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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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Heavy drinking may raise cardiovascular risk by aging the arteries

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study suggests long-term, consistent heavy drinking may cause arteries to age prematurely and increase cardiovascular risk, especially in men.



Nicotine changes how nicotinic receptors are grouped on brain cells

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Nicotine the primary compound found within tobacco smoke is known to change the grouping of some subtypes of nicotinic receptors, but the mechanisms for nicotine addiction remain unclear.



Amphetamine use may 'speed up' heart aging

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Using amphetamines may accelerate aging of the heart, suggest researchers. They emphasize that stimulant abusers do physiological and cardiovascular harm.



Mixing opioids and alcohol may increase likelihood of dangerous respiratory complication

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Taking one oxycodone tablet together with even a modest amount of alcohol increases the risk of a potentially life-threatening side effect known as respiratory depression, which causes breathing to...



Addicted individuals less responsive to reward-anticipation

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

It may be difficult for addicted individuals to learn when they can expect a reward.



Scientists show deep brain stimulation blocks heroin relapse in rats

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found that deep brain stimulation (DBS) can greatly reduce the compulsion to use heroin in standard rat models of addiction.



'Synthetic marijuana' may cause serious harm to health

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST

A new review summarizes the adverse health effects linked to synthetic cannabinoids - drugs often marketed as a safe and a legal alternative to marijuana.



Bulimia symptoms reduced with electrical brain stimulation

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Symptoms of bulimia nervosa may be reduced through the delivery of electricity to certain areas of the brain, according to King's College London.



Scientists discover why LSD 'acid trip' lasts so long

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have made a discovery that explains why 'acid trips' last for so long when LSD molecules are cleared from the bloodstream in a couple of hours.



Can Marijuana Help Treat Fibromyalgia?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Many people use marijuana as for pain relief, so might it be used as treatment for fibromyalgia? Learn about what research has to say about the drug.



Heavy alcohol use in adolescence alters brain electrical activity

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Long-term heavy use of alcohol in adolescence alters cortical excitability and functional connectivity in the brain, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio...



The global toll of fetal alcohol syndrome

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Worldwide, an estimated 119,000 children are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) each year, a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows.



What are the risks and benefits of cannabis use? New report sheds light

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:00:00 PST

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have analyzed over 10,000 studies to better understand the benefits and harms of cannabis.



Can Marijuana Help Treat ADHD?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Learn if marijuana affects ADHD and if medical marijuana is available as a treatment. What are the risks, and can marijuana treat children with ADHD?



More older Americans using cannabis, underscoring need for research

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has reported that cannabis use by persons over age 50 has outpaced recent growth observed across all other age groups.



A surprise advance in the treatment of adult cancers

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A team of researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has found an epigenetic modification that might be the cause of 15% of adult cancers of the throat...



Current controls on alcohol marketing are not protecting youth, warn public health experts

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Leading public health experts warn that youth around the world are exposed to extensive alcohol marketing, and that current controls on that marketing appear ineffective in blocking the association...



New framework could help online addicts reduce their usage

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Research has shown that internet addicts do not always feel guilty about their usage, and in many cases, they do not even perceive their usage as problematic.



Researchers identify factors associated with stopping treatment for opioid dependence

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Individuals with opioid use disorder who are treated with buprenorphine, a commonly prescribed drug to treat addiction, are more likely to disengage from treatment programs if they are black or...



Gambling addiction triggers the same brain areas as drug and alcohol cravings

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, suggests new research.



Did teen perception, use of marijuana change after recreational use legalized?

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Marijuana use increased and the drug's perceived harmfulness decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington after marijuana was legalized for recreational use by adults but there was no...



Routine drug screening should be part of primary care settings, UCLA study recommends

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

A few minutes of counseling could steer people away from risky drug use.The misuse of both prescription and illicit drugs is so prevalent in Tijuana and East Los Angeles that community clinics...



Traffic fatalities decline in states with medical marijuana laws

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

States that enacted medical marijuana laws, on average, experienced reductions in traffic fatalities, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.



Marijuana use and schizophrenia: New evidence suggests link

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Recent findings appear to reconfirm evidence of a two-way link between schizophrenia and cannabis use, suggesting that one leads to the other.



CNS Depression: Symptoms and Treatment

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

What is CNS depression and how common is it? What are the symptoms of CNS depression, how is it diagnosed, and what treatments are available?