1. Simulated Sea Slug Gets Addicted To Drug
Scientists built a computer model of a simple brain network based on that of a sea slug, taught it how to get food, gave it an appetite and the ability to experience reward, added a dash of something. ( sciencedaily.com )
2. Tobacco Smoking May Lower Risk For Parkinson Disease While Increasing The Risk Of Other Illnesses
A study found a causally protective effect of tobacco smoking on the risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD), yet the mechanism behind this association was not made clear. Findings from this study were reported in Neurology. (psychiatryadvisor.com)
3. Too Much Alcohol Can Cause Similar Effects To Dementia – And The Two Are Often Confused
In the UK, 21% of people are drinking more alcohol than they did before the pandemic, according to a recent survey. This follows a reported 31% increase in alcohol sales at the start of lockdown. ( medicalxpress.com )
4. Are Painkillers After Childbirth A Prescription For Addiction?
Many women are prescribed opioid painkillers after giving birth, and it may in some cases lead to addiction and overdose, a new study finds. ( usnews.com )
5. Ccsa’s Covid-19 Resource Section Has What You Need To Know About The Impacts Of Covid-19 On Substance Use.
CCSA is the go-to place in Canada for trusted information on COVID-19 and substance use. We have put together a suite of resources from websites and organizations from around the world, as well as publications from our own experts. (ccsa.ca)
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