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A prototype Amazon delivery drone. Amazon.com

Delivery drones: swooping down to prey on our self-control

Amazon.com and others are eager to fill the skies with drones delivering packages at all hours. Convenient, yes, but it could transform – and not in a good way – our ability to make informed choices.
This is your brain on plugs. 'Brain' via www.shutterstock.com

What’s behind phantom cellphone buzzes?

Have you ever checked your phone thinking you had felt it vibrate or heard it ring, only to see that no one tried to reach you? One researcher decided to study this phenomenon.
Sugar activates the same brain system as drugs such as nicotine and cocaine, meaning consuming it is a behaviour we want to repeat. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Fact or fiction – is sugar addictive?

If you’ve ever tried to cut back on sugar, you may have realised how incredibly difficult it is. This leads to the question: can you be addicted to sugar?
Holiday drinking brings good cheer, but it can also be a sign of problem drinking.

How to know when holiday drinking is hurting your brain

Alcohol contributes to close to 90,000 deaths a year. Because repeated binge drinking damages the brain, it's hard to know when we've developed a problem. Here are some things to consider.
People who haven’t experienced drug dependence often don’t know why it’s so difficult to kick the habit. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: what makes it so hard to quit drugs?

Regardless of how they are consumed, alcohol and other drugs eventually make their way into the brain via the bloodstream. Once there, they affect how messages are sent through the brain.
Therapeutic group work is a consistent feature of traditional rehab treatments. Horrible Bosses 2 - "Group Therapy" Clip [HD]/YouTube screenshot

Drug rehab and group therapy: do they work?

Thousands of Australians go to residential drug and alcohol rehab programs every year. But is there evidence rehabs, as well as the group therapy they often rely on, actually work?

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