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Be Wise and Beware: It's the Holiday Season
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Thoughts on addiction, immoderation, and Christmas.The Season to be Jolly CarefulPaula Goodyer, Sydney Morning Herald More parties, more time with family and less time at work help make Christmas special, but these ingredients can also make it harder for anyone trying to rein in ... Read more
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Cigarettes and Genetic Risk
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Evidence From a 4-Decade Study.Pediatricians have often remarked upon it Give one adolescent his first cigarette, and he will cough and choke and swear never to try another one. Give a cigarette to a different young person, and she is off to the races, becoming a heavily dependen... Read more
Why Do Patients With Schizophrenia Smoke So Many Cigarettes?
Monday, November 24th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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For sound neurological reasons, that's why. Originally published May 2, 2012, by The Dana FoundationFor mental health workers, it is well known that an overwhelming majority of psychiatric patients diagnosed with schizophrenia are heavy cigarette smokers. Surveys have shown that ... Read more
Another Look at Acamprosate
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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The most popular pharmaceutical treatment for alcoholism, explained.First published February 17, 2014Occasionally, reads the opening sentence of a commentary published online earlier this year in Neuropsychopharmacology, a paper comes along that fundamentally challenges what we t... Read more
Marijuana Statistics vs. Perception
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Who smokes cannabis, and how muchFirst published 12272013Most statistical surveys of marijuana focus on a single quantitative measurement How many people are using But theres a problem More marijuana use does not necessarily translate into more marijuana users. And thats because ... Read more
The End of Combusted Tobacco?
Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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With E-cigarettes, a mixed bag of possible outcomes.E-cigarettes represent a controversial and uncertain future for nicotine addiction, and for this reason they have attracted acolytes and naysayers in what feels like equal measure. It has been almost 8 years since e-cigarette im... Read more
In Search of the Marijuana Breathalyzer
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Pissing in a cup may be on the way out. The good news Marijuana breathalyzers are coming. The bad news Marijuana breathalyzers are coming. For years now, urinalysis using a mass spectrometer has been, if youll excuse the expression, the gold standard for drug testing. But in the ... Read more
Strokes in Young People
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Drug use as a risk factor.First published 12-09-12When a stroke happens to anyone under the age of 55, a major suspect is drugs, specifically the stimulantsmethamphetamine and cocaine. In the journal Stroke, researcher Brett Kissela and his associates provided additional evidence... Read more
The Genetics of Smoking
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Evidence from a 40-year study.First published March 28, 2013Pediatricians have often remarked upon it Give one adolescent his first cigarette, and he will cough and choke and swear never to try another one. Give a cigarette to a different young person, and she is off to the races... Read more
Why Will Power Fails
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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How to strengthen your self-control.First published August 12, 2013Reason in man obscured, or not obeyed,Immediately inordinate desires,And upstart passions, catch the governmentFrom reason; and to servitude reduceMan, till then free.John Milton, Paradise LostWhat is will power I... Read more
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