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Brain Imaging Shows Chronic Marijuana Smoking Affects Brain Chemistry

Definitive proof of an adverse effect of chronic marijuana use revealed at SNM’s 58th Annual Meeting could lead to potential drug treatments and aid other research involved in cannabinoid receptors, a neurotransmission system receiving a lot of attention. Scientists used molecular imaging to visualize changes in the brains of heavy marijuana smokers versus non-smokers and […]

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Frontline Workers’ Resistance To Evidence-Based Practice In Substance Abuse Treatment: Some Good Reasons

Over the past decade, prominent federal substance abuse agencies have put a great deal of effort toward ensuring that evidence-based practice (EBP) is being utilized in the treatment of addiction. This effort was galvanized by a 1998 report from the Institute of Medicine calling for improvements in healthcare, which included the implementation of practices proven […]

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Half Of Patients With Bipolar Disorder Suffer Serious Work, Social, or Family Disabilities

According to the study, 50% of patients suffering from bipolar disorder suffers some type of work, social, and family disability, and approximately 20% present some disorder at the three levels. This was the conclusion drawn in a cientific article recently published in the prestigious journal Psychiatry Research, prepared by Dr. Luis Gutiérrez Rojas, a member […]

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Opioids Are Now The Most Prescribed Class Of Medications

Two reports by addiction researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the National Institute on Drug Abuse show a drastic shift in prescribing patterns impacting the magnitude of opioid substance abuse in America. The reports, published in JAMA, recommend a comprehensive effort to reduce public health risks while improving patient care, including better […]

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Neural Activity Similar To Substance Dependence Linked to Food Addiction In Brain Imaging Study

Persons with an addictive-like eating behavior appear to have greater neural activity in certain regions of the brain similar to substance dependence, including elevated activation in reward circuitry in response to food cues, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the August print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the […]

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