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09-05   Increased risk of criminality in women with eating disorders, says study

Complex mental disorders, like eating disorders, can harm one’s physical health, social ties and day-to-day functioning. Characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress about one’s body shape or weight, eating disorders can develop during any stage in one’s life and may include inadequate or excessive food intake. Life-threatening in nature, the three common eating […]

02-17   Study reveals the dangerous effects of synthetic marijuana

Synthetic compounds, also called “new psychoactive substances,” are drugs created in laboratories to mimic the psychoactive effects of illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Sold in headshops and by internet retailers, synthetic marijuana and other types of synthetic drugs with names like Spice and K2. When not masquerading as incense and potpourri products, synthetic […]

02-16   Risk factors for schizophrenia and depression can include nonsevere infections

There are many ways that a mental disorder can develop, but some risk factors can be surprising. A recent study has suggested that people who had infections treated with antibiotics, especially those who were hospitalized, were at an increased risk for two serious mental illnesses – schizophrenia and depressive disorders. Considering that serious infections requiring […]

02-14   Study shows how addiction can bring about changes in gene expression

Young people who take illicit substances like ecstasy for recreational purposes can cause significant and long-term damage to their brains. Even the acute exposure of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetiamine (MDMA) can lead to severe brain damage, according to a recent study by the University of Bologna in Italy and published in the journal Pharmacological Research in January 2017. […]

02-09   How a Parkinson’s treatment may help heroin dependents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioids – which include prescription as well as illicit drugs – are the chief culprit behind the U.S.’s high rate of drug overdoses. In 2015, opioids were involved in the deaths of over 33,000 people. The Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration (SAMHSA) warns […]

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