Category Archives: Addiction

FDA Removes Black Box Warning On Smoking Cessation Medications

The FDA has determined that the risk of serious side effects on mood, behavior, or thinking with the smoking cessation medicines varenicline and bupropion is lower than previously suspected.  Following case reports of serious changes in mood and behavior in … Continue reading

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National Academy of Medicine Establishes Standards for Psychosocial Treatments

A new report by the National Academy of Medicine, titled, “Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders: A Framework for Establishing Evidence-Based Standards” highlights the need to strengthen evidence on the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions, and to develop guidelines and … Continue reading

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April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) recognize April as alcohol awareness month. This is a time to learn about alcohol and the health and social problems caused … Continue reading

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Smoking and obesity results in markedly higher health-care costs

A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual health care costs than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. [More…]

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Assessment of Global Internet Addiction

According to a meta-analysis of 31 nations across seven world regions, the global prevalence of internet addiction is estimated at 6 percent. The prevalence of Internet addiction varies among regions around the world, as shown by data from more than … Continue reading

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Sixth Annual Chair Summit Begins This Week

This week a Master Class for Neuroscience Development called the Chair Summit takes place in Tampa, FL (Sept 26-28, 2013). In the early days of medical training in Kos, students, trainees and medical colleagues would gather to discuss their cases … Continue reading

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Essential Components of First-Episode Psychosis Services

A study published in May 1st, 2013 Psychiatric Services identified essential evidence-based components of first-episode psychosis services. The research took place in two stages. First a systematic literature review, then, a consensus-building technique, the Delphi, was used with an international … Continue reading

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Chronic pain medicines should come with behavioral pacts

A great deal of research suggests that physicians are not good at predicting who will misuse pain medication. AMA MedNews [More…]

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FDA Offers Draft Guidance on Abuse-deterrent Opioids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a draft guidance document to assist industry in developing new formulations of opioid drugs with abuse-deterrent properties. It describes the FDA’s current thinking about the studies that should be conducted to demonstrate … Continue reading

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Surgeon Writes About Video Game Addiction

A new book entitled “Hooked on Games” is a story of a physician with a research background in neuroscience, who battled his own addictions with video games. [More…]

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