Detox – a waste of money

The health companies are unable to provide reliable evidence or consistent explanations of what the ?detox? process is supposed to be. – A report by Voice of Young Science dismisses ‘detox myth’ saying detox remedies are a waste of money. Detox has no meaning outside of the clinical treatment for drug addiction or poisoning.

5 reasons to be tobacco free this New Year 2009 – FixNixer

FixNixer Gives You Five Reasons to Be Tobacco-Free this New Year. Free, anonymous tool helps you quit via online and text messaging support. – For those resolving to become tobacco-free, FixNixer is a new quitting tool that helps people to overcome their tobacco addiction anonymously, with effective methods and motivational support.

First embryonic stem cells from rats

USC researchers derive first embryonic stem cells from rats. Finding represents major breakthrough for biomedical research. – Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have, for the first time in history, derived authentic embryonic stem (ES) cells from rats. This breakthrough finding will enable scientists to create far more effective animal models for the study of a range of human diseases.

Sugar can be addictive

Sugar can be addictive, Princeton scientist says. Animal studies show sugar dependence. – Sugar can be an addictive substance, wielding its power over the brains of lab animals in a manner similar to many drugs of abuse, revealed by researchers at the Princeton University, USA.

NAPHS welcomes passage of mental health parity

The United States Congress has passed legislation — The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. – The following is a statement from Mark Covall, Executive Director, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems on passage of The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008:

Electronic cigarette not a safe or proven quitting method for smokers

Electronic cigarette not a safe or proven quitting method for smokers, warns UN, WHO. Marketers of electronic cigarettes should halt unproved therapy claims. – Contrary to what some marketers of the electronic cigarette imply in their advertisements, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not consider it to be a legitimate therapy for smokers trying to quit.

Erasing drug-associated memories to treat drug addiction

Erasing drug-associated memories to treat drug addiction is a new approach that has great potential. – Erasing drug-associated memories may prevent recovering drug abusers from relapsing, researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered.

Gene found responsible for smoking habit

If your first cigarette gave you a buzz and you now smoke, a gene may be to blame; Link between initial smoking pleasure, lifetime smoking habits and variation in nicotine receptor gene found by U-M-led team. – Anyone who has ever tried smoking probably remembers that first cigarette vividly. For some, it brought a wave of nausea or a nasty coughing fit. For others, those first puffs also came with a rush of pleasure or “buzz.”

Brain mechanism revealed to control smoking, nicotine addiction

New research from The University of Western Ontario provides a better understanding of why some people seem to become hooked with their first smoke. – Researchers from the University of Western Ontario provide a better understanding of why some people seem to become hooked with their first smoke and nicotine.

Disabilities due to alcohol consumption

Indian government is cognizant of the fact that consumption of alcohol in excessive amounts can lead to social economic and health related problems. – The Indian government is cognizant of the fact that consumption of alcohol in excessive amounts can lead to social economic and health related problems. A study conducted by NIMHANS for WHO published in the year 2006 shows that nearly 30% of adult men and less than 5% of women consume alcohol giving a male to female ratio of 6:1.

Cigarettes to be sold in plain cardboard packs

Cigarettes should be sold in plain, dull cardboard packs, with nothing but the health warning and the brand name allowed, researchers at the School of Public Health have argued in a major review published in the international research journal, Addiction. – Cigarettes should be sold in plain, dull cardboard packs, with nothing but the health warning and the brand name allowed, researchers at the School of Public Health have argued.

Brain scans reveal biological basis of cocaine addiction

Cocaine alters the parts of the brain responsible for controlling behaviour and making appropriate decisions. – Researchers looking at brain activity of cocaine users may have identified a biological lack of willpower’ that will help us understand why some people become long-term addicts while others can use the drug socially.