Addiction

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December 5th, 2018 Government’s proposed anti-tobacco bill lacks any scientific assessment as an underlying principle of legislation, argues Tim Cohen, senior editor of Business Day. In a news story, Nick Hedley says tobacco company Philip Morris International sees...

December 3rd, 2018 The Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) and e-cigarette policy scene continues to evolve in a direction that will result in substantially more tobacco-related addiction, illness and death, than what would likely occur with the skilled addition of a THR...

December 3rd, 2018 Ill-informed opinion, rather than evidence, and an often misguided sense of what is moral shape attitudes to addiction and its treatment. In this fake news era it behoves addiction researchers to take evidence to the public and to governments more...

Addiction News

Lean – South Africa’s codeine addiction crisis

An estimated 600,000 people in South Africa are addicted to the opiate codeine, often disguised in soft drinks and promoted by rappers and singers, writes Kim Harrisberg for Health E-News. “Lean” or “double cupping” is the lingo used... December 3rd, 2018

All government buildings in India ordered to become tobacco free

The federal Health Ministry in India has directed all states to make government buildings and offices ‘tobacco free’ in order to protect public health, writes Neetu Chandra Sharma for LiveMint. In late November, Health Secretary Preeti... December 3rd, 2018

Marijuana legalisation threatens dogs’ collars

Drug-sniffing dogs that are trained to detect marijuana are complicating searches where pot has been legalised. That’s forcing some into early retirement, writes Stacy Cowley for The New York Times. Officer Tulo will turn in his badge in... December 3rd, 2018

Addiction Research

Smoke-free policies associated with lower blood pressure

Non-smokers who had access to smoke-free restaurants, bars and workplaces had lower systolic blood pressure readings than those who lived in areas without smoke-free laws, reports the American Heart Association. It is the first study to examine the... December 3rd, 2018

Vapourised pot means a higher high

A smokeless method of vapourising and then inhaling pot packs a much more powerful punch than simply smoking weed, according to research published in JAMA Network Open, reports Dennis Thompson for HealthDay. That could raise safety concerns for... December 3rd, 2018

Study finds that 'ecstasy' could help with PTSD treatment

The recreational drug known as ecstasy or molly may help people regain trust in others after being betrayed, suggests results of a controlled laboratory study of healthy men given a pure form of the substance. The drug is currently being assessed... December 3rd, 2018

Sex addiction may affect 10% of men, survey finds

Is sex addiction real? Researchers say it may be, or at least something close to it, and might be more common than anyone thought, writes Maggie Fox for NBC News. Researchers report that 1% of men and 7% of women say they have significant levels of... December 3rd, 2018

Hookah smoking impairs blood vessel function

Smoking hookah tobacco acutely impairs the ability of blood vessels to function, according to preliminary research presented in Chicago at last month's American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018, a premier global exchange of the latest... December 3rd, 2018

Researchers probe secrets of key compound in memory and addiction

A team led by researchers at Imperial College London is leading an international effort to uncover the role of one of the brain’s key chemical messengers in detail. Dopamine carries signals between nerve cells throughout the brain and plays... December 3rd, 2018

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