Addiction
New study reveals yin-yang personality of dopamine  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 hour
For decades, psychologists have viewed the neurotransmitter dopamine as a double-edged sword: released in the brain as a reward to train us to seek out pleasurable experiences, but also a "drug" the constant pursuit... more
Activating parts of the brain could help alleviate opioid-related social isolation  SCIENCE DAILY · 10 hours
One of the many painful and challenging aspects of the US opioid crisis is that people abusing opioids often isolate themselves from family and friends, making... more
Activating brain region could revive the urge to socialize among opioid addicts  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
One of the many painful and challenging aspects of the US opioid crisis is that people abusing opioids often isolate themselves from family and... more
Graphic warning labels cancel out cigarettes' appeal to young people  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
New research from Cornell University suggests graphic warning labels on cigarette ads have the same anti-smoking effect as similar warning labels on cigarette packs. more
Ultrarestrictive opioid prescribing strategy linked with reduction in number of pills dispensed  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
An ultrarestrictive opioid prescribing strategy was associated with a reduction in the number of pills dispensed in a study of patients having surgery for... more
Graphic warnings snuff out cigarettes' appeal to kids  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
New research suggests graphic warning labels on cigarette ads have the same anti-smoking effect as similar warning labels on cigarette packs. more
VCU researchers test vaccine against opioid abuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Virginia Commonwealth University researchers are testing a vaccine against opioid abuse developed by the Scripps Research Institute in California. The vaccine is meant to block the effects of heroin and fentanyl in patients with... more
Study examines effects of different opioids on driving performance  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A new study finds that the influence of single analgesic doses of methadone and buprenorphine -- two different opioids -- on driving performance was mild and below the impairment threshold... more
Drug wholesalers drove fentanyl's deadly rise, study shows  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid implicated in nearly 29,000 overdose deaths in the United States last year, most likely spread because of heroin and prescription pill shortages, and also because it was... more
Study investigates influence of different opioids on driving performance  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Taking opioids for the treatment of pain has been associated with increased risks of crashing among drivers, but it is unknown whether this applies to all opioids or pertains to... more
Vaping cannabis produces stronger effects than smoking cannabis for infrequent users  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
In a small study of infrequent cannabis users, researchers have shown that, compared with smoking cannabis, vaping it increased the rate of short-term anxiety, paranoia, memory... more
Study of infrequent cannabis users compares adverse effects of vaping and smoking  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
In a small study of infrequent cannabis users, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have shown that, compared with smoking cannabis, vaping it increased the rate... more
Vaping Marijuana Gets You Way, Way Higher Than Smoking It, Study Finds  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
17 willing participants got very, very high for science — and they found vaping weed is way stronger than smoking it. more
Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic more
This brain circuit is key to both depression and addiction  MNT · 2 weeks
Recent discoveries about the brain circuitry that drives depression and addiction may point to new clinical targets for the treatment of these issues. more
Medical News Today: This brain circuit is key to both depression and addiction  MNT · 2 weeks
Recent discoveries about the brain circuitry that drives depression and addiction may point to new clinical targets for the treatment of these... more
More pregnant women are using meth and opioids, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Amphetamine and opioid use in pregnancy increased substantially over the last decade in the United States, a new study finds. And a disproportionate rise occurred in rural counties. more
Babies born in withdrawal new complication in opioid cases  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A panel of judges is considering whether lawsuits filed on behalf of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers should be separated from a larger case against the drug industry more
The Latest: Babies in withdrawal get attention in lawsuits  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A panel of federal judges is asking questions about whether it would help babies born addicted to opioids to have lawsuits filed on their behalf separated from a larger group... more
Study estimates economic impact of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a common condition with a high economic impact in both children and adults, concludes an updated review in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official... more
Opioid case has new complication: Babies born in withdrawal  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A federal judicial panel is considering whether babies born in opioid withdrawal should have their lawsuits separated from hundreds of other cases against the drug industry more
Study examines trends in opioids prescribed for children and adolescents  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
While the opioid crisis remains a major public health concern in the United States for people of all ages, relatively little research has been conducted in younger populations. more
Trends in opioid prescriptions in children and adolescents  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers observed a downward shift in opioid prescriptions in children and adolescents, which aligns with previously reported trends in adult populations. more
What Are Amphetamines?  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Amphetamines are powerful central nervous system stimulants derived from the ephedra plant. They're used to treat disorders such as ADHD, narcolepsy and obesity. However, they can also be highly addictive and have harmful side effects. more
