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Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today

Substance addiction is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug use. While addiction is difficult to understand, all abused substances share one thing in common - repeated use could change the way the brain looks and functions. Some people can use recreational or prescription drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For others, substance use can cause problems at school, work and home, and in relationships.
  1. Could this software diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders?
    Diagnosing certain types of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder remains challenging. A new study shows that facial recognition software may improve accuracy.
  2. The complex brain choreography of split-second decisions
    New research reveals that changing an action that has already started involves a very fast and complex interplay between three regions of the brain.
  3. Teen marijuana use may lead to bipolar symptoms later on
    A prospective study examines the link between cannabis use at the age of 17–18 and hypomania — a common symptom of bipolar disorder — in early adulthood.
  4. Cannabinoid drug found effective for treating sleep apnea
    The largest and longest trial of a drug for obstructive sleep apnea finds the cannabinoid drug dronabinol safe and effective for treating the condition.
  5. Yes, smartphone addiction does harm your teen's mental health
    Many teens are dependent on their smartphones, and they are often more active online than offline. This can seriously impact the brain's chemical makeup.
  6. What is hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder?
    In this article, we examine the symptoms and causes of HPPD, a condition involving visual disturbances. We also look at diagnosis and treatment options.
  7. Wine or beer? The differing effects of alcohol on mood
    How do wine, beer, and spirits impact our mood? New research suggests that different types of alcohol may be tied to distinct emotions.
  8. Can cannabis help treat psoriasis?
    Can the active cannabinoids in cannabis be an effective treatment for itchy and painful psoriasis? We look at the evidence in this article.
  9. What can excessive drinking do to your looks? Study investigates
    A large-scale, prospective study investigates the link between visible signs of aging and excessive alcohol intake, as well as smoking.
  10. How drinking affects brain stem cells
    It is well-known that long-term heavy drinking affects the brain, but what does it do to brain stem cells, involved in neural regeneration and maintenance?