The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Probuphine, the first implantable drug for the treatment of opioid dependence. It's a welcome development at a time when scores of Americans are addicted to painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin.
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Video: We're missing out on the world around us because we're all so focused on what's happening in the world inside of our phones. This bitingly hilarious animation jabs at our smartphone addiction by showing cartoon characters so obsessed with their phones that they don't notice danger in front of them, or when their clothes have been stripped off, or when people are dying and so on. It's great.
Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can survive body temps — and more than doubles its cocaine appetite.
Long live Flappy Bird, the game we loved to hate. But why oh why was that simple little game so awfully compelling?
Morphine is just about the best painkiller out there, as any doctor or any person who's ever been in an accident will tell you. There's just one small problem — it's incredibly addictive. But thanks to some researchers from the University of Colorado and the University of Adelaide, we may have outsmarted that propensity for dependency.
The New York Times has an interesting trend piece about how big companies — especially Silicon Valley ones — are beginning to institute policies which encourage people to step back from the streams of information coming at them from their various gadgets and focus on what really matters (as far as work goes, at least).
Cold sweats. Shortness of breath. Inability to concentrate. You've got withdrawal symptoms, and you've got them bad. There's only one thing that can help, and that's a long, hard hit of the blue stuff: sweet, nourishing Facebook. That's right, researchers have determined that it's possible to be legitimately addicted to the social network. Here's how to find out if you've got the itch.
You might not expect one of the most potent hallucinogens of all time to be useful in the treatment of addiction. But weirdly that's exactly what a new study shows.
When you're perusing your Facebook account, your brain might be fooling you into thinking you're doing something incredibly creative and productive that will improve your life. If only that were true!