Online gaming addiction in men affects brain's impulse control  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers using functional MRI (fMRI) have found differences in the brains of men and women who are addicted to online gaming, according to a new study. more
Denver trying again for possible 1st US drug injection site  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Despite federal opposition, Denver is trying again to open a supervised drug injection site to try to reduce overdose deaths fueled by the nation's opioid epidemic more
Cannabis use among teens does not appear to lead to greater conduct problems, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
More youth use cannabis than smoke cigarettes in the United States. In other parts of the world, cannabis... more
People with Alzheimer’s disease using strong opioids have increased risk of hip fracture  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
People using strong painkillers, opioids, have twice the risk of hip fracture compared to non-opioid users, a new study from the University... more
Spinal-cord stimulators help some patients, injure others  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Doctors and medical device manufacturers promote spinal-cord stimulators as the answer to U.S. opioid crisis. But AP investigation reveals the device is more dangerous than patients know. Thousands have been shocked, burned or suffered... more
Spinal-cord stimulators mean big business for device makers  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Spinal-cord stimulators are a fast-growing medical device. The global market has exploded from $300 million in 2001 to nearly $2 billion in 2017. The United States is the biggest market as the... more
Patients shocked, burned by device touted to treat pain  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
AP investigation: Medical device companies and doctors aggressively push spinal-cord stimulators as a safe antidote to the deadly opioid crisis in the U.S. and for relief of pain. But spinal-cord... more
Sugary drinks may be addictive and are harmful to health, study suggests  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Just as we might have guessed, those tasty, sugar-sweetened beverages that increase risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases may actually be addictive. more
Survey: Misconceptions about opioid use undermine pain control among Asian cancer patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Misconceptions about the use of strong opioids showed to undermine optimal pain control among Asian cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy according to a... more
Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Health nerd books for the holidays  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The Food and Drug Administration took some serious steps toward curbing teen use of tobacco and nicotine products this month, including proposing a virtual ban on... more
Adolescents increasingly choose marijuana over cigarettes, alcohol  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The "gateway pattern" of adolescent substance use is changing, and marijuana is increasingly the first substance in the sequence of adolescent drug use, according researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. more
Individuals identified as lesbian, gay more likely to misuse opioids than heterosexual  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Men and women who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual are more likely to misuse opioids when compared with those who identify as heterosexual,... more
FDA restricts the sale of some flavored e-cigarettes as teen use soars  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 weeks
The Food and Drug Administration announced restrictions on the sale of some e-cigarette flavors in response to a drastic rise in teen’s use of... more
FDA announces new actions to limit sale of e-cigarettes to youth  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center applauds new actions announced today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to limit the sale of most... more
FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
FDA pushes for ban on menthol in cigarettes and tightened rules to prevent sale of flavored e-cigarettes to kids more
How exercise could help fight drug addiction  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. However, addicts who exercise appear to be... more
Research explores how exercise may help fight drug addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. more
Medical News Today: Pancreatic cancer cells are 'addicted' to key protein  MNT · 4 weeks
New research on highly aggressive pancreatic cancers finds that a protein fuels cancer cells to the extent that they become 'addicted' to it. more
How exercise could help fight drug addiction  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. However, addicts who exercise appear to be... more
Inexpensive, portable air purifier could help protect the heart from pollution  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Microscopic particles floating in the air we breathe come from sources such as fossil fuel combustion, fires, cigarettes and vehicles. Known as fine particulate matter, this form of... more
Brigham investigators examine opioid use among Massachusetts adolescents, prescription trends  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Opioid-related overdoses and deaths remain a major public health concern in Massachusetts, yet adolescents who experience opioid-related nonfatal overdose have been rarely studied. more
WATCH: Juul to temporarily stop selling most flavored nicotine in stores  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The e-cigarette company is also shutting down most of its social media accounts, bowing to pressure from the FDA. more
Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Juul halts store sales of some of its flavored electronic cigarettes to help keep them from kids more
Food insecurity during pregnancy linked to severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A new study shows that food insecurity in pregnant women being treated for opioid use disorder may be associated with increased risk for their infants receiving... more
Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets more
Study reveals link between tobacco availability and smoking during pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Women are more likely to smoke during pregnancy if they live in areas with lots of shops selling cigarettes, a study shows. more
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