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Month: October 2013

Do Cocaine Addicts Ever Fully Recover?

Cocaine is a plant-derived illegal stimulant known for its ability to produce addiction by altering the brain’s pleasure-producing chemical environment. Treatment specialists can potentially offset the effects of cocaine addiction with the help of various forms of psychotherapy and participation in mutual assistance groups. In a study published in October 2013 in the journal Biological …

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Mental Health Care Bill Could Pass Senate, Says Sen. Ayotte

The tragic mass shootings that seem to plague our nation have triggered much debate. The discussions center largely on gun control, with both citizens and members of Congress remaining divided on the issue. There are staunch supporters of the Second Amendment and the right to own guns and there are advocates for better control of …

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Bullying by Siblings Anything But Harmless

While other forms of bullying are commonly taken seriously and relatively well-researched, bullying between siblings often gets ignored or minimized. However, two recent studies call attention to the potential pitfalls of discounting the effects of sibling bullying. One of these studies indicates that children who bully their brothers or sisters take this activity less seriously …

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‘Jersey Shore’ Star Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Reveals Painkiller Addiction

The cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” is hardly comprised of role models. Mainly known for name-calling, fighting and drunken antics, the show is car-crash reality TV. It’s the sort of show people watch with their jaws hanging open in shock at the notion that people like that actually exist. The news that Mike Sorrentino—better known …

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‘Thigh Gap’ Dangerous New Teen Obsession

From foot-binding to neck-stretching to skin-lightening, different cultures have defined beauty, and particularly women’s beauty, in ways that have seemed both extreme and unhealthy. There are ancient traditions in cultures around the world of doing things to women’s bodies (and sometimes male bodies, too) that seem to the outsider to be terribly unwise, unhealthy or …

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Carl Hart: Rats Given Sweets, Playmates CAN Turn Backs on Cocaine

Research conducted by a Columbia University psychologist is turning stereotypes about drug addicts on their heads. Carl Hart, an associate professor of psychology, has been researching drug addiction for years with the hopes of learning the truths about drugs, drug abuse and addiction. His ideas about addicts, backed by research, have been published in a …

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Voices Become Force for Recovery for Schizophrenic

Jamie was the epitome of the girl next door. Blonde and wide-eyed with a smile that shone bright enough to light her face and yours, she was a good student, a decent gymnast, and only a little bit shy. She’d lived all of her life in the same house in a small northwest Chicago suburb, …

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Induced Labor Linked to Higher Risk of Autism

The rapidly rising risk of autism is a serious concern among expectant parents, especially since many new studies suggest that the factors that influence autism often happen in the womb. Now a new study suggests that artificially inducing labor is associated with a greater risk of autism, though that increased risk is small.

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