Nicotine primes brain for drug abuse like cocaine

Nicotine primes brain for cocaine use: Molecular basis of gateway sequence of drug use – Cigarettes and alcohol serve as gateway drugs, which people use before progressing to the use of marijuana and then to cocaine and other illicit substances; this progression is called the “gateway sequence” of drug use.

Smokers believe silver gold or slim cigarettes are less harmful

Smokers believe ‘silver’, ‘gold’ and ‘slim’ cigarettes are less harmful – Despite current prohibitions on the words ‘light’ and ‘mild’, smokers in Western countries continue falsely to believe that some cigarette brands may be less harmful than others.

Mindfulness meditation effective to prevent depression relapse

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy appears to be similar to maintenance antidepressant medication for preventing relapse or recurrence among patients successfully treated for depression. – A new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy–using meditation-provides equivalent protection against depressive relapse as traditional antidepressant medication.

Vaccine to help people quit smoking

MSU researchers testing vaccine to help people quit smoking — Novel approach blocks ‘pleasure sensation’ – In a unique twist to a decades-old health crisis, Michigan State University researchers are testing a new vaccine to help people quit smoking and avoid relapses.

Indoor tanning may be an addictive behavior

Study suggests indoor tanning may be an addictive behavior – Individuals who have used indoor tanning facilities may meet criteria for addiction, and may also be more prone to anxiety symptoms and substance use, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Dermatology.

Candy like nicotine products could lead to accidental poisoning

Tobacco company’s new, dissolvable nicotine products could lead to accidental poisoning — Candy-like appearance and flavorings may increase appeal to infants and youth – A tobacco company’s new, dissolvable nicotine pellet–which is being sold as a tobacco product, but which in some cases resembles popular candies–could lead to accidental nicotine poisoning in children, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), the Northern Ohio Poison Control Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Flexible shoes better for arthritic knees in osteoarthritis

Shoes: A treatment for osteoarthritis in the knees? – Flip-flops and sneakers with flexible soles are easier on the knees than clogs or even special walking shoes, a study by Rush University Medical Center has found. And that’s important, because loading on the knee joints is a key factor in the development of osteoarthritis.

1 in 25 deaths attributable to alcohol

Study shows 1 in 25 deaths worldwide attributable to alcohol — CAMH researcher sees glass ‘as half full’. – 1 in 25 deaths are directly attributable to alcohol consumption worldwide, revealed by researchers from Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

EUR 6 million to Sahlgrenska Academy for obesity research

Sahlgrenska Academy to lead major European project on obesity – The new project is an interdisciplinary research project covering the neurobiological and socio-psychological causes of obesity. It has been awarded EUR 6 million from the EU, corresponding to just over SEK 60 million.