alcoholism Articles
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
In Praise of Neurogenesis
Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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A little sweat pays big dividends in recovery.Scientists have long known that activities like learning, socialization and physical activitykey components of environmental enrichmentlead to the growth and development of nerve tissue that will become new brain cells, a process call... Read more
Alcohol and Your Heart
Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Health benefits of moderate drinking come under fire.One of those things that everybody knows about alcohol is that a drink or two per day is good for your heart. But maybe not as good for your heart as no drinks at all.Joint first authors Michael V. Holmes of the Department of E... Read more
The Chemistry of Modern Marijuana
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Is low-grade pot better for you than sinsemillaFirst published September 3, 2013.Australia has one of the highest rates of marijuana use in the world, but until recently, nobody could say for certain what, exactly, Australians were smoking. Researchers at the University of Sydney... Read more
Synthetic Cannabis Can Cause Cyclic Vomiting
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Another reason to skip "Spice."Cannabinoid hyperemesis, as it is known, was not documented in the medical literature until 2004. Case studies of more than 100 patients have been reported since then. The biomedical researcher who blogs as Drugmonkey has documented cases ... Read more
Avoid the ‘Noid: Synthetic Cannabinoids and “Spiceophrenia”
Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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Like PCP all over again.Synthetic cannabis-like Spice drugs were first introduced in early 2004, and quickly created a global marketplace. But the drugs responsible for the psychoactive effects of Spice products werent widely characterized until late 2008. And only recently have ... Read more
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