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Study Finds Binge Drinking in Teens Damages White Matter in Brain

Binge drinking continues to be popular among teenagers. Drinking games promote drinking alcoholic drinks in rapid succession, and “tasty” delivery systems such as Jell-O shots often disguise just how much teens are drinking. While the glamour and celebrity associated with this activity may make it seem like a fun thing to do, the health risks …

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Database Technology Ineffective in War on Prescription Drug Abuse

The “War on Drugs” used to focus on those hard-core street drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy. Now, those charged with trying to keep these drugs off the streets are finding that they no longer pose the greatest threat. Instead, prescription medications are now the new opponents. The Sun Sentinel reported this latest craze, …

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Research Shows Teen Exposure to Drug Education Programs Have Long-Term Effects

For those who have never had a drug problem, it is often hard to understand why it becomes a deadly habit. Teens that engage in this risky behavior are more likely to suffer long-term consequences, but new research highlights the positive impact of drug education programs. According to a recent report in Science Daily, a …

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Were Your Parents Impulsive? It Might Increase Your Risk of Alcoholism

Have you ever thought about the link between impulsivity and alcoholism? Studies have shown that individuals who tend to be more impulsive may be at higher risk of developing an alcohol use disorder. While alcohol addiction can be linked to a number of different risk factors, impulsivity is one of the key predictors of this …

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Four Underage Drinking Laws Reduce Fatal Accidents

A study to be published in the July 2009 edition of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, has identified four underage drinking laws that have led to a reduction in alcohol-related fatal crashes.  The laws regulate underage possession and purchase, use-and-lose driver license penalties, and zero tolerance. All state currently have set the minimum legal drinking …

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Task Force Recommends Depression Screening for Teens

A recent piece in USA Today highlighted the importance of screening teens and tweens for depression. According to government-appointed experts serving on the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 18 should be routinely screened for major depression by their primary care doctor. The same government-appointed group announced in 2002 that there …

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Parent Company of Promises Treatment Centers Announces Corporate Name that Reflects Comprehensive Treatment Philosophy

Promises Behavioral Health aims to become the premiere behavioral healthcare company that will fill the current gaps in available treatment and offer a high-quality continuum of care to meet clients’ behavioral healthcare needs. Los Angeles, CA April 27, 2009 — Promises Behavioral Health is the new name officially adopted by the behavioral health company founded …

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Study Shows Alcohol Never Safe for Teens

New research has found that there is no such thing as a safe amount of alcohol for teens. The Merimbula News focused on the results of a study from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne that found teenagers who drink even small amounts of alcohol have a significantly higher risk of becoming abusers of …

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Growing Mental Health Issues Threatening Public Library Systems

The advancements in technology, including the Internet, pose a threat to certain traditions and infrastructures. While libraries face a future of uncertainty, recent research has found that people with untreated severe mental illnesses may pose a greater risk to the future of America’s public libraries. Medical News Today reported on a new study that surveyed …

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Acupuncture Proving Effective When Combined with Addiction Treatments

There are number of drug treatments available and some claim to be more effective than others. Now, an alternative form of treatment is gaining more attention. Acupuncture detox therapy is receiving a positive response in some areas, highlighting there may be opportunity in this space for increased studies into the effectiveness of this approach. A …

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