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Mindfulness Tied to Better Physical Health

October 24th, 2014
New research suggests being aware of and paying attention to what you are thinking and feeling in the moment is associated with better health. While the practice of mindfulness has received considerable attention for relieving stress and depression, the new study discovers physical ...

Pathological Gambling Linked to Brain’s Altered Opioid System

October 19th, 2014
New research shows that the natural opioid system in the brains of pathological gamblers responds differently, which may help explain why gambling can become an addiction. A group of UK researchers note that gambling is widespread, with about 70 percent of the British ...

Home Visits Decrease Drug Use, Depression in Pregnant Teens

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that parenting and health education provided in the homes of pregnant American Indian teens reduced the girls' illegal drug use, depression, and behavior problems. Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said they also found that ...

Strong Attention Skills Can Help Some Teens Avoid Substance Use Problems

October 3rd, 2014
New research suggests teens with strong executive attention skills -- the ability to focus on task and ignore distractions -- are more likely to avoid substance abuse issues after early drug experimentation. University of Oregon researchers say that the positive traits are components of a ...

Substance Abuse Treatment Cuts Violence Risk In Severely Mentally Ill

October 2nd, 2014
A new study suggests treating the substance abuse problems of those with severe mental illness can reduce their risk of future violence. Severe mental illness is often accompanied by substance abuse. In these cases, it is often difficult to determine if interventions should focus ...

Women with PTSD at Greater Risk for Food Addiction

September 27th, 2014
Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at greater risk for developing a food addiction, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota. In fact, women who show severe symptoms of PTSD are twice as likely to meet ...

Magic Mushrooms Can Help Longtime Smokers Quit

September 13th, 2014
Smokers who had previously experienced many failed attempts to quit the habit were finally able to do so after two or three doses of psilocybin -- the active ingredient in magic mushrooms -- during a cognitive behavioral therapy treatment program. The study ...

Addicted to Eating But Not to Foods

September 10th, 2014
New research suggests people do not become addicted to donuts or sodas, but they can become addicted to eating for its own sake. UK researchers discovered the brain does not respond to nutrients in the same way as it does to addictive drugs ...

Little Knowledge, Lots of Overdose Risk for Young Opioid Users

September 7th, 2014
A new study explores for the first time the relationship between non-medical prescription opioid (PO) use in young adults, their knowledge and experience of overdose, and the likelihood of overdose. Opioid-involved overdoses have become a growing public health concern in the last ...

E-Cigarettes Give Boost to Quitting Smoking

September 6th, 2014
E-cigarettes dramatically boost smokers' chances of successfully quitting, according to recent research. Professor Robert West, Ph.D., of University College London, UK, said, "E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking." The deaths ...