The dark side of the 'love hormone': similarities with the effects of ...

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have highlighted significant similarities between the behavioural effects of oxytocin and alcohol.

May 22

Categories: Addictions

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Why we want food so much it hurts?

There's nothing like the salty tang of beef-flavoured Top Ramen broth and a mouthful of slightly overdone instant noodles. At least, not for me. I've gone on record about my obsession before, writing about how ramen noodles helped me get through ...

Apr 28

Categories: Addictions

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Are e-cigarettes useful?

E-Cigarettes were invented to help smokers to quit smoking. But it is getting increasingly popular with teenagers, even those who have never smoked. Over 10,000 children were surveyed about their use of e-cigarettes. Using it at least once was more ...

Apr 18

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Teenage Issues

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Adolescent drinking affects adult behavior through genetic changes

Binge-drinking during adolescence may perturb brain development at a critical time and leave lasting effects on genes and behavior that persist into adulthood.

Apr 7

Categories: Addictions, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development

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Smartphone addiction = Lazy thinking

Using the search function on your smartphone? Unable to recall your dad’s mobile number? Research has found that smarter individuals use the search function less often than the intuitive thinkers.

Mar 13

Categories: Addictions

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Digital Dieting to Prevent Life-Destroying Internet Addiction

There is a growing number of addiction treatment centers found in China, Korea and Taiwan that deals with an emerging form of ...

Feb 21

Categories: Addictions

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Does Binge-Watching Make Us Depressed?

Netflix and other streaming media services have become the crack of television, making it possible to watch an entire season ...

Feb 10

Categories: Addictions, Depression

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Depression and Addictions can cause Brain matter loss

A meta-analysis of 193 brain-imaging studies shows similar gray-matter loss in the brains of people with diagnoses as different as schizophrenia, depression and addiction.

Feb 5

Categories: Addictions, Depression, Schizophrenia

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Researchers discover brain circuit that controls compulsive ...

Compulsive overeating and sugar addiction are major threats to human health, but potential treatments face the risk of impairing normal feeding behaviors that are crucial for survival. A study published January 29th in the journal Cell reveals a ...

Feb 2

Categories: Addictions

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Adolescents who sleep poorly and insufficiently may develop alcohol ...

Sleep difficulties and insufficient sleep are common among American youth. Prior research has shown that poor sleep can predict alcohol-related problems and illicit drug use among adolescents and young adults in high-risk samples. A new study has ...

Jan 21

Categories: Addictions, Child Development, Sleep Disorders

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Pre-sleep drinking disrupts sleep

For individuals who drink before sleeping, alcohol initially acts as a sedative - marked by the delta frequency electroencephalogram (EEG) activity of Slow Wave Sleep (SWS) - but is later associated with sleep disruption.

Jan 20

Categories: Addictions, Sleep Disorders

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Digital Drugs - Getting High Online?

Connecting yourself to a computer is now apparently all you need to do to get high. That is according to some users and promoters of a phenomenon known as "digital drugs". These consist of specially designed audio tracks easily found on the internet ...

Jan 20

Categories: Addictions

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Why we are likely to engage in addictive behaviors at night

It’s very common to see people engage in escapist and addictive behaviours at night such as drinking, watching porn, eating junk food or even watching a movie. But why night? What’s so different about that time of the day that makes people more ...

Jan 13

Categories: Addictions

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Psychologists explore a new reason why quitting smoking is so ...

When a cigarette smoker attempts to quit, not only do they crave their usual nicotine hit, they also experience an unpleasant inability to enjoy other pleasures in life - a state known as "anhedonia".

Jan 7

Categories: Addictions, Smoking Cessation

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The Essential Brain System That is Hijacked in OCD, Alcoholism, Binge ...

Study of OCD finds this indispensable system could be the key to multiple psychological problems.

Dec 26

Categories: Addictions, Eating Disorders, Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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