Online game companies should battle gaming addiction or else

  Online game companies need to be more socially responsible for over-addictive use of their products to avoid government intervention, according to a new study by Cardiff, Derby and Nottingham Trent universities.

Heroin addiction blocked by scientists

An international team of scientists has succeeded in blocking morphine and heroin addiction, while at the same time increasing pain relief.

Are you a Facebook addict?

Well, Facebook addiction must exist: Norwegian researchers have created a psychological scale to measure it.

How to measure your Facebook addiction

Dr. Cecilie Schou Andreassen of the University of Bergen has a theory about why some people develop chronic Facebook dependency.

Online gamblers keener on booze and weed

Online gamblers are more likely to show addictive behaviors such as drinking and smoking cannabis than offline players, new research shows.

Internet addicts more likely to take drugs

Researchers are calling for drugs warnings on gaming sites, following the discovery that 'internet addicts' appear to be more likely to take illegal drugs.

Claim: Nicotine makes brain more vulnerable to cocaine addiction

Do you believe in the gateway theory when it comes to drug use? Well, a group of scientists at Columbia University claims to have proven the theory.

Heredity linked to subjective effects of alcohol

Scientists have known for a long time that people who have a close relative who is an alcoholic have a much better chance of abusing the sauce.

Scientists recommend technology diet

Could too much Facebook, Twitter, TV, and texting be bad for your health? As the amount of outside stimuli from technology increases, scientists are concerned our brains could be at risk.

Study finds new evidence for video game addiction

A new study by an international research team has found more evidence that it really is possible to become addicted to video games.

Giving up media causes withdrawal symptoms

Coming off email, Facebook and Twitter is like giving up drugs, a study has found.

Mother half-starves children to play Small World

A British woman has been given a suspended sentence and banned from using a computer after failing to cook for her children for six months and allowing her dogs to starve to death. The 33-year-old widow has been playing Small World, in which dwarves and giants battle to dominate a too-small area - for up to 22 hours a day, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Psychiatrist compares video game addicts to junkies

An undoubtedly well-meaning psychiatrist has claimed that video game dependence is similar to drug and alcohol addiction.