Increased social media use linked to developing depression, research finds

IMAGE: Brian Primack, University of Arkansas view more  Credit: University of Arkansas Young adults who increased their use of social media were significantly more likely to develop depression within six months, according to a new national study authored by Dr. Brian Primack, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions and professor of public health […]

Drug eases recovery for those with severe alcohol withdrawal

New Haven, Conn. — A drug once used to treat high blood pressure can help alcoholics with withdrawal symptoms reduce or eliminate their drinking, Yale University researchers report Nov. 19 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. In a double-blind study, researchers gave the drug prazosin or a placebo to 100 people entering outpatient treatment after […]

Artificial intelligence-based tool may help diagnose opioid addiction earlier

Researchers have used machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence, to develop a prediction model for the early diagnosis of opioid use disorder. The advance is described in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives. The model was generated from information in a commercial claim database from 2006 through 2018 of 10 million medical insurance claims from 550,000 […]

E-cigarettes can be ‘gateway’ to cigarettes for teens with no prior intention to smoke

Cigarette smoking remains a leading preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. And while adolescent cigarette smoking has declined over the past several decades, e-cigarette use presents a new risk for nicotine use disorder. a new study, published Nov. 9 in the journal Pediatrics, finds that e-cigarette use is associated with a […]

New form of brain-training helps prevent relapse after alcohol treatment

IMAGE: Researchers A/Prof Manning, Dr Joshua Garfield and Mr Hugh Piercy testing the CBM program at Turning Point view more  Credit: (C) Turning Point A recent study has shown that it may be possible to dampen the workings of the subconscious brain to prevent alcohol relapse, the results leading to a world-first trial of a personalised […]