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Mom Stresses, Daughter Smokes

A new study published in the online journal Biological Psychiatry provides the first evidence that prenatal exposure to the stress hormones glucocorticoids predicts smoking and nicotine dependence later in life among women. The study confirmed previous research on prenatal smoking, and suggested that this increased risk of nicotine addiction is the result of exposure to …

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Does Cannabis Use Change Outcome of Opioid Dependence Treatment?

Opioid dependence is the term used to describe a reliance on the effects of opioid drugs or medications. In some cases, dependent people go on to develop the drug cravings and dysfunctional behaviors associated with opioid addiction. Opioid-dependent people often use cannabis in the form of marijuana, hashish or hashish oil. In a study published …

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Quitting Smoking With Lasers: Too Good to Be True?

Cigarette smoking is responsible for approximately one in every five deaths in the U.S., taking the lives of over 440,000 people per year, according to the CDC. That’s why any intervention that aims to reduce the huge morbidity and mortality associated with smoking is such a potential boon for public health. If it can do …

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Brain Imaging Shows Who Will Benefit From Psychosis Treatment

Until recently, there wasn’t a reliable way to predict which of the patients suffering from first-episode psychosis (FEP) would respond well to treatment, and which would not. However, a new study conducted by researchers at the King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry shows that brain-imaging technology may be used to identify patients who will likely …

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Mothers With Mental Illness May Need Support to Bond With Baby

The attachment that mothers form with their infants is an important part of the mother-child relationship. This early bonding sets the stage for your future relationship with your child. Having a strong relationship, in turn, helps your child to succeed in life and to be mentally, physically, socially and emotionally healthy. Attachment, in most cases, …

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Give Thanks for Sobriety, Make New Memories in Recovery

If it sometimes seems like you can’t escape the memories of your addictive past, there is a solution: The only way to get past the past involves forgiving yourself for whatever you have done and then to get busy living life in the present, making new memories. This holiday season, while others you know and …

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