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Empathy Influenced by Brain Chemistry

Empathy Influenced by Brain Chemistry

March 20th, 2015
Provocative new research suggests the neurochemical balance in a part of the brain influences our sensitivity to inequality. Conceptually, this finding could lead to development of a pill that could make a person more compassionate. University of California, Berkeley scientists believe they have taken ...
Ads for E-Cigarettes Boost Tobacco Cravings

Ads for E-Cigarettes Boost Tobacco Cravings

March 15th, 2015
Television ads for e-cigarettes increase the urge by current and former smokers to reach for a cigarette, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication recruited more than 800 daily, intermittent, and former smokers who watched ...
Abusing Pot in Teenage Years May Damage Adult Memory

Abusing Pot in Teenage Years May Damage Adult Memory

March 13th, 2015
A new study has found that teens who were heavy marijuana users have abnormal brain structure and perform poorly on memory tests. Northwestern University researchers found that teens who had smoked marijuana daily for around three years had an abnormally shaped hippocampus. The ...
Cannabis Use Ups Risk of Dropping Out of School

Cannabis Use Ups Risk of Dropping Out of School

March 10th, 2015
Using cannabis as a teenager may negatively affect educational attainment, new findings suggest. About seven percent of U.S. high school seniors are daily or near-daily cannabis users, and surveys indicate that use is increasing. Dr. Edmund Silins of the University of New South ...
Twitter Useful for Smoking Cessation Programs

Twitter Useful for Smoking Cessation Programs

March 5th, 2015
Use of Twitter to communicate with others appears to provide a level of social support and collegiality that helps smokers kick the habit. University of California, Irvine (UCI), and Stanford University researchers discovered that when subjects in a smoking cessation program tweet each other ...
Online Support Can Help Spouses of Alcoholics

Online Support Can Help Spouses of Alcoholics

March 4th, 2015
Women married to men with alcohol abuse problems can face a host of barriers that prevent them from obtaining necessary support. A new program, developed by researchers at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), helps these women receive Internet-based, interactive support program. Approximately ...
Study Finds Smokers More Prone to Anxiety, Depression

Study Finds Smokers More Prone to Anxiety, Depression

March 1st, 2015
A new study shows that cigarette smokers have a 70 percent greater risk for anxiety and depression than do non-smokers and ex-smokers, refuting the commonly held notion that smoking helps relieve stress. The temporary relief from anxiety that smokers experience is only a brief ...
YouTube Videos Tend to Glamorize Intoxication

YouTube Videos Tend to Glamorize Intoxication

February 23rd, 2015
A new analysis discovers that the 70 most popular videos depicting drunkenness on YouTube account for more than 330 million views. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health (CRMTH) discovered the videos rarely portray the negative ...
Lower IQ Linked to Heavier Drinking in Young Men

Lower IQ Linked to Heavier Drinking in Young Men

February 21st, 2015
A new study has found that a lower IQ is clearly associated with greater and riskier drinking among young men. However, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, note that the men’s poor performance on the IQ test may also be linked ...
Problem Gambling Tied to Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors

Problem Gambling Tied to Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors

February 16th, 2015
New research determines problem gambling and obsessive-compulsive behaviors are a product of similar genetic as well as behavioral links. Although physiological and behavioral similarities between problem gambling and substance abuse have long been noted, gambling’s ties to obsessive-compulsive disorder has only recently been ...