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Alcohol industry to back a $100 million study to test effects of the substance on heart
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Over the years, the pros and cons of alcohol consumption have been highly debated. It has been linked to many negative health consequences as well as some health benefits. The relationship between alcohol consumption and heart is often complex with past researches linking it to heart diseases including stroke and even death. While some studies […]


Synthetic marijuana is not harmless, says research
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Synthetic cannabinoids (SBCs), such as K2 and Spice, are designer drugs and their composition is different from that of cannabis. They enjoy the reputation of being safe substitutes for marijuana. However, they are not, says a recent research. “Synthetic cannabinoids produce a number of adverse effects like neurological, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and renal toxicities as well […]


Newborns may display signs of anxiety and depression
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Research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis finds connectivity patterns in the brains of newborns can indicate whether an individual is at risk for developing anxiety or depressive disorders later in life. Full-term versus premature Researchers conducted MRIs on 65 full-term and 57 premature infants. Prior to the study, the researchers hypothesized […]


Breakthrough in depression and anxiety treatment
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A recent study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry in November 2016, revealed that suppressing one brain protein might spur the growth of neurons in the hippocampus region of the brain, which can help in reducing anxiety and improving depressive disorders. The Finnish researchers conducted the study on mice that lacked a protein called Jun […]


Smashing misconceptions about addiction
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In the November 2011 edition of “Nature,” Rita Z. Goldstein, of Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Nora D. Volkow, of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, write extensively on the role of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in addiction. According to the authors, our long-held beliefs about addiction just might be wrong. iRISA According to […]


A new NIAAA study finds nonmedical use of prescription opioids is way up
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Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as codeine, and the illicit drug heroin. Overdoses due to prescription opioid drugs have been deemed the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. As painkillers are frequently prescribed medications, they are easily obtained and taken for reasons other than the condition for […]


How do substance use disorders impact our experience of rewards?
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  We are intrinsically motivated to do the things that make us feel good by triggering our brain’s reward system, a group of structures in place that responds to rewarding stimuli like food, sex and drugs such as cocaine and alcohol. Rewarding stimuli such as these promote the release of a brain chemical called dopamine, […]


Children of substance abusers at risk for health, substance problems
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We don’t just inherit hair and eye color from our parents. Temperament, ways of viewing the world, traditions, money habits … even ways of eating are all learned, subtly and otherwise, from one’s parents. But what happens when one’s parents are substance abusers? It’s been known for some time that the children of substance abusers […]


Prolonged marijuana use may affect brain’s pleasure center
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Consider this image: Two people are racing through the front yard of a mansion, from the mailbox to the front door. A red ribbon marking the finish line is affixed to the threshold of the door. Arms are pumping, heels kicking back furiously and the two are smiling. But attached to one man is a […]


The latest discoveries in alcohol research
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When it comes to research trends, watercooler statistics and popular factoids are ever-changing. In an age where Google has been adopted as a verb, and arguments are settled over what Snopes says, it would help to know what the most up-to-date and factual information is concerning alcohol. Alcohol use trends According to the National Institute […]


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