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Brief absence from social media leads to withdrawal symptoms

Psychologists have been examining patterns of social media use and the effects on people who suddenly stop using on-line platforms. The research has revealed addiction-like behavior after time away from social media.

Why cannabis affects women differently to men

New research finds that cannabis affects women differently to men. The reason behind the difference lines up with the activities of different hormones. This explains why men are four times more likely to try cannabis; and why women are more vulnerable.

Austrian gambling addict wins 2.5m euros compensation

Vienna - An Austrian court has ordered a gambling company to pay 2.5 million euros ($2.87m) to a gambler the court found was under the influence of addiction, in a judgement made public on Monday.

YouTube updates its 'digital wellbeing' tools

YouTube's so-termed "digital wellbeing tools" are being updated by Google. The tools will provide users with data relating to how much time they spend watching videos. The idea is to encourage people to take a break from video streaming.

Addiction Policy Forum CEO talks addiction prevention, telehealth Special

Jessica Hulsey Nickel, the founder, president and CEO of Addiction Policy Forum, chatted with Digital Journal about her national nonprofit organization, which raises awareness on addiction, prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Despite warnings the number of opioid prescriptions is unchanged

Despite warnings issued in many countries about addition to opioids, the numbers of pills taken show no sign of decreasing according to a new review focusing on U.S. healthcare.

Video gaming addictive like crack: WHO

Paris - Video gaming can be addictive in the same way as cocaine or gambling, the World Health Organization said Monday in a much anticipated update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

Video gaming addictive like crack: WHO

Paris - Video gaming can be addictive in the same way as cocaine or gambling, the World Health Organization said Monday in a much anticipated update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

Puget Sound mussels test positive for opioids and antibiotics

Seattle - Washington state scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of antibiotics and opioids in some Puget Sound mussels, adding to the growing evidence that America's opioid addiction problem is getting out of hand.

YouTube will start bugging you if you binge too much

Google wants to help users spend less time on YouTube. This week, users will be able to set up reminders telling them to take a break, and the app will get options to reduce the number of notifications they get during the day.

How to overcome digital addiction

San Fransisco - Are you addicted to digital technology? Always on social media? Be warned, a new psychological study finds that digital addiction increases loneliness, anxiety and depression.

Nose spray tested to kick gambling habit: Finnish researchers

Helsinki - Finnish researchers on Monday said they were to launch a study to see if gambling addiction can be treated with a fast-working nasal spray.

Don't worry, technology is not taking over children's lives

Oxford - Worried by the amount of time your child is glued to a device screen? You can probably relax. A new study shows that technology not taking over children's lives; this is despite a screen-time increase.

Mexican traffickers starting to produce own fentanyl: Sessions

Washington - Mexican drug traffickers have begun to set up laboratories to produce the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday.

Brazil's tech junkies seek healing at digital detox clinic

Rio De Janeiro - Like many young people, 29-year-old student L.L. loves his cell phone. So much so, in fact, that his studies, his work and even his personal relationships have suffered, and his phone eventually became a way to avoid people in the real world.

Kicking the smoking habit online

New research concludes that online social networks, specificlaly designed to help smokers kick the tobacco habit, can be effective. Success rises provided users are active participants.

Taiwan's battle with betel nut addiction

- For years Huang Sheng-yi helped feed Taiwan's addiction to the betel nut, planting thousands of the trees on his mountainous farm.

Opioid addiction skyrockets nearly 500 percent in U.S.

A recent analysis of millions of American medical claims revealed that diagnoses for opioid addiction have skyrocketed by nearly 500 percent over the past seven years, according to the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Association.

Break-up pill could soon be available to treat love addiction

Oxford - Researchers at the University of Oxford have concluded that love addiction is real. However, they said it may be biochemically curable.

Internet withdrawal increases blood pressure

Swansea - Are you an Internet addict? If so it might be bad for your physiological health, according to a new study. Scientists have shown how Internet withdrawal increases heart rate and blood pressure.

First American opiate intervention court opens in Buffalo, N.Y.

Buffalo - In the first of its kind in the United States, a special court has been set up in Buffalo, New York to provide treatment to opiate addicts before they are dealt with by the criminal justice system. The hope is to save lives and reduce future offences.

Hepatitis C nearly triples in US in 5 years

Miami - The number of hepatitis C infections have nearly tripled in the United States in the last five years, particularly among people in their 20s, researchers said Thursday.

Addiction to love comes in two forms: Study

What does love feel like? Love addiction comes in not one but two forms according to neuroscientists. In a long-term review, researchers from the Oxford University Centre for Neuroethics explain what these differences are.

US communities crumbling under an evolving addiction crisis

Washington - Of the 2,900 babies born last year in Cabell County, West Virginia, 500 had to be weaned off of opioid dependence.In Ohio, counties are renting refrigerated trailers to store the mounting number of bodies of drug overdose victims.

Ben Affleck says he's undergone treatment for alcoholism

Los Angeles - Hollywood star Ben Affleck announced on Facebook that he has undergone treatment to combat alcoholism, as he acknowledged his ongoing struggle with the condition.

Op-Ed: Canada's growing opioid crisis — talking about it won't help

Calgary - For well over a decade, health professionals, law enforcement officials, the media and others concerned over the growing opioid epidemic in Canada and the U.S. have been calling for urgent action on what has become an epidemic in both nations.

Addiction is a crisis, not a character flaw: US surgeon general

Miami - Alcoholism and drug abuse are a pressing public health crisis in the United States, and addiction should no longer be dismissed as a "character flaw," top US health officials said Thursday.

New method for assessing addiction in people

Addiction to a substance affects the brain and once some is dependent, removing the need for the substance becomes psychologically and physically difficult. This is not a simple process as a new method indicates.

Is digital addiction a problem that affects only Millennials?

Is digital addiction a real medical condition or just a scaring ghost evoked by people who seek a financial gain from a boom of allegedly addicted kids? And how much is this problem affecting youths compared to adults?

Addict risks all in deadly Philippine drug war

Manila - Pedicab driver Reyjin dives into a neighbour's house for a quick meth fix, fearful of taking a bullet to the head in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs but unable to quit.
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