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Pathological gambling runs in families

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A study by University of Iowa researchers confirms that pathological gambling runs in families and shows that first-degree relatives of pathological gamblers are eight times more likely to develop this problem in their lifetime than relatives of people without pathological gambling. Story

UI psychiatry professor comments on compulsive shoppers

Friday Night Lights author and columnist Buzz Bissinger confessed to a shopping addiction in a recent GQ article. (Michael Loccisano/Getty)

Donald Black, professor of psychiatry at the UI’s Carver College of Medicine, says that most compulsive shoppers are not famous or wealthy, just ordinary people with an unusual problem, in a shopping addiction story, featuring Buzz Bissinger, who recently checked into rehab. Story from: The Daily Beast

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Culturally sensitive addiction treatment

In a move to promote adoption of culturally legitimate evidence-based addictions treatment and recovery services to American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States, the University of Iowa College of Public Health has established the National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center (N AI & AN ATTC). Story

UI researcher says percentage of Iowans with gambling problem declines

Dealer holding chips on gambling table.

University of Iowa psychiatrist and gambling researcher Donald W. Black says his latest published study on compulsive gambling has found that the percentage of gamblers who report gambling problems has dropped despite the expansion of casinos in the state. Story from: KCRG TV 9


More casinos do not mean more gamblers

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While the number of casinos in Iowa has doubled since 1995, there are fewer gamblers overall, and fewer gambling addicts as well, according to a new study from the University of Iowa. The results suggest the market for gaming facilities, in Iowa and other states, reaches a saturation point. Findings published in the journal "Annals of Clinical Psychiatry." Story

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