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Zap Your Addiction

The war on drugs isn't working, so it's time to shine some light on the subject. By stimulating one part of the brain with laser light, researchers have shown that they can wipe away addictive behavior in rats--or do the opposite: turn non-addicted rats into compulsive cocaine...
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Smoking Solution

The number of smokers has gone down--fewer than one in five adults now smoke in the US, which is about half as many smokers as there were 50 years ago. Despite this, cigarettes kill more than 400,000 Americans every year. But the solution is at hand: make nicotine less addictive.

Most of us don't realize it, but the Family Smoking...
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Get Off It!

Some people may feel that drugs are OK, but others want desperately to get rid of their addictions. In case "just say no" doesn't work for you, researchers have discovered a chemical that can help heroin users kick their habit, while at the same...
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Party Drugs Used as Medicine

New research suggests that marijuana may help autistics (although they'd have to be old enough to smoke it!) and the party drug Ecstasy may help veterans with PTSD. Many of these medicines (like LSD) were originally developed to ease psychiatric symptoms.

MDMA, better known as Ecstasy, can induce pulses of euphoria and a radiating...
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YOU May be an Addict

But I don't drink too much or take drugs, you say, so how could that be? But you may have a very common addiction--to bread.

CBS News quotes cardiologist William Davis as saying that modern wheat is a "perfect, chronic poison."

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You Can Become Addicted to the Internet

Internet addiction disorder (IAD) may be associated with abnormal white matter in the brain. The teen years are the time when many people become addicted to drugs--what about internet use? It turns out that teenagers who drink alcohol spend more time on their computers for recreational use, compared with their teens who don't drink.
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A NEW KIND of Addict

We've all heard about people who are addicted to alcohol, drugs or even gambling--but the NEW kind of addict get his stash from his physician, in the form of prescription drugs. Sometimes these addicts O.D., as in the cases of Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson.
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Did You Drink Too Much?

(If you did, we hope you used your Dreamland Festival mug!) Why do some people get drunk after only a few drinks, while others seem to be able to put away much more alcohol? It turns out that immune cells in your brain may contribute to how you respond to...
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Marijuana Doesn't Lead to Hard Drugs--COFFEE Does!

Researchers used to think that marijuana was the "entrance drug" that lead to taking "hard" drugs, such as cocaine and heroin. But now they think it's coffee (and if you're "hooked" on java, be sure to drink it out of a...
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Depression: You Can Have a Relapse (Just like an Addict)

Alcoholics and drug addicts are familiar with the problem of relapse--in fact, it's a regular part of many of their lives until they finally get "clean." Now researchers say that patients who use anti-depressants are much more likely to...
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Need a Leader? Find an Addict!

What are the qualities that make a leader? One personality trait that seems to be absolutely necessary is the personality of an addict--someone who is a compulsive risk-taker, always seeking the new.

In the July 24th edition of the New York Times, David J. Linden...
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YOU May Be an Addict

You say, "What, me? I don't use drugs," but FOOD be just as addictive, and people DO get "hooked" on certain foods. Psychiatrist Ashley Gerhardt examined the links between food addiction symptoms and neural activation in 48 young women ranging from lean to obese...
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The Cure

Are you an alcoholic or one of those white people with a "jones" for cocaine? Researchers have produced a lasting anti-cocaine immunity in mice by giving them a safe vaccine that combines bits of the common cold virus with a particle that mimics cocaine. This novel strategy...
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An Addiction YOU May Have

You may pride yourself on the fact that you stay away from drugs, but if you eat too much, you may be an addict--to FOOD. Sweets and high-fat foods affect the brain the same way drugs do--and like drugs,...
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Gambling Bad as Alcoholism

Is your grandmother constantly playing Bingo? Do your friends take every vacation in Las Vegas, even though they can't afford to lose? When relatives come to visit, do they always make a detour to a nearby Indian reservation in order to gamble? You can have a gambling problem the same way you can be addicted to alcohol or drugs?it's the same...

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Tanning May be Addictive

People know that tanning salons and too much time on thebeach can lead to skin cancer, but they just can't stopthemselves. Now scientists have learned that tanning isaddictive.

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