Astrocytes respond to cocaine exposure in the brains of mice by promoting the formation of new synapses.
Low-level exposure to lead during development does not lead to alcohol use disorder, but does alter the neural circuits in a way that if addiction occurs, it makes it harder to refrain from returning to addiction related behaviors.
Study shows adolescents find vaping nicotine more rewarding than adults, and do so after shorter exposure. The findings may explain why vaping is so popular in the teenage demographic.
Altered expression of FYN, a gene associated with the production of Tau, was identified in the brains of people addicted to heroin. Findings suggest opioid use can affect the brain in a way that might cause vulnerability in neural systems that can trig…
People with a history of substance use disorder are more susceptible to COVID-19 infection and have an increased risk of experiencing worse outcomes, a new study reports.
Identical twins were more likely to have similar sun-seeking behaviors than non-identical twins, suggesting genetics play a key role in sun-seeking behaviors. Researchers identified five genes associated with sun-seeking behavior, some of which have pr…
Levels of oxytocin were substantially lower in adults who experienced parental divorce as children compared to those whose families remained together.
Sibling study reveals moderate cannabis use during adolescence has adverse effects on cognitive function that cannot be explained by genetics or other environmental factors.
Study reveals a previously unrecognized family connection to alcohol use disorder, the drinking habits of a person’s in-laws. People married to those who experienced parental alcohol misuse as a child are more likely to develop an addiction to alcohol,…
The way zebrafish respond to repeated exposure and withdrawal from nicotine mirrors more complex human responses during withdrawal.