Brain Stimulation Key To Developing New Anti-Smoking Treatments?

While tobacco use over the past couple of decades has gone down significantly, it’s still one of the country’s most entrenched habits. Finding a way to help smokers break the nicotine habit could save millions of lives. A new study has zeroed in ...

Dec 28

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CHANGE HABITS: Breaking Bad Behaviours

A habit, either good or bad is an automatic behavior that we engage in without thinking. So how do we change it?

Dec 10

Categories: Addictions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Control Issues, Mindfulness

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Why Gamers Can’t Stop Playing First-Person Shooters

In the fall of 1992, a twentysomething college dropout and former juvenile offender named John Carmack was hard at work in Mesquite, Texas, on a new concept for a video game. It would merge the first-person perspective of a game like Myst with the ...

Dec 4

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Could saving the traditional pub be the answer to Britain’s binge ...

A research study finds evidence for the traditional pub as a site for restrained and responsible social interaction for young adults. The UK government wants further controls to restrict high street bars but on the other hand is concerned about the ...

Nov 20

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Gambling addicts present brain function abnormalities that affect ...

University of Granada researchers have analysed similarities and differences in psychological profile and brain function when comparing cocaine addicts and gambling addicts. The study reveals that gambling addicts present brain function ...

Nov 12

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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Addicts May Be Seeking Relief from Emotional Lows More than Euphoric ...

Cocaine addicts may become trapped in drug binges - not because of the euphoric highs they are chasing but rather the unbearable emotional lows they desperately want to avoid. In a study published today online in Psychopharmacology, Rutgers ...

Nov 9

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New acupuncture treatment for addictions introduced

SINGAPORE: Patients diagnosed with addiction disorders can now undergo acupuncture treatment on top of their existing psychiatric and psychological treatments. A new acupuncture clinic has been set up by the National Addictions Management Service ...

Nov 7

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Scientists reduce behaviours associated with problem gambling in rats

With the help of a rat casino, University of British Columbia brain researchers have successfully reduced behaviours in rats that are commonly associated with compulsive gambling in humans. The study, which featured the first successful modeling of ...

Oct 31

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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Quitting smoking easier for social media users

Smoking is a major public health problem, killing approximately 443,000 people every year in the United States. Quitting smoking can have a profound effect on a person's health, but it is also one of the hardest addictions to kick. A recent paper ...

Sep 27

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Using the web to combat youth alcoholism and depression

Australia - The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is hopeful the first trial of an online intervention to help treat combined depression and alcohol abuse in young people will encourage more people to seek help. While other e-health ...

Sep 20

Categories: Addictions, Teenage Issues

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Drug addiction: The complex truth

Drugs are scary. The words “heroin” and “cocaine” make people flinch. It’s not just the associations with crime and harmful health effects, but also the notion that these substances can undermine the identities of those who take them. One ...

Sep 16

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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Mental and substance use disorders collectively cause more disability ...

MENTAL and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide, a study led by Queensland researchers has found. Psychiatrist Harvey Whiteford, of the University of Queensland, said conditions such as depression, anxiety, ...

Sep 2

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Depression and alcohol burdens Australia

Mental illness and substance abuse are the leading causes of non-fatal illness in the world, according to the latest part of major research into the global burden of disease. And the issues are second only to musculoskeletal diseases as causes of ...

Aug 30

Categories: Addictions, Depression

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Meditation may help reduce smoking, study says

Meditating just a modest amount may help curb cigarette smoking, even in smokers who don’t intend to quit, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. After a few hours of meditation, smokers ...

Aug 12

Categories: Addictions, Mindfulness Meditation

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Alcoholism Could Be Linked to a Hyper-Active Brain Dopamine System

Research from McGill University suggests that people who are vulnerable to developing alcoholism exhibit a distinctive brain response when drinking alcohol, according to a new study by Prof. Marco Leyton, of McGill University's Department of ...

Aug 4

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