Finally Some Good News! Gene Linked to Increased Addiction Risk Also Linked to Extreme Longevity
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Researchers say that people with the DRD4 7R gene are at an increased risk of ADHD and addiction but also more likely to live to extreme old age. Full Story

Mindfulness
Mindfulness Linked to Cell Health and Longer Life © Martin Gommel

Not only does mindfulness improve mental health, researchers at UCSF say it may also improve cellular health by protecting chromosomes from damage and decay… So at the end of the day – paying more attention might lengthen your lifespan.

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Transgenerational Effects of Drug Use
Teen Pot Use Ups Addiction Risk for Future Offspring © Prensa420

In an animal model study, researchers found that rats given a THC-like substance in adolescence gave birth to offspring who were more predisposed to enjoy and abuse opiates than rats born to mothers that had not used THC-like drugs.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Concussion and Depression Link © House Committee on Education

Wondering what’s causing your depression? Have any concussions or other forms of brain injury in your past? Well, if you do it might explain the way you’re feeling, because having a brain injury, even a minor one, greatly increases your risks of depression – even years after the fact.

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Alcohol Abuse Research
No Sex = More Drinking (Among Fruit Flies Anyway) © USDAgov

Male fruit flies that couldn't get any sex drink far more alcohol than sexually satisfied male fruit flies. Researchers say that variations in levels of a chemical called neuropeptide F explain the difference and that humans also make use of a very similar brain chemical.

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Pain
Study – Control Pain with Music, Not Drugs © JD Hancock

Looking for a way to control your pain without resorting to addictive opiates? Well, researchers say you might as well start by putting on some of your favorite music, because in one recent study, listening to music actually reduced sensations of pain.

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Drug Treatments
Heroin Vaccine Shows Promise © USACE Europe District

Researchers at The Scripps Institute say they’ve got an experimental heroin vaccine in the works, and based on the results of animal testing experiments, it looks like it just might work.

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Brain Science
Relationships Dampen Amphetamine High © Brandon Christopher Warren

Researchers at Florida State University say that animals which form long term adult pair relationships get much less reward from amphetamine than unpaired (single) animals.

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Brain Research
Green Tea May Protect From Dementia © Mariela M.

Researchers have long known that a healthy diet, exercise and mental stimulation into older age all protect the brain from dementia and Alzheimer’s, and now based on the results of some research coming out of Newcastle University in the UK – they may have to add the regular consumption of green tea to that list of protective factors.

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Insomnia
Children with Insomnia © Capsicina

Children who can’t sleep well suffer from overtiredness and impulse control problems. These children tend to start experimenting with drugs and alcohol at an earlier age and are at greater risk of substance abuse problems in early adulthood.

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Obesity
Overeating Causes Changes in the Brain © Tobyotter

Researchers say that eating too much junk food can lead to changes in the brain similar to what is seen in drug addicts. They say this helps to explain compulsive and unhealthy eating at the neurochemical level.

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Greater Knowledge of the Brain May Lead to Super-Soldiers and Mind Controlled Weapons, Says DIA Report © Photo: Kyle May

Neuroscientists working to unlock the mysteries of the mind may provide military strategists with fertile material for new weapons development, says a report by leading scientists for the DIA

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The Concussion and Depression Link
The Link between Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Depression © House Committee on Education
Wondering what’s causing your depression? Have any concussions or other forms of brain injury in your past? Well, if you do it might explain the way you’re feeling, because having a brain injury, even a minor one, greatly increases your risks of depression – even years after the fact. Read Article
Neuroscience May 14, 2012
People with Addiction Gene Live Longest?!
Finally Some Good News! Gene Linked to Increased Addiction Risk Also Linked to Extreme Longevity © Dietmar Temps
Researchers say that people with the DRD4 7R gene are at an increased risk of ADHD and addiction but also more likely to live to extreme old age. Read Article
Neuroscience January 13, 2013 (1)
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