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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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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.

Adult-onset ADHD may not exist, study suggests

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:00:00 PST

A new study suggests that the vast majority of ADHD symptoms that arise in adulthood can be explained by other factors, such as substance abuse.

Can drinking make you a better foreign language speaker?

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

Can a drink help to improve your performance in a foreign language? A new study suggests that may be the case, but only for low doses of alcohol.

When it comes to rewards, the brain prefers not to wait

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

Decision-making is partly controlled by reward pathways. Recent research examines how waiting time affects this dopamine-based system.

New insights into marijuana's effect on the developing brain

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:00:00 PST

Emerging research investigates what the main active substance in marijuana does to neural cells, and how this may lead to addictive behavior.

How do genes and lifestyle choices affect lifespan?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

Researchers have analyzed abundant genetic and lifestyle data, and they warn that our lifestyle choices can have a serious impact on our life expectancy.

Magic mushroom compound may treat severe depression

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:00:00 PST

Psilocybin, a magic mushroom compound, may succeed where other anti-depression treatments have failed; the drug may 'reset' the brain, new research shows.

Cannabis intoxication may be stopped with anti-obesity drug

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

Intoxication with so-called legal highs may be fatal. But new research may have found the antidote in a slimming drug that blocks cannabinoid receptors.

Tactile hallucinations: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 09:00:00 PST

Learn more about tactile hallucinations and its symptoms. Including more on causes such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and delirium tremens.

'Dabbing' cannabis may release cancerous toxins

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study finds that vaporizing cannabis using butane hash oil releases carcinogenic substances, especially at high temperatures.

Melatonin and alcohol: Are they safe to mix?

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PST

Are melatonin and alcohol safe to mix? We answer the question and provide more information on the interactions to be aware of with the two substances.

Marijuana and 'spice' could trigger seizures, study says

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:00:00 PST

High-potency natural and synthetic cannabinoids were found to trigger seizures in mice, say researchers, with the latter posing the strongest effects.

Are e-cigarettes bad for the heart? Study sheds light

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research shows that when non-smokers use nicotine-based e-cigarettes for the first time, there are measurable, negative changes in cardiac activity.

Drug may reduce desire for alcohol, especially in the evening

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 PST

New research in mice shows that blocking a receptor in the brain's immune system substantially reduces the desire to consume alcohol, especially at night.

Pregnant scientist investigates: Can I drink alcohol?

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PST

Many pregnant women wonder how much alcohol is safe to drink. Find out what a new study advises and why experts criticize the lack of good-quality data.

How binge drinking alters brain activity

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PST

For the first time, researchers measure binge drinking-related changes in brain activity during rest. They mirror those seen in chronic alcoholics' brains.