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Are you addicted to shopping?
Evidence supporting the classification of excessive shopping as an addiction has been established, and a new seven-point assessment tool created. (Medical News Today)

Smartphone distraction can ruin a relationship
People who cannot stop checking their smartphones may be contributing to depression in their romantic partners, says research into 'phubbing.' (Medical News Today)

Online affairs can be addictive, new OU study finds
A new study by psychology academics at The Open University is the first in the UK to explore the impact of internet infidelity among those with real experience of it and sees how it is directly... (Medical News Today)

Enzyme malfunction may be why binge drinking can lead to alcoholism, Stanford study finds
A malfunctioning enzyme may be a reason that binge drinking increases the odds of alcoholism, according to a study by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (Medical News Today)

Babies with drug withdrawal syndrome more likely to be readmitted
Infants diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms at birth, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), are nearly two and a half times as likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the first... (Medical News Today)

Opioid misuse continues to dominate for treatment use, spread of disease & drug-related deaths
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) produces an annual report of the latest data available on drug demand and drug supply in all 28 EU Member States plus Norway and... (Medical News Today)

Doctors trained to be confidantes for risk-taking teenagers
Doctors have successfully reduced risk-taking behaviour in teenagers and young people, in a world-first trial led by the University of Melbourne. (Medical News Today)

Study's message to recovering alcoholics: Quit smoking to stay sober
Adult smokers with a history of problem drinking who continue smoking are at a greater risk of relapsing three years later compared with adults who do not smoke. (Medical News Today)

Primary care-based addiction treatment lowers substance dependence in people with HIV
A program developed at Boston Medical Center (BMC), which integrates addiction treatment into primary care for patients with or at risk for HIV, has been shown to lower patients' substance dependence... (Medical News Today)

Primary care-based addiction treatment lowers substance dependence in people with or at high risk of HIV
A program developed at Boston Medical Center (BMC), which integrates addiction treatment into primary care for patients with or at risk for HIV, has been shown to lower patients' substance... (Medical News Today)

Canadian multicentre study examines safety of medical cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain
A Canadian research team led by Dr. Mark Ware from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montréal has completed a national multicentre study looking at the... (Medical News Today)

Shopping addiction measurement scale developed
Do you know someone who is addicted to shopping? A group of researchers at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen (UiB) have developed a new and unique method to measure shopping... (Medical News Today)

Legal drinking age of 18 tied to high school dropout rate
Although there have been calls to lower the legal drinking age from 21, a new study raises the possibility that it could have the unintended effect of boosting the high school dropout rate. (Medical News Today)

Should I stay or should I go? On the importance of aversive memories and the endogenous cannabinoid
Memory is not a simple box of souvenirs; it is also, and most importantly, a safety system for organisms. (Medical News Today)

CDC: 10% of pregnant women drink alcohol
A survey by the CDC shows that 10% of pregnant women in the US are drinking alcohol and 3.1% are binge drinking. Alcohol during pregnancy can cause serious disorders in offspring. (Medical News Today)

Medications to treat opioid use disorders - new guideline from the American Society of Addiction Medicine
Medications play an important role in managing patients with opioid use disorders, but there are not enough physicians with the knowledge and ability to use these often-complex treatments. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes medication could be used to treat alcohol dependence
A new study on mice and rats at Sahlgrenska Academy shows that a medication used for diabetes and obesity also could be a valuable tool for the treatment of alcohol dependence. (Medical News Today)

Most states don't think ignition interlock is severe enough punishment
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates1 intoxicated drivers involved in fatal crashes are six times more likely to have a prior DUI conviction than drivers with no alcohol in... (Medical News Today)

Adolescent brain may be especially sensitive to new memories, social stress, and drug use
Adolescence, like infancy, has been said to include distinct sensitive periods during which brain plasticity is heightened; but in a review of the neuroscience literature published in Trends in... (Medical News Today)

Around the world, those treated for addiction far more likely to smoke
People in addiction treatment programs around the world use tobacco at two to three times the rate of people who are not being treated for addiction, according to a review of research studies from... (Medical News Today)

Study highlights how former problem drinkers navigate social drinking situations
A small, qualitative study published in the journal Health Communication highlights a wide variety of approaches that former problem drinkers take to determine how and whether to tell people in... (Medical News Today)

Scripps Florida scientists identify a key morphine regulator that may reduce risk of pain-killer abuse and addiction
Once used in the 18th century as currency to reverse the trade imbalance between China and Britain, morphine and its pain-killing qualities have been misunderstood (and misused) almost continually... (Medical News Today)

Task Force recommends behavioral interventions and medication to help smokers quit
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends counseling and pharmaceutical interventions to help adults and pregnant women quit smoking. (Medical News Today)

Public health must be top priority if cannabis is legalized in Canada
If Canada's new government decides to legalize cannabis, public health must be the top priority to prevent commercialization and promotion by "Big Cannabis" and subsequent possible harms, argues an... (Medical News Today)

AFL, NRL, and cricket promoting alcohol to children
With two footy finals series begining in earnest this week, new research from Monash University shows that Australian children and adolescents receive millions of exposures to alcohol advertising... (Medical News Today)

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