What happens in the brain of a compulsive drug user? Neurobiologists have discovered that the brain circuit connecting the decision-making region to the reward system is stronger in compulsive animals. The researchers also found that by decreasing the activity of this circuit, compulsive mice were able to regain control and that conversely, by stimulating the connection a mouse that initially remained in control became addicted.
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November 6, 2018
University of South Florida (USF Innovation)
Each state takes a different approach on how it tries to stem the impact of opioid abuse, resulting in significant variation between opioid prescription rates and the number of children placed into foster care.
Compounds in cannabis can impair or improve memory depending on age, diseaseNovember 6, 2018, Society for Neuroscience
The University of Kentucky is expanding a program to treat female addicts who have recently given birth.Nov. 8, 2018, at 4:02 a.m.
November 5, 2018Society for Neuroscience
Advances in understanding adolescent brain development may aid future treatments of mental illness and alcohol and substance use disorders, according to new research.
Summary: When high doses of painkillers led to widespread addiction, it was called one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine. But this was no accident.
By Chris McGreal
Illustration by Guardian Design Team/Christophe Gowans
October 29, 2018
Arizona State University
Researchers have found peer socialization and disruptive parenting were strong predictors of whether adults age 28-30 years were in a coercive romantic relationship. The 230 study participants were followed starting at age 11, and those who engaged in deviancy training at age 16-17 were more likely to end up in unhealthy relationships as adults.
October 31, 2018
University of Otago
Society must take collective responsibility to reduce the harm caused by alcohol use disorders, an academic says.
October 22, 2018
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
As the number of Americans who regularly use cannabis has climbed, so too has the number of those experiencing cannabis withdrawal symptoms. A new study finds that 12 percent of frequent marijuana smokers experienced Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome (CWS), which includes emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms.