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The Losing Battle For Perpetual Reward
Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Or why you can't stay high forever. The amphetamine high, like the cocaine high, is a marvel of biochemical efficiency. Stimulants work primarily by blocking the reuptake of dopamine molecules in the synaptic gap between nerve cells. Dopamine remains stalled in the gap, stimulati... Read more
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Rotting from the Inside
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Smoking and the decline of the body.We all know smoking is bad for your health. It causes lung cancer and emphysema and contributes to heart disease. But thats not the end of the list. Recently, Public Health England, a government organization, collected and analyzed research on ... Read more
The Greeks and the Romans on Alcohol
Sunday, January 4th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Wine and Beer in Antiquity"When men drink, then they are rich and successful and win lawsuits and are happy and help their friends. Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever." Aristophanes"I like best the wine drunk at t... Read more
Be Wise and Beware: It's the Holiday Season
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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
Cigarettes and Genetic Risk
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
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
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
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
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
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
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
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