Tag: addiction

'Sea Of Despair' Identified Among White Working-Class Americans

A 'sea of despair' is behind the gloomy outlook among white working-class Americans, a new study said. This is characterized by the uptick of physical pain as job prospects continue to decline over time.

Public Health March 23, 2017

Fentanyl Analogue And Chemical Ingredients Make It To UN’s List Of International Controlled Substances

The United Nations has put chemical ingredients used in the production of the illicit drug fentanyl and a similar substance under its international watch list. What does it mean for America’s drug abuse crisis?

Public Health March 17, 2017

Cocaine: What Happens To The Son If The Father Uses It

New research has shown the negative effects of cocaine on sons of male rats. Male children of cocaine-using fathers could suffer from cognitive impairment and memory loss.

Neuroscience March 3, 2017

How Much You Use Online Media Is Influenced By Your Genes

Recent research says our genes have something to do with how much we spend time on the internet, whether on social media platforms, chat forums, or gaming sites.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 24, 2017

Can People Be Addicted To Caffeine?

A man's fight to clear his name of DUI charges raises a question about one of the world's most popular beverage: coffee. What does this incident tell us about the effects of caffeine on the human body?

Healthy Living/Wellness December 30, 2016

Addiction Is A Chronic Illness: US Surgeon General Report

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that addiction should not be treated as a character flaw. He said that substance abuse should be viewed and approached as a chronic illness such as cancer and heart disease.

Public Health November 17, 2016

Babies Born Addicted To Opioid Drugs Double In The US

The number of babies born suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome due to exposure to drugs their mothers used during pregnancy increased in the U.S. These infants may experience seizures, rapid breathing, tremor and excessive crying.

Public Health September 27, 2016

1 In 3 People Checks Their Smartphones In The Middle Of The Night: Study

A Deloitte report highlighted that one in three adults check their phone for notifications in the middle of the night. Smartphone addiction is like any other addiction that needs a lot of willpower to get over.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech September 26, 2016

Doctors Can Now Prescribe Heroin To Patients In Canada

Doctors in Canada can now prescribe pharmaceutical grade heroin to patients with severe heroin addiction, thanks to a change in regulation. Health officials believe addiction should be tackled as a health-based issue instead of being crime-based.

Medicine September 17, 2016

Level Of Smoking Addiction Determined By Smoker’s Perception Of Nicotine

Can smoking addiction be all in your head? A study has found that a person’s perception and beliefs influence the effect of substances in issues like craving and addiction.

Healthy Living/Wellness September 14, 2016

Your Coffee Cravings May Be Hardwired In Your Genes

A certain gene variant may be to blame for your addiction to coffee, a new study suggests. Researchers found that those without this gene variant tend to drink more cups of Joe than others.

August 25, 2016

New Drug Relieves Pain Like Morphine But Does Not Cause Addiction, Other Side Effects Linked To Opioid Use

The compound PZM21 does not cause side effects associated with use of opioid painkillers. In a study on mice, the drug did not cause respiratory suppression, constipation or addictive behaviors.

Medicine August 17, 2016

Sports Helps Protect Teen Athletes From Heroin And Opioid Addiction

Sports is a protective factor that can steer young athletes away from getting addicted to prescription drugs. How do sports help against heroin and opioid addiction?

Healthy Living/Wellness July 26, 2016

Half Of Teens Are Addicted To Their Mobile Device: How To Tell If Your Child Suffers From Smartphone Addiction

Here are the signs of smartphone addiction among teens, which has risen to half of the U.S. teen population. While the line between phone addiction and overuse is gray, there are symptoms that one is already moving into addiction territory.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 9, 2016

Painkiller Percocet Found In Prince's Body When He Died: Report

The results of the autopsy and toxicology tests are not yet complete to determine the real reason why Prince died. A source, however, said that the painkiller Percocet was present in the musician's body when he was found dead.

Medicine May 6, 2016

Prince Died Amid Plans To Treat Painkiller Addiction

A pill addiction specialist in California said that Prince was trying to deal with his overdependence on painkillers before he died. The pop superstar had been on prescription medication after undergoing hip surgery in the mid-2000s.

May 6, 2016

Opioid Addicts Turn To Over-The-Counter Diarrhea Drug To Get High

Opioid addicts take large doses of anti-diarrhea drug Imodium (loperamide hydrochloride) to get high or manage their withdrawal symptoms. Experts warn the growing trend may result in serious and potentially fatal side effects.

Public Health May 5, 2016

Pain Medication Offers New Potential Treatment For Heroin Addiction

The world's first study shows the use of pain medications could provide an alternative treatment for chronic heroin addiction. The finding could benefit people who do not respond to current medications.

LIFE April 9, 2016

Human Brains Are Hardwired For Facebook Addiction: Psychologist

Facebook addiction among the present generation is hardwired in the brain, a psychologist says. Brain evolution, particularly that of size, explains how such social changes occurred.

LIFE March 8, 2016

Here Are The Five Most Addictive Substances On Earth

In a study, researchers have listed the top five most addictive substances in the planet. The deadly heroin tops the list.

LIFE March 6, 2016

Facebook Addiction Affects Brain Like Cocaine, Gambling: Study

If you find yourself absent-mindedly scrolling your Facebook feed out of habit, then you might be too addicted. A new study revealed that addiction to social media sites affects the brain in a similar way that cocaine does.

LIFE February 25, 2016

Why Quitting Bad Habits Is Hard: Our Brain Is Wired To Sabotage Self Control

Breaking bad habits and pushing through our New Year's resolutions is hard, but there may be a biological explanation as to why it is that way. Turns out, our brain is hardwired to sabotage our self-control.

