Alcohol, Nicotine Addiction Linked In Brain

Alcohol, Nicotine Addiction Linked In Brain

People affected by substance addiction are known to undergo brain changes that make them susceptible to internal and external cues that increase their chances of involuntarily consuming more of a given substance. In the past, researchers have tentatively linked the origin of these cues to a specific brain area called the precuneus. In a study […]

New Data Show Spike In Smokeless Tobacco Use

New Data Show Spike In Smokeless Tobacco Use

Smokeless tobacco is the collective term for tobacco products that don’t require burning in order to deliver the addictive substance nicotine to the bloodstream and brain. While cigarette use in the U.S. has dropped fairly steadily for more than a decade, use of smokeless products has increased. In two studies published in March 2014 in […]

How Is The ADHD, Autism Combo Linked To Smoking And Substance Abuse?

How Is The ADHD, Autism Combo Linked To Smoking And Substance Abuse?

Significant numbers of people affected by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also have diagnosable symptoms of autism (known more formally as autism spectrum disorder). Doctors and researchers know that individuals with ADHD have heightened risks for involvement in some form of problematic substance use, but less is known about the cumulative effects of ADHD and autism and […]