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Sugar alters brain chemistry after only 12 days
New research in pigs examines how sugar intake affects the brain's reward circuits and finds that changes are noticeable after just 12 days. (Medical News Today)

How long does molly stay in your system?
The exact length of time that molly, or MDMA, stays in a person's system depends on several factors, including how much of the drug they have taken. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about alcohol and depression
Alcohol is a depressant and can amplify or trigger depression symptoms in some people. Learn more about the links between depression and alcohol in this article. (Medical News Today)

Veterans benefit from pain treatment without drugs
A new study sees fewer post-treatment complications among returning military service personnel with chronic pain who received nondrug therapy. (Medical News Today)

New Year's resolutions: How to boost success rates
In this special feature, we ask whether New Year's resolutions work and look at some science-backed ways to improve the chances of success. (Medical News Today)

Could MDMA help treat mental health conditions?
New research in mice investigates the possibility that MDMA, a potentially addictive drug, may help in the context of mental health therapy. (Medical News Today)

What to know about alcohol and the keto diet
The keto diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate eating plan. Although alcohol does contain carbohydrates, it can be part of a keto diet. This article looks at the best and worst drinks for people following a keto diet. (Medical News Today)

What to know about marijuana detox
Marijuana contains some compounds that remain in the body after use. Many factors affect how long it stays there. Learn about the marijuana detox process here. (Medical News Today)

What does it feel like to be high on marijuana?
Marijuana use can affect different people in different ways, and being 'high' can feel different to different people. Learn about what being high on marijuana might feel like here. (Medical News Today)

Is marijuana use associated with a higher risk of cancer?
A new meta-analysis looks at the potential link between marijuana use and an increased risk of cancer, emphasizing the poor quality of existing studies. (Medical News Today)

What to know about alcohol intoxication
Alcohol intoxication is a temporary condition that occurs when a person drinks an excess of alcohol. Learn about the signs, treatments, and risks, including alcohol poisoning. (Medical News Today)

Study outlines concerns around natural psychoactive substances
New evidence shows that the rate of exposure to natural psychoactive drugs in the United States has increased, putting adult and child health at risk. (Medical News Today)

One ketamine shot could help heavy drinkers cut down
An experimental study shows that a single shot of ketamine helps reduce drinking cravings, particularly after the retrieval of associated reward memories. (Medical News Today)

Weed: Can it kill you?
Most medical experts agree there is very little risk of death from using marijuana alone. Read this article to learn more about the potential health risks of cannabis use and what the research says about the risk of dying. (Medical News Today)

How a hallucinogenic brew makes the brain live in a dream
DMT is the active ingredient of the hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca. New research looks into how this drug affects brain activity, altering consciousness. (Medical News Today)

Can activated charcoal detox the body?
Activated charcoal can reduce the toxic effects of some substances, but it only works in very specific circumstances. Here, learn about the uses and effectiveness of activated charcoal. (Medical News Today)

Targeting one gut bacterium may treat alcoholic liver disease
Scientists have successfully eradicated alcoholic liver disease in mice using a combination of viruses that target a certain toxin-releasing gut bacterium. (Medical News Today)

Specialists call for 'aggressive' measures against e-cigarettes
A new study in humans and mice adds to evidence that e-cigarettes damage cardiovascular and lung health and calls for tighter regulation of these devices. (Medical News Today)

Heart health: E-cigarettes just as, if not more, harmful than traditional cigarettes
Two new studies provide further evidence that electronic cigarettes may have various and serious adverse effects on cardiovascular health. (Medical News Today)

Could cannabis use help avert depression in PTSD?
A new study finds that, in people with PTSD, those who use cannabis are less likely to experience depressive episodes and suicidal thoughts than nonusers. (Medical News Today)

Can meditation, hypnosis, and CBT help address the opioid crisis?
A new review and meta-analysis has concluded that meditation, hypnosis, relaxation, and cognitive behavioral therapy can help reduce pain and opioid use. (Medical News Today)

CBD: Online interest is peaking
A new study looks at the number of Google searches for CBD or cannabidiol and finds that interest in CBD exceeds that in other alternative health topics. (Medical News Today)

Could a combination of psychedelics and meditation treat depression?
New research suggests that mindfulness meditation, together with psilocybin, can improve symptoms that have a close association with depression. (Medical News Today)

What to know about a headache behind the eyes
Many issues can cause a headache behind the eyes, from eye strain to more serious conditions, such as migraine. Here, find out more about the causes and how to treat them. (Medical News Today)

Impulsive behavior: What happens in the brain?
A recent study, carried out in rats, investigates which neural pathways and neurotransmitters might play a role in impulsive behavior. (Medical News Today)

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