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The Medical Minute: Identifying Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse

The number of teens who abuse tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other substances hasn’t changed much in the past couple of decades – but for those who are prone to addiction for one reason or another, the menu of substances to choose from is larger than ever.

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Concept of Time May Predict Impulsive Behavior, Research Finds

New study finds that individuals with impulsive behaviors have poor timing abilities. Researchers hope this finding will lead to behavioral interventions for clinical disorders like substance abuse and obesity that are linked to impulsive behavior.

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Can I Drink While Pregnant? Brain Imaging Expert Weighs In

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During the month of August, two publications delved into the decades-old debate questioning exactly how drastically a mother’s alcohol consumption while pregnant affects her child in the future. We asked Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory to share her thoughts:

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Religious Youths Are Less Likely to Experiment with Drugs and Alcohol, Baylor Study Finds

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Young people who regularly attend religious services and describe themselves as religious are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, according to a new study.

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Cocaine Rewires the Brain: New Study to Unlock Keys That Could Disrupt Addiction

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Why do cocaine addicts relapse after months or years of abstinence? The National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded a University at Buffalo scientist a $2 million grant to conduct research that will provide some answers.

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Cannabis Prevents the Negative Behavioral and Physiological Effects of a Traumatic Event and of Its Reminders

Administering synthetic marijuana (cannabinoids) soon after a traumatic event can prevent PTSD-like (post-traumatic stress disorder) symptoms in rats, caused by the trauma and by trauma reminders

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‘Drink Responsibly’ Messages in Alcohol Ads Promote Products, Not Public Health

Alcohol industry magazine ads reminding consumers to “drink responsibly” or “enjoy in moderation” fail to convey basic public health information, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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NYC Teens/Young Adults who Abuse Prescription at High Risk for Overdose

A study in the International Journal of Drug Policy explores for the first time overdose-related knowledge and experiences of young adult nonmedical PO users to better understand how PO use relates to the likelihood and experience of overdose.

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Study Compares Consequences of Teen Alcohol and Marijuana Use

The researchers also found that alcohol use was more commonly reported to compromise relationships with friends and significant others (e.g., boyfriends); it was also reported to lead to more regret, particularly among females. Marijuana use on the other hand was more commonly reported to compromise relationships with teachers or supervisors, result in less energy or interest, and result in lower school or job performance.

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Real Tremors, or Drug-Seeking Patient? New App Can Tell

New iPod smart phone app developed by University of Toronto measures frequency of tremors in alcoholics.

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