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December 8, 2019

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Social Media Stress Can Lead to Social Media Addiction

Social network users risk becoming more and more addicted to social media platforms even as they experience stress from their use. Research into the habits of 444 Facebook users revealed they would ... read more

Teens Are Using a Highly Potent Form of Marijuana

Nearly one in four Arizona teens have used a highly potent form of marijuana known as marijuana concentrate, according to a new study. Among nearly 50,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders from the 2018 ... read more

Scientists Can Now Manipulate Brain Cells Using Smartphone

A team of scientists have invented a device that can control neural circuits using a tiny brain implant controlled by a smartphone. The device could speed up efforts to uncover brain diseases such as ... read more

People Are More Likely to Try Drugs for the First Time During the Summer

American teenagers and adults are more likely to try illegal or recreational drugs for the first time in the summer, a new study ... read more
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Open Source EEG Visualization Tool

Researchers have developed a free open source computer program that can be used to create visual and quantitative representations of brain electrical activity in laboratory animals in hopes of ... read more

Mechanism Connects Early Binge Drinking to Adult Behaviors

Intermittent exposure to high levels of alcohol in adolescent animals leads to increased levels of microRNA-137 in the brains of adults. Blocking microRNA-137 helps to reverse or the lasting effects ... read more

In States Where Recreational Marijuana Is Legal, Problematic Use Increased Among Adults and Teens

Problematic use of marijuana among adolescents and adults increased after legalization of recreational marijuana use, according to a new study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Columbia ... read more

Study Teases out Factors Associated With Postpartum Overdose

A new study uncovers several risk factors associated with postpartum opioid ... read more

Opioid-Based Plant Might Not Be Best Solution to Curb Habitual Alcohol Use

A team has examined the effects of kratom and the potential impacts on people with alcohol use ... read more

Fingerprint Test Can Distinguish Between Those Who Have Taken or Handled Heroin

A state-of-the-art fingerprint detection technology can identify traces of heroin on human skin, even after someone has washed their hands -- and it is also smart enough to tell whether an individual ... read more

High Numbers of Youth Report Using Prescription Opioids in the Past Year

A new analysis of US data finds an unexpectedly high prevalence of prescription opioid use among youth. As recently as 2015-2016, 21% of adolescents and 32% of young adults said they had used these ... read more

Insights on the Effects of Cannabidiol on Severe Form of Epilepsy

New results may help explain why cannabidiol -- a chemical component of marijuana with no psychoactive properties -- reduces the frequency of seizures in patients with a severe form of ... read more

Teens Who Have Loving Bond With Mother Less Likely to Enter Abusive Relationships

A mother's warmth and acceptance toward her teenagers may help prevent those children from being in an abusive relationship later in life, even if her own marriage is contentious, according to a ... read more

Of All Professions, Construction Workers Most Likely to Use Opioids and Cocaine

Construction workers are more likely to use drugs than workers in other professions, finds a new ... read more

Drug Overdose Deaths in CT Doubled in 6 Years

Opioid overdose deaths in Connecticut doubled in the past 6 years, largely driven by use of multiple drugs together, according to a team of ... read more

Teen Marijuana Use May Have Next-Generation Effects

A new study shows how a parent's use of marijuana, past or present, can influence their child's substance use and ... read more

Which Came First: Brain Size or Drinking Propensity?

Contrary to the belief that drinking can literally shrink one's brain, a new study that includes researchers suggests that a small brain might be a risk factor for heavier alcohol ... read more

Years of Education May Impact Drinking Behavior and Risk of Alcohol Dependence

Higher educational attainment -- spending more years in education -- may impact people's drinking behavior and reduce their risk of alcohol dependence, according to a new ... read more

Consuming Alcohol Leads to Epigenetic Changes in Brain Memory Centers

New research revealed a surprising pathway that shows alcohol byproducts travel to the brain to promote addiction memory. They show how acetate travels to the brain's learning system and ... read more

Mapping International Drug Use Through the World's Largest Wastewater Study

A seven-year project monitoring illicit drug use in 37 countries via wastewater samples shows that cocaine use was skyrocketing in Europe in 2017 and Australia had a serious problem with ... read more

Fathers Are 'Cautionary Tales' About Health for Some Adults

Some adults see their mothers and fathers as still influencing their own health -- but in very different ways, according to a new ... read more

Evidence of Behavioral, Biological Similarities Between Compulsive Overeating and Addiction

Does yo-yo dieting drive compulsive eating? There may be a connection. According to researchers the chronic cyclic pattern of overeating followed by undereating, reduces the brain's ability to ... read more

A Rat's Brain, on and Off Methamphetamine

Drug addiction is a vicious cycle of reward and withdrawal. Chronic users often relapse because of the unpleasant physical and psychological symptoms they experience when they stop taking the drug. ... read more

Mindfulness May Reduce Opioid Cravings, Study Finds

People suffering from opioid addiction and chronic pain may have fewer cravings and less pain if they use both mindfulness techniques and medication for opioid dependence, according to ... read more

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