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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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,”

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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.’

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