, are more likely to disengage from treatment programs if they are black or...

Gambling addiction triggers the same brain areas as drug and alcohol cravings

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, suggests new research.

Did teen perception, use of marijuana change after recreational use legalized?

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Marijuana use increased and the drug's perceived harmfulness decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington after marijuana was legalized for recreational use by adults but there was no...

Routine drug screening should be part of primary care settings, UCLA study recommends

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

A few minutes of counseling could steer people away from risky drug use.The misuse of both prescription and illicit drugs is so prevalent in Tijuana and East Los Angeles that community clinics...

Traffic fatalities decline in states with medical marijuana laws

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

States that enacted medical marijuana laws, on average, experienced reductions in traffic fatalities, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

Marijuana use and schizophrenia: New evidence suggests link

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Recent findings appear to reconfirm evidence of a two-way link between schizophrenia and cannabis use, suggesting that one leads to the other.

CNS Depression: Symptoms and Treatment

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

What is CNS depression and how common is it? What are the symptoms of CNS depression, how is it diagnosed, and what treatments are available?

Going dry for January? How reducing alcohol intake can benefit health

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:00:00 PST

Are you thinking about cutting back on the liquor in 2017? We look at the effects of drinking and how reducing alcohol intake can benefit health.

Casual cannabis use: Is there a link to depression?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:00:00 PST

A new study suggests that casual users of marijuana have a stronger relationship with negative moods, compared with heavy and nonusers.

Teen substance use shows promising decline

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

The 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) annual survey results released from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reflect changing teen behaviors and choices in a social media-infused world.

Study examines potential effect of regular marijuana use on vision

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

A small, preliminary study has found an abnormality involving the retina that may account for altered vision in regular cannabis users. The results are published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.

Study finds new pathways to treat non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PST

Researchers from the University of South Carolina, Duke University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Metabolon Inc.

Psoriasis and Alcohol: What's the Link?

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Psoriasis is a common skin condition but what is it and what are its causes and triggers? Does alcohol affect psoriasis? If so, how?

Marijuana: Could it slow Parkinson's disease progression?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 PST

A new comprehensive literature review suggests symptoms of Parkinson's disease could be treated with marijuana, which could potentially slow progression.

Beware: Children can passively 'smoke' marijuana, too

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

First study to successfully detect traces of marijuana chemicals in children's bodies.Relaxing with a joint around children is not very wise.

Risk for misuse of opioids and stimulants: what does employment status have to do with it?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that employment status is a factor in nonmedical use of prescription opioids and prescription stimulants.

'Baby boomers' on dope: Recreational marijuana use is on the rise among adults over 50

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

The recent legalization of recreational marijuana (cannabis) use in California, Colorado, and Washington reflect the sweeping changes in the attitudes and perceptions towards marijuana use in the...

Geophagy: "soil-eating" as an addictive behaviour

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PST

Between 30 and 80% of people in Africa, especially women, regularly eat clayey soil - this habit is known as geophagy. They consume between 100 and 400 g per day.