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Can Treatment for Depression Help Prevent Drug Abuse in Teens?

Can Treatment for Depression Help Prevent Drug Abuse in Teens?

A new study from Duke University researchers suggest treating teens for major depression could reduce their chances for developing drug or alcohol abuse problems later on.

Smokers Genes Could Predict Who Benefits Most From Cessation Medications

Smokers Genes Could Predict Who Benefits Most From Cessation Medications

The same gene variations that make it difficult to stop smoking also increase the likelihood that heavy smokers will respond to nicotine-replacement therapy and drugs that thwart cravings, a new study shows.

Addiction Roots Dependent Upon A Person’s Sex?

Addiction Roots Dependent Upon A Person’s Sex?

A new report from Yale researchers considers the different biological mechanisms associated with cocaine addiction between men and women. It is hoped that the study could shed some light onto effective therapies to help curb cravings, and ultimately break the addiction cycle based upon the sex of the patient. The findings so far suggest that women could benefit from stress reduction therapies, while men might benefit more from cognitive behavioral therapies or more traditional 12 step programs.

Smokers With A History Of Anxiety Disorders Find It Harder To Quit

Smokers With A History Of Anxiety Disorders Find It Harder To Quit

New research published in the Journal of Addiction suggests smokers with a history of anxiety disorders find it more difficult to quit smoking. The research conducted by UW-CTRI discovered smokers who had previously suffered from anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, social anxiety and generalize anxiety disorders were less likely to be able to quit smoking that smokers who had no history of anxiety disorders.

Gene Variant CYP2E1 Could Possibly Protect Against Alcoholism

Gene Variant CYP2E1 Could Possibly Protect Against Alcoholism

Researchers have discovered a gene variant which is believed to possibly prevent against alcoholism. The gene variant, CYP2E1 appears to make people more sensitive to alcohol and can generate free radicals. Researchers consider a future application for drugs containing CYP2E1 for both making people more sensitive to alcohol prior to drinking, and to assist in the process of sobering up.

Admission Rates For Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment Drops

Admission Rates For Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment Drops

A new study shows that admission to treatment programs for methamphetamine addiction have dropped in the US and Mexico. This is attributed to the Mexican government’s efforts to control the manufacturing of methamphetamine.