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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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Cannabis: Brain alterations may explain feelings of alienation

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

New research examines the effects of heavy cannabis use on brain activity, behavior, and feelings of negative emotionality such as alienation.



Is pediatric surgery a gateway to opioid misuse?

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:00:00 PST

A recently published retrospective study has investigated the prevalence of long-term opioid use in adolescents and young adults following surgery.



How does alcohol cause cancer?

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PST

It is established that alcohol can cause cancer, but the exact mechanisms behind the process are unclear. New research takes a more detailed look.



How exercise can help you to quit smoking

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PST

Are you finding it hard to quit smoking? Are you trying again this New Year? Exercising may help to reduce withdrawal symptoms, according to new research.



Is wine glass size to blame for how much we drink?

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PST

On New Year’s Eve, you’ll most likely raise a glass of wine (or several). The size of that glass may influence how much you drink, suggests a new study.



What you should know about date rape drugs

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

Date rape drugs alter consciousness to make self-defense and decision-making difficult. Included is a list of types and details on protecting yourself.



Hepatitis C outside the body and other virus facts

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:00:00 PST

In this article, we take a look at how long the hepatitis C virus can survive outside the body, and how this impacts on transmission risks.



Could this software diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:00:00 PST

Diagnosing certain types of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder remains challenging. A new study shows that facial recognition software may improve accuracy.



The complex brain choreography of split-second decisions

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:00:00 PST

New research reveals that changing an action that has already started involves a very fast and complex interplay between three regions of the brain.



Teen marijuana use may lead to bipolar symptoms later on

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

A prospective study examines the link between cannabis use at the age of 17–18 and hypomania — a common symptom of bipolar disorder — in early adulthood.



Cannabinoid drug found effective for treating sleep apnea

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PST

The largest and longest trial of a drug for obstructive sleep apnea finds the cannabinoid drug dronabinol safe and effective for treating the condition.



Yes, smartphone addiction does harm your teen's mental health

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PST

Many teens are dependent on their smartphones, and they are often more active online than offline. This can seriously impact the brain's chemical makeup.



What is hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder?

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

In this article, we examine the symptoms and causes of HPPD, a condition involving visual disturbances. We also look at diagnosis and treatment options.



Wine or beer? The differing effects of alcohol on mood

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

How do wine, beer, and spirits impact our mood? New research suggests that different types of alcohol may be tied to distinct emotions.



Can cannabis help treat psoriasis?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

Can the active cannabinoids in cannabis be an effective treatment for itchy and painful psoriasis? We look at the evidence in this article.



What can excessive drinking do to your looks? Study investigates

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

A large-scale, prospective study investigates the link between visible signs of aging and excessive alcohol intake, as well as smoking.



How drinking affects brain stem cells

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

It is well-known that long-term heavy drinking affects the brain, but what does it do to brain stem cells, involved in neural regeneration and maintenance?



Even light drinkers at risk of cancer

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

Think that glass of wine in the evening is harmless? Well think again. A new study from ASCO says that even light drinking can increase the risk of cancer.



Psychedelic plant brew could improve mental health

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:00:00 PST

Researchers suggest that a psychedelic plant concoction called ayahuasca has the potential to boost psychological well-being and reduce alcohol abuse.



How the body processes alcohol

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

How long does it takes for the body to process alcohol? Learn about the risks of drinking long-term, and what factors affect the speed it is processed.



What is clenbuterol?

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

Learn all about clenbuterol, a drug that many people use illegally as a weight-loss and bodybuilding agent. This article looks at its uses and risks.



Marijuana may increase your sex drive

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:00:00 PST

A new Stanford study finds that those use pot frequently have sex more often than those who do not. The association applied to both genders.



What is opponent process theory and its relationship to addiction

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 05:00:00 PST

A look at opponent process theory. Included is an overview, a look at its relation to addiction, how it works in a therapeutic or work setting, and more.



Anxiety 'huge risk factor' for cannabis use disorder

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:00:00 PST

A prospective study spanning 20 years finds that a large number of adults who develop an addiction to cannabis have a history of anxiety.



High school synthetic cannabis users more likely to take other drugs

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:00:00 PST

Synthetic cannabis users are more likely to take drugs other than cannabis, according to a snapshot of current drug use in American high school seniors.