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Article ID: 561002

Gene Variation Makes Alcoholism Less Likely in Some Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Washington University in St. Louis

Exposure to severe stress early in life increases the risk of alcohol and drug addiction. Yet surprisingly, some adults sexually abused as children — and therefore at high risk for alcohol problems — carry gene variants that protect them from heavy drinking and its effects, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

2-Feb-2010 12:40 PM EST
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    1-Feb-2010 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 560867

Not Even a Puff: More Smokers Kick the Habit With Extended Nicotine Patch Therapy

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

New research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine may help more smokers keep their New Year’s resolution by helping them quit smoking. Extended use of a nicotine patch – 24 weeks versus the standard eight weeks recommended by manufacturers – boosts the number of smokers who maintain their cigarette abstinence and helps more of those who backslide into the habit while wearing the patch, according to a study which will be published in the February 2 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

28-Jan-2010 3:30 PM EST

Article ID: 560958

Novelty Lures Lab Rats from Cocaine-Paired Settings, Hinting at New Treatments for Recovering Addicts

American Psychological Association (APA)

The brain’s innate interest in the new and different may help trump the power of addictive drugs, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. In controlled experiments, novelty drew cocaine-treated rats away from the place they got cocaine.

1-Feb-2010 12:40 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 558004

Professor’s Grant Explores Exercise as Help for Cocaine Addiction

Davidson College

Davidson College psychology professor Mark Smith has received a grant of almost $1 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to support five years of animal studies to more precisely determine the benefits of exercise at various stages in the addictive process.

28-Oct-2009 8:45 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 557768

Cocaine Exposure During Pregnancy Leads to Impulsivity in Male, Not Female, Monkeys

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Adult male monkeys exposed to cocaine while in the womb have poor impulse control and may be more vulnerable to drug abuse than female monkeys, even a decade or more after the exposure, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. The findings could lead to a better understanding of human drug abuse.

22-Oct-2009 10:40 AM EDT
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    18-Sep-2009 4:00 PM EDT

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.

15-Sep-2009 3:30 PM EDT

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.

11-Mar-2009 9:00 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences


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.

10-Mar-2009 12:05 PM EDT

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.

2-Mar-2009 11:00 AM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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    23-Feb-2009 12:00 AM EST

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.

17-Feb-2009 9:20 PM EST

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