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Cellphone Addiction Harming Academic Performance Is ‘an Increasingly Realistic Possibility’

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Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, with men college students spending nearly eight hours, according to a Baylor University study on cellphone activity published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

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Methadone Treatment Suppresses Testosterone in Opioid Addicts

Treatment for opioid addiction tampers with the testosterone levels of male but not female opioid users.

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Pica in Pregnant Teens Linked to Low Iron

In a study of 158 pregnant teenagers in Rochester, NY, nearly half engaged in pica – the craving and intentional consumption of ice, cornstarch, vacuum dust, baby powder and soap, and other nonfood items, reports a new Cornell study. Moreover, such teens had significantly lower iron levels as compared with teens who did not eat nonfood substances.

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Study Suggests Federal Law to Combat Use of ‘Club Drugs’ Has Done More Harm Than Good

A federal law enacted to combat the use of “club drugs” such as Ecstasy — and today’s variation known as Molly — has failed to reduce the drugs’ popularity and, instead, has further endangered users by hampering the use of measures to protect them.

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Peers, but Not Peer Pressure, Key to Prescription Drug Misuse Among Young Adults

Current efforts to prevent prescription drug misuse among young adults need to consider peers — but not peer pressure — according to a Purdue University study.

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High Prevalence of Opioid Use by Social Security Disability Recipients, Reports Medical Care

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More than 40 percent of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients take opioid pain relievers, while the prevalence of chronic opioid use is over 20 percent and rising, reports a study in the September issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Robin Williams Apparent Suicide, APA Experts Available to Discuss Suicide Risk, Treatment

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ADHD, Substance Abuse and Conduct Disorder Develop From the Same Neurocognitive Deficits

Researchers at the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre have traced the origins of ADHD, substance abuse and conduct disorder, and found that they develop from the same neurocognitive deficits, which in turn explains why they often occur together.

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New Pharmaceutical Product to Prevent Heroin Deaths

A University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy professor has developed a method for needle-free, intranasal administration of the anti-opioid drug naloxone. The product is in its final round of clinical trials and has retrieved Fast Track status from the FDA.

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