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    The genetics of chemical dependence

    Typically, physicians and clinicians point to the mesolimbic dopamine system as the area that makes somebody chemically addicted to a substance. Why do some people get addicted to certain drugs, while other people who have used the drug before do not? The answer is complex, but the vast majority of researchers on addiction do agree… Read More

  • Parents comforting each other against empty-nest syndrome

    Empty Nest Syndrome

    While empty nest syndrome isn’t a clinical diagnosis, it’s often followed by symptoms similar to depression. Parents tend to experience empty nest syndrome when their last child leaves home. While parents work hard to raise independent adults, letting go is painful and emotionally taxing. What are the symptoms of empty nest syndrome? Empty nest syndrome… Read More

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    Marijuana’s potential for hazardous side effects

    Despite the recent legalization in California of cannabis, it is vitally important that we still recognize it as a psychoactive substance that has potentially harmful health and psychological effects. Multiple studies have shown that cannabis, if smoked too early and/or too frequently, can contribute to memory problems in life. On top of that, some studies… Read More

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