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BUSINESS
September 16, 1996 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Does your mouse finger twitch when somebody says "Yahoo!" in conversation? Have trouble finding addresses that use funny words like "Street" or "Avenue" instead of "http://www"? Find yourself staring out your apartment window waiting for a different image to download? Maybe it's time for some professional help. Dr. Kimberly S. Young, a University of Pittsburgh psychologist, has created a Web site "dedicated to promoting awareness of the phenomena of Internet Addiction."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1988
Athletes who take high doses of steroids may risk addiction similar to that of narcotic abuse, doctors warn. In a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors report a case of steroid dependence in a man who regularly took four kinds of steroids. The 23-year-old body builder told doctors he could not stop taking anabolic steroids without experiencing withdrawal symptoms, depression and disabling fatigue. He said he sometimes felt uncontrollably violent, paranoid and suicidal.
NEWS
July 23, 1991 | ROBERTA W. COFFEY
To see if you are golf addict, Chaytor Mason, a psychologist at USC, suggests you ask yourself the following: 1. Is golf affecting relationships with your spouse, lover, children, co-workers? 2. Is it affecting your job? Money situation? If so, Mason recommends: * Addressing underlying personality problems in therapy or in a 12-step program similar to treatment for alcoholics. * Eliminating or moderating golf in your life and beginning to focus on your feelings and your reasons for playing.
SPORTS
April 14, 1997 | From Associated Press
The use of painkillers is so widespread in the NFL that a few players trade game tickets for black-market pills, The New York Times reported. The newspaper reported that dozens of players, coaches and league executives surveyed for the story estimate that as many as 10% of the NFL's 1,500 players have "serious addiction problems with painkillers."
NEWS
May 10, 1988 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
A coming report by U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop that will label tobacco as one of the most addictive of drugs will constitute perhaps the most sweeping indictment of smoking in more than 20 years, experts familiar with it say. The report, to be released Monday, is expected to lead to even greater ostracism of smokers, these experts believe, but will probably not result in tobacco prohibition.
NEWS
December 13, 1998 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former commodities trader Christopher Anderson learned to gamble where millions of Americans win and lose every day--in the financial markets. He hit it big out of the blocks, doubling a $150 investment overnight. With that, he began pushing his luck with bigger and bigger trades. "My mind was swimming with numbers so large," he recalls, "I couldn't count the zeros." Soon, however, he was drowning in a riptide of addiction, pulled under by one risky investment after another.
NEWS
April 4, 1996 | Associated Press
The popular new prescription pain reliever Ultram can cause addiction or seizures in certain patients and must be used with caution, the Food and Drug Administration warned doctors Wednesday. Known chemically as tramadol, the drug was approved just a year ago but already has been used by 5 million patients suffering chronic pain, anything from back problems to broken bones.
HEALTH
October 6, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange
An epilepsy drug may eventually help people addicted to cocaine. In a new study, eight of 10 longtime drug users stopped taking cocaine after being given the drug -- gamma vinyl-GABA (also known as GVG or vigabatrin) for several weeks. Four patients who stayed in the trial continued to use cocaine but in significantly reduced amounts. The drug is available in 68 countries, but because it has not been approved here, the study was conducted in Mexico.
NEWS
January 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Luis Torres' friends figured they could get him off heroin if he could only see himself on drugs, so they videotaped him as he was coming down from a high. For six or seven minutes, they recorded him as he went through body-racking seizures and struggled to breathe. But Torres, 32, never got to see the tape. The Union City, N.J., carpet installer died a few hours later, apparently of an overdose. Prosecutor Terrence Hull said no charges will be filed.
SCIENCE
August 14, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rats can become drug addicts. That's important to know, scientists say, and has taken a long time to prove. Now two studies by French and British researchers published in this week's issue of the journal Science show the animals exhibit the same compulsive drive for cocaine as people do once they're truly hooked.
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