17 MAR

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LGBTQ Community Members Have Special Addiction Recovery Needs

While there are no irrefutable research results on the subject of LGBTQ addiction rates, as this is a subject that has not been studied in a significant way, it is well established that LGBTQ individuals are far more likely than their straight peers to have substance abuse problems. In fact, “According to the Substance Abuse […]

12 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Defining Positive Psychology

A relatively new branch of psychology that focuses on understanding human well-being and happiness is positive psychology. It focuses on how to help human beings prosper and lead healthy, happy lives. This approach may herald future changes in clinical psychotherapy practices. Consider this description given in a recent article in Psychotherapy Networker Daily: “For 50 […]

5 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
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The Danger of Positive Portrayal of Alcohol in Media

The portrayal of alcohol use in popular media today is misleading and dangerous. Common media sites such as YouTube and Facebook are encouraging alcohol abuse. By the sharing of videos showing inappropriate drinking games that look fun, many people never consider the negative consequences of abusive drinking. Until recently, little actual research studied the effects […]

3 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:11 am
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MDMA, Ecstasy, Molly: By Any Name, What’s the Risk?

A total of 12 students and visitors at Wesleyan University were hospitalized on Sunday, Feb. 22, for drug overdoses believed to be caused by Molly/MDMA. An article published in The Argus, claims all but two of the students were released, and authorities are working to identify the exact chemicals present in the drugs. “This particular […]

26 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:12 am
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How Marijuana Stimulates Hunger

Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine recently set out to study the “munchies” and the neurons that are responsible for the urge to snack after smoking marijuana. The research is vital to understand the cannabinoid receptor activation that drives hunger according to an article in Medical Daily. This is particularly important because in some […]

24 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:13 am
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Consider Yoga Therapy for Health

Inflammation is the body’s way of reacting to injury or irritation. It is associated with chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. It is also one of the reasons that cancer survivors commonly feel fatigue following treatment, sometimes for months or even years. Many cancer treatments have common side effects of inflammation, fatigue and […]

19 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:14 am
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Pediatric Use of Medical Cannabis

While cannabis has been proposed to have a broad range of clinical benefits in adults, good evidence is almost totally lacking for use in children. Yet, a number of online groups are advocating the use of “medical marijuana” for children with autism, ADHD, and other developmental and behavioral conditions. Without good evidence on the long-term […]

17 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:15 am
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Why Cocaine Users Don’t Learn from Their Mistakes

According to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and recently published inThe Journal of Neuroscience, cocaine addicted individuals may continue their habit despite unfavorable consequences like imprisonment or loss of relationships because the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss are impaired. In other words, cocaine abusers often do […]

12 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:17 am
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Medical Marijuana Research Update

Although medical marijuana remains a controversial issue, 23 states and the District of Columbia have approved its use to provide relief for health problems such as glaucoma, nerve pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and nausea from chemotherapy. Scientists at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) are studying chronic stress and depression, with a […]

10 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:18 am
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Europeans to Study Increased Prescription of Opioids

Governments in 12 European countries are to implement the recommendations of research into why more patients are not receiving “essential” painkillers. The five-year project called Access to Opioid Medication in Europe (ATOME), funded by the European Union, looked at why opioid medicines, like morphine and codeine, are not widely available in countries from Poland to […]