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The complex brain circuitry that drives humans to compulsively drink alcohol is still somewhat a mystery. But a UCSF-led team of scientists believe they have identified that wiring in the brains of rats who also imbibe too deeply.

 

Are so-called “designer drugs” still a problem?

University of Maine researcher Marie Hayes says she has been criticized for her opinion that methadone programs should incorporate birth control for addicted women. To read more, click here.

When Anne’s baby boy was born at Eastern Maine Medical Center, his little body began a painstaking withdrawal from narcotics. In his first days of life, the infant unwittingly craved the methadone his mother began taking during her pregnancy to help her kick an addiction to prescription painkillers.

 

A state licensing board has disciplined two Maine psychiatrists in separate incidents involving unprofessional behavior.

Now, those of you who know me know, when it comes to research I will seek out information far and wide to come to some relative conclusion about anything anti-aging. I have become over the past 20 years somewhat obsessed with the prospects of living a long, youthful, healthy, pain-free life.

An addiction is an uncontrolled obsession that is in some way harmful. Smoking (which is actually nicotine addiction) can easily become a dangerous obsession that can damage the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Compulsive gambling can cause financial ruin. Alcoholism and drug dependency can destroy relationships, careers, and life itself.

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