29 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:50 pm
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Teenage Binge Drinking May Cause Permanent Damage to the Brain

Teenage Binge Drinking May Cause Permanent Damage to the Brain One of the things many alcoholics report is that they have trouble with memory. Now, researchers from Duke University Medical Center have linked this memory loss to binge drinking in the teen years. It cannot be emphasized enough that the experimental tendencies of teens can […]

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24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:48 pm
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Alcoholism Can Cause Depression

We’ve long known that alcohol is a powerful depressant and can exacerbate feelings of despondency. An article by Scott Stevens on theexaminer.com summarizes a new study from the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The article and study indicate that an even deeper connection between alcoholism and depression exists than what […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:02 am
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“Bath Salts” – AKA “Cloud 9” – Posing a Danger to Youth

Cloud 9 is a synthetic drug, sometimes known also as “bath salts” that has become popular with many young people, leaving parents wondering how to keep their children safe. Several dozen high school students from the Detroit area were recently hospitalized in separate incidents after using Cloud 9. In 2012 and 2013, more than 3,000 […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:00 am
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The Relationship between Sleep and Addiction

Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can make a person feel miserable. It’s no surprise then to find that sleep disorders and addictions are frequently seen together and certainly have a complex relationship. If you suffer from addiction you also likely suffer from a sleep disorder. People with substance abuse problems are five […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:55 am
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I Want to Get Some Sleep!

Approximately forty million Americans have a chronic sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can be caused by stress, psychological disorders, or sleep apnea, among other things. Older Americans often complain of intermittent or chronic sleep problems. But what if you’re already taking medication that “should” help you sleep and your sleep continues to be disturbed? What then? […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:54 am
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Meditation Improves Sleep

Regularly not being able to get to sleep or stay asleep is a terrible experience. It can leave you feeling drained, agitated, and foggy headed. But Los Angeles area researchers suggest there is new hope in the fight against insomnia, and that hope is mindful meditation. Researchers from UCLA and USC recruited 49 older individuals […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:53 am
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Yoga Improves Health, Including Help for Back Pain

Because of its popularity, yoga has caught the attention of researchers. And researchers are finding that practicing yoga regularly improves overall health as well as provides symptom relief for several different disorders, including back pain. In a study published in 2011, researchers divided 228 adults with chronic back pain into three different groups that participated […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:51 am
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Does Your Life Have Meaning?

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness anywhere in the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that approximately 9% of the US adult population suffers from “occasional” depression while 3.4% suffer from major depression. Globally more than 350 million people suffer from depression with 1 million or […]

14 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:41 am
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Prescription Drugs Can Kill

Prescription drugs are a leading cause of death, more so than illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine. This is a growing problem. Many people, particularly teens, continue to be unaware of the dangers posed by prescription drugs, according to a study published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. Study authors Richard Netemeyer […]

7 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:56 am
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Binge Drinking Damages Adolescent Brains

In a new study in the journal Neurobiology of Disease, an experiment with rats suggests that binge drinking during the teen years may impede brain development and having long-term consequences on behavior and genes. In this study, using a population of rats, scientists mimicked binge drinking. The results were clear. Time reports: The researchers discovered […]