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Substance Abuse in the Elderly

Substance Abuse in the Elderly

January 8th, 2015
Substance abuse issues among the elderly represent a growing public health concern. Researchers say that close to three million Americans aged 55 and older suffer from alcohol abuse -- and this figure is expected to reach nearly six million by 2020. Moreover, the rate ...
Taxes Can Reduce Binge Drinking

Taxes Can Reduce Binge Drinking

January 6th, 2015
New research discovers that higher alcohol taxes are an effective method to protect against binge drinking. A decline in episodes of binge drinking is linked to less alcohol-related deaths as well as a significant economic gain. Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) ...
Mouse Study Unveils New Way to Control Circadian Rhythms

Mouse Study IDs Protein Driving Circadian Rhythms

January 4th, 2015
A new study has found that a certain protein helps regulate the internal clock of mice, a finding that eventually may aid in the treatment of a number of disorders. For the study, published in Nature Communications, a research team led by Thomas ...
Alcohol-Related Blackouts Too Common Among Teens

Alcohol-Related Blackouts Too Common Among Teens

January 2nd, 2015
A new study has identified the strongest predictors for occurrence of alcohol-related blackouts (ARB) in young people (ages 15-19). The study is the first to examine blackout trajectories over time for this age group. The study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, ...
Greater Risk of Premature Death Seen in Neighborhoods With Check-Cashing Outlets

Greater Risk of Premature Death Seen in Neighborhoods With Check-Cashing Outlets

January 1st, 2015
New research suggests a link between the density of both check-cashing places and stores that sell alcohol in a neighborhood and the risk of premature death in people between the ages of 20 and 59. The link was stronger in men than in ...
Doctors Prescribing Fewer Opioids for Pain

Doctors Prescribing Fewer Opioids for Pain

December 27th, 2014
Nine out of 10 primary care doctors say that prescription drug abuse is a problem in their communities, and nearly half say they are less likely to prescribe opioids for pain than they were a year ago, according to a new study ...
Brain's Reward System Begins Normalizing a Few Months Into Opioid Remission

Brain’s Reward System Begins Normalizing a Few Months Into Opioid Remission

December 23rd, 2014
A few months into recovery, patients who have successfully stopped taking prescription opioids show signs that their brains’ natural reward systems are starting to normalize, according to a new study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The researchers assessed changes in the ...
Brain Imaging Shows Overactive Habit System in OCD

Brain Imaging Shows Overactive Habit System in OCD

December 20th, 2014
A new study has found that misfiring of the brain’s habit control system may be behind the compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The study, led by Dr. Claire Gillan and Professor Trevor Robbins of the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, ...
Internet Addiction is Worldwide Issue

Internet Addiction is Worldwide Issue

December 19th, 2014
Experts define Internet addiction as an impulse-control problem distinguished by an inability to inhibit Internet use. This addiction can adversely affect a person's life, including their health and interpersonal relationships, reports a new study. Researchers, however, did not find an association between high levels ...
Common Factors for Teens at Risk for Alcohol Abuse

Common Factors for Teens at Risk for Alcohol Abuse

December 17th, 2014
Neuroscientists are homing in on key brain factors and behaviors that put teens at risk for alcohol abuse even before they start drinking, according to new research at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). So far, they have found that teens at risk for ...