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ATOD Weekly Recap - Week Ending October 26, 2012

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ATOD Weekly Recap - Week Ending October 19, 2012

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OCT
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ATOD Recap for week-ending October 5

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OCT
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DSM-5 – Coming May 2013

Addiction treatment and other mental health professionals are accustomed to applying the diagnostic criteria published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in the 1994 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) and the 2000 "Text Revision" version of the same compendium (DSM-IV-TR), which updated the narrative material but kept the same diagnostic criteria. Criteria in the substance-related disorders section of DSM-IV are all the more familiar to veterans in the addiction field because they were barely changed from the criteria in the previous DSM, the 1987 "Revision" of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Version III (DSM-III-R). The names we give diseases are no more than useful categories for grouping individuals whose ailments have similar physical or behavioral manifestations or similar causes, and that respond to similar therapeutic or preventive efforts. Disease names and criteria to diagnose them evolve because scientific knowledge and technology evolve. Revisions of classifications...Original linkOriginal author:...

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OCT
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ATOD Recap for Week-Ending September 28

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OCT
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ATOD Recap for Week-Ending September 21

________________________________________Study Finds Secondhand Smoke Can Harm Newborn Brain Development A new study concludes that exposure to secondhand smoke can harm the developing brain of newborns. Researchers found exposure to active or secondhand smoke affected newborn babies’ ability to inhibit stimuli that can harm the central nervous system, according to HealthDay.The study, published in Early Human Development, included 282 healthy babies, who were examined two to three days after birth. The study found 22 percent of the mothers smoked during pregnancy, while 6 percent were exposed to passive smoke. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke had poor motor development. Those exposed to active smoking were less able to regulate motor and sensory behavior.“Newborns who have had intrauterine exposure to nicotine, whether in an active or passive way, show signs of being more affected in terms of their neurobehavioural development,” researchers Josefa Canals and Carmen Hernández said in a press release.________________________________________Synthetic drugs, real consequences: Fake...

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OCT
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ATOD Recap for Week-Ending September 14

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OCT
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ATOD Recap week-endning September 7

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Falling Dominoes: Or, Why You Can't Have "Just One"

Search the Internet or type in "falling dominoes" on YouTube and you will be deluged with opportunities to watch videos, often set to music, of vast numbers of colorful rectangles knocking one another over. These productions are extravagant examples of the original "domino effect." They show domino tiles arranged in both straight lines and intricate patterns, each tile balanced on a narrow end with its rear flat facing the front flat of the next. As long as the distances between the tiles are shorter than their length, once the first domino is toppled, all the rest must fall. Or more accurately, all the rest usually fall; once in a while a chain reaction jams, the audience sighs, and the videographer cuts to dominoes that are falling.The middle and last dominoes in these arrangements fall because they are subject to laws of nature. Physics and gravity may not yield the results...Original linkOriginal...

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Bath Salts: Devastation from Addictive "Thinking"

The phenomenon of "bath salts" abuse and dependence is hard to believe. Nevertheless, since late 2010 young people and adults have been swallowing, smoking, sniffing, and injecting dangerous white or colored powders that they purchase from head shops, convenience stores, or the Internet.[NIDA Message] Colorful packages with catchy names such as Arctic Blast, Cloud 9, Ivory Wave, Snow Leopard, Vanilla Sky, and White Lightning may contain 50 milligrams or more of powder and sell for $25-50. They are labeled as bath additives (or glass cleaner or plant food) that are "not intended for human consumption." How this can be happening?Neurobiology helps explain it. Basically, addiction doesn't make sense: people with addiction pursue their relationship with a mood-changing chemical even when it ruins their body and other relationships. This happens because: (1) addictive substances provide reward and escape that condition the user to seek the substances over and over; (2) stopping...Original linkOriginal...

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