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Cure from schizophrenia is possible, says Norwegian study; resilience and job key factors

Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to understand reality. It distorts the way a person thinks, acts, and relates to others. Even as its symptoms can be treated with the help of schizophrenia treatment centers, it has no known cure so far. However, a new Norwegian study has shown some favorable outcomes, giving hope to schizophrenics around the world. The study by the University of Oslo’s Department of Psychology, published recently in the European Psychiatry journal, saw more than half of around 30 young participants recover fully or partially. The participants were the…

Time to curb steroid abuse among youth

Sports personalities often become the source of inspiration for many teens in their growing up years. They always yearn to get a body like these sportspersons. And in an attempt to do so, they often end up using steroids without understanding their harmful effects on them. Changes experienced during puberty also force many teens to use anabolic steroids to get that perfect shape hey had longed for, pushing themselves toward addiction and other adverse health effects. According to a study conducted by Youth Risk and Behavior Surveillance System, an estimated 5 percent of high school students in the United States…

Cocaine users turning to smart devices to thwart fatal overdoses

An increasing number of individuals using illicit drugs like cocaine are turning to smart devices to monitor their heart rate, revealed recent media reports. Drug users who engage in repeated cocaine abuse are beginning to depend on wearable heart monitors to make sure their heart doesn’t give out. Experts say using technology to keep a watch on activities that could cause potential harm to the heart rate and body temperature is gaining popularity among millennials. Users of cocaine, which is capable of triggering an extreme surge in heart rate, feel that this new technology could help prevent overdose deaths. The…

Study identifies workplace stress as leading cause of mental disorders in employees

Study identifies workplace stress as leading cause of mental disorders in employees The lives of majority of the working professionals are defined by hectic schedules, strict deadlines, long working hours and lack of proper rest, nutrition and sleep. As a result, most of them end up suffering from mental ailments like stress, anxiety and depression. In this context, a recent Canadian study identified that workplace stress is the leading cause of mental disorders among employees. Nearly 78 percent of the respondents admitted missing work due to their underlying mental disorder, while 68 percent of the employees confessed being able to maintain their optimal performance for less than 70 percent of their workday.…

Survey identifies rise in stimulant use; can escalate dual diagnosis problem

Survey identifies rise in stimulant use; can escalate dual diagnosis problem In this era of competition where every individual is striving to win a race of its own kind, many individuals are on a constant look out for methods that can help them boost their performance and increase their mental strength and ability. More often than not, their search leads them to performance-enhancing drugs like stimulants. Concerned about this rising trend, a recent survey found that nearly 30 percent of the American population reported using stimulants at least once in the preceding 12 months in 2017. This was 10 percent higher than the 20 percent usage recorded in 2015. According to…

Staying fit may help combat risk of depression, heart disease in middle age

July 5, 2018 depression

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Staying fit may help combat risk of depression, heart disease in middle age Of all the age groups, middle-aged people have been found to be the least happy, with the lowest levels of life satisfaction and the highest levels of anxiety issues. They are also at a high risk of being diagnosed with depression that may remain undiagnosed for long. While health care practitioners largely rely on antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat depression, a recent study has found that staying physically fit can help lower the risk of depression that develops during the middle age, and reduce the chances of heart disease and early death. The study, published in the…

Hair analysis can help uncover alcoholism, says study

Hair analysis can help uncover alcoholism, says study Ethyl sulphate (EtS) or EtG (Ethyl glucuronide) levels in hair can help find out if a person has consumed alcohol or not, according to a recent study published in the Drug Testing & Analysis. In the study, the scientists have established a technique to measure EtS level in hair samples of patients being treated for alcohol use disorders (AUDs). These individuals are more prospective of having two compounds, ethyl glucuronide and ethyl sulphate, in their hair locks. The uncovering and measuring the consumed alcohol is of vital importance to both forensic and clinical officials and can have a big influence…

Study unveils link between drinking and cancer risk among elderly

June 22, 2018 Addiction

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Study unveils link between drinking and cancer risk among elderly Several studies conducted in the past have substantiated that drinking an excessive amount of alcohol can lead to dangerous effects on an individual’s health. A recent study conducted by a team of researchers has proved that drinking also increases an individual’s risk for developing cancer. The nine-year-long study has reflected that drinking in minimal amounts is likely to cause a lower risk of cancer and death than those who drank more or none at all. To be specific, people who had less than seven drinks a week were found to have the lowest risk for cancer and death compared to…

Psychedelics can help fight mental illness and addiction-related disorders, says study

June 14, 2018 Addiction

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Psychedelics can help fight mental illness and addiction-related disorders, says study Psychedelics have been known to produce mind-altering effects; however, a recent research has revealed that it can improve the brain’s plasticity, including its ability to repair itself from damage caused by stress or trauma. According to the study published online, psychedelics like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) might have mind-altering powers and could help fight mental illness and addiction-related disorders. As per the study authors, psychedelics such as DMT, DOI and LSD may alter the brain structure physically by increasing the number of connections between neurons; the psychedelics were shown to promote brain cell growth and form new connections between individual…

Tyson fury fights toughest battle yet, overcomes depression, drugs and alcohol

June 11, 2018 depression

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Tyson fury fights toughest battle yet, overcomes depression, drugs and alcohol I am living proof that anyone can come back from the brink. -Tyson Luke Fury, former WBA-IBF-WBO world heavyweight champion Professional boxer Tyson Luke Fury had recently admitted to suffering from depression and a drug problem in an interview to BBC Sport, ahead of his comeback fight with Sefer Seferi on June 9, 2018, which he won easily. He revealed how depression led him to abuse substance which he felt was the only coping mechanism at that time. “I woke up every day wishing I would not wake up any more. To subside that depression, other things happened,” he said.…
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