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Novel compound halts cocaine addiction and relapse behaviors

Jun-Xu Li in his lab in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. ...

Assessing the costs and benefits of legalising cannabis

OPINION: About one-quarter of Australians support the legalisation of cannabis. And advocates often point to the potential of raising tax revenue from ...

Neurotics Don’t Just Avoid Action: They Dislike it

PHILADELPHIA (April 22, 2014) – That person we all seem to know who we say is neurotic and unable to take action? Turns out he or she isn’t unable to act but simply doesn’t want to. A study of nearly 4,000 college students in 19 countries has uncovered new details about why neurotic people may avoid making decisions and moving forward with life. Turns out that when they are asked if action is positive, favorable, good, they just don’t like it as much as non-neurotics. Therefore persuasive communications and other interventions may be useful if they simply alter neurotics’ attitudes toward inaction. ... Full story

Heroin Use and Fatalities Rising May Be Due to Cost, Other Opioid Use

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Hall-Flavin are available in the downloads. ... Full story

Regulating Legal Marijuana Could Be Guided by Lessons from Alcohol and Tobacco

As U.S. policymakers consider ways to ease prohibitions on marijuana, the public health approaches used to regulate alcohol and tobacco over the past century may provide valuable lessons, according to new RAND Corporation research. ... Full story

BUSM Researchers Find Anti-Seizure Drug May Reduce Alcohol Consumption

BUSM Researchers Find Anti-Seizure Drug May Reduce Alcohol Consumption ... Full story

Casual Marijuana Use Linked to Brain Abnormalities

First study to show effects of small time use; more “joints” equal more damage ... Full story

BRAIN CHANGES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH CASUAL MARIJUANA USE IN YOUNG ADULTS

Preliminary study suggests effects of drug even in those who are not addicted ... Full story

Is the Increased Risk of Death Due to Alcohol Intake Greater for Women or Men?

New Rochelle, NY —The increased risk of death associated with alcohol intake is not the same for men and women. A study that compared the amount of alcohol consumed and death from all causes among nearly 2.5 million women and men showed that the differences between the sexes became greater as alcohol intake increased, as described in an article in Journal of Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. ... Full story

More teens abstaining from alcohol

A broad change in drinking behaviour has occurred among Australian adolescents in the last decade. The percentage of Australians aged 14-17 who do not drink alcohol has increased from almost 33% in 2001 to over 50% in 2010, research from UNSW's National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) shows. ... Full story

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