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Addiction News
February 18, 2020

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Scientists Discover Key Neural Circuit Regulating Alcohol Consumption

New research pinpoints a specific neural circuit that when altered caused animal models to drink less ... read more

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
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'Women My Age Tend to Drink -- It's Normal'

New research has found that despite the potential health risks of exceeding national drinking guidelines, many middle-aged and young-old women who consume alcohol at high risk levels tend to perceive ... read more

Alcoholism in the Family Affects How Your Brain Switches Between Active and Resting States

A new study shows that just having a parent with an alcohol use disorder affects how your brain transitions between active and resting states -- regardless of your own drinking ... read more

Early Life Adversity and Opioid Addiction

Individuals with a history of early life adversity (ELA) are disproportionately prone to opioid addiction. A new study reveals why. The study examines how early adversities interact with factors such ... read more

In Mice, Alcohol Dependence Results in Brain-Wide Remodeling of Functional Architecture

Using novel imaging technologies, researchers produce first whole-brain atlas at single-cell resolution, revealing how alcohol addiction and abstinence remodel neural physiology and function in ... read more

Marijuana Detected in Homicide Victims Nearly Doubles

Researchers assessed the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims and found that the prevalence of marijuana almost doubled, increasing from 22 percent in 2004 to 42 percent ... read more

A Molecular Map of the Brain's Decision-Making Area

Researchers have come one step closer toward understanding how the part of our brain that is central for decision-making and the development of addiction is organized on a molecular level. In mouse ... read more

Impact of Methamphetamine Use Depends on Your Genes

Researchers found that variations in the gene known as BDNF strongly determine the effects of methamphetamine in the brain. This could potentially explain why some users develop ... read more

Why Is Drinking in Moderation So Difficult for Some People?

Scientists have identified a specific circuit in the brain that could be targeted to treat compulsive ... read more

New Measures to Treat Mental Illness and Opioid Use

Opioid use among psychiatric hospital patients needs to be addressed through an integrated approach to managing mental illness, pain and substance use, a new study has ... read more

Smoking Cessation Treatment Targets Adolescents

The primary focus of smoking cessation research has been adults in the past, but a new study zeroed in on adolescents. This study found that while there was no significant difference between the ... read more

Regional Trends in Overdose Deaths Reveal Multiple Opioid Epidemics

The United States in the grip of several simultaneously occurring opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis. The epidemics came to light after the researchers analyzed county-level data on ... read more

Even Light Alcohol Consumption Linked to Higher Cancer Risk in Japan

In a new study conducted in Japan, even light to moderate alcohol consumption was associated with elevated cancer ... read more

Study Reveals Increased Cannabis Use in Individuals With Depression

New findings reveal the prevalence of cannabis, or marijuana, use in the United States increased from 2005 to 2017 among persons with and without depression and was approximately twice as common ... read more

Co-Addiction of Meth and Opioids Hinders Treatment

A new study found that methamphetamine use was associated with more than twice the risk for dropping out of treatment for opioid-use ... read more

Computer Game May Help to Predict Reuse of Opioids

A computer betting game can help predict the likelihood that someone recovering from opioid addiction will reuse the pain-relieving drugs, a new study ... read more

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

New Protein Function Could Be Key to Treatment of Drug Addiction and Behavioral Disorders

The reward pathway of the brain causes feelings of happiness but is also involved in behavioral disorders like schizophrenia and addiction. A breakthrough study has now identified the role of a ... read more

Medical Marijuana Cards Often Sought by Existing Heavy Users

Young adults who seek enrollment in state medical marijuana programs are often those who already use heavily rather than those with mental or physical issues that could be addressed by the ... read more

Distress Tolerance Plays Role in Alcohol Use and Abuse Among Firefighters

A newly published report finds that firefighters who struggle with PTSD symptoms, and who think they cannot handle negative emotions, are likely to drink and use alcohol it to cope with negative ... read more

Future Painkillers: Activation of Opioid Receptor Uncovered

Researchers have uncovered the binding mechanism of an important pain receptor. The results facilitate the development of new active substances. The opioids used today to treat severe pain can be ... read more

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