Marijuana Use And Schizophrenia: Is There A Genetic Link?

Marijuana Use And Schizophrenia: Is There A Genetic Link?

Schizophrenia is a serious psychiatric condition that affects around 1 percent of the population. It can be a debilitating illness without proper treatment, and even with treatment, can severely limit a person’s ability to participate in the routine activities of life. The illness is characterized by delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations and disorganized thinking. Gene […]

Why Won’t We Ever Be Rid Of Addiction?

Why Won’t We Ever Be Rid Of Addiction?

By Meghan Vivo No time for natural remedies to help you fall asleep? Craving another helping of fries even though your doctor has told you to watch the saturated fats? No problem, science has got you covered. In a culture that has become hyper-focused on easy fixes, we expect a simple solution for every ailment. If a pill can give you […]

Does Gambling Disorder Diagnosis Accurately Identify People With Serious Gambling Problems?

Does Gambling Disorder Diagnosis Accurately Identify People With Serious Gambling Problems?

Gambling disorder is a mental health diagnosis established by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in May 2013. The terms of this diagnosis establish the presence of serious gambling problems as a form of non-substance-based addiction called behavioral addiction. For more than two decades prior to 2013, the APA grouped serious gambling problems under the heading […]

Which Genes Help Predict The Odds For Alcoholism?

Which Genes Help Predict The Odds For Alcoholism?

Scientists have long known that a substantial portion of any given person’s chances of developing alcoholism comes from the inheritance of certain genes. However, the genetic risk for alcoholism stems from a number of complex variables, and relatively little is known about the particular gene interactions that produce the greatest dangers. In a study published […]

Can Oxytocin Levels Help Determine Addiction Risks?

Can Oxytocin Levels Help Determine Addiction Risks?

Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally in the brain and distributed to various parts of the body. Scientists believe that this hormone plays an important role in promoting deep connections between people and moderating the effects of serious stress. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, a multinational […]