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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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Scripps Florida scientists illuminate key molecular player in both morphine addiction and rare disease

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

In a remarkable "two for one" discovery, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have illuminated a key molecular player in the addictive effects of morphine in...

Risk of hospital admissions could be reduced with better general practice strategies

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Hospital admission rates are 55 per cent higher in some areas than in others because of a greater prevalence of conditions such as diabetes, alcoholism, dementia and socioeconomic deprivation.

Women now drinking almost as much as men

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

With gender roles becoming increasingly equal, women are catching up with men in term of alcohol intake and its harmful effects, a new analysis finds.

BMA calls for national prescription drug helpline in the UK

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

The BMA has called for a national helpline to support patients with addiction problems as part of a new project to tackle prescription drug dependence.

Schizophrenia risk increased with alcohol, drug abuse

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The links between schizophrenia and drug abuse are a hotly debated topic. A new Danish study casts their net wide and gleams new insight.

'Marijuana receptor' uncovered in new study

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers have unveiled the most detailed picture to date of cannabinoid receptor 1 and how marijuana's psychoactive ingredient THC binds to it.

Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol: What's the Connection?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Understand how alcohol consumption may be connected to bipolar and why that link exists. This article looks at common symptoms of a bipolar episode.

England's national drugs policy is failing, warn experts

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

They say the situation has become a public health and primary care emergency.

Smokeless tobacco product snus may increase risk of death among prostate cancer patients

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The smokeless tobacco product snus, which is used mainly in Sweden but also is sold in the U.S.

Heavy marijuana use may raise risk of osteoporosis, bone fractures

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:00:00 PDT

People who regularly smoke large amounts of marijuana may have lower bone density, increasing their later-life risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.

Alcohol and Asthma: What's the Connection?

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Asthma is a condition that causes breathing difficulties. Learn how alcohol use can affect asthma and how to lower the chances of an attack.

Parental absence increases chance of nicotine and alcohol use in children

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Parental absence is known to increase the risk of alcohol and tobacco use in adulthood. A new study finds that this behavior begins earlier than thought.

A new psychotherapy for substance abuse

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics a report by German investigators headed by professor Brakemeier introduces a new form of psychotherapeutic treatment for substance abuse...

Serious liver-related condition on the rise in the U.S.

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A new analysis reveals that cirrhosis and acute on chronic liver failure (ACLF, a deterioration of liver function in patients with cirrhosis that results in the failure of one or more organs)...

'Breakthrough' discovery could help beat nicotine addiction

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have crystallized a protein that is expected to reveal how nicotine affects the brain. The breakthrough could lead to new treatments.

Helping patients quit or reduce smoking: A guide for physicians

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Physicians can help smokers reduce or quit smoking, and a new review published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) aims to help them manage smoking cessation for their patients.

New system can detect cocaine at low concentrations

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers from Valencia and the Basque Country have developed a new method to detect cocaine and mycoplasma at very low concentrations.

Cigarette smoking patterns vary across counties within each state

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Findings can help state and local public health departments tailor tobacco prevention and control interventions.

With worrisome animal research, more focus needed on effects of cannabis on human development

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

In this new era of legalized marijuana, far too little research has been conducted on the effect of cannabis on the development of human embryos, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical...

Study shows upswing in prescription opioid use disorder and heroin use among young adults

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Odds of prescription opioid use disorder rises 37 percent among adults age 18 to 25 who are nonmedical users.

Alcohol and rapid antidepressants have same effects on the brain

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New research finds alcohol affects the same brain pathways as fast-acting antidepressants, perhaps explaining why some people feel alcohol boosts mood.

Drug to treat alcohol use disorder shows promise among drinkers with high stress

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

NIH-funded multi-site clinical trial suggests that smokers may also benefit.

Smoking bans persuade light users to give up the habit: New study provides best evidence to date of value of bans

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new national study shows for the first time how smoking bans in cities, states and counties led young people living in those areas to give up, or never take up, the use of cigarettes.

Unused dental surgery prescriptions may help fuel opioid epidemic

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Study suggests half of opioids prescribed to dental surgery patients go unused, creating a surplus that may contribute to the opioid epidemic.

Long-term alcohol dependence affects cognitive abilities

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New evidence shows that long-term alcohol dependence can significantly disrupt a range of specific cognitive abilities, particularly as we age.