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Different Alcoholic Drinks Tied to Different Moods

By Catherine Offord | November 22, 2017

An online survey finds that people report feeling most relaxed with a glass of red wine or beer, and most aggressive when drinking spirits.

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image: Kyle Smith Shines a Light on Addiction

Kyle Smith Shines a Light on Addiction

By Shawna Williams | November 1, 2017

The Dartmouth College professor uses optogenetics to probe the neurological routes of habitual behavior.

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FDA Study Halted After Jane Goodall Objects

By Bob Grant | September 26, 2017

The primatologist had written to the agency that the trial, which involved observing the effects of nicotine addiction in squirrel monkeys, was “cruel and unnecessary.”

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Decoding the Tripping Brain

By Diana Kwon | September 1, 2017

Scientists are beginning to unravel the mechanisms behind the therapeutic effects of psychedelic drugs.

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National Academies Detail the State of Weed Science

By Bob Grant | January 12, 2017

A new report summarizes what we know about the impacts of marijuana use, as more states have legalized the drug for both medical and recreational purposes.

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Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.

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image: CDC Offers Advice to Limit Opioid Scripts

CDC Offers Advice to Limit Opioid Scripts

By Kerry Grens | March 17, 2016

Aimed at primary care providers, the recommendations encourage non-narcotic alternatives or short-term opioid prescriptions and patient monitoring.

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image: Christie Fowler: Addicted to Research

Christie Fowler: Addicted to Research

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2016

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior University of California, Irvine. Age: 39

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image: Appetite, Obesity, and the Brain

Appetite, Obesity, and the Brain

By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2015

How the foods that make us fattest are not that different from heroin and cocaine

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image: Dopamine Distress and Obesity

Dopamine Distress and Obesity

By Karen Zusi | September 14, 2015

A genetic predisposition toward learning poorly from negative outcomes may influence behaviors leading to weight gain, a study shows.

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