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The answer to treating drug and alcohol addiction may be far simpler than you think

The answer is far simpler than you might think, at least according to neuroscience journalist and author Maia Szalavitz, whose new book, "Unbroken Brain," throws water on most of the modern assumptions that plague our understanding of drug and alcohol addiction.<p>Addiction, she writes, is not a …

8 Podcasts That Will Captivate Your Mind

A month ago, if you asked me what my favorite podcast was I would have paused awkwardly and asked, “What’s a podcast?” A lot has changed since …

Self-improvement

FDA Approves First Drug To Boost Women's Sexual Desire

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug designed to increase a woman's libido.<p>The controversial decision was hailed by some doctors and advocates as a long-sought victory for women's health, but was condemned by others as irresponsible and dangerous.<p>The little pink pill, known …

Should NBA Players Be Able to Smoke Marijuana?

An interesting Mailbag question comes our way today, just the kind we like!<p>Dave,<p>I read with interest your recent mailbag answer on Larry Sanders …

Cannabis

When Pot Goes From Illegal To Recreational, Schools Face A Dilemma

Like many schools across Colorado, Arapahoe Ridge High School in Boulder has seen an increase in overall drug incidents since recreational marijuana became legal.<p>While public schools aren't required to report marijuana incidents separately from other drugs such as cocaine, evidence compiled by …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

Cocaine addiction treatment: new study targets immune system response in beating drug dependency

An international team led by Australian and US universities has studied a new treatment for cocaine addiction that could also have implications for …

5 Reasons Women Should Not Lift Weights

Should women lift weights? Not necessarily. Weightlifting (and, more generally, strength training) isn't for everyone. There are a few 'pros' to lifting weights, but it's important to consider the 'cons' before committing to any strength training program.<p>Before you start counting reps and sets, …

12 Reasons Sex Is Better After 50

12 Reasons Sex is Better After 50<p>Several years ago, Diane Keaton starred in a romantic comedy called "Baby Boom."<p>In one early scene, she and Hubs were sitting in bed together, side by side and both reading, with the bedside clock showing 11 p.m. Diane looks over at Hubs and asks, "Do you want to …

Why I Changed Careers to Legalize a Drug I Don't Use

I have never used marijuana, and I don't plan to start. I certainly don't want more kids to use marijuana. Because of this, I <i>support</i> legalizing and regulating marijuana like tobacco and alcohol. Not only do I support legalization, I changed careers to advocate for it full-time. Here's why:<p><i>We can</i> …

Addiction showcases the brain’s flexibility

Every day sees a new research article on addiction, be it cocaine, heroin, food or porn. Each one takes a specific angle on how addiction works in …

Neuroscience

Heart group calls on FDA to quickly regulate e-cigs

Electronic cigarettes need to be strongly regulated — and quickly — to prevent another generation of young people from becoming addicted to nicotine, according to the American Heart Association's first policy statement on the products.<p>In its statement, the heart association pointed to studies …