COVID-19 stress could boost alcohol abuse risk

Stress ups the risks for alcohol and drug abuse, and difficulty in getting treatment makes coping with addiction even harder during COVID, an expert argues.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: addiction covid-19 alcohol featured social-lives health-and-medicine

Sexual minority men who smoke report worse mental health

The relationship between smoking, substance use, and mental health among sexual and gender minority populations suggest a need for holistic treatment.

Michelle Edelstein-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: drugs addiction alcohol anxiety health-and-medicine lgbtq cigarettes

80% of docs mistakenly blame nicotine for smoking risks

Although nicotine's primary risk is addiction to tobacco, 83% of doctors strongly believe it directly contributes to heart disease, a new survey finds.

Maud Alobawone-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: heart-disease addiction cancer smoking surveys nicotine health-and-medicine cigarettes

First opioids for teens may not up drug abuse risk by much

The risk that young adults who receive an opioid prescription for the first time will develop a substance abuse problem isn't as high as believed.

April Toler-Indiana • futurity
Aug. 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: drugs addiction opioids teens health-and-medicine medications

Therapy combo helps people in prison quit smoking

Combining behavioral and nicotine replacement therapies can help people in prison quit smoking, a new study shows.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: addiction smoking prison health-and-medicine

Remove memories to treat addiction?

"You don't want to erase the entire memory; you only want to erase the part that's associated with the drug."

Stanford • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: addiction memory brains featured health-and-medicine

Brain circuitry can create desire for stuff that hurts

The new findings in rats could explain why it isn't always necessary to enjoy the target of an addiction, like cocaine.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: addiction sugar pain brains health-and-medicine cocaine

Young people with gaming disorder are more anxious

While playing video games isn't a problem for most, those who develop symptoms of gaming disorder are more anxious, aggressive, depressed, and shy.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: addiction teens gaming health-and-medicine

Survey: ‘Cool’ factor, not flavor, drives teens to vape

The social aspects of vaping drive teens and young adults to use Juul and other e-cigarettes, even though they know and understand the risks of doing so.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: addiction teenagers electronic-cigarettes nicotine health-and-medicine

Targeting euphoria may curb cocaine addiction

A new study sheds light on how cocaine affects the brain and may offer potential treatments for fighting cocaine addiction.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: drugs addiction brains dopamine health-and-medicine cocaine

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