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Heavy tokers at higher risk, but alcohol is the hidden confounder. Young people don’t suffer from strokes, as a rule. And when they do, at least half the time there...
April 7, 2013
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How adolescent risk becomes adult addiction.  Pediatricians have often remarked upon it: Give one adolescent his first cigarette, and he will cough and choke a...
March 28, 2013
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"Yes, we take your insurance." Recent reportage, such as Anne Fletcher’s book, Inside Rehab, has documented the mediocre application of vague and questionable proce...
March 24, 2013
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Short takes on matters various. Taking Aim at Pot—Researchers have recently made clinical efforts to test three drugs that might help during marijuana withdrawal to...
March 20, 2013
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Color coding allows smokers to easily identify their former brands. The tobacco industry has once again made a mockery of the Food and Drug Administration’s attemp...
March 16, 2013
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It’s not the coffee, it’s everything else. Late last year, coffee drinkers were buoyed by the release of a massive study in the New England Journal of Medicine that...
March 13, 2013
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Caffeinated plants provide an unforgettable experience. Honeybees rewarded with caffeine remember the smell of specific flowers longer than bees given only sucrose,...
March 7, 2013
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Your player card, please. The image of the compulsive gambler has traditionally been the male poker player, drink in hand, recklessly betting the night away. Slot m...
March 4, 2013
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Why is it so hard for addicts to say “enough?” One of the useful things that may yet come out of the much-derided DSM-5 manual of mental disorders is the addition o...
February 28, 2013
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Down the rabbit hole in search of effective treatment. When I first began researching drugs and addiction years ago, a Seattle doctor told me something memorable. “...
February 26, 2013
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