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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]

February 21, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Dopamine Fasting. More Hype?

February 21, 2020 07:10 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Dopamine fasting encourages people to avoid stimulation to become better versions of themselves. Dr. Cameron Sepah describes it as “an evidence-based technique to manage addictive behaviors, by restricting them to specific periods of time, and practicing fasting from impulsively engaging in them, in order to regain behavioral flexibility.” [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]

December 10, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Seven Tips To Stay Sober This Holiday Season

December 10, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Here are some sobering statistics. According to a survey of 1000 Americans, 47 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women binge drink more on New Year’s Eve than during any other holiday. In a study done by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, though they were fully aware that they were being monitored, over 450,000 DUI offenders still drank 33 per cent more between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Why is it so hard to stay sober during the holidays? [More]