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Pathological gambling runs in families

Problem may be biologically related to PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and antisocial personality
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.
Friday Night Lights author and columnist Buzz Bissinger confessed to a shopping addiction in a recent GQ article. (Michael Loccisano/Getty)

The Daily Beast UI psychiatry professor comments on compulsive shoppers

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.

Culturally sensitive addiction treatment

UI establishes National Addiction Technology Transfer Center
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).
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More casinos do not mean more gamblers

Study suggests fewer gamblers in Iowa despite casino growth in state
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.”