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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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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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Exposure to Stress Even Before Conception Causes Genetic Changes to Offspring

July 8, 2013 A female’s exposure to distress even before she conceives causes changes in the expression of a gene linked to the stress mechanism in the body — in the ovum and later in the brains of the ... 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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Chemical in Antibacterial Soap Fed to Nursing Rats Harms Offspring, Study Finds

June 17, 2013 A mother's exposure to triclocarban, a common antibacterial chemical, while nursing her babies shortens the life of her female offspring, a new study in rats ... 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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How Smoking Increases Vulnerability to Alcohol Abuse

July 18, 2013 Smoking is a well-known risk factor for subsequent alcohol abuse, but the mechanisms underlying this link are unknown. Now researchers show in a study conducted in rats that even a single exposure to ... full story
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The Biology Behind Binge Eating

May 1, 2013 Female rats are much more likely to binge eat than male rats, according to new research that provides some of the strongest evidence yet that biology plays a role in eating ... full story
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Forced Exercise May Still Protect Against Anxiety and Stress

Apr. 25, 2013 Being forced to exercise may still help reduce anxiety and depression just as exercising voluntarily does, according to a new ... 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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A Ginkgo Biloba Extract Promotes Proliferation of Endogenous Neural Stem Cells

July 23, 2013 Neural stem cells proliferate in the subventricular zone and hippocampal dentate gyrus of adult mammals. However, the number of endogenous neural stem cells is insufficient to prevent cerebral ... full story
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Moms' High-Fat, Sugary Diets May Lead to Heavy Offspring With a Taste for Alcohol, Sensitivity to Drugs

Aug. 4, 2013 Vulnerability to alcohol and drug abuse may begin in the womb and be linked to how much fatty and sugary foods a mother eats during pregnancy, according to findings from animal lab ... 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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