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Study sheds new light on risks of marijuana

For a long time, mood disorders like paranoia, anxiety and bipolar depression were thought to be a side effect of marijuana use. Previous research seemed to bear out those assumptions. However, a new study published in the April 2016 edition of JAMA Psychiatry is challenging those results. Researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center and […]

Driving may help prevent cognitive decline

Dementia and other associated cognitive disorders are known to be profoundly connected with age, and the pervasiveness is expected to surge radically with a swiftly aging population. In face of such projected expansion of individuals who are expected to develop dementia, it is becoming increasingly imperative to develop all-inclusive prevention strategies for dementia and other […]

Anxiety drug overdoses in U.S. hit record levels

The number of Americans overdosing on anxiety drugs recently hit a record high. What is even more worrisome is that the reasons for this trend remain largely unclear. A new study brought forward some overwhelming facts and identified brands such as Valium and Xanax as topping the list. More and more citizens are consuming greater […]

5 effective treatments for dual diagnosis
Posted in Treatment

The problem with mental health disorders is they’re often invisible. A person who has cancer might experience hair loss from treatment; someone who is living with diabetes has a blood-testing kit and syringes. People with depression, anxiety or even schizophrenia look relatively healthy most of the time. This leads to situations like patients having their […]

Marijuana’s mainstream moment may bring other problems

It’s hard to think of another substance that’s gone from illicit to acceptable as quickly as marijuana has. No longer something purchased clandestinely behind a minimart, marijuana sales are now operated openly. According to cannabis industry investment firm ArcView Group, the market for legal pot in the U.S. grew to $2.7 billion in 2014, a […]

Young adult smokers respond to graphic warning labels on cigarette packs

Growing evidence shows the effectiveness of picture-based health warnings on tobacco packages for increasing public awareness of the harms of tobacco products, which have reduced tobacco use and promoted smoking cessation. Graphic health warning labels are now printed on packages of cigarettes and other tobacco products in at least 85 countries and jurisdictions. “Show the […]

Identifying and finding help for smartphone addiction
Posted in Addiction, Treatment

Smartphones have become an indispensible part of our lives, as they are now being used to boost organization, creativity and productivity in classrooms and workplaces. It may be difficult to imagine life without being glued to our smartphones — admittedly, we spend hours of each day repeatedly checking email and social media, playing online games […]

K-bladder: A side effect of ketamine abuse

Ketamine – often known as “Special K” in more recreational settings – is a powerful anesthetic used in hospitals and on the battlefield. Like many anesthetics, it can produce floaty, dream-like euphoric sensations. Unlike many anesthetics, ketamine can create vivid hallucinations, creating the out-of-body sensation users call the “k-hole.” It’s also dangerous to abuse. Although it’s […]

The origins and effects of the War on Drugs

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people … We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing […]

Combating methanol abuse

Bizarre as the following story is, it’s not the first time people have been killed by illicit alcohol. In February, there were four cases in Tennessee involving teenagers drinking a combination of Mountain Dew and racing fuel called “Dewshine.” Intentionally drinking racing fuel is exactly as dangerous and stupid as it sounds, and two of […]

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