Addiction

Treating newborns exposed to opioids during pregnancy

There's a term used to describe the constellation of symptoms that can arise in newborns exposed to opioids during gestation: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). And incidents of NAS, which can include jitteriness and diarrhea, ...

Neuroscience

What makes rats relapse

Activation of the anterior insular cortex—a brain region implicated in drug abuse—rather than drinking history or motivation for alcohol predicts relapse after a month of abstinence, reports a study of male rats published ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Even brief abstinence from social media causes withdrawal symptoms

In many cases, just a seven-day break from social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp is sufficient to induce withdrawal symptoms like those caused by addictive substances. This is the conclusion of a study by Austrian ...

Addiction

Facebook program doesn't up smoking abstinence at one year

(HealthDay)—The Tobacco Status Project (TSP) Facebook smoking cessation intervention for young adults does not improve abstinence from smoking over one year, according to a study published in the September issue of Addiction.

Pediatrics

Educational disabilities more likely with neonatal abstinence

(HealthDay)—Children with a history of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) are more likely to be referred for a disability evaluation and meet criteria for a disability, according to a study published in the September issue ...

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