Addiction News

Brain Activity in Sex Addicts Mirrors That of Drug Addicts

July 12th, 2014
A new study has found that pornography triggers brain activity in people with compulsive sexual behavior -- sometimes known as sex addiction -- similar to that triggered by drugs in the brains of drug addicts. Researchers at the University of Cambridge note that ...

Addiction Starts With Overcorrection in the Brain

July 5th, 2014
New research suggests that the process of a brain becoming addicted is similar to a driver overcorrecting a vehicle. When drugs and alcohol release unnaturally high levels of dopamine in the brain’s pleasure system, oxidative stress occurs in the brain, according to scientists ...

Alcohol Disorders More Likely to Push Women Off Career Ladder

July 2nd, 2014
A new study reviewed the relationship between occupation and alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in workers during early adulthood to middle age, and the news for women in particular should give pause. Investigators focused on the "substantive complexity" of work as an indicator of ...

Homeless Alcoholics Typically Begin Drinking as Children

June 29th, 2014
A new study has found that homeless alcoholics typically began drinking as children. According to study author Dr. Ryan McCormack of New York University School of Medicine in New York, N.Y., 100 percent of the patients enrolled in the study at Bellevue Hospital ...

More Women Than Men With Chronic Illness Seek Mental Health Services

June 27th, 2014
New research finds that women with chronic physical illnesses are more likely to use mental health services than men with similar illnesses. Moreover, they also seek out mental health services six months earlier than those same men. "Chronic physical illness can lead to depression," ...

Study Finds No Link Between Insomnia, High Blood Pressure

June 26th, 2014
As more than 30 percent of Americans deal with difficulty falling asleep, at least they don't have to worry that their insomnia being associated with high blood pressure. The new findings should relieve concerns of the medical consequences of insomnia on the cardiovascular ...

More Benefits Found In Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s

June 26th, 2014
While it is well-recognized that deep brain stimulation (DBS) improves motor symptoms of patients with early and advanced Parkinson's disease (PD), new research finds that DBS also reduces the number and severity of non motor symptoms. "Non-motor features are common in PD patients, ...

Mouse Study Finds Sun Exposure Releases Endorphins

June 21st, 2014
A new mouse study has found that continuous exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes the release of endorphins, known as feel-good hormones, leading to physical dependence, tolerance, and addiction-like behavior in the rodents. This could explain why people have an instinctive desire to ...

Pathological Gambling May Run in Families

June 18th, 2014
In a new study, University of Iowa (UI) investigators found that pathological gambling runs in families, with first-degree relatives of pathological gamblers eight times more likely to develop this problem in their lifetime than relatives of people without pathological gambling. "Our work clearly ...

Iron Levels May Help Fine-Tune ADHD Diagnosis

June 18th, 2014
A new radiology study finds that brain iron levels may serve as a biomarker in the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and help to fine-tune diagnosis. Psychostimulant medications such as Ritalin are among the drugs commonly used to reduce ADHD symptoms. Psychostimulants affect levels ...