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Month: April 2014

Heroin Addiction Often Signals Need for Mental Health Services

Heroin abuse is a problem with potentially fatal consequences. The risk of mortality does not just lie in the many physical problems that can result from abusing heroin over a long period of time. And adding the risk of fatal overdose into the picture doesn’t completely account for the many people who do not survive …

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Neurofeedback for Addiction Treatment

New treatment techniques that can help those who struggle with substance abuse are always welcome news to those impacted by addiction. One of the most exciting developments in addiction treatment is neurofeeedback therapy. Based on biofeedback, which has been in use for decades, this therapy has been shown to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder, …

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Youth Likely to Copy DUI Behavior of Friends

Hairstyles, fashion and lingo are all mimicked behaviors. A recent study shows that individuals also follow the group when it comes to making bad decisions like driving after using drugs or alcohol. The study by the Health Behavior Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of …

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Energy Drinks Linked to Prescription Stimulant Abuse

Energy drinks are a modern class of beverage that contain some sort of nonprescription stimulant, including substances such as caffeine, guarana or yohimbe. College students and other young adults consume these beverages with some regularity. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, researchers from six U.S. universities analyzed the potential …

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How to Know if Your Anxiety is Healthy or Unhealthy

Anxiety is a healthy and normal response to certain situations, especially those involving danger or personal difficulty. The feeling of anxiousness is part of what drives a person to prepare for challenges in life. The key difference between healthy and unhealthy anxiety has to do with frequency and function – how often are the symptoms …

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Alcohol-Altered Genes Blamed for Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is the collective name for two distinct conditions—Wernicke’s encephalopathy and Korsakoff syndrome—that seriously damage the brain and trigger a range of short- and long-term health complications. People affected by ongoing alcoholism are known to have an unusual susceptibility to Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical …

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