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Addiction as a Disorder of Reward Learning: New Role for Glial Energy Metabolism in Addiction

June 9, 2016 — Addiction may be viewed as a disorder of reward learning. To date, addiction research has focused on the molecular adaptations through which memories of exposure to abused substances are encoded and ... read more

Studies Explain Adolescents' Vulnerability to Addictive Drugs

Mar. 1, 2016 — Researchers have discovered one reason why adolescents are more prone to drug addiction than adults, with findings that could lead to new treatments for addictive ... read more

Feb. 24, 2016 — A research team has discovered how dopamine controls the brain’s response to cocaine. Findings from this study will reveal new insights into dopamine function in the ... read more

New Approach Offered to Treating Cocaine Addiction

Feb. 11, 2016 — An FDA-approved drug used for diabetes and obesity may also reduce cocaine dependence, new research indicates. The drug, trade name Byetta, derives from a naturally occurring hormone called ... read more

Study Sheds Light on Source of Drug Addicts Risk-Taking Behavior

Feb. 10, 2016 — New insight has been gained into how the brains of drug addicts may be wired differently. The findings show that while drug users have very strong motivation to seek out 'rewards,' they ... read more

Cocaine Users Present Alterations in Function, Structures of Brain

Feb. 8, 2016 — The presence of alterations in brain functioning and structure in cocaine users has been seen in a new study where researchers used three different magnetic resonance imaging techniques to study the ... read more

Cocaine Makes Brain Cells Cannibalize Themselves, New Evidence in Mice Shows

Jan. 18, 2016 — Working with mice, researchers have contributed significant new evidence to support the idea that high doses of cocaine kill brain cells by triggering overactive autophagy, a process in which cells ... read more

Cocaine Addiction: Scientists Discover 'Back Door' Into the Brain

Jan. 12, 2016 — Individuals addicted to cocaine may have difficulty in controlling their addiction because of a previously-unknown 'back door' into the brain, circumventing their self-control, suggests a ... read more

Magnetic Stimulation of Brain May Help Patients With Cocaine Addiction

Nov. 30, 2015 — Targeted magnetic pulses to the brain were shown to reduce craving and substance use in cocaine-addicted patients, report scientists. The results of this pilot study suggest that this may become an ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of what's going on in the brain of its users, finds a study. Through experiments conducted in ... read more

New Enzyme Therapy Shows Proof of Concept as Treatment for Cocaine Overdose

Nov. 9, 2015 — A long-acting enzyme that rapidly and safely metabolizes cocaine in the blood stream is currently being investigated in animal models as a possible treatment for cocaine ... read more

New Enzyme Therapy Shows Proof of Concept as Treatment for Cocaine Overdose

Oct. 29, 2015 — A long-acting enzyme that rapidly and safely metabolizes cocaine in the blood stream is currently being investigated in animal models as a possible treatment for cocaine ... read more

More Than 25 Percent of Women Giving Birth Who Test Positive for Marijuana Also Using Other Drugs

Oct. 23, 2015 — As an increasing number of states legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use, health officials expect consumption of tetrahydrocanabis during pregnancy to increase. A new study suggests a ... read more

Heavy Drinkers, Drugs Users Underestimate Their Levels of Consumption Compared to Others'

Oct. 19, 2015 — Heavy drinkers and users of illegal drugs downplay their relative levels of consumption, when comparing themselves to others, reveals research. The research shows that 68 per cent of respondents were ... read more

Primary Care-Based Addiction Treatment Lowers Substance Dependence in People With HIV

Sep. 29, 2015 — A program that integrates addiction treatment into primary care for patients with or at risk for HIV, has been shown to lower patients' substance dependence and encourage their engagement in ... read more

Researchers Document Self-Reported Use of New, Uncommon Synthetic Drugs by Teens, Young Adults

Sep. 15, 2015 — This is the first study reporting on use of a variety of new drugs in a nationally representative U.S. sample. Researchers are confident that use was severely underreported, as the subjects were not ... read more

Three New Studies Converge on Promising New Target for Addiction Treatment

Sep. 14, 2015 — Three studies implicating metabotropic glutamate receptor 2 (mGluR2) as a new molecular target for the treatment of addiction have been published ... read more

A Single Cocaine Dose Lowers Perceptions of Sadness and Anger

Aug. 30, 2015 — A single dose of cocaine can interfere with the ability to recognize negative emotions such as anger and sadness, according to new ... read more

If You're Using Drugs, Scientists Want to Help You Avoid Addiction

Aug. 3, 2015 — Abstinence is the best way to avoid drug addiction. But in many societies, drug use is the norm, not the exception, especially by youth. What keeps the majority of users from becoming addicted? How ... read more

Intellectual Pursuits May Buffer Brain Against Addiction

July 14, 2015 — Challenging the idea that addiction is hardwired in the brain, a new study of mice suggests that even a short time spent in a stimulating learning environment can rewire the brain's reward ... read more

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