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August 25, 2016

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August 25, 2016

Majority of US Doctors Discussing Electronic Cigarettes With Their Patients

Aug. 24, 2016 — A new survey of US doctors reveals they are frequently discussing electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) with patients in a clinical setting. A substantial proportion of physicians also recommend e-cigs to ... read more

Do the Tools to Quantify Addiction Help to Define It?

Aug. 24, 2016 — Understanding what counts as an addiction, and what can be done to address it is the work of researchers across many disciplines. But what tools are used to ‘measure’ addiction, and are these ... read more

US and Mexican Controls on Precursor Chemicals May Reduce Cocaine and Meth Use in the US

Aug. 17, 2016 — In December 2006, the USA regulated sodium permanganate, a chemical essential to the manufacture of cocaine. In March 2007, Mexico closed a chemical company accused of illicitly importing more than ... read more

New, Improved Guidelines for Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Aug. 10, 2016 — A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy. The proposed guidelines ... read more

New Study Evaluates Link Between Young Women's Beliefs on Alcohol Use and Sexual Risk-Taking

Aug. 10, 2016 — A new study looks at how young women's beliefs about alcohol and sex affect condom usage during sexual encounters involving alcohol. The work shows that just over two-thirds (66.9 percent) of ... read more

Highly Curative Hep C Treatment Safe, Effective for Drug Users

Aug. 9, 2016 — Hep C patients being treated for opioid addiction achieved high rates of sustained virologic response after 12 weeks of therapy with elbasvir-grazoprevir compared to those taking placebo for 12 weeks ... read more

Study Finds Racial Disparity in Emergency Department Opioid Prescriptions

Aug. 8, 2016 — A racial disparity has been found in opioid prescriptions for emergency department visits for non-definitive pain-related conditions, say authors of a new ... read more

College Students Who Misuse Stimulants More Likely to Have ADHD, Substance-Use Disorder

Aug. 8, 2016 — A new study finds that college students who misuse stimulant drugs are more likely to have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder or substance-use disorder than are students not ... read more

Drink-Seeking Rats Provide Sobering Look Into Genetics of Alcoholism

Aug. 4, 2016 — Alcohol-craving rats have provided researchers with a detailed look into the complicated genetic underpinnings of ... read more

Prescription Drug Abuse in Europe Is a Bigger Problem Than Previously Thought

Aug. 3, 2016 — International collaborations across the EU are needed to monitor prescription drug abuse, identify its scope and develop targeted interventions, according to the first comparative study of ... read more

Preventing Dependency When Patients First Receive Opioids: Say No to Refills

Aug. 3, 2016 — Clinicians should think twice when prescribing opioid medication to patients for the first time to relieve pain, migraines or severe coughs. To prevent possible addiction, doctors and pharmacists ... read more

Alcohol Advertising Linked to Adolescent Drinking

Aug. 2, 2016 — A new study finds that exposure to several different types of alcohol marketing is positively associated with the amount and frequency of drinking among adolescents across ... read more

Aug. 2, 2016 — Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person's blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data ... read more

Neuroscience-Based Framework for Addiction Diagnosis

Aug. 2, 2016 — When it comes to an addictive disorder, you either have it or you don't. But this dichotomous nature of the diagnosis fails to recognize the complexity and diversity of addiction's origins ... read more

Addiction Silences Synapses in Reward Circuits

Aug. 2, 2016 — In addiction, cues in the environment can form strong associations with the drug of abuse. A new study suggests that alterations in silent synapses, inactive connections between neurons, could be the ... read more

Why Is Cocaine So Addictive? Study Using Animal Model Provides Clues

Aug. 1, 2016 — Scientists are one step closer to understanding what causes cocaine to be so addictive. Using an animal model, researchers have discovered that cocaine leaves a long-lasting imprint on the dopamine ... read more

Adolescent Exposure to Drugs, Alcohol Fuels Use in Adulthood

July 29, 2016 — Teenagers who have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s. That's according to the one of the first studies to look at how ... read more

'Pain Paradox' Discovery Provides Route to New Pain Control Drugs

July 28, 2016 — A natural substance known to activate pain in the central nervous system has been found to have the opposite effect in other parts of the body, potentially paving the way to new methods of pain ... read more

Recovery of Dopamine Function Emerges With Recovery from Smoking

July 28, 2016 — A new study reports that smoking-related deficits in brain dopamine, a chemical implicated in reward and addiction, return to normal three months after quitting. The normalization of dopamine systems ... read more

Adolescent Drinking Damages Later Verbal Learning and Memory Performance

July 27, 2016 — Adolescence is both a time of rapid neurobiological changes and of the initiation of drinking – alcohol is the most commonly used substance among students in grades eight to 12. Binge-drinking ... read more

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