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Article ID: 556228

Later Drinking Ages Mean Less Alcohol Use

Health Behavior News Service

A new study finds that adults who legally were able to purchase alcohol before the age of 21 in their states are more likely than others are to be alcoholics or addicted to drugs.

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15-Sep-2009 3:30 PM EDT
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Article ID: 549945

Drawing Enhances Verbalization in Children of Drug-Addicts

University of Haifa

Drawing enhances emotional verbalization among children who live under the shadow of drug-addicted fathers. "The use of art seems to help with verbalizing trauma. It is usually difficult to express the trauma through speech, yet the body remembers it," said Prof. Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Head of the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies who carried out the study.

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11-Mar-2009 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 549910

Common Genes Tied to Alcohol, Nicotine, Cocaine Addictions

University of Virginia Health System

For decades, finding clues to substance addiction has been much like searching for a needle in a haystack. But researchers may finally be honing in on specific genes tied to all types of addictions - and finding that some of the same genes associated with alcohol dependence are also closely linked with addictions to nicotine, cocaine, opoids, heroin and other substances.

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10-Mar-2009 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 549636

Adolescents Are Undertreated for Addiction

University of Kentucky

A University of Kentucky researcher finds there are too few treatment programs available for adolescent addicts.

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2-Mar-2009 11:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 549268

Study Links Internet Addiction to Aggression in Teens

Health Behavior News Service

Internet-addicted teens seem more prone to aggression than other adolescents, according to new findings from Taiwanese researchers. However, Americans who study violence are not ready to make any conclusions about a possible link.

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Article ID: 547761

Top Five Tips for Keeping Resolutions

Menninger Clinic

Each January 1, many of us resolve to alter ourselves in some way. We will give up smoking. We will eat healthier. We will be more patient. However by January 15, we've chucked it out the window. But all is not lost, says John O'Neill, LCSW, LCDC, CSAT, director of Addiction Services for The Menninger Clinic in Houston.

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30-Dec-2008 12:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 547236

Research Probes Genetic Underpinnings of Nicotine Addiction

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A new study from the Abramson Cancer Center and Department of Psychiatry in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine shows that smokers who carry a particular version of a gene for an enzyme that regulates dopamine in the brain may suffer from concentration problems and other cognitive deficits when abstaining from nicotine "“ a problem that puts them at risk for relapse during attempts to quit smoking. The findings pave the way to identify novel medications to treat nicotine addiction.

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9-Dec-2008 3:15 PM EST
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Study Examines Sensation Seeking Behavior, Addiction and Smoking Cessation

Florida Atlantic University

The tendency to become addicted to nicotine and other drugs involves an interplay of genetics and environmental factors. In a unique study looking at the chemistry underlying the propensity to develop nicotine craving, scientists are gaining insight into predicting individual addiction to nicotine, forecasting nicotine tumorigenesis, and developing individualized treatments for this disorder.

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    26-Sep-2007 2:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 533635

Mixing Large Doses of Both Acetaminophen Painkiller and Caffeine May Increase Risk of Liver Damage

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Consuming large amounts of caffeine while taking acetaminophen, a widely used painkiller, could potentially cause liver damage, according to a preliminary laboratory study. The toxic interaction could occur not only from drinking caffeinated beverages while taking the painkiller but also from using large amounts of medications that intentionally combine caffeine and acetaminophen, the researchers say.

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