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Abstinence is a voluntary restraint from indulging a desire or appetite for certain bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. Most frequently, the term refers to abstention from sexual intercourse, alcohol or food. The practice can arise from religious prohibitions or practical considerations.
Marshall University researcher awarded $399,600 NIH grant to study sex differences in brain development

Marshall University researcher awarded $399,600 NIH grant to study sex differences in brain development

Naloxone can save lives but stigma is preventing its use among newly abstinent opioid users

Naloxone can save lives but stigma is preventing its use among newly abstinent opioid users

High-strength nicotine e-cigarettes can help adults with schizophrenia quit smoking

High-strength nicotine e-cigarettes can help adults with schizophrenia quit smoking

Study highlights the 'clear benefit' of using e-cigarettes daily to quit smoking

Study highlights the 'clear benefit' of using e-cigarettes daily to quit smoking

New book focuses on relationship skills for people in addiction recovery

New book focuses on relationship skills for people in addiction recovery

Noninvasive brain stimulation restores behavioral flexibility in cocaine-exposed rats

Noninvasive brain stimulation restores behavioral flexibility in cocaine-exposed rats

Daily caffeine consumption can change the gray matter of the brain

Daily caffeine consumption can change the gray matter of the brain

New research examines how alcohol exposure impacts aspects of neuroplasticity

New research examines how alcohol exposure impacts aspects of neuroplasticity

Multiple withdrawal symptoms experienced by people using medical marijuana for chronic pain

Multiple withdrawal symptoms experienced by people using medical marijuana for chronic pain

New prediction model may make it easier to find which infants will develop NAS

New prediction model may make it easier to find which infants will develop NAS

Compounds block stress-enhanced reacquisition of nicotine in rats

Compounds block stress-enhanced reacquisition of nicotine in rats

Study may help develop recovery and prevention paths for gambling addiction

Study may help develop recovery and prevention paths for gambling addiction

Cabotegravir highly effective in preventing HIV among women

Cabotegravir highly effective in preventing HIV among women

Medical diagnoses of “diseases of despair”  increase in Pennsylvania

Medical diagnoses of “diseases of despair” increase in Pennsylvania

Cocaine use in mice leads to the formation of synapses by astrocytes

Cocaine use in mice leads to the formation of synapses by astrocytes

UNC director calls for better smoking cessation programs for cancer patients

UNC director calls for better smoking cessation programs for cancer patients

Federal restrictions on corneal donations prevent vision-restoring surgery

Federal restrictions on corneal donations prevent vision-restoring surgery

A new approach for treating alcohol use disorder

A new approach for treating alcohol use disorder

Group-based smoking cessation treatment helps incarcerated smokers quit tobacco

Group-based smoking cessation treatment helps incarcerated smokers quit tobacco

ATS releases new practice guideline on treating tobacco dependence in adult smokers

ATS releases new practice guideline on treating tobacco dependence in adult smokers