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  • Meditation and physical exercise form a potent combination against depression

    Posted on: 05-25-2016 Category: Depression rehab, Research, Treatment
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    Mental and physical (MAP) training is a clinical intervention that combines aerobic exercise and meditation training to improve cognition. Stressful life events can cause toxic effects on the mind and body but MAP training has shown to improve mental and physical outcomes in these stressful situations. A study published in Translational Psychiatry investigated the benefits…

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  • Some scientists call for marijuana awareness campaigns

    Posted on: 05-25-2016 Category: Advocacy, Research, Substance Abuse
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    marijuana awareness campaigns

    Marijuana is mainstream, more or less. Websites like The Cannabist review particular strains of pot along with recipes for various foods with marijuana as an ingredient. It’s fully legalized for recreational use in four states – and legal for medical purposes in another 20. Part of marijuana’s mainstreaming has been the realization it may be…

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  • Cocaine treatments in development

    Posted on: 05-19-2016 Category: Research, Substance Abuse, Treatment
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    Potential cocaine treatments

    The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention report cocaine-related deaths spiked 12 percent at last count. Currently there are no Federal Drug Administration approved medications for cocaine dependency, but there are a number of clinical trials testing potential medications that may soon help stem the tide of cocaine addiction and overdose. Potential cocaine treatments 1….

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  • Inadequate sleep causes the munchies

    Posted on: 05-19-2016 Category: Health and Wellness, Recovery, Research
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    Unhealthy Eating Habits

    When people smoke marijuana, they often overeat high-calorie foods, a phenomenon commonly referred to as “the munchies.” Lack of sleep may cause the munchies as well, according to a new study. About the study The study examined healthy 18- to 30-year-olds during two four-day stays at a research center. During the first stay, the 14…

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  • Can alcohol’s scent distract us?

    Posted on: 05-18-2016 Category: Research, Substance Abuse
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    The earthy essences, some hint of complexity – more than a juice’s linear scent – and with a trail of ethanol that slightly burns your nostrils. Wait, what were we talking about? Rebecca Monk, Ph.D., a senior lecturer in Psychology at Edge Hill University, conducted a study to test just such a scenario: Can the…

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  • Sleep interventions may someday relieve fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

    Posted on: 05-18-2016 Category: Cognition, Research, Treatment
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    fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

    Researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) found that slow-wave sleep — a deep period of sleep during which the brain consolidates each day’s memories — was disrupted in adult mice that had been exposed to high levels of alcohol during brain development. This study…

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  • False memories: Remembering things that didn’t happen

    Posted on: 05-17-2016 Category: Memory, Mental Health, Trauma
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    Trauma can affect memory

    It was a horrifying case, made more so by its setting: a preschool. Hundreds of children sexually abused, and a long list of other unspeakable allegations: animal sacrifices, hidden tunnels, satanic rites and conspiracies. The McMartin preschool trial ran for six years, was the longest and most expensive criminal trial in U.S. history, and ended…

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  • Drug abuse trends in Northern and Southern California

    Posted on: 05-17-2016 Category: Addiction, Drug Addiction Treatment, Substance Abuse
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    Drug abuse trends in Northern and Southern California

    The Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) — a network of local substance abuse experts — reported semiannually on drug trends and emerging issues in major metropolitan areas and several states across the United States, and was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) from 1976 to 2014. Area representatives reported the most recent…

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  • A potential drug could reverse memory deficits in schizophrenia

    Posted on: 05-12-2016 Category: Medicine, Mental Health, Recovery
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    potential drug could reverse memory

    Schizophrenia is a debilitating mental disease that is characterized by visual or auditory hallucinations and false beliefs known as delusions. Other characteristics include poor speech, loss of interest and neurocognitive deficits that persist for at least six months. With the proper treatment and care, patients with schizophrenia have the potential to live a normal and…

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  • Long-term marijuana use is linked with lowered economic status

    Posted on: 05-11-2016 Category: Advocacy, Research, Substance Abuse
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    Long-term marijuana use

    People who smoke pot four or more days a week drop in social class, earn less money and lead lives nowhere near as satisfying as their parents or their marijuana-abstaining peers. To be blunt, chronic cannabis use keeps users broke. This article examines the socioeconomic repercussions from the endless bong hit. From birth to 38…

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