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Mice experiments explain how addiction changes our brains

Experiments on mice show that drug abuse leads to permanent changes in the brain. Meet one of the scientists who is trying to reverse this damage and treat addictive behaviour.

Test yourself: Are you addicted to shopping?

Young women, extroverts and neurotic persons are more at risk for compulsive shopping. Researchers have developed a new method to identify the addicts.

Workaholism – the addiction of this century

A recent study from shows that 8.3 percent of the Norwegian work force is addicted to work to the point where it becomes a health issue.

Talks help children with dysfunctional parents to cope

Children with parents suffering from addiction or mental health issues are often faced with great challenges in their everyday lives. Conversation and information may help them to deal with the difficulties.

Occasional smoking is transitory

If you are a 21-year-old who smokes every now and then, there is a more than 50 percent chance you will completely quit before you reach 27.

Wasted research on rehab dropouts

What makes someone drop out from addiction treatment? It turns out scientists have been looking for the answer in the wrong place.

Addicts want sober neighbours

Addicts who live in close proximity to one another tend to reinforce one another’s bad habits. People who are substance dependent say that pressure and unsolicited visits from other users are factors that make it harder to overcome their addiction.

Parkinson’s spreads faster than we thought

The brain of a Parkinson’s patient is damaged at an early stage, even when the symptoms are mild, new study finds.

Gambling addiction can be spotted in the brain

New study reveals impaired communication across various brain regions in compulsive gamblers. This suggests that gambling addiction may be more due to a deviation in the brain than a weakness of character.

Gamblers get a kick out of making risky decisions

Compulsive gamblers get more excitement and pleasure from making risky decisions than from winning, new study shows.