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Oreos as Addictive as Cocaine According to Study

Oreos as Addictive as Cocaine According to Study

Buzz60 (Oct. 16, 2013) A study from Connecticut College shows that Oreos are just as addictive as cocaine, to rats at least. Researchers tested the affects that sugary food, in this case Oreos, and cocaine had on rats. The study demonstrated that the popular cookie and addicting drug caused similar behavior. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) explains.
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Scientists Restore Functionality in Brain Damaged Rats

Scientists Restore Functionality in Brain Damaged Rats

Reuters (Dec. 10, 2013) Neuroscientists have shown that behavior in brain damaged rats can be partially restored by using implants to bypass the injured area. The research is in its infancy, but the scientists believe a similar approach could one day be used to help people with traumatic brain injuries. Rob Muir reports.
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Ghost Ship Full of Cannibal Rats Might Be Headed to U.K.

Ghost Ship Full of Cannibal Rats Might Be Headed to U.K.

Newsy (Jan. 24, 2014) A cruise ship abandoned in 2013 may or may not be headed toward the British coastline with a hull full of cannibal rats.
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'Rat Girl' Breeds, Unleashes Rats Across San Francisco

'Rat Girl' Breeds, Unleashes Rats Across San Francisco

Newsy (June 1, 2014) San Francisco's animal control says 43-year-old Erica J.'s habit of breeding rats is a serious public health hazard. Video provided by Newsy
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Genetic Pre-Disposition Toward Exercise, Mental Development May Be Linked

Apr. 15, 2014 A potential link between the genetic pre-disposition for high levels of exercise motivation and the speed at which mental maturation occurs has been found by researchers. These scientists studied the ... full story
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Rats' Brains May 'Remember' Odor Experienced While Under General Anesthesia, Study Suggests

Mar. 18, 2014 Rats' brains may remember odors they were exposed to while deeply anesthetized, suggests research. In the study, rats were exposed to a specific odor while under general anesthesia. Examination ... full story
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Not Only Is She Thinner Than You, Her Muscles Work Better, Too: Role of Muscle Function in Maintaining Weight

Mar. 20, 2014 Researchers examined how muscle physiology effects leanness. They found that while rats with 'lean genes' burned a similar amount of calories at rest as those with 'obese genes,' ... full story
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Melatonin Makes Old Bones Stronger, Research Shows

May 26, 2014 Melatonin supplements may make bones stronger in old rats, research shows. This suggests a possible avenue for the prevention of osteoporosis. Bones are built up by certain cells known as osteoblasts ... full story
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Social Experience Drives Empathetic, Pro-Social Behavior in Rats

Jan. 14, 2014 Empathy-driven behavior has been observed in rats who will free trapped companions from restrainers. This behavior also extends toward strangers, but requires prior, positive social interactions with ... full story
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Rat Islands 'a Laboratory of Future Evolution': Rats Predicted to Fill in Earth's Emptying Ecospace

Feb. 3, 2014 New research predicts that rats will continue to grow and fill a 'significant chunk' of Earth's emptying ecospace. Their global influence is likely to grow in the future as larger ... full story
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Rats, Frosting Helping Find Genetic Causes of Binge-Eating

Mar. 4, 2014 Two strains of rats, cans of vanilla frosting and a theory have brought science a step closer to finding the genetic causes of binge eating and eventually a treatment. Females are primarily effected ... full story
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I Shouldn't Have Eaten There: Rats Show Behavior of 'Regret' in Choosing the Wrong 'Restaurant'

June 8, 2014 New research reveals that rats show signs of 'regret' -- a cognitive behavior once thought to be uniquely and fundamentally human. To measure the cognitive behavior of regret, scientists ... full story
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Pregnant Rats Exposed to Obesity Hormone Lose Birth's Protective Effect on Breast Cancer

Oct. 29, 2013 Like humans, young rats that give birth have a reduced risk of breast cancer later in life. But a new study shows that this protective effect in animals is negated if they're exposed to an ... full story
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Are Oreos Addictive? Research Says Yes

Oct. 15, 2013 Students and a professor of neuroscience have found “America’s favorite cookie” is just as addictive as cocaine – at least for lab rats. In a study designed to shed light on the potential ... full story
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Vitamin D Can Lower Weight, Blood Sugar Via the Brain, Study Finds

June 23, 2014 Vitamin D treatment acts in the brain to improve weight and blood glucose (sugar) control in obese rats, according to a new study. "Vitamin D deficiency occurs often in obese people and in ... full story
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Ecstasy, Molly Can Be Fatal in Warm Environments

June 4, 2014 A moderate dose of MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy or Molly, that is typically nonfatal in cool, quiet environments can be lethal in rats exposed to conditions that mimic the hot, crowded, social ... full story
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Biomarker Could Reveal Why Some Develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Aug. 11, 2014 Blood expression levels of genes targeted by the stress hormones called glucocorticoids could be a physical measure, or biomarker, of risk for developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), ... full story
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Stress During Pregnancy Can Be Passed Down Through Generations, Rat Study Shows

Aug. 7, 2014 To better understand problems during pregnancies today, we should look to the experiences of our ancestors, research suggests. Scientists investigating pregnancies in four generations of rats show ... full story
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Consuming Probiotics for a Month Helps Diminish Fat Accumulation in the Liver, According to a New Study

July 18, 2014 Scientists have demonstrated through an experiment on obese rats that the consumption of probiotics for thirty days helps diminish the accumulation of fat in the liver. This new findingis a step ... full story
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Picturing Pain Could Help Unlock Its Mysteries, Improve Treatments

Dec. 11, 2013 Understanding the science behind pain, from a simple "ouch" to the chronic and excruciating, has been an elusive goal for centuries. But now, researchers are reporting a promising step ... full story
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Research Maze Puts Images on Floor, Where Rodents Look

Feb. 26, 2014 Visual acuity is sharpest for rats and mice when the animals are looking down. Researchers have found that rodents can learn tasks in a fourth to a sixth of the usual number of repetitions when ... full story
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Omega-3 Reduces ADHD Symptoms in Rats

Aug. 23, 2013 A new multidisciplinary study shows a clear connection between the intake of omega-3 fatty acids and a decline in ADHD symptoms in ... full story
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Using Morphine After Abdominal Surgery May Prolong Pain

Nov. 12, 2013 Using morphine to fight the pain associated with abdominal surgery may paradoxically prolong a patient's suffering, doubling or even tripling the amount of time it takes to recover from the ... full story
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Caffeine Consumption Slows Down Brain Development, Rat Study Shows

Sep. 24, 2013 Humans and other mammals show particularly intensive sleeping patterns during puberty. The brain also matures fastest in this period. But when pubescent rats are administered caffeine, the maturing ... full story
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