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Posted 8/19/16 at 2:49 AM | David Fournier

Understanding cocaine addiction and the benefits of inpatient treatment

Cocaine continues to be one of the most commonly used illegal drugs. It is used in all stratas of society from college campuses to suburbia. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, cocaine use has remained relatively stable since 2009. In 2014 there were an estimated 1.5 million current (past month) cocaine users aged 12 or older (0.6 percent of the population).

Adults aged 18 to 25 years have a higher rate of current cocaine use than any other age group, with 1.4 percent of young adults reporting past month cocaine use.

How cocaine works

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that may be snorted, inhaled, smoked or injected. Within the brain, cocaine inhibits the reuptake of the neurotransmitters serotonin, epinephrine and dopamine, which means that while under the influence of cocaine, there is a higher amount of these neurotransmitters in the brain at any given time. The addictive quality of the drug comes from its effect on the reward system in the brain. This corresponds directly to dopamine levels in the brain. Specifically, taking the drug causes a buildup of dopamine, creating a pleasurable feeling of euphoria and the craving to use the drug again. FULL POST

Posted 8/18/16 at 1:11 AM | David Fournier

Four Signs of Hydrocodone Addiction

Doctors prescribe hydrocodone as a pain relief medication. It is most commonly sold as Vicodin, Lorcet or Lortab. Hydrocodone is a powerful drug that alters the way the brain perceives pain, often causing a euphoric effect. This intense happy feeling is what causes many patients to overuse and abuse hydrocodone. Abusers can easily become addicted which will eventually have a negative impact on their life. The following are four signs of hydrocodone addiction and how to help yourself or a loved one overcome it.

  1. Out of control use

A sure sign that you or someone you know is addicted to hydrocodone is the inability to control how much and how often the drug is being used. Taking a larger dose than prescribed or not having the ability to stop taking the drug is an indication that the body has become dependent on hydrocodone. FULL POST

Posted 8/17/16 at 5:12 AM | Lara Sen

Do We Put Too Much Focus on External Beauty?

Most of us have heard the saying that beauty comes from within. However, in today’s society, a lot of people focus on external beauty and seem to put the beauty from within on the back burner. Younger people in particular are constantly presented with images in the media that make them feel as though they need to look a certain way and as such as they tend to put a huge amount of effort into trying to achieve external perfection.

From paying for cosmetic surgery through to buying products such as a laser removal at home device, some people spend a fortune on their external appearance. However, couldn’t this money be used more wisely when you consider all of the problems in the world? Yet, many people including celebrities are quite happy to spend thousands upon thousands on making themselves look better.

Why do people feel under so much pressure to look the part?

There are many reasons why people feel under so much pressure to look good externally no matter how they feel inside. One of the major issues is the way in which celebrities and models are portrayed in the media. This gives younger people the impression that they should also aim to look like that despite the fact that the images are often air brushed to make the person look better. This then leads to all sorts of problems ranging from spending shed loads of money on cosmetic surgery through to more serious problems such as eating disorders. FULL POST

Posted 8/16/16 at 6:01 AM | Sylvie Simms

Marijuana Legalization: How Marijuana is Viewed Today | View this infographic on marijuana legalization and get a visual understanding of how marijuana is viewed today compared to the past.

Posted 8/16/16 at 4:19 AM | Sylvie Simms

The Mind-Body Connection - Learn Why Yoga Is on the Rise | DiaNoche Designs illustrates the relationship between yoga and the mind and body. Strengthen this connection and start practicing with an artistic yoga mat.

Posted 8/9/16 at 8:29 AM | Bradin Garrie

How to Lose Weight without Tiresome Diets

Strict diets do not give a stable influence and results on our weight. Our body reacts stressfully, when we set strict limitation of eating, and tries to fulfill the stocks of calories in a form of fat, as far as it will start getting enough of them. Such phenomenon is called a pendulum effect. The UCLA research report in the American Psychological Association journal states that all patients who used to loose from 5 to 10 percent of their bodyweight always regain it and sometimes even more.

Another negative aspect of strict diets is a huge number of negative side effects caused by a lack of calories, vitamins and micro elements. These can be different illnesses and disorders in functioning of organs. In the article we will discuss some main tips that will help you to lose weight avoiding strict and dangerous diets.

Why are We Getting Fat?

Have you ever thought what food for our bodies is? First of all, it is the source of energy to supply all calls and organs of our bodies. More often people treat food just as a source of flavor pleasure and totally forget about the number of calories given by favorite drinks and dishes. When our body gets an excess number of calories, it does not have where and in what form to store it except the body fat. FULL POST

Posted 8/8/16 at 8:59 AM | Claire John

Why is Body Skin Different from Face Skin?

