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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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Getting drunk in early teens raises premature death risk

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have found that people who had their first drunken episode before the age of 15 may be at greater risk of early death.

Youth tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, drops during 2015-2016

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

But 3.9 million youth were still using tobacco products in 2016. The number of middle and high school students who say they are...

Study provides further support for genetic factors underlying addictions

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Impairment of a particular gene raises increases susceptibility to opioid addiction liability as well as vulnerability to binge eating according to a new study.

Binge drinking in teens may raise women's blood glucose in later life

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A new study finds that women who regularly consume a lot of alcohol and binge drink from their mid-teens are most likely to develop high blood sugar.

Anti-heroin vaccine found effective in non-human primates

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

This is the first vaccine against an opioid to pass this stage of preclinical testing.

Just a little alcohol during pregnancy may alter baby's facial features

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Think the odd drink during pregnancy is safe? New research finds that prenatal exposure to even low levels of alcohol may influence facial development.

Moderate alcohol consumption linked to brain decline

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A study of 550 people over 30 years finds that even moderate alcohol consumption is tied to raised risk of hippocampus degeneration and mental decline.

Cannabinoids and chemotherapy in combination kill cancer cells

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Certain chemicals in cannabis have a potent leukemia-fighting prowess. New research shows that the key to killing cancer is the combination and order.

Anticipation helps pathological gamblers hold out for larger-but-later rewards

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Triggering pathological gamblers to envision a future personal experience reduces their preference for an immediate reward over a larger, delayed award, according to a study published in eNeuro.

Research suggests strokes may cause increased preference for alcohol

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Brain changes after stroke may lead to increase in alcohol-seeking behavior, at least in animal models, according to research published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Cannabis does relieve stress, but only at low doses

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Many of us know that cannabis is supposed to destress and relax the user. According to a new study, this may be true - but only up to a point.

Why pot-smoking declines - but doesn't end - with parenthood

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Adults who smoke marijuana often cut back after becoming parents - but they don't necessarily quit.

Cannabis-derived compound may help treat schizophrenia

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research investigates the potential of the cannabis compound cannabidiol for treating cognitive symptoms in patients with schizophrenia.

Internet withdrawal increases heart rate and blood pressure

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists and clinicians from Swansea and Milan have found that some people who use the internet a lot experience significant physiological changes such as increased heart rate and blood pressure...

Adding tobacco to cannabis doesn't affect the high, but impacts memory and heart

Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Adding tobacco to a cannabis joint doesn't improve the experience of being stoned, but it does reduce the memory impairment inherent to cannabis use, finds a new UCL study published in Psychological...

Stopping drug abuse can reverse related heart damage

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Quitting methamphetamine use can reverse the damage the drug causes to the heart and improve heart function in abusers when combined with appropriate medical treatment, potentially preventing future...

Happiness and harm awareness could keep young people from drinking and smoking

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Promoting young people's levels of well-being and making them aware of the harms of smoking and drinking could keep them away from alcohol and cigarettes, according to a study published in the open...

Alcohol, drug, and violence related injuries in adolescence carry similar risk of later suicide as self-harm

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Study suggests that adolescents admitted for drug, alcohol, or violence related injury should be seen by a mental health professional, in a similar way to adolescents who self-harm.

Best apps for quitting smoking

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Need help to stop smoking? Medical News Today have found the best apps for quitting smoking to help you kick the habit for good and become smoke-free.

Intestinal fungi linked to worsening of alcoholic liver disease

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is among the first to suggest that intestinal fungi may contribute to the development of alcoholic liver disease...

Just one small glass of wine per day increases breast cancer risk

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new report examines breast cancer risk factors and finds that the equivalent of a daily small glass of wine or beer increases the risk significantly.

Does moderate drinking really protect against heart disease?

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A new review finds the existing research to be biased and suggests that moderate drinking does not stave off heart disease after all.

Weight loss surgery may cause alcohol addiction

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New large-scale, long-term study suggests that a popular weight loss surgical procedure may raise the risk of alcohol dependence, years after surgery.

Smokers with low muscle mass may be likelier to die

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds a correlation between a loss of chest muscle mass and death risk among smokers with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Does drinking change your personality? Not so much, study suggests

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new psychological study suggests that, contrary to popular belief, our 'drunk' and 'sober' personalities do not differ that much.