Tag Archives: Brain

Protein Could Hold Clues for New Addiction Treatments, Animal Study Suggests

A finding about the role of a protein in the brain that influences behavior may hold clues to addiction-like behaviors, a study in mice suggests. The research could help scientists searching for more effective addiction treatments, according to Science Daily. …

Study Links Smoking With Brain Changes and Memory Decline

Smoking is an important risk factor in brain shrinkage and a decline in brain function in later years, a new study suggests. …

Binge Drinking Could Cause Brain Damage in Young Adults, Study Suggests

A study that scanned the brains of binge drinkers ages 18 to 25 shows that regularly having many drinks in one sitting can affect an area of the brain related to paying attention, making decisions and controlling impulses. …

Imaging Scans Show Daily Marijuana Use Can Have Negative Effect on Brain

Imaging scans of the brains of people who smoke marijuana daily show a decrease in the number of receptors involved in pleasure, appetite, pain tolerance and many other key mental and bodily functions, a new study shows. …

Ecstasy May Lead to Long-Term Changes in the Brain, Study Suggests

A new study suggests that Ecstasy use may be associated with long-term changes in the brain. The more Ecstasy a person uses, the greater the changes. …

Animal Study Finds Effects of Nicotine on Brain Mirror Those of Cocaine

The effects of nicotine on the parts of the brain involved with addiction are similar to the effects of cocaine, according to a study using rat brain tissue. …

Long-Term Ecstasy Use Linked to Brain Shrinkage

People who use Ecstasy for long periods may be risking brain damage, a new study suggests. …

Searchable Online Database Shows Changes in State Alcohol Policy

Sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health, the Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) now includes 34 policy changes across 29 policy areas made in 2009. …

Obama Quit Smoking, First Lady Says

First Lady Michelle Obama says that her husband, President Barack Obama, has quit smoking, the Associated Press reported Feb. 8. “It’s been almost a year,” she said. She gave no details on how or when he quit. He had promised …

For Treatment Providers: a ’Health Reform Readiness Index’ from NIATx

"Wisconsin-based NIATx has developed a self-assessment tool for behavioral healthcare treatment providers, designed to help agency leaders determine their organization’s capacity to ’undertake the changes resulting from health care reform, parity legislation, state budget shortfalls, and increased performance accountability.’" …