Quitting smoking without help is hard: Effects of motivation and other personality factors
Quitting smoking is hard, but that suggestion probably isn’t terribly exciting all on its own since most of our readers probably knew it already. Still, while we’ve talked about quitting smoking using nicotine replacement and medication, we haven’t really touched the subject of all those people out there who just decide to give quitting smoking…
Opioid prescription overdose and abuse – Staying safe while reducing pain
A new article just published in JAMA (see here) reports a strong relationship between high-dose opiate prescribing and accidental overdose deaths. The authors focused on a sample of Veterans and found that those prescribed more than 50mg of morphine per day, or the equivalent of other opiate drugs, we much more likely to die of…
ADHD and neurocognition – Knowing what to remember
Kate Humphreys ADHD In children and adults – Symptoms and tests Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, formerly known also as ADD) are classically seen as the kids in class who have trouble staying in their seats and paying attention during long lessons. Underlying these problematic behaviors is a confluence of factors, with evidence…
Alcoholism , Sniffing Bath Salts, and Prescription Medication Abuse
If you care about addiction you’re going to want to read our weekly update from across the globe. It’ll make you smarter – promise (at least when it comes to alcohol and drug abuse issues)! Drug Abuse – Vaccines to treat addictions, and Sniffing Bath Salts Medical News Today-A biochemical breakthrough by researchers at Cornell …
Does current smoking among health care providers limit their ability to dissuade smoking to the general public?
This post discusses findings from a recent study of current smoking prevalence among eight groups of health care provider in the US and asks the question: does a national reduction in current smoking first require a reduction in current smoking among health care providers?
About Addiction: Smoking, Alcohol, Painkillers, Prescriptions
This are new, interesting articles about addiction. Check out the links to the articles, and give us your feedback. Smoking and related issues Health Day: Smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that robs people of their sight. Reuters: When cigarette smokers quit smoking, chronic stress levels may go down. This should…
NIDA and ONDCP – American policy on addiction research
At this year’s College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Annual Meeting, I got to hear, and talk to, some of the most influential players in the American addiction research field. Here are a few highlights from their talks and our discussion: Dr. Nora Volkow of NIDA talked about a shift from Genome Wide Association…