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September 27, 2016

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September 27, 2016

Potential Schizophrenia 'Switch' Found

Sep. 19, 2016 — A key mechanism that explains how compounds they're developing can suppress schizophrenia-like symptoms in mice without side effects has been discovered by researchers. An estimated 3 million ... read more

Opioid Receptors Outside the Brain Targeted in Rats; New Direction for Painkillers

Aug. 25, 2016 — Opioid abuse is a growing public health crisis, affecting up to 36 million people worldwide. Many of these individuals first get hooked on prescription painkillers that target mu opioid receptors in ... read more

We Are All 'Wired' for Addiction, Says Researcher

Aug. 24, 2016 — Drug addicts and non-addicts may have more in common than ever thought, according to a researcher who found that to some degree, everyone’s brain is “wired” to become ... read more

Aug. 24, 2016 — New research suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes laziness -- at least in ... read more

Do the Tools to Quantify Addiction Help to Define It?

Aug. 24, 2016 — Understanding what counts as an addiction, and what can be done to address it is the work of researchers across many disciplines. But what tools are used to ‘measure’ addiction, and are these ... read more

Smoking Marijuana Provides More Pain Relief for Men Than Women

Aug. 18, 2016 — Men had greater pain relief than women after smoking marijuana, a new study has found. Despite differences in pain relief, men and women did not report differences in how intoxicated they felt or how ... read more

Study Supports New Strategy to Fight Cocaine Addiction

Aug. 18, 2016 — Strong evidence supporting a new strategy against drug addiction has been revealed by research. The researchers showed that a compound that inhibits the activity of certain brain-cell receptors can ... read more

US and Mexican Controls on Precursor Chemicals May Reduce Cocaine and Meth Use in the US

Aug. 17, 2016 — In December 2006, the USA regulated sodium permanganate, a chemical essential to the manufacture of cocaine. In March 2007, Mexico closed a chemical company accused of illicitly importing more than ... read more

Molecule in Brain May Drive Cocaine Addiction, Scientists Show

Aug. 10, 2016 — Increased levels of a molecule in the brain, called hypocretin, may contribute to cocaine addiction, a new study suggests. The research shows that blocking hypocretin may reduce compulsive ... read more

Prescription Drug Abuse in Europe Is a Bigger Problem Than Previously Thought

Aug. 3, 2016 — International collaborations across the EU are needed to monitor prescription drug abuse, identify its scope and develop targeted interventions, according to the first comparative study of ... read more

Neuroscience-Based Framework for Addiction Diagnosis

Aug. 2, 2016 — When it comes to an addictive disorder, you either have it or you don't. But this dichotomous nature of the diagnosis fails to recognize the complexity and diversity of addiction's origins ... read more

Addiction Silences Synapses in Reward Circuits

Aug. 2, 2016 — In addiction, cues in the environment can form strong associations with the drug of abuse. A new study suggests that alterations in silent synapses, inactive connections between neurons, could be the ... read more

Why Is Cocaine So Addictive? Study Using Animal Model Provides Clues

Aug. 1, 2016 — Scientists are one step closer to understanding what causes cocaine to be so addictive. Using an animal model, researchers have discovered that cocaine leaves a long-lasting imprint on the dopamine ... read more

Adolescent Exposure to Drugs, Alcohol Fuels Use in Adulthood

July 29, 2016 — Teenagers who have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s. That's according to the one of the first studies to look at how ... read more

Recovery of Dopamine Function Emerges With Recovery from Smoking

July 28, 2016 — A new study reports that smoking-related deficits in brain dopamine, a chemical implicated in reward and addiction, return to normal three months after quitting. The normalization of dopamine systems ... read more

Significant Pain Increases the Risk of Opioid Addiction by 41 Percent

July 22, 2016 — What do we really know about the relationship between the experience of pain and risk of developing opioid use disorder? Results from a recent study -- the first to directly address this question -- ... read more

Chronic Low Back Pain Linked to Higher Rates of Illicit Drug Use

July 21, 2016 — People living with chronic low back pain (cLBP) are more likely to use illicit drugs -- including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine -- compared to those without back pain, reports a ... read more

New Probe Developed for Improved High Resolution Measurement of Brain Temperature

July 20, 2016 — Scientists have created a new optical fiber-based probe capable of making pinpoint brain temperature measurements in moving lab ... read more

Why Scientists Are Calling for Experiments on Ecstasy

July 14, 2016 — MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug -- a category reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high ... read more

Drug-Use May Hamper Moral Judgment

July 13, 2016 — Regular cocaine and methamphetamine users can have difficulty choosing between right and wrong, perhaps because the specific parts of their brains used for moral processing and evaluating emotions ... read more

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