Brain activity in sex addiction mirrors that of drug addiction

Pornography triggers brain activity in people with compulsive sexual behaviour – known commonly as sex addiction – similar to that triggered by drugs in the brains of drug addicts, according to a University of Cambridge study.

Jul 15

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Sexual Problems / Sex Therapy

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Addiction starts with an overcorrection in the brain

Brigham Young University professor Scott Steffensen and his collaborators have published three new scientific papers that detail the brain mechanisms involved with addictive substances. "Addiction is a brain disease that could be treated like any ...

Jul 4

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How often do men really think about sex?

We've all been told that men think about you-know-what far too often - every seven seconds, by some accounts. Most of us have entertained this idea for long enough to be skeptical. However, rather than merely wonder about whether this is true, stop ...

Jun 25

Categories: Addictions, Sexual Problems / Sex Therapy

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Cocaine-Eating Enzyme Could Cure Addiction and Overdoses

Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, ...

Jun 25

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Alcohol abuse damage in neurones at a molecular scale identified for ...

Joint research between the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the University of Nottingham opens up pathways for generating new pharmaceutical drugs and therapies that enhance the life of alcoholic persons .

Jun 17

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New online test measures the level of addiction to tobacco

Being the leading 
preventable cause of premature death and disabling diseases, a team of researchers from the Mexican Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER) developed a virtual platform that measures the level of addiction of smokers, while ...

Jun 3

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Connecting Alcohol Use in Adolescence With Risky Behavior in ...

"Early life experiences can alter the brain in the long term, with profound implications for behavior in adulthood," said Abigail Schindler, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington who conducted the research. "This study points ...

Apr 30

Categories: Addictions, Adult psychological development, Child Development

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Could Alcohol have cognitive benefits depending on your genes?

A new study from the University of Edinburgh uses an unique longitudinal dataset - the Lothian Birth Cohort - and an ingenious analysis technique called Mendelian Randomisation to disentangle the causal influence of drinking alcohol on cognitive ...

Apr 28

Categories: Addictions

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Want to Quit Smoking? New Study Says Try "Self-Expanding" Activities

If you are trying to quit smoking one method to incorporate is to do new, exciting "self-expanding" activities that can help with nicotine craving. This is the take-home message from a new study published online in PLOS ONE by a team of researchers ...

Apr 25

Categories: Addictions

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3 Minutes of Tetris Reduces Cravings for Drink, Cigarettes and Food

Just three minutes of playing Tetris can reduce cravings for food, cigarettes and alcohol, according to a new study published in the journal Appetite. The psychologists conclude that Tetris, a retro tile-matching puzzle game (above), may provide a ...

Mar 4

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Australia: Special unit to help kids with severe internet addiction

Victorian kids as young as eight are becoming hooked on computer games and the internet, with some refusing to go to school, suffering anxiety and depression, getting violent and withdrawing socially. Mental health professionals say the condition, ...

Feb 25

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Using Addictive Games to Build Better Brains

First it was Doodle Jump. Then Dots. And now - will it never end? - Flappy Bird. So many of the games that we download on our smartphones are a waste of time, but we can't seem to stop playing them. My current high score on the late, lamented ...

Feb 19

Categories: Addictions

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Quitting smoking makes you happier, says study

Moderate or heavy smokers who quit tobacco get a boost in mental wellbeing that, for people who are anxious or stressed, is equivalent to taking anti-depressants, a study said Thursday. British researchers examined 26 published investigations into ...

Feb 15

Categories: Addictions

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Heroin, addiction and free will

The death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman has sparked some strong and seemingly contradictory responses. What these reactions show is that many people find it hard to think of addiction as being anything except either a choice or a loss of free ...

Feb 12

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Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age

A new study has found that men drinking heavily in mid-life experience faster declines in their cognitive abilities. The study, published in the journal Neurology, found that men who drank the equivalent of 2.5 drinks per day showed faster declines ...

Jan 23

Categories: Addictions

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