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Rare gene could increase risk of schizophrenia, alcoholism and bipolar

A new study carried out by scientists from University College London in the UK has reported on the discovery of a rare gene variant found in about 1 in every 200 people that could increase the risk of developing #alcohol dependence, #bipolar disorder and #schizophrenia.

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Marijuana: As Perceived Harm Drops, Use Goes Up

Text Description of Infographic: The below infographic shows past-year use of #marijuana  in 12th graders.

Three points in time are shown—1993, 2003, 2013— for marijuana use and the perception of risk (saw great risk in smoking marijuana occasionally) among 12th graders.

1993

Using: 26.0%
Perception of risk: 72.5% saw great risk in smoking marijuana occasionally

2003

Using: 34.9
Perception of risk: 54.9% saw great risk in smoking marijuana occasionally

2013

Using: 36.4%
Perception of risk: 39.5% saw great risk in smoking marijuana occasionally

Source: drugabuse.gov
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Marijuana: As Perceived Harm Drops, Use Goes Up

Text Description of Infographic: The below infographic shows past-year use of #marijuana  in 12th graders.

Three points in time are shown—1993, 2003, 2013— for marijuana use and the perception of risk (saw great risk in smoking marijuana occasionally) among 12th graders.

1993

Using: 26.0%
Perception of risk: 72.5% saw great risk in smoking marijuana occasionally

2003

Using: 34.9
Perception of risk: 54.9% saw great risk in smoking marijuana occasionally

2013

Using: 36.4%
Perception of risk: 39.5% saw great risk in smoking marijuana occasionally

Source: drugabuse.gov
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Most people can use marijuana without becoming addicted. But for users with vulnerabilities like stress, mental illness, or a genetic predisposition, the risk of dependence is real.

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Should You Date Someone With a Mental Illness?

Not everyone has a propensity to deal with such difficulties - even if those difficulties are likely to be temporary because the mentally ill party is receiving treatment. And I don't think that's being prejudiced or discriminatory. That's just the r...

#brain   #mentalhealth   #mentalillness  

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A new study published July 18, 2014 has confirmed a link between #antipsychotic medication and a slight, but measureable, decrease in #brain volume in patients with #schizophrenia. However, the notable outcome of this study is that for the first time, researchers have been able to examine whether this decrease is harmful for patients' cognitive function and symptoms or not. The study reported that over a nine year follow-up, this decrease did not appear to have any effect. 

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The risk of developing drug #dependence or abuse is greater for individuals who start using these substances in adolescence or early adolescence than for those who start during adulthood. According to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), people who start using substances at a young age are at greater risk of needing treatment later. In 2011, 74 percent of people ages 18 to 30 who were admitted for substance abuse treatment started using substances at 17 or younger. The report also showed that 10.2 percent of those admitted for treatment started using at age 11 or younger.

#substanceabuse   #drugabuse   #addiction  

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Last week, nine-year-old Hally Yust died after contracting a rare brain-eating amoeba infection while swimming near her family’s home in Kansas.

The organism responsible, Naegleria fowleri, dwells in warm freshwater lakes and rivers and usually targets children and young adults. Read on ...

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When we're physically sick, we usually visit physicians because we trust they will provide us with the care we need, considering health and safety as top priorities. But are they really providing the care that is required?

My answer may shock you but it's a big NO! And, if this is not the case, why has a Florida based physician been charged with first-degree murder? This was not an only case, you find thousands of reports on medical #malpractice if you just do a small online research! Read on .... http://goo.gl/vsfha8

#prescriptiondrugabuse   #medicalmalpractice   #drugabuse  
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Drug rehab centers put a number of guidelines in place to ensure the safety of their patients, many of which are challenged by recovering addicts looking for as much normalcy and comfort as possible during the difficult early stages of recovery. ....
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