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New report finds an association between teen tobacco use and drinking

February 21, 2017   0 Comments

What does teen drinking look like? Some of the signs are pretty obvious – smelling liquor on the breath is a big red flag, as is finding liquor bottles in the trash or hidden around the house. But some of the symptoms identified by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) are a lot
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Mental illness in college can be risky and lead to other complications

February 18, 2017   0 Comments

College life is a great experience, at least most of the time. For lot of students, it is the first taste of freedom. It is a time when they experiment and test boundaries. Friends made in college tend to become lifelong friends, and for many, college is also the time when they start learning the
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Opioid addiction and its effect on the brain

February 15, 2017   0 Comments

Individuals who abuse opioids run many risks, and one of them is addiction. However, the list does not end there. In addition to addiction, individuals are also at a risk for various physical and mental disorders. The brain does not differentiate between prescription opioids like OxyContin and illicit drugs like heroin. Their effect on the
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MRI brain scans may predict substance abuse risk in adolescents

February 14, 2017   0 Comments

The current epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States has had devastating repercussions, with many deaths due to overdose, national economic consequences and overwhelmed families and first responders. As with so many diseases, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A study was recently completed in the College of Liberal Arts
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Intense physical activity can improve brain function, says study

February 8, 2017   0 Comments

Physical activity is good for both physical and mental health. To reinforce the fact, a recent study by researchers at the University of Arizona established the connection between improved brain function and intense aerobic activity. The researchers found that activity that features locomotion increases neuroplasticity more than activities that are more dependent on hand-eye coordination,
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Residential treatment: Last hope for parents of children with mental illness

February 1, 2017   0 Comments

The increasing rate of mental illnesses among children in the United States is a major health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20 percent children (aged 3 to 17) in the U.S. suffer from some kind of mental disorder. Of all the intervention methods for mental problems, residential treatment
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We would like to thank all the wonderful staff at WRA for the great parent weekend. We enjoyed it and felt that we learned valuable insights on Positive Peer Culture and the values we must have and the importance of family commitment to each other...