Month: February 2017

Opioid addiction and its effect on the brain

Individuals who abuse opioids run many risks, and one of them is addiction. However, the list does not end there. In addition to addiction, individuals are also at a risk for various physical and mental disorders. The brain does not differentiate between prescription opioids like OxyContin and illicit drugs like heroin. Their effect on the …

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MRI brain scans may predict substance abuse risk in adolescents

The current epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States has had devastating repercussions, with many deaths due to overdose, national economic consequences and overwhelmed families and first responders. As with so many diseases, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A study was recently completed in the College of Liberal Arts …

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Intense physical activity can improve brain function, says study

Physical activity is good for both physical and mental health. To reinforce the fact, a recent study by researchers at the University of Arizona established the connection between improved brain function and intense aerobic activity. The researchers found that activity that features locomotion increases neuroplasticity more than activities that are more dependent on hand-eye coordination, …

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Residential treatment: Last hope for parents of children with mental illness

The increasing rate of mental illnesses among children in the United States is a major health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20 percent children (aged 3 to 17) in the U.S. suffer from some kind of mental disorder. Of all the intervention methods for mental problems, residential treatment …

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