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June 8, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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What Can Rats Tell Us About Cocaine Addiction?

June 8, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Neuropharmacology looked at whether a sensation-seeking trait confers a dormant susceptibility to addiction through intermittent cocaine self-administration in rats. The advantage of studying this phenomenon in rats is that researchers can examine what is different about the brains of high- versus low- sensation-seeking rats. This will help identify new targets for medications designed to treat cocaine use disorder. [More]

May 11, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Eating Disorder Symptoms Increased Significantly During The Pandemic According To New Study

May 11, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Psychiatry Research looked at changes in body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorder, and exercise addiction symptomatology during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study was a longitudinal study of 319 health club users. “The study was initially about exercise addiction, eating disorders, and body image, but when COVID-19 hit, we changed the scope to see if there were any differences pre vs post the first lockdown in the UK last spring,” lead author Mike Trott told us, [More]

January 26, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Does Alcoholism Change The Way A Person Responds To Alcohol Over Time?

January 26, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry looked at subjective responses to alcohol in the development and maintenance of alcohol use disorder. “There are heuristic scientific models as well as common folklore surrounding the issue of responses to alcohol in those who are at risk for, and who do become addicted,” study author Dr. Andrea King told us. [More]

January 12, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are Some People More Vulnerable To Alcohol Addiction Than Others?

January 12, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Researchers examined 190 young adults and followed them for ten years. They were directly tested on their response to alcohol vs. placebo beverage in initial testing sessions and then they returned five and ten years later to a laboratory in Chicago to undergo identical re-examination testing. “We flew people in from all over the country (and the world!) to come back for their returning sessions,” study author Andrea King told us. “We also conducted regular follow-up interviews semi-annually in that period. I am grateful the participants were so connected to the study, as 99% of those still living continued to participate over the decade.” [More]

September 29, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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What Is The Prevalence Of Illicit Drug Use Among College Students With Disabilities?

September 29, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Disability and Health Journal examined the prevalence of illicit drug use among college students with physical, cognitive, and other disabilities, and their counterparts without disabilities. “Our aim was to investigate whether there were differences in illicit substance use between students with disabilities and their peers without disabilities,” study author Myriam Casseus told us. “Numerous studies have found high rates of substance use among adults with disabilities and young adults/college students. However, there has been little research on drug use among college student with disabilities.” [More]

September 22, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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What Draws Youth To Vaping?

September 22, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research looked at tactics for drawing youth to vaping. The study consisted of two parts. First, researchers gathered a substantial amount of evidence about why youth are drawn into vaping. Then, the researchers took all of these reasons that youth cite for taking up e-cigarettes and used it as a framework to see if e-cigarette advertisements tap into any of them. [More]

March 31, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Family Physicians Need More Training On This Treatment For Opioid-Dependent Pregnant Women

March 31, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there can be devastating consequences for the unborn baby if a pregnant woman who is dependent on opioids is not properly treated. The function of the placenta can be comprised and the unborn baby can experience severe episodes of withdrawal. A new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine looked at maternity care and buprenorphine prescribing in new family physicians. [More]

January 27, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Sugar Affects Your Brain

January 27, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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How’s your New Year’s resolution diet coming along? This is about the time people start to fall off the wagon, if it hasn’t happened already. Have you been craving sugar? Has the yummy sweetness been your downfall? Well take heed. Researchers are finding sugar to be as addictive as drugs and alcohol so you've got a mighty opponent to contend with. A recent study published in Scientific Reports looked at the effects sugar can have on the brain. [More]