According to a recent article published on ScienceDaily, researchers at the University of Texas say that the age at which adolescents using marijuana can alter the typical course of brain development, compromising brain structures that are responsible for higher order thinking.
Rick Nauert reports on PsychCentral about a study by investigators from Northwestern University concerning the adverse impact of teens’ daily marijuana smoking on the shape and function of the hippocampus, a brain structure that plays a key role in the preservation of long-term memories.
In this interview, Dr. Daniel Siegel seeks to correct the traditional view of adolescence as a period of immaturity that is driven by raging hormones. He believes that the impulsivity of adolescence is more accurately explained by the fact that this time in life is a period of brain remodeling that includes profound changes in the dopamine system.
“Teens who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are two to four times more likely to use drugs or alcohol, compared with teens with no history of TBI, according to new research published in The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.”
Twenty-four percent of high school students admit to taking at least one prescription painkiller, and 20 percent of teens admit to abusing prescription drugs before the age of 14, according to a 2012 survey at Drugfree.org (Your Teen for Parents) http://wp.me/p2Enux-ie
“We found that despite significant overdose experiences,nonmedical PO users were uninformed about overdose awareness, avoidance, and response strategies, especially the use of naloxone”. (Pedro Mateu-Gelabert, Ph.D.) Psychcentral News reports […]
“Cannabis Use Is Quantitatively Associated with Nucleus Accumbens and Amygdala Abnormalities in Young Adult Recreational Users.” A study by Gilman, et al. in the April 2014 edition of The Journal […]
Science Daily: People mix alcohol and energy drinks for fun and…it doesn’t end well. Neither does using ED’s to sober up.
The results of a survey of 595 university students in Victoria, Australia will be published in the July 2014 online-only issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. The sample consisted of individuals […]
Medscape reports that an analysis of 247 hospitalized patients who had experienced first episode psychosis (FEP ) indicates that “Heavy marijuana use between the ages of 15 to 17 years, […]
Medscape posted an article on May 8 about remarks made by Dr. Meesha Ahuja, MD,at a press briefing at the American Psychiatric Asociation’s 2014 Annual Meeting. She was the lead […]