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Genetic Research Uncovers Traits Associated With Longer Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 18, 2017 in Cravings
Scientists are digging deeper into the secrets of longevity.

The Hidden Effects of Respiratory Diseases

Anxiety, depression, and PTSD are more common in people that have lung diseases like COPD and asthma.

Dogs Who Live with Smokers May Suffer from Premature Aging

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on September 19, 2017 in Canine Corner
Biomarkers show that living in a home with a tobacco smoker prematurely ages dogs at a cellular level

Cancer and Stigma

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
Today, cancer is less stigmatized and more openly discussed, but stigma can still affect the well-being of cancer patients.

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Depression and Loneliness Linked to Higher Mortality Rates

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Over 40 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with depression, and I am sure the real number is higher, the number of people coping with loneliness is unknown.

Is Smoking Marijuana During Pregnancy Harmful?

Recent research demonstrates significant changes in the brains of developing fetuses as a result of marijuana exposure during pregnancy.

My Teen Son Is Smoking Marijuana

How to handle a teen's marijuana use.

Smoking Fetishes Examined

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in In Excess
Those individuals with smoking fetishes (capnolagnia) are presumed to be rare but there has been a growing amount of psychological research looking at sexualised smoking behavior.

Caution: Memory at Work

By Paula Croxson Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Selective Memory
A new study sheds light on how we keep our minds on the task at hand even when faced with the distractions of modern life.

Can E-Cigarettes Reduce Smoking Among the Mentally Ill?

Vaping is the new replacement for cigarette smoking. Is it a better choice?

Zombie Outbreak!? "Spice" and the Synthetic Cannabinoids

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 12, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Synthetic cannabinoids in "Spice" products have been responsible for "zombie outbreaks" across the country. Should parents be concerned?
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The Downside of Financial Nudges

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 15, 2017 in Scientocracy
We should tax people for smoking, not for receiving health insurance.

4 Ways Tech Can Help Improve your Health this Spring

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Connected
Check out how to use the tech in your life to improve your health.

Did I Quit Drugs to Die from Smoking?

People in recovery often turn to cigarettes to help them cope, raising their risk of health complications from nicotine addiction.

Cutting Down on Drinking or Drugs the Natural Way

Is your drinking or drug use getting out of control? Natural supplements and other non-medication approaches can help.

Cutting Down on Drinking or Drugs the Natural Way

Is your drinking or drug use getting out of control? Natural supplements and other non-medication approaches can help.

How Cognitive Dissonance Relates to Relationships

By Ryan Anderson on December 14, 2016 in The Mating Game
Just why is it that people choose to stay in abusive relationships? The psychological concept of cognitive dissonance can explain a lot of our seemingly bizarre behaviour

My Son Is Smoking Marijuana and I'm A Mess

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 13, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
What To Do When You Learn About Your Child & Marijuana

Conversations With Yourself: Put-Downs or Pats on the Back

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on December 12, 2016 in Sex & Sociability
When you talk to yourself do you say "You can do it, kiddo" or "You better not fail again, you loser." Do you habitually use the carrot or the stick, encouragement or insults?

Seven Things Your Teens Need to Know About Pot

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 22, 2016 in Open Gently
Vapes are bad for your lungs. You'll want to smoke more if you're losing sleep. Don't just pretend your kids aren't smoking pot or that it's okay. Give them information.

Cognitive Dissonance and Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on October 29, 2016 in Science of Choice
Cognitive dissonance is a case of detecting our own hypocrisy, and hypocrisy is a powerful motivation for finding justifications (excuses) for our action.

A Simple Way to Keep Your Kids Off Drugs

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 21, 2016 in Open Gently
Better sleep for pre-teens is tied to less drinking and pot smoking through their 20s.

Smoking in the Shower

By Susan Sparks on August 23, 2016 in Laugh Your Way to Well-Being
What we do in private drives who we are in public.

Why Is Change So Hard?

Behavioral change is rarely a discrete or single event but we often make the mistake of viewing it this way.

How Does a Lung Cancer Diagnosis Change a Life?

By Theodora Ross M.D. PhD. on July 28, 2016 in A Cancer in the Family
Does a lung cancer diagnosis lead to new ideas about lifestyle, stress relief and disease? Yes it does.

The Logic of How to Quit Smoking

By Sarah Cotterill, PhD on July 20, 2016 in The Science of Adversity
Having trouble quitting smoking or sticking to a healthy diet? I explain why common strategies so often fail, and offer practical, effective tips for living a healthy life.

Sitting Is the New Smoking and Mindfulness Is the New Black

The Aspen Brain Lab convenes experts on living life to its fullest

Are Dogs Who Live with Smokers More Likely to Get Cancer?

A variety of cancers that appear in dogs can be traced back to living in a household which includes cigarette smokers.

Why Are Smokers Less Likely to Get a New Job?

A recent study from Stanford University found that being a smoker has detrimental impacts on new employment opportunities and wage earning.

Is There One Best Way to Quit Smoking?

By Meg Selig on March 30, 2016 in Changepower
How best to quit smoking? The real key to terminating any bad habit is surprising...and it's not something research alone can tell you.

Guess What? Smoking Cigarettes Is Also Bad for Your Car

People who smoke in their cars end up polluting the interiors in ways that can't be cleaned or ventilated.

Cannabis Use Disorders Are Skyrocketing in the United States

Approximately 6 million Americans have a cannabis use disorder. Unfortunately, only about 13 percent of people with lifetime marijuana use disorder ever seek or receive treatment.
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Marijuana Use Increases Violent Behavior

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on March 20, 2016 in The New Brain
Continued cannabis use increases odds for subsequent commission of violent crimes by 7 fold, similar to the increased risk of lung cancer from smoking cigarettes for 40 years.