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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 and schizophrenia: New evidence unveiled

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Whether smoking cannabis increases the risk of developing schizophrenia has been hotly debated. A new study using genetically modified mice weighs in.

Link between alcohol consumption and cardiac arrhythmias found in drinkers at the Munich Octoberfest

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers who studied beer drinkers at the Munich Octoberfest have found that the more alcohol consumed the higher was the likelihood of developing abnormal heart rhythms called cardiac...

Medical marijuana laws linked to greater increase in illicit use, disorders

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry finds that states with medical marijuana laws have seen a higher increase in illicit marijuana use and disorders.

Chili peppers, marijuana may reduce gut inflammation

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Researchers have found that chili peppers and edible marijuana target the same receptor in the gastrointestinal tract to reduce gut inflammation.

Cold weather & fewer sun hours are associated with increased rates of alcoholic cirrhosis

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New data presented at The International Liver Congress™ 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, suggests that colder and less sunny regions of the world have higher rates of alcoholic cirrhosis...

Marijuana and erectile dysfunction: What is the connection?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

What are the effects of marijuana on the body and how might marijuana and erectile dysfunction be connected? Can marijuana interfere with medication?

Worldwide lack of early referral of patients with alcoholic liver disease

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Results from a worldwide analysis of over 3,000 patients highlights that there is significant disparity in the referral of patients with liver disease, and that those with alcoholic liver disease...

Effects of alcoholism on the brain's reward system may be different in women than in men

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A collaborative study between researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has found evidence implying that alcoholism may have different...

White wine, liquor may raise women's risk of rosacea

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers have found that women who drink alcohol - particularly white wine and liquor - may be at greater risk of developing rosacea.

Marijuana and diabetes: Benefits, disadvantages, and legality

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

What are the medicinal properties of marijuana and does using it have benefits for diabetes? Are there also disadvantages to using it and is it legal?

Cannabis compound may halve seizures for patients with severe epilepsy

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Cannabidiol - an active component of cannabis - more than halved the frequency of atonic seizures for patients with severe epilepsy, a new study reveals.

Topical cannabinoids may help to treat skin diseases

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PDT

From a review of existing studies, researchers say that the active chemicals in cannabis - called cannabinoids - may help to treat various skin diseases.

Could 'love hormone' help drug addicts stay clean?

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Experts say oxytocin, a key hormone made naturally by the brain, could hold the key to treating drug addicts and help them avoid relapse.

New chemical composition of 'poppers' linked to retinal damage

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The new chemical composition of the legal high 'poppers' is linked to retinal damage at the back of the eye, finds a small study published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Less fear: How LSD affects the brain

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at the University of Basel have shown that LSD reduces activity in the region of the brain related to the handling of negative emotions like fear.

The war on tobacco: Latest estimates show need for 'renewed and sustained' efforts on control policies

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

More than one in 10 deaths worldwide (equivalent to 6.4 million deaths) are caused by smoking and half of these occur in just four countries - China, India, USA, and Russia, according to the latest...

Experimental small molecule shows potential in preventing meth relapse

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) suggests that the reason methamphetamine users find it so hard to quit - 88 percent of them relapse, even after rehab - is that meth takes...

Overactive bladder: Signs and symptoms

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

What is an overactive bladder and are there any risk factors? When should a doctor be consulted and can lifestyle changes or medication help as treatments?

American College of Physicians issues recommendations to prevent and treat substance use disorders

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued a comprehensive set of public policy recommendations for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders involving illicit and...

Moderate drinkers not at risk when taking a widely-used arthritis medicine

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

People taking a common rheumatoid arthritis medicine are not at increased risk of liver damage if they stick to 14 units of alcohol a week or fewer, a new study from The University of Manchester...

Weight-loss drug shows potential to treat opioid abuse

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A new study shows the prescription weight-loss drug lorcaserin has potential to treat opioid abuse - it reduced oxycodone seeking and craving in rats.

How do alcohol and caffeine affect A-fib?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Learn how caffeine and alcohol may affect the heart and if they are triggers for A-fib. Is it safe to consume alcohol and caffeine with A-fib?

Hangover memories more likely with a family history of drinking problems

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have found that people with a family history of alcoholism are more likely to have lucid memories of hangover symptoms.

Moderate drinking linked to lower risk of some - but not all - heart conditions

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk of several, but not all, cardiovascular diseases, finds a large study of UK adults published by The BMJ.

Consumption of 'Cannibal drug' in adolescence has prejudicial effects on adulthood

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Consumption of the synthetic drug MDPV - a powerful psychostimulant known as 'cannibal drug'- in adolescence, can increase vulnerability of cocaine addiction during adulthood, according to a study...