Cognitive performance of opioid maintenance vs. abstinence

  A new study finds lower cognitive functioning in maintenance patients compared with abstinent former users. It also found no difference between methadone patients and buprenorphine patients.   Background To compare the cognitive performances of maintenance patients (MAIN), abstinent ex-users (ABST) and healthy non-heroin using controls (CON). Methods Case control study of 125 MAIN (94 … Continue reading Cognitive performance of opioid maintenance vs. abstinence

Willpower

Steven Pinker reviews a new book titled Willpower: What is this mysterious thing called self-control? When we fight an urge, it feels like a strenuous effort, as if there were a homunculus in the head that physically impinged on a persistent antagonist. We speak of exerting will power, of forcing ourselves to go to work, … Continue reading Willpower

Pediatric Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brain, New Study Suggests

A new study identifies neurochemical changes from ritalin use: Use of the attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Ritalin by young children may cause long-term changes in the developing brain, suggests a new study of very young rats by a research team at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. The study is among the … Continue reading Pediatric Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brain, New Study Suggests