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Damage Caused by Stroke Could be Key to Treating Addictions

Smoking

Scientists at Philips Research North America believe they have found the key to treating addictions, after discovering that smokers who suffered a stroke in the region of the brain known as the insular cortex, were more likely to stop smoking than people who suffered stroke in other brain regions. The research which was published in two journals, Addiction, and Addictive ...

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Should we be Cutting Teenagers Some Slack?

Should we be Cutting Teenagers Some Slack

Even if we’ve been through our teenage years, understanding the adolescent brain can still prove to be extremely difficult for adults. While pondering the actions of her two teenage sons, neuroscientist Frances Jensen decided it was time to learn more about what goes on in the teenage brain. What she found is of great importance for parents, teachers, public policymakers ...

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Despite Research Chronic Pain Still Remains a Problem

Chronic Pain Still Remains a Problem

With chronic pain affecting more than 100 million people in the United States, researchers are always actively involved in looking for ways to manage and treat this debilitating condition. However, it seems that there’s lots more than can be done in regards to research. At a recent American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) event, ‘Tangled up in Blue: ...

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Scientists Uncover a Lack of Research-based Evidence on the Effectiveness of Opioids for Chronic Pain

Opioids for Chronic Pain

A new study has now documented that there is a serious lack of evidence to the claims that opioid drugs are effective in treating long-term chronic pain. A recent paper from the National Institutes of Health has found that studies previously used to justify prescriptions of these opioid drugs were poorly conducted or of inadequate time duration. This means that ...

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The Brain of an Addict

The Brain of an Addict

Studies have shown that prolonged drug abuse can actually alter the physical and chemical structures of the brain, and even produce a brain disorder, called addiction or dependence. Drug addiction is distinguished by a pathological longing for drugs to the point where a want becomes a need. Seeking out drugs and taking drugs evolve into activities that take up a ...

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