Good skin care requires detailed knowledge of the skin structure and its variousfeatures on the different body parts;more specifically between the face and the rest of the body. Theskin on the face varies in thickness and oiliness from the skin at the rest of the body parts and as such requires specialized treatment. What exactly makes the skin from the two body areas differ? Whichever skin type you possess whether dry, normal or oily these factors are sure distinction between the two skin parts.

Body Skin versus Facial skin: The differences

1. Presence of hair

Hair follicles found on the face for both male and female are normally of very high density although they appear to be thin or fine. As for the rest of other body parts, the hair density varies from part to part; the hair at the back of the body and the feet have relatively less density of hair as compared to the head region where there is quite a lot. Extreme blockage of the hair follicles of the face is what contributes to development of acne.


The oil glands present in the face are responsible for lubricating the face apart from the fact that they possess anti-bacterial attributes that help protect the face from bacterial infection. It is the presence of these oil glands in the face that makes the face oilier than the rest of the body. This also explains why it is not advisable to wash your face too often and lotions designed for the body are too oily for the face. FULL POST

Posted 8/6/16 at 2:16 AM | Daisy Grace

Facts You Need To Know About Your Skin Type

All of us have the skin type, and the majority of us have knowledge about the numerous skin varieties because of factors such as the hormonal changes, age, elevation or weather. Skin types often transform with time, through growing up via adolescence and nicely into mature adulthood.

Your skin treatment routine ought to rely on the sort of skin you might have. Selecting the proper items for your skin is essential. Sunscreen for sensitive skin provides long lasting, effective safety through the Sun's harming UVA and also UVB rays. Water-resistant and also sweat proof, this particular cream skims upon effortlessly with any non-greasy, weightless experience.

Perhaps you have wondered exactly what maintains you safe through the external environment. Wish you may guess the solution indeed that is our skin. Theoretically, it is the biggest organ in our body that is regarding TWENTY square feet long and houses among the most complicated pickings of sweat glands, hair follicles and so on. The first skin could separate into three. FULL POST

Posted 8/6/16 at 12:03 AM | Lara Sen

Medicinal Value of Cannabis Sativa: Is it significant?

Cannabis is a drug globally popular and used in many parts of the world. It has acquired different names based on the part of the world it is being used. These names include Weed, Hashish, Pot, and Marijuana. According to Shan (2008), the drug has been banned in many parts of the world, and for a good reason. The adverse effects of the use of the drug on the societies are intolerable. However, there is some medicinal value of the plant that produces the drug, and this is the focus of this paper. The paper wants to establish if the medicinal value of Cannabis can be enough to offset the negative effects.

Positive effects
The main medicinal benefits of the plant include being used as stress, depression and anxiety reliever, aids in digestion problems such as lack of appetite, heart diseases such as blood pressure and also treats insomnia. These are solutions to challenges that affect a significant number of people in the society. Most importantly, heart diseases such as blood pressure have been established to be positively influenced by the use of cannabis. This is a great benefit to many people suffering from such conditions seeing that the heart is a very sensitive organ. What the drug does is to balance out the cardiac functions and also reducing oil lipids to prevent high blood pressure. Clearly, the drug is very active in this area. Some drugs can achieve the same result, but the drug has been found to be more efficient regarding cost and time. As a result, the drug has a very strong hand of benefit in the medical world (Lanz et al., 2016). FULL POST

Posted 8/5/16 at 3:51 AM | Lara Sen

Plastic Surgeries Disasters- From Beauty to Blunders

Every now and then, we are used to coming across news and celebrities that show us a live example of how plastic surgeries are wreaking havoc on the face, the body as well as the looks of their favorite customers. Meant to enhance and beautify your features, in most of the cases plastic surgeries have gone horribly wrong and thus, doing irreparable damage. Vanity is definitely a dangerous thing especially for those who are in the limelight. The society's an obsession for perfection and beauty has led numerous celebrity to fall for the pressure to look like a divine and ended up looking horrible.

Things don't always go as they have been planned but in no ways, it means that plastic surgery is bad. It is a wonderful process for those who are victims of burn, accident victims, those who have some serious birth defect, war veterans or accidental damage. However, we have seen some people abusing and exploiting the power of this medical procedure just in order to look beyond "Best". Imagine the agony when we put "Celebrity" and "Plastic surgery disasters" together. Let's have a look at some epic examples:

Donatella Versace
A familiar surname and a famous figure who just got infamous from being famous due to her obsession for plastic surgeries. She is the vice president of famous Italian Fashion Brand: Versace and has gone through several surgeries to get a perfect womanly figure. However, she looks more of a recognizable mosaic creature. FULL POST

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