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July 29, 2015 — The formation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which allows understanding the unexpected behavior of some antagonists that block physiological responses, has been the focus of recent ... read more

Teens With Medical Marijuana Cards Much Likelier to Say They're Addicted, but Few Teens Have Them

July 23, 2015 — Teens using marijuana for medical reasons are 10 times more likely to say they are hooked on marijuana than youth who get marijuana illegally, a new study shows. The study is the first to report on a ... read more

Rates of Drunk Driving Tied to State Alcohol Policies

July 15, 2015 — States with more restrictive alcohol policies and regulations have lower rates of self-reported drunk driving, according to a new ... read more

Psychoactive 'Bath Salt' Use Among U. S. High School Seniors Alarmingly High

July 15, 2015 — 33% of students who used bath salts reported using only once or twice; however, frequent use was also common among users with an alarming 18% of users reporting using 40 or more times in the last ... read more

Jealousy in a Romantic Relationship Can Lead to Alcohol Problems

July 15, 2015 — Jealous people in low quality relationships are at higher risk of alcohol problems, suggests a new ... read more

Intellectual Pursuits May Buffer Brain Against Addiction

July 14, 2015 — Challenging the idea that addiction is hardwired in the brain, a new study of mice suggests that even a short time spent in a stimulating learning environment can rewire the brain's reward ... read more

July 14, 2015 — Stimulant drug abuse has long-term effects on brain volume in women, according to a new study. Brain structures involved in reward, learning and executive control showed vast changes even after a ... read more

Baby's First Stool Can Alert Doctors to Future Cognitive Issues

July 13, 2015 — A newborn's first stool can signal the child may struggle with persistent cognitive problems. In particular, high levels of fatty acid ethyl esters found in the meconium (a newborn's first ... read more

Stopping or Reducing Cocaine Use Associated With Lower Cardiovascular Risk Marker Levels

July 13, 2015 — For people who use cocaine, stopping or reducing cocaine use is associated with decreased levels of endothelin-1 (ET-1) -- a protein that plays a key role in the development of coronary artery ... read more

July 10, 2015 — People who misuse prescription pain relievers all have one thing in common, researchers have discovered: a history of recent illicit drug use. Researchers also determined that adults aged 50 and ... read more

Opioids May Not Spell Relief for Chronic Back Pain Sufferers With Depression, Anxiety

July 9, 2015 — Patients who were prescribed opioids to treat chronic lower back pain experienced significantly less pain relief and were more likely to abuse their medication when they had psychiatric disorders, a ... read more

Prenatal Cocaine Exposure Linked to Adolescents Engaging in Sex by Age 15

July 9, 2015 — Since 1994, researchers have studied mothers -- some who used cocaine while pregnant and others who did not -- to understand how the drug affected their children's cognitive and social ... read more

Mother's Diet Affects Offspring Alcohol and Nicotine Use in Lab Animal Study

July 7, 2015 — A study in rats suggests that a mother's consumption of a fat-rich diet during pregnancy increases her offspring's risk of a combined alcohol and nicotine abuse in ... read more

Adolescent Exposure to E-Cigarette Tv Ads Increases Likelihood of Future Use

July 7, 2015 — Adolescents who are exposed to e-cigarette TV advertising are more likely to try e-cigarettes in the future, according to a groundbreaking experiment. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that ... read more

Marijuana Users Substitute Alcohol at 21

July 7, 2015 — A recent study looked at marijuana and alcohol use in people between the ages of 18 and 24. It's probably not surprising that the results show a drastic increase in alcohol consumption in people ... read more

New Smartphone App Warns Drinkers If They Go Over Recommended Daily/weekly Units

July 7, 2015 — A new smartphone app warns drinkers if they go over the recommended maximum daily/weekly units of alcohol, to help them better manage their intake, researchers ... read more

Adolescents Who View Medical Marijuana Ads More Likely to Use the Drug, Study Finds

July 6, 2015 — A new study raises questions about whether there is a need to revise prevention programming for youth as the availability, visibility and legal status of marijuana changes. The report found that ... read more

Cancer Survivors Who Smoke Perceive Less Risk from Tobacco

July 2, 2015 — Cancer survivors who smoke report fewer negative opinions about smoking, have more barriers to quitting, and are around other smokers more often than survivors who had quit before or after their ... read more

Support for Overdose-Reversing Drug Low, but Can Be Bolstered With Right Messages

July 1, 2015 — While most Americans do not support policies designed to increase distribution of naloxone -- a medication that reverses the effects of a drug overdose -- certain types of educational messages about ... read more

One in Four People Prescribed Opioids Progressed to Longer-Term Prescriptions

July 1, 2015 — Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, researchers studied how many patients prescribed an ... read more

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