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High-potency cannabis damages key brain structure
Smoking high-potency, 'skunk-like' cannabis may damage a white matter structure in the brain key for communication between the right and left hemispheres, a new study found. (Medical News Today)

Study shows white matter damage caused by 'skunk-like' cannabis
Smoking high potency 'skunk-like' cannabis can damage a crucial part of the brain responsible for communication between the two brain hemispheres, according to a new study by scientists from King's... (Medical News Today)

Two-thirds of studies on 'psychosocial' treatments fail to declare conflicts of interest
Health services in many countries increasingly rely on prescribed 'psychosocial interventions': treatments that use counselling techniques to tackle mental health issues, behavioural problems such as... (Medical News Today)

New insights on how cocaine changes the brain
The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of what's going on in the brain of its users, finds a study published November 25 in Cell Reports. (Medical News Today)

New 'party pill' test could help authorities keep up with trends in drug (ab)use
New test detects low levels of psychoactive drugs in urine and plasma.A new test for club drugs like ketamine can detect low levels of drugs in urine and plasma, making it faster, easier and... (Medical News Today)

University of Pittsburgh text message program effective at cutting binge drinking
Intervention program continued to reduce drinking after 9 months.A University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine-led trial to test a text message-based program aimed at reducing binge drinking is the... (Medical News Today)

Reducing the risk of colorectal cancer by tackling alcohol misuse: a call for action across Europe
Healthcare professionals across Europe are being urged to help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) by taking positive action against alcohol misuse and dependence. (Medical News Today)

First-of-kind dopamine measurements in human brain reveal insights into how we learn
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists measure dopamine signals in Parkinson's patients. (Medical News Today)

Online porn may feed sex addicts' desire for new sexual images
People who show compulsive sexual behaviour, commonly referred to as sex addiction, are driven to search more for new sexual images than their peers, according to new research led by the University... (Medical News Today)

Largest ever study of alcohol harm in EDs reveals huge toll
Research conducted by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) has found that, at peak times, one in eight presentations to emergency departments (EDs) is alcohol related. (Medical News Today)

Expensive drugs that cure hepatitis C are worth the cost, even at early stages of liver fibrosis
It is worthwhile to give patients expensive new drugs that can cure their hepatitis C much earlier than some insurers are now willing to pay for them, according to a UC San Francisco study that... (Medical News Today)

Children dying and hospitalised after ingesting medications used to treat their parents' drug addiction
A new research report from the charity Adfam, launched in the House of Lords today (24 November), has revealed that far more children than previously thought are dying and being hospitalised after... (Medical News Today)

Vision test gives insight into the effect of prenatal exposure to recreational drugs
Children exposed to marijuana in the womb show a significant improvement in their ability to track moving objects at age four, according to new vision research. (Medical News Today)

FDA moves quickly to approve easy-to-use nasal spray to treat opioid overdose
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the... (Medical News Today)

Danish cannabis is stronger than ever
The concentration of the euphoriant THC in cannabis has tripled in the space of 20 years. (Medical News Today)

British hospitals face serious shortage of liver specialists
Despite rising rates of alcohol- and obesity-related liver disease, fewer than 1 in 3 UK hospitals employ a full-time liver specialist. (Medical News Today)

WSU psychologists dispute continuum theory of sexual orientation
Statistical analysis finds categorical distinctions, health issues.Washington State University researchers have established a categorical distinction between people who are heterosexual and those... (Medical News Today)

More than 9 million Americans abuse drugs
A recent large-scale study into drug use disorders in America produces some surprising results and calls for further investigation on a national scale. (Medical News Today)

Study finds high prevalence of incapacitated rape among college women
Some 15 percent of women are raped while incapacitated from alcohol or other drug use during their freshman year at college, according to new research.The report, published in the Nov. (Medical News Today)

Merging alcohol giants threaten global health, warn experts
The merger of the world's two largest beer manufacturers "represents a major threat to global health, to which researchers, funders and regulators must respond more effectively," warn global health... (Medical News Today)

CU Anschutz researchers find new risk posed by opioid pain medication
Some hospital patients given the drugs on discharge risk becoming chronic users. (Medical News Today)

Gene mutation linked to reckless drunken behaviour
University of Helsinki researchers have identified a genetic mutation which renders carriers susceptible to particularly impulsive and reckless behaviour when drunk. (Medical News Today)

Drug driving: Are your meds affecting you?
Warning labels on medications about the dangers of driving are not enough to stop people getting behind the wheel with most driving while affected by drugs, according to (QUT) Queensland University... (Medical News Today)

Marijuana dependence influenced by genes, childhood sexual abuse
Genetic differences may protect some who experienced childhood trauma from later marijuana dependence, study finds. (Medical News Today)

Ketamine: Facts, Effects and Hazards
Find out the effects and the hazards associated with ketamine, a drug used as an anesthetic in veterinary medicine and as a hallucinogenic recreational drug. (Medical News Today)

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