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Meth users 'three times more likely' to develop Parkinson's
A new study supports findings from previous research that meth users are at increased risk for Parkinson's, but it also finds that female users are at particularly high risk. (Medical News Today)

One in 6 Ontario adults say they've had a traumatic brain injury in their lifetime
Nearly seventeen per cent of adults surveyed in Ontario said they have suffered a traumatic brain injury that left them unconscious for five minutes or required them to be hospitalized overnight... (Medical News Today)

E-cigarettes are 'equally effective as patches' for quitting smoking
A Cochrane review of two randomized trials and 11 observational studies finds that e-cigarettes are beneficial at reducing cigarette smoking. (Medical News Today)

Similarities between obesity and addiction
A paper published by Obesity Reviews compares neurological responses to reward in participants with obesity, substance addiction and non substance (or behavioural addiction, such as gambling. (Medical News Today)

Potential new treatment for alcohol dependence: Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor agonists
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are nuclear receptor proteins that regulate the expression of genes. (Medical News Today)

Link between ADHD and conduct disorder with alcohol and tobacco use in young teens
A new study links ADHD and conduct disorder in young adolescents with increased alcohol and tobacco use. (Medical News Today)

'Tis the season for youth to curb binge drinking
Our life-long relationship with alcohol is established early on, a Concordia University study showsWith the holidays around the corner, we're all a little more likely to indulge, especially when... (Medical News Today)

Curbing partner abuse through alcohol-control
Communities with fewer places to buy or drink alcohol also tend to have lower rates of intimate partner violence, new evidence suggests. (Medical News Today)

E-cigarettes 'much less addictive, toxic' than conventional cigarettes
In a new study that surveyed former smokers who have switched to e-cigarettes, researchers found participants were much less dependent on e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes. (Medical News Today)

People with opioid dependence in recovery show 're-regulation' of reward systems
Within a few months after drug withdrawal, patients in recovery from dependence on prescription pain medications may show signs that the body's natural reward systems are normalizing, reports a study... (Medical News Today)

'Men are idiots and idiots do stupid things,' study finds
Scientists use the Darwin Awards - an annual commemoration of individuals who have died 'in exceptionally stupid ways' - to prove the hypothesis of 'male idiot theory.' (Medical News Today)

Cocaine consumption quadruples the risk of sudden death in people between 19 and 49
A joint piece of research conducted by the UPV/EHU, the Basque Institute of Forensic Medicine, and the Biomedical Research Centre Network into Mental Health (CIBERSAM) of the Carlos III Institute... (Medical News Today)

Smoking hampers treatment for alcohol abuse
A new study has shown that smoking can inhibit the success of treatment for alcohol abuse, putting people who are addicted to both tobacco and alcohol in a double bind. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol disrupts body's sleep regulator
Using alcohol to fall asleep interferes with sleep homeostasis - the brain’s system for regulating sleepiness and wakefulness - and can cause insomnia over time, say researchers. (Medical News Today)

Call to change concept of harm reduction in alcohol policy
A new policy paper by a University of York academic calls for limits on the influence of the drinks industry in shaping alcohol policy because it has a 'fundamental conflict of interest'. (Medical News Today)

Participants in novel drug intervention program have increased brain activation to healthy pleasures
U professor Eric Garland developed Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery-Enhancement to change the face of intervention and treatment for drug abusers. (Medical News Today)

National survey reveals conflicted mindset of college students about ADHD prescription stimulant misuse, abuse and diversion
A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the newly-formed Coalition to Prevent Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Medication Misuse (CPAMM) finds that college... (Medical News Today)

Doctors and alcohol campaigners urge drivers in Scotland to avoid alcohol
Alcohol Focus Scotland, the BMA and SHAAP are urging drivers to avoid alcohol completely if they are driving, as the new lower limit comes into effect. (Medical News Today)

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health survey reveals that over 230,000 Ontario adults seriously considered suicide in 2013
Results from an ongoing survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) show that 2.2 per cent - over 230,000 Ontario adults -- seriously contemplated suicide in the last year. (Medical News Today)

Added benefit not proven for nalmefene to treat alcohol dependence
Indirect comparison is difficult to interpret because of differences in patients and treatment goalsNalmefene (trade name Selincro) has been approved since February 2013 for people with alcohol... (Medical News Today)

Does educational attainment affect risk of opioid and stimulant abuse?
While college-attending Americans are more likely to abuse stimulants than their peers, non-college attending young adults are more likely to abuse opioids, according to a study. (Medical News Today)

Activating cannabinoid brain receptors could replace marijuana for anxiety treatment
Researchers say they have found a way to activate cannabinoid receptors in the brains of mice and reduce depressive- and anxiety-like behaviors, without the use of marijuana. (Medical News Today)

Red wine has 'both cancerous and anti-cancerous properties'
Alcohol is known to increase risk for some cancers, but a new paper supports the idea that resveratrol - found in red wine - may offset some of this cancer risk. (Medical News Today)

UK on verge of steep lung disease rise in young adults - due to heavy spliff smoking?
The UK needs to be prepared for a steep rise in the number of young adults affected by a severe form of lung disease due to their regular cannabis and tobacco use - lung specialists will tell the... (Medical News Today)

Gene network has potential to identify risk and enable prevention of alcohol abuse
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have identified a network of genes that appear to work together in determining alcohol dependence. (Medical News Today)

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