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Who Knew? Long-Term Marijuana Use Blunts Motivation, Study Finds

Images of stoners staring off into space, reacting with sudden or unexpected moves to threats only they can see are a mainstay of movies and television plots where long-term drug use plays at least a peripheral part of the overall plot. In fact, audiences are so used to associating complete lack of motivation with chronic …

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Narconon Stockpiles Addicts, Erroneously Claims 70 Percent Success Rate

Narconon has reportedly completed renovations to its “Freedom Center” in Michigan, allowing it to now house up to 100 recovering drug users. The news would be excellent if we were talking about any other organization, as more treatment options are always a good thing in the world of drug and alcohol addiction, but sadly the …

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Could New Drug Help Alcoholics ‘Forget’ They’re Addicted?

Ttreatments for addiction usually take one of several forms. Either they’re an outright attempt to immunize people against addiction or otherwise block the effects of the drug, a safer version of the substance used to abate cravings, or a substance used specifically to reduce the impact of withdrawal. However, new research published in the journal …

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Restless Legs Syndrome Linked to Early Death in Men

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is the common term for a disorder that produces strange nervous system-related sensations in the legs, as well as a powerful desire to move the legs abnormally. Scientists also know the same condition as Willis-Ekbom disease. Because of its ability to significantly alter a person’s waking mental state, the American Psychiatric …

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Estrogen Replacement Therapy Reduces Anxiety in Anorexics

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by such things as a severely distorted body image, a dysfunctional obsession with staying thin, and excessive restrictions on food and calorie intake. Teenagers and adults recovering from the disorder often experience a spike in their levels of anxiety that coincide with a healthy increase in their body …

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Electronic Stimulation Therapy for Sleep Apnea Effective and Safe

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that occurs when unusual relaxation of the throat muscles during sleep leads to a periodic disruption of normal breathing. Because of its ability to negatively affect a person’s psychological well-being, the American Psychiatric Association classifies the condition as a diagnosable mental health disorder. In a study presented in …

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Unattractive People More Likely to Be Bullied at Work, Study Finds

Workplace bullying is the collective term for a range of behaviors designed to do such things as control, degrade, intimidate or humiliate a co-worker or subordinate. Exposure to these behaviors is known to increase a person’s risks for mental health problems such as depression, insomnia and a group of conditions called anxiety disorders. According to …

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Single Dose of Ritalin Helps With Cocaine Addiction, Study Finds

If methadone is used to help with heroin addiction and nicotine replacement products are used to help with nicotine addiction, could a stimulant like Ritalin help with addiction to a stimulant like cocaine? That’s the question researchers asked in a new study, conducted at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York and recently published in …

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