Marijuana Addiction Changes Brain’s Response to Drug Cues

Posted on September 19th, 2014

Marijuana Addiction Changes Brain’s Response to Drug CuesAll marijuana users have a chance of developing a cannabis addiction (part of a larger condition called cannabis use disorder). Addicted and non-addicted users commonly experience drug cues that make marijuana intake more likely to occur in certain circumstances. In a study published in July 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas used modern brain imaging techniques to determine if people who are addicted to marijuana respond to drug cues differently than their counterparts unaffected by addiction. These researchers found important changes in the brain responses of addicted users.

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Men More Likely to Seek Treatment for Alcoholism

Posted on September 15th, 2014

Men-More-Likely-to-Seek-Treatment-for-AlcoholismWomen and men differ significantly in the amount of alcohol they can safely consume, as well as in the types of harm they suffer from excessive alcohol intake. However, researchers don’t really know if women and men also differ in their likelihood of seeking treatment for serious alcohol-related problems. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from two U.S. universities used survey data from a nationwide, federal project to compare women’s rate of treatment utilization for alcoholism to men’s rate of treatment utilization. These researchers also investigated whether racial/ethnic background has an influence on each gender’s likelihood of seeking alcoholism treatment.

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GI Tract Inflammation May Predict Bipolar Disorder

Posted on September 10th, 2014

GI Tract Inflammation May Predict Bipolar Disorder The line between mental and physical health is becoming less clear. Recent studies have shown a connection between clinical depression and systemic inflammation.

A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine examined the inflammation problems that may predict the onset of bipolar disorder. The findings were particularly helpful for identifying gastrointestinal (GI) tract problems connected with patients recently experiencing psychotic episodes. Inflammation in the GI tract may indicate the need for dietary adjustments and anti-inflammatory treatments for some patients. 

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Fish Oil May Prevent Dementia in Alcoholics

Posted on September 9th, 2014

Fish Oil May Prevent Dementia in AlcoholicsAlcoholism takes its toll in many ways. The physical health of a heavy drinker is seriously impacted by alcohol. Over the long term, alcoholism can lead to liver disease, pancreatitis, heart disease, hypertension and several types of cancer. Alcoholism also causes neurological problems including dementia. Being an alcoholic is also a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease, which includes dementia as a major symptom. New research is looking at ways to reduce the damage and even prevent dementia in alcoholics and fish oil may play a major role.

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Alcohol Can Ruin Lives – Yours Included

Posted on September 8th, 2014

Alcohol Can Ruin Lives – Yours IncludedWhen people think of dangerous drugs, they probably think of heroin, crack cocaine, crystal meth or strong painkillers like oxycodone. Because it’s legal, alcohol isn’t usually thought of as a substance with the potential to kill you or lead to chronic, irreversible health problems.

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