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Is cell phone addiction on the horizon?
A study by researchers from Baylor University in Texas finds that college students spend around 9 hours a day on their cell phones, and 60% say they are becoming addicted to them. (Medical News Today)

Study links alcohol-dependence gene to neurotransmitter
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have solved the mystery of why a specific signaling pathway can be associated with alcohol dependence. (Medical News Today)

Gang involvement associated with high-risk health behaviors for girls
Being involved in a gang poses considerable health-related risks for adolescent African American girls, including more casual sex partners and substance abuse combined with less testing for HIV and... (Medical News Today)

Marijuana compound shows promise for treating Alzheimer's disease in preclinical study
Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease, a recent study from neuroscientists at the... (Medical News Today)

App distinguishes real from fake tremors in alcohol withdrawal patients
Chronic alcohol abusers often claim to be in withdrawal to receive sedatives. But now, a new app can determine whose alcohol withdrawal tremors are real and whose are fake. (Medical News Today)

Suppression of testosterone by methadone treatment needs to be addressed in male opioid addicts
Treatment for opioid addiction tampers with the testosterone levels of male but not female opioid users, McMaster University research has shown. (Medical News Today)

An abnormal CD8 T cell response to the influenza virus a problem for alcoholics
It is well known that chronic drinking is associated with an increased incidence and severity of respiratory infections. (Medical News Today)

Adolescent weight gain/obesity can be a result of prenatal alcohol exposure
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) refer to a range of disabilities, and include individuals with neurocognitive impairments as well as growth irregularities ranging from deficient to normal. (Medical News Today)

The jury is still out on whether or not sipping alcohol is problematic for children
Previous research had determined that whether or not a child sips or tastes alcohol is associated with the child's attitude toward sipping and with a family environment supportive of alcohol use. (Medical News Today)

Pot-smoking couples experience less domestic violence
A study that followed couples for 9 years of marriage reveals that those who smoke marijuana experience less intimate partner violence. (Medical News Today)

States that legalize medical marijuana 'have fewer deaths from opioid painkillers'
Annual deaths from prescription painkillers are, on average, 25% lower in states that legalize medical marijuana, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins researchers. (Medical News Today)

Rule of thumb can help you to control how much you drink
Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half glass of wine limits the likelihood of overconsumption, even for men with a higher body mass index. (Medical News Today)

Lower opioid overdose death rates associated with state medical marijuana laws
States that implemented medical marijuana laws appear to have lower annual opioid analgesic overdoses death rates (both from prescription pain killers and illicit drugs such as heroin) than states... (Medical News Today)

Women who read Fifty Shades 'more likely to have unhealthy behaviors'
A new study finds that women who read the erotic Fifty Shades series are more likely to have unhealthy behaviors that are risk factors for abusive relationships. (Medical News Today)

Users of codeine-containing cough syrups found to have white-matter deficits
An imaging study of chronic users of codeine-containing cough syrups (CCS) has found deficits in specific regions of brain white matter and associates these changes with increased impulsivity in CCS... (Medical News Today)

Reduced-nicotine cigarettes 'do not lead to increased smoking intensity'
Fears that reduced-nicotine cigarettes could lead to smokers needing more cigarettes to satisfy their cravings may well be unfounded, according to a recent study. (Medical News Today)

In-utero methadone or subutex exposure could alter gene expression, cause severe neonatal abstinence syndrome
Some infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) secondary to in-utero opioid exposure have a more difficult time going through withdrawal than others, but the underlying reasons are not... (Medical News Today)

Emerging street drug fifteen times stronger than heroin
Emergency physicians should expect "an upswing in what on the surface appear to be heroin overdoses," but are actually overdoses tied to acetyl fentanyl, an opiate that is mixed into street drugs... (Medical News Today)

Neighborhood ethnic composition and problem drinking
LSU Sociology Professor Samuel Stroope is the lead author of a new study, "Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Problem Drinking among Older Mexican American Men," that will appear in the Journal of... (Medical News Today)

Counselling has limited benefit on young people drinking alcohol
Counselling techniques used to help young people with drinking problems may be of limited benefit, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Zoning regulations impact where marijuana dispensaries can locate
Municipal zoning regulations may push marijuana dispensaries into low income, minority areas, according to a study just released by the University of Colorado Denver. (Medical News Today)

fMRI scans reveal brain differences in risk-taking teens
According to the CDC, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for adolescents. (Medical News Today)

Federal law to combat use of 'club drugs' may have done more harm than good
A federal law enacted to combat the use of "club drugs" such as Ecstasy - and today's variation known as Molly - has failed to reduce the drugs' popularity and, instead, has further endangered users... (Medical News Today)

Substance abuse in developing countries needs to be addressed by global public health objectives
Substance addiction is a large and growing problem for developing societies. (Medical News Today)

How do genes, gender and environment affect substance abuse?
Strong family ties can protect against a genetic susceptibility for substance abuse in men, but less so in women, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

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