This New Therapy Can Help You Fight Drug Addiction

This New Therapy Can Help You Fight Drug Addiction

Researchers have developed a treatment that may help reverse chemical imbalances made to the brain by habitual drug use and could one day help recovering drug addicts avoid future drug use. When tested on rats, the new treatment was effective in reducing the animals’ cravings, according to the findings published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. When someone habitually misuses drugs, their brain chemistry is changed in ways that make it harder for them to quit taking drugs despite negative consequences. Once someone has developed this brain disorder, their mind…

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Smartphone Addiction May Up Obesity Risk in Adolescents

Smartphone Addiction May Up Obesity Risk in Adolescents

  Is your child spending more than five hours on digital devices such as tablets and smartphones? A new study warns that he or she may be 43 per cent more likely to be at risk of obesity. The study found that adolescents who spent more than five hours a day on screen devices were twice as likely to have a sugary drink every day and not get enough sleep or indulge in any kind of physical activity. Such children were nearly 43 per cent more likely to have obesity…

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Aussie Scientists Discover Brain Pathway for Salt Addiction

Aussie Scientists Discover Brain Pathway for Salt Addiction

Australian scientists have identified the part of the brain responsible for salt addiction, considered one of the main causes of heart disease. Researchers from the University of Melbourne’s Howard Florey Institute are hopeful that the discovery of the pathway could help develop a drug to suppress salt cravings and promote healthy eating, Xinhua news agency reported. The team is even hopeful that the discovery could lead to treatments for other addictions that use the same pathways in the brain such as heroin, morphine and other opiate-based painkillers. Craig Smith, a…

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Cocaine addiction vaccine a step closer

Cocaine addiction vaccine a step closer

Brazilian researchers working to develop a vaccine against cocaine addiction have begun test trials on animals. The vaccine has been under development for more than two years, one of the lead researchers, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday citing local media. “We are developing a molecule to stimulate the production of antibodies by the immune system against cocaine,” said Professor Angelo de Fatima, of the Organic Chemistry department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, at Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil. “These antibodies bind to…

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Trying to Detox from Cellphone Addiction

Trying to Detox from Cellphone Addiction

Image credit: Istock Every year, my husband and I take our kids on a two-week trip that differs from our other vacations in one significant way: We completely unplug from the Internet. No iPhones, no email, no Facebook. We don’t even check the news. At first it’s hard. I feel twitchy, unsettled and panicky. After a few days, though, amazing things start to happen. We talk more and dream up new ideas. We read more books. Even the boys become content to stare out windows on long car rides. But…

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