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Rare gene could increase risk of schizophrenia, alcoholism and bipolar
Scientists from the UK have identified a rare gene variant associated with developing severe chronic conditions such as schizophrenia that could lead to new treatment targets. (Medical News Today)

NIH system to monitor emerging drug trends
An innovative National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) is being developed to monitor emerging trends that will help health experts respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as... (Medical News Today)

Access to substance abuse treatment influences the utilization of alcohol treatment services across racial/ethnic and gender groups
Very few national studies have examined racial/ethnic disparities in the use of alcohol services. (Medical News Today)

When alcohol is consumed with energy drinks the desire to keep drinking is increased
Public health advocates in recent years have become concerned not with the consumption of energy drinks by youth but also their joint consumption with alcohol by young adults. (Medical News Today)

Adolescent alcohol abuse associated with adverse outcomes in early adulthood
Prior research has shown strong associations between adolescent alcohol abuse and adverse outcomes in early adulthood. (Medical News Today)

Attenuated inhibition of neuron membrane excitability contributes to childhood depression
Accumulating evidence suggests that the nucleus accumbens, which is involved in mechanisms of reward and addiction, plays a role in the pathogenesis of depression and in the action of antidepressants. (Medical News Today)

Annual HIV diagnosis rates have 'decreased by more than 30%'
From 2002-2011, the annual HIV diagnosis rate decreased by more than 30%, according to CDC data. However, rising rates of HIV are detected in some groups, particularly young men. (Medical News Today)

Can fish oil protect against brain damage caused by alcohol abuse?
People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol are at risk of brain damage and dementia in later life. New research suggests that omega-3 fish oil may offer protective benefits. (Medical News Today)

Gauging the demand for genetic testing for alcohol dependence risk in African Americans
Alcohol dependence (AD) has a genetic component and testing can determine a person's genetic risk for susceptibility to AD. (Medical News Today)

Dependence alters the brain's response to marijuana triggers
New research from The University of Texas at Dallas demonstrates that drug paraphernalia triggers the reward areas of the brain differently in dependent and non-dependent marijuana users. (Medical News Today)

Study finds decline in prescription drug misuse more than twice as high in states with broad drug abuse prevention programs
Five states that have implemented multi-faceted prescription drug abuse prevention programs in recent years showed the highest rate of decline in prescription drug misuse rates nationwide... (Medical News Today)

Alcohol intoxication prevented in mutated worms
Neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Austin have generated mutant worms that do not get intoxicated by alcohol, a result that could lead to new drugs to treat the symptoms of people going... (Medical News Today)

Risk for atrial fibrillation may be increased by moderate alcohol use
Even in moderation, consumption of wine and hard liquor may be a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, an abnormally fast heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart failure and dementia, according to... (Medical News Today)

Study: how marijuana causes paranoia
A new study finds that a main ingredient in cannabis - THC - causes certain negative feelings and changes perceptions that induce paranoid feelings among users of the drug. (Medical News Today)

Women living with HIV benefit from 'expressive therapy' intervention
New research from UC San Francisco shows that an "expressive therapy" group intervention conducted by The Medea Project helps women living with HIV disclose their health status and improves their... (Medical News Today)

Dysfunctional synapses can lead to autism, epilepsy, substance abuse and depression.
In the brains of all vertebrates, information is transmitted through synapses, a mechanism that allows an electric or chemical signal to be passed from one brain cell to another. (Medical News Today)

Similar brain activity in sex addiction and drug addiction
Pornography triggers brain activity in people with compulsive sexual behaviour - known commonly as sex addiction - similar to that triggered by drugs in the brains of drug addicts, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Further evidence that cannabis reduces tumor growth in new study
THC, the element of marijuana that provides the drug's 'high,' could also form the basis of future 'tumor-shrinking' pharmaceuticals, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Reducing binge drinking through text message medicine
Young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more than 50 percent after receiving mobile phone text messages following a visit to... (Medical News Today)

Practices used in policing injection drug users in Russia might contribute to HIV transmission and overdose mortality
Practices used in policing injection drug users in Russia might contribute to HIV transmission and overdose mortality. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol does not benefit the heart, claims new study
A new review drawing on 50 studies covering quarter of a million people questions previously held conclusions that a drink a day is good for heart health. (Medical News Today)

What drives a child to abuse alcohol?
By looking at 40 different factors in a 14 year old teens, including brain structure and function, personality, life experiences and genetics, researchers can predict with 70% accuracy who will go... (Medical News Today)

Intervention through text messages cuts binge drinking in young adults
Using text messaging to collect drinking data and to offer immediate feedback and support to young adults discharged from emergency rooms reduced the number of drinks they later consumed and the... (Medical News Today)

New York legalizes medical marijuana, Berkeley offers it for free
As New York becomes the 23rd state to allow for the medical use of marijuana, other states and cities are making changes to their marijuana legislation. (Medical News Today)

Swiss study: A healthy lifestyle adds years to life
Live longer thanks to fruit, an active lifestyle, limited alcohol and no cigarettes. (Medical News Today)

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