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Estrogen May Protect Against Cocaine-Induced Brain Dysfunction

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October 19, 2001
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American Physiological Society
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The Office of National Drug Control Policy estimates that the number of chronic cocaine users in the United States stands at 3.6 million. The National Institute on Drug Abuse asserts that men are more prone to use and addiction; now, a team of researchers believe that women users have an added edge – their physiological profile may shield them from cocaine’s brain altering effects. Additionally, this research may lead to a new therapy that may help cocaine users "kick the habit," a difficult challenge under any circumstance.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Office of National Drug Control Policy estimates that the number of chronic cocaine users in the United States stands at 3.6 million. The National Institute on Drug Abuse asserts that men are more prone to use and addiction; now, a team of researchers believe that women users have an added edge – their physiological profile may shield them from cocaine’s brain altering effects. Additionally, this research may lead to a new therapy that may help cocaine users "kick the habit," a difficult challenge under any circumstance.


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