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A Major Scientific Project Aims to Find Out Exactly How the Internet Is Screwing With Your Brain

As anyone who has spent any amount of time on Twitter can tell you, the internet can bring out the worst in us. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that scientists in Europe are now hoping to catalogue exactly how the online hellscape affects mental health and well-being. Read More >>

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Skyrocketing Rates of Fentanyl Deaths Led to the Deadliest Year for Opioid Overdoses Ever in America

More people are dying from drug overdoses in the US than ever before, according to a new preliminary report released last week by the American federal government. There were an estimated 72,287 drug overdose deaths last year, the report found, with the majority caused by opioids. The toll is yet another record high. Read More >>

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Google Lifts Ban on Addiction Rehab Ads

For several months, Google did not allow any ads for recovery-oriented services to appear when you searched drug addiction-related terms. But the search giant is easing up on its rehab-related restrictions, TechCrunch reports. Read More >>

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A Scottish Rehab Centre Has Started Taking in Bitcoin Addicts

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been all the rage for several months now, thanks to the inflated prices that helped a bunch of people get rich. But apparently some people are taking it even further and just can't help but buy more and more crypto for no good reason, and that's why there's one Scottish hospital has expanded its rehab services for cryptocurrency addicts. Read More >>

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Opioid-Addicted People Seem to Have This Genetic Variation in Common

Who you are is the result of a complicated interplay between your environment, your genes, and probably a few other factors science has yet to uncover. Genetics influence somewhere around half of a person’s “vulnerability to addiction,” according to the US National Institute on Drug Abuse. Now researchers have shed light on the role one specific gene plays in influencing the risk of opioid addiction. Read More >>

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Is Video Game Addiction Unscientific Bullshit?

The World Health Organization is on the verge of officially recognising a phenomenon that researchers have been studying since the Super Nintendo era: video game addiction. Scientists and public health advocates who back the move say that compulsive video-game playing is a discrete disorder that can seriously damage a person’s mental and physical health. But other experts say that classifying a common behaviour like gaming as a potential disease is scientifically unsound and might even repopularise an old stigma against gamers. Read More >>

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Maybe Addiction is More Like a Learning Disorder Than a Disease

When US sketch show Saturday Night Live recently aired a skit riffing on America’s new heroin epidemic — a satirical fake ad for “Heroin A.M.” to help addicts remain productive while using — many people weren’t laughing. Read More >>

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A Mutant Cocaine-Eating Enzyme Could Cure Addiction and Overdoses

Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can survive body temps—and more than doubles its cocaine appetite. Read More >>

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Would These Redesigned Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

Quitting smoking cold turkey takes a rare sort of willpower that most of us will, unfortunately, never know. So for the weaker willed masses looking to kick the habit, these new cigarette packaging concepts may be just what the (questionable) doctor ordered. Read More >>

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The Science of How Flappy Bird Gets You Hooked

Long live Flappy Bird, the game we loved to hate. But why oh why was that simple little game so awfully compelling? Read More >>

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A New Vaccine Eats Cocaine “Like Pac-Man” to Kick Addiction

Cocaine addictions, which carry a notoriously high relapse rate, may have finally met their match in the form of a simple, long lasting booster vaccine. Read More >>

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Russian Bears Are Hooked on Huffing Jet Fuel Until They Pass Out

In a display of blatant disregard for Nancy Reagan and her pleas to the contrary, Russia's bears, no longer able to resist the sweet temptation of jet fuel, have a drug problem. Read More >>

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Kick Your Pesky Cocaine Habit By Blasting Your Brain with Lasers

Have you ever had one of those days where you thought to yourself "Boy, I sure wish I didn't have this sexy yet expensive cocaine addiction"? Fortunately for you, there could be a new solution on the horizon, and all you have to do is fry your brain with lasers. Equally sexy. Read More >>

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Do You Ever Sit Down to Piss Just So You Can Keep Fondling Your Phone?

Apparently, one quarter of men have coughed to doing it lady-like, and taking a seat instead of standing tall to take a leak, just so they can continue to use their damn phones. Has it really come to this? Are we that addicted to our phones we can't even pee without them? Please say this is just a load of gumpf. Read More >>

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How Pornography Addiction Works and Affects Your Life

For all the jokes, pornography addiction is a real and actual addiction. Really. Stop laughing. I'm serious. No, it's— Look. Porn works like any other addictive substance: It re-wires your brain in ways that make you need it, and probably proves harmful to the rest of your life. Read More >>