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There is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, new study shows

BINGHAMTON, NY- Any amount of alcohol exposure during pregnancy can cause extreme lasting effects on a child, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. A team of researchers led by Marvin Diaz, assistant professor of...

Hepatitis C care falling short for young opioid users in R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- As public health officials worry that the increase of opioid use among young adults has helped to spread the hepatitis C virus to a new generation, a study in Rhode Island finds that while screening is common, the follow-up...

Preclinical study suggests path toward non-addictive painkillers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A pre-clinical study led by Indiana University scientists reports a promising step forward in the search for pain relief methods without the addictive side effects behind the country's current opioid addiction crisis. The research, which appears in...

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The Neuroscience of Changing Your Mind

Every day our brains grapple with various last-minute decisions. We adjust our gait to avoid a patch of ice; we exit to hit the rest stop; we switch to our backhand before thwacking a tennis ball.

Scientists have long accepted …

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Helping smokers quit: Payments, personalized support can work

BOSTON - Money can be more powerful than nicotine, as a new study found that smokers who received financial incentives, in addition to personalized support, to help them quit were more successful than smokers who did not receive these interventions. Published in JAMA...

Many prescription drug users not aware of driving-related risks

A large portion of patients taking prescription drugs that could affect driving may not be aware they could potentially be driving impaired, according to research in the November issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Nearly 20 percent of people in the...

This drug could block harmful impact of teen binge drinking

Alcohol-fueled parties might be seen as a rite of passage for many high school students, but they have an unexpected impact: binge-drinking behavior as teenagers can lead to problems with alcohol and other drug dependence later on in life. That's according to...

Tanning beds and risky behavior linked — in men

Even though men use tanning beds at lower rates than women, men who tan tend to do it in riskier ways, according to a study by researchers at the University of Connecticut. The findings should help public health officials rethink how, and to whom, they're targeting...

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Sleep in Humans Stabilizes Pattern Separation Performance

Replay of hippocampal neural representations during sleep is thought to promote systems consolidation of declarative memory. How this reprocessing of memory during sleep affects the hippocampal representation itself, is unclear. Here we tested hippocampal stimulus processing (i.e., pattern separation) before …

Researchers Induce a Form of Synesthesia with Hypnosis

Summary: Hypnotic suggestion can trigger visual hallucinations similar to those experienced by people with synethesia, researchers report.

Source: University of Turku.

Hypnosis can alter the way certain individuals information process information in their brain. A new phenomenon was identified by