LIFE February 12, 2016

Flashing Lights, Music Turn Rats Into Problem Gamblers With Riskier Choices

A new rat study in Canada revealed that adding flashing lights and noises to gambling can encourage risky decision-making. Experts also said it was no accident that casinos are noisy and filled with too many lights.

Society January 21, 2016

Implant Offers New And Safer Way To Treat Opioid Addiction

An FDA panel recommended the approval of a new way to treat prescription drug and opioid addiction. It involves using an implant that delivers daily doses of buprenorphine for six months.

LIFE January 13, 2016

Flavored Tobacco Products Popular With Kids A 'Gateway' To Nicotine Addiction, Researchers Say

Flavored tobacco products that kids smoke, vape or chew are likely leading to subsequent smoking of conventional cigarettes, a USFDA study says. Flavored products are seen as an introductory gateway to nicotine for the 3,200 American kids who try smoking for the first time every day.

LIFE October 28, 2015

New System Can Predict If Online Gambling Patterns Exhibit Signs Of Turning Into Addiction

Early detection of unfavorable gaming behaviors is said to be the key to prevent unhealthy outcomes related to online gambling. Experts have now developed a new system that can help consumers and online gambling providers determine addiction behaviors.

LIFE October 27, 2015

Cheese Is Addictive As Drug: Dairy Product Triggers Brain Region Linked To Addiction

A chemical found in most addicitve drugs was found to be present in dairy products. Such discovery may explain why cheese is hard to resist.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 23, 2015

Playing Tetris May Weaken Cravings For Drugs, Food, Sex And Sleep: Here's The Why And The How

Playing Tetris can help reduce cravings for food, drug, sex, sleep and cigarettes. Experts say it is difficult to imagine indulging in an activity or substance while playing the tile-matching puzzle game at the same time.

LIFE August 17, 2015

Cone Snail Venom May Be Next Big Source Of Drugs For Cancer And Addiction

Thousands of new peptide toxins were found in the venom of the Conus episcopatus, one of the species of cone snail. Researchers said that the newly discovered molecules could pave way for the development of new medicines that could treat cancer, addiction and pain.

LIFE July 8, 2015

Alarming Rise In Heroin Addiction And Overdose Deaths, CDC Warns

Heroin use and deaths from the drug are rising sharply in recent years, the CDC reports. What is driving these dangerous trends?

LIFE July 8, 2015

1 Billion: Number Of Adult Smokers Worldwide

A new report has revealed that more than 20 percent of adults worldwide smoke tobacco — which, along with other legal drugs, poses greater harms to society than illicit drugs.

LIFE May 13, 2015

Underage Smokers Easily Buying e-Cigarettes Online: Study

Many states in the U.S. prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors but young people below 18 years old are still able to get them because they can easily buy them online.

LIFE March 3, 2015

Debrand Tobacco Products? Plain Cigarette Packs Shown To Deter Smokers

Removing labels and branding from cigarette packaging can deter young smokers, studies suggest. It can also cut down the number of cigarettes smokers consume in a day, researchers say.

LIFE February 18, 2015

Researchers Test Anti-Cocaine Vaccine, Taps Immune System to End Addiction

Scientists have successfully tested an anti-cocaine vaccine in mice that works by using the immune system to suppress the addictive buzz of the substance.

LIFE January 23, 2015

Hardcore Gamer in Taiwan Dies in Internet Cafe After Three-Day Gaming Binge

Another man was found dead after days of non-stop gaming in Taiwan.

Internet Culture January 20, 2015

Brain Scans Give Snapshot of Future Behavioral Patterns

Behaviors such as addiction and depression could be predicted through the use of brain scans. What else could this technology be used for in the future?

LIFE January 14, 2015

Want to Quit Smoking in 2015? These Tips Might Help

Five tips to help you quit smoking in 2015.

Internet Culture January 5, 2015

Changes in single gene can control addictive and depressive behaviors

A new research study shows that mice with depression and drug addiction respond well to suppression of the gene FosB. Researchers used synthetic transcription factors to suppress expression of the FosB gene in mice, and found that it made the mice less likely to suffer from depression or to become addicted to cocaine.

LIFE November 11, 2014

'Clash of Clans' nearly ruined the Kansas City Royals' World Series season

Mobile gaming has become a huge part of nearly everyone's daily life, and there are cases where it can take up too much of someone's life. In the case of the Kansas City Royals, it almost cost the team their chance at the World Series.

Geek October 21, 2014

Your addiction is costing you your life [Infographics]

Infographics created by Treatment4Addiction show how many years a substance abuser can lose because of their dangerous habits. The online resources offer the best information, especially on proper treatment.

Internet Culture October 17, 2014

When technology gets addicting: Internet, Smartphones, Google Glass and more

Technology addiction is becoming more common around the world, as more than half of college students believe they may be addicted to their phones.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 15, 2014

Doctors treat man for first case of Google Glass addiction

After man checked himself into the Navy’s Substance Abuse and Recovery Program for alcohol addiction, doctors discovered that the man also suffered from the first “Internet addiction disorder” linked to Google Glass.

Internet Culture October 15, 2014

Addicted to coffee? You were born this way - it's genetic

Caffeine usage and uptake is controlled by genes, a new metastudy reveals, suggesting tolerance - and addiction - may be hereditary.

LIFE October 7, 2014

Deaths due to heroin overdose double in 2 years: CDC, AAN warn prescription painkillers may spark addiction

Deaths due to heroin overdose have more than doubled between 2010 and 2012. Some addicts may have migrated from abusing prescription drugs to heroin because heroin is cheaper and more potent.

LIFE October 5, 2014

Long term use of opioid painkillers may lead to dangerous addiction, warns American Academy of Neurology

In a position paper, the American Academy of Neurology, said that risks of using opioid painkillers outweighs its benefits in treating non-cancerous pain.

LIFE September 30, 2014

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