New research wants professionals to treat excessive social media use seriously. In a study, they found that those who spend more time logged into Facebook or Instagram performed badly in an exercise that tests decision-making skills.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 12, 2019
A mom admitted to stealing her own terminally ill daughter's pain medications and to having an opioid addiction. Addiction can cause people to do risky things to seek out the source of their addiction.
Public Health September 14, 2018
Doctors and clinics might have contributed to the worsening opioid crisis across the United States. A study found that an alarming number of patients were given an opioid prescription to treat pain not related to cancer.
Public Health September 11, 2018
An experimental drug can cure chronic pain, but without activating the part of the brain that makes the patient dependent or addicted to opioid. A study claimed that AT-121 might help the increasing opioid crisis in the United States.
Medicine September 1, 2018
A pharmacist in Maryland admitted to filling out fake opioid prescriptions for three women in exchange for sexual favors. When one woman rejected his advances, he called the doctors to report the fraud.
Public Health August 26, 2018
A team of researchers from Sweden claimed to have found the reason why some are addicted to alcohol. The team suggested that the low levels of protein in the brain is the reason why alcoholics can't quit.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 26, 2018
A new study found that the rate of children who are exposed to the drug buprenorphine has drastically increased in the past three years. Buprenorphine is considered to be an opioid but does not give the same type of 'high' as other opiates.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 25, 2018
Excessive gambling is a behavior classified by American Psychiatric Association as addiction. Can playing video games also lead to brain changes and addictive illness caused by drugs and alcohol?
Neuroscience June 22, 2018
A 9-year-old girl is in rehab for her 'Fortnite' addiction. She would stay up all night, soil herself because she couldn’t leave the game, and even hit her dad when he confiscated her Xbox One.
Video Games June 13, 2018
The 29-year-old man was found to have 25 times the amount of loperamide's regular dose in his blood. What is the recommended dose for the anti-diarrhea drug Imodium?
Public Health March 30, 2018
In a historic move, the Food and Drug Authority announced its plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. This effort could lead to lower smoking rates and could address rising tobacco smoking-related deaths and diseases.
Public Health March 16, 2018
A 2014 study showed that half of those who regularly used kratom for six months developed kratom dependency. Besides addiction, here are other potential side effects of using the herbal supplement.
Public Health February 9, 2018
As part of its efforts to alleviate the opioid epidemic, the FDA imposed new regulations on loperamide packaging. New blister packs should be smaller, with enough dosage only for short-term treatment.
Public Health February 2, 2018
Philadelphia shook the entire country with its recent announcement. With a rising number of deaths due to opioid addiction, city officials proposed establishment of a facility that offers both clean needles and recovery.
Public Health January 25, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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