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Brain Stimulation In Rats Cures Cocaine Addiction

By stimulating one part of the brain with laser light, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UC San Francisco (UCSF) have shown that they can wipe away addictive behavior in rats - o...
by Health Tips and Advices on Apr 5, 2013

NIH Study Sheds Light On How To Reset The Addicted Brain

Research suggests that targeted stimulation of the brain's prefrontal cortex is a promising treatment for addiction Could drug addiction treatment of the future be as simple as an on/off switch in the brain? A study in rats has found that stimulating...
by Health Tips and Advices on Apr 5, 2013

Ongoing Research On Real-Life Exposure Of Consumers To Snus Constituents

Scientists at British American Tobacco have used a multi-analyte approach to determine the level of exposure to tobacco constituents of snus users. The results show that, generally, less than a third of each constituent measured was extracted by cons...
by Health Tips and Advices on Apr 4, 2013

Correctional Policies Discourage Released Inmates From Seeking Methadone Therapy

Methadone treatment for opioid dependence remains widely unavailable behind bars in the United States, and many inmates are forced to discontinue this evidence-based therapy, which lessens painful withdrawal symptoms...
by Health Tips and Advices on Apr 1, 2013

Animal Research Provides Clues To Alcohol Addiction Vulnerability

A Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center team studying alcohol addiction has new research that might shed light on why some drinkers are more susceptible to addiction than others. Jeff Weiner, Ph.D...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 29, 2013

Titan's Implant For Treating Opioid Dependence - FDA Panel Gives A Cautious 'Yes'

Probuphine, a buprenorphine subdermal implant formulation for adults with opioid dependence has been given a green light by an FDA Advisory Committee (Panel). The Panel cited a favorable benefit-risk profile and an unmet need. According to Titan Phar...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 24, 2013

Government Decision To Promote Abstinence For Drug Users "Is About Saving Money Not Science" Says Doctor

"Needless bureaucracy" is hampering effective treatment services The UK government's decision to promote abstinence for drug users "is about saving money not science" argues a senior doctor on bmj.com today...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 22, 2013

College Drinking Likely Reduced By Pre-College Talk Between Parents And Teens

Teen-age college students are significantly more likely to abstain from drinking or to drink only minimally when their parents talk to them before they start college, using suggestions in a parent handbook developed by Robert Turrisi, professor of bi...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 21, 2013

Improved Understanding Of Alcohol's Effects On First-Year College Students

A research team that includes several Penn State scientists has completed a first-of-its-kind longitudinal pilot study aimed at better understanding how the neural processes that underlie responses to alcohol-related cues change during students' firs...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 21, 2013

How Gamblers Make Decision After Winning Or Losing Influenced By Human Evolution

New research from an international team of scientists suggests evolution, or basic survival techniques adapted by early humans, influences the decisions gamblers make when placing bets. The findings may help to explain why some treatment options for...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 20, 2013

Propofol Abuse Increasing In Health Care Setting

Abuse of common anesthetic has 'rapid downhill course,' reports Journal of Addiction Medicine Abuse of the anesthesia drug propofol is a "rapidly progressive form of substance dependence" that is being more commonly seen among health care professiona...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 20, 2013

Understanding Addiction At The Molecular Level Could Help Pave The Way For New Treatments For Cocaine Addicts

Scientists have discovered a molecular process in the brain triggered by cocaine use that could provide a target for treatments to prevent or reverse addiction to the drug. Reporting in the Journal of Neuroscience, Michigan State University neuroscie...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 19, 2013

In Pathological Gambling, Problems Differ With Age

To successfully treat pathological gambling, you need to intervene at an early stage, according to Susana Jimenez-Murcia from the University Hospital of Bellvitge in Spain and colleagues. Their study shows that a patient's age influences how severe t...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 18, 2013

Marijuana Use May Raise Nicotine Dependence

People who have used marijuana may be more susceptible to the addictive properties of nicotine, researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. More specifically, it is the consumption of the mai...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 18, 2013

Calling On The UK To Implement Minimum Pricing For Alcohol

According to WHO, liver cirrhosis accounts for 1.8% (i.e. 170,000) of all deaths in Europe. In recent years liver cirrhosis has become a serious health threat in some Western European countries such as Ireland and the United Kingdom, where over the l...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 17, 2013

Heavy Drinkers May Be Rewarded By Enhanced Brain Acetate Metabolism

In addition to its well-known effects on the CNS, alcohol consumption has a significant impact on metabolism. After consumption, the body rapidly begins converting ethanol to acetate, which can serve as an energy source for the brain and other organs...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 12, 2013

Stress-Based Drug Relapse Halted In Rats

In a new study in Neuron, scientists identified specific key steps in the chain of events that causes stress-related drug relapse. They identified the exact region of the brain where the events take place in rat models and showed that by blocking a s...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 8, 2013

Global Burden Of Disease And Injury Attributable To Alcohol Is Large And Growing

A new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows that alcohol is now the third leading cause of the global burden of disease and injury, despite the fact most adults worldwide abstain from drinking. This research, part of the 20...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 6, 2013

New Figures Show UK Alcohol Consumption Down 3.3 Per Cent In 2012

UK alcohol consumption per head down again - 3.3 per cent drop in 2012. 16 per cent decline in consumption per head since 2004. Per capita consumption below 8 litres per head, first time since 1998. New figures for UK alcohol consumption in 2012 show...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 6, 2013

Time To Get Serious About Treatment Of Drug Dependence

Failure to treat drug dependence effectively is leading to unnecessary deaths and soaring social costs, according to drug rehabilitation specialists...
by Health Tips and Advices on Mar 3, 2013


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