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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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Habitual cannabis use alters brain oxygen

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The brains of chronic cannabis users have an altered blood flow and process oxygen differently, which may impact brain function, a study suggests.

Cannabis for pain and PTSD 'lacks high-quality evidence'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Systematic reviews of the scientific evidence suggest that it is of insufficient quality to support the use of cannabis for the treatment of PTSD and pain.

'Delicate balance' between alcohol's protective and harmful effects

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Heavy drinking can increase the risk of all-cause death, but moderate alcohol consumption could have 'protective health effects,' study suggests.

Energy drinks: A gateway to drug use?

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Researchers found that young adults who regularly consume energy drinks are at a higher risk of using stimulant drugs and drinking too much alcohol.

Best apps to stop drinking alcohol

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Do you need help to quit drinking alcohol or reduce your intake? We have found the best stop drinking apps to put you on the path to success.

How to stop vomiting: Home remedies

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

What are the main causes of nausea and vomiting, and what home remedies are recommended? What home remedies may help children who are vomiting?

Marijuana 'may be worse than cigarettes for cardiovascular health'

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers suggest that the harmful effects of marijuana use on the cardiovascular system may be greater than the effects caused by cigarette smoking.

Why are doctors underusing a drug to treat opioid addiction?

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A drug approved for private physicians to treat opioid addiction is being underprescribed, and a survey of addiction specialists suggests that many of them are not willing to increase their use of...

New study generates more accurate estimates of state opioid and heroin fatalities

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Although opioid and heroin deaths have been rising dramatically in the U.S., the magnitude of the epidemic varies from state to state, as does the relative proportion of opioid vs heroin poisonings.

Increasing risk of drug withdrawal in newborns as US opioid epidemic accelerates

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In the US, about every 25 minutes an infant is born with signs of drug withdrawal (also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome).

Moderate drinking correlates with cognitive health, longevity

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Study finds that a regular, controlled intake of alcohol correlates with a decreased risk of cognitive health impairments, as well as longevity.

Fetal alcohol syndrome: Causes, treatment, and symptoms

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Fetal alcohol syndrome is one of a range of disorders, related to alcohol affecting fetal development. Learn about at the causes, symptoms, and treatments.

Every 10 grams of alcohol per day may raise skin cancer risk

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

The risk of basal and squamous cell carcinomas may increase with every 10 grams of alcohol consumed each day, new research suggests.

Long-term marijuana users show dampened stress response

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Chronic marijuana users show lower subjective stress and salivary cortisol levels than non-users when placed under two stress conditions, study finds.

Alcohol improves memory of previous learning

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Consuming alcohol appears to improve recall of information learned before a drinking session, but not of learning that occurs after a drinking session.

Hypersomnolence: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Hypersomnolence is a condition characterized by excessive sleepiness, regardless of how much sleep is had. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment.

15 natural ways to lower your blood pressure

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

High blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke. Here are 15 simple ways you can lower your blood pressure naturally, without medication.

Alcohol on several days per week could lower diabetes risk

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A large study from Denmark found that compared with abstainers, people who drank alcoholic beverages on 3 to 4 days per week had the lowest diabetes risk.

Relieving chronic pain with behavioral strategies

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In the face of the opioid crisis in the United States, alternative treatments for chronic pain are desperately needed. Are behavior strategies the answer?

Universal screening for alcohol misuse at hospital admission identifies patients at risk of developing alcoholic liver disease

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a landmark study of over 50,000 hospital admissions, investigators demonstrated the feasibility of introducing universal screening for alcohol misuse to identify patients at risk.

Americans are quitting smoking in higher numbers; study suggests e-cigarettes help

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center researchers performed a population-level analysis of national surveys conducted from 2001 to 2015 and found that in the...

Chronic depression in young teens tied to marijuana use later

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Young people with chronic or severe forms of depression in their early teens have a higher risk of developing marijuana-use disorder at age 18, says study.

Should we screen for cirrhosis?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Recent guidelines are right to recommend screening high risk patients for cirrhosis, say liver specialists Mark Hudson at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Nick Sheron at Southampton General...

ADHD medication tied to lower risk for alcohol, drug abuse in teens and adults

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

About one-third lower risk revealed in IU-led analysis of 3 million Americans with attention deficient hyperactivity disorder.

Clinical trial looks at tramadol for opioid withdrawal

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A randomized clinical trial published by JAMA Psychiatry compared tramadol extended-release with clonidine and buprenorphine for the management of opioid withdrawal symptoms in patients with opioid...