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Memory part of the brain may also hold clues for anxiety and depression


The hippocampus is an area of the brain commonly linked with memory and dementia. But new U of T Scarborough research finds that it may also yield important clues about a range of mental health illnesses including addiction, anxiety and depression. The research, authored by a team of ...


Understanding addiction in the adolescent mind


Several studies have provided strong evidence that adolescents--people in their teens to early twenties--have a higher vulnerability than adults to addictive substances like cocaine. To understand the origin of the age effect requires a sensor to effectively measuring how cocaine interacts with ...


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Preclinical study suggests path toward non-addictive painkillers


A pre-clinical study led by Indiana University scientists reports a promising step forward in the search for pain relief methods without the addictive side effects behind the country's current opioid addiction crisis. The research finds that the use of compounds called positive allosteric ...


Mechanism explains how seizures may lead to memory loss


Although it's been clear that seizures are linked to memory loss and other cognitive deficits in patients with Alzheimer's disease, how this happens has been puzzling. In a study a team of researchers reveals a mechanism that can explain how even relatively infrequent seizures can lead to ...


Nanotechnology based gene editing to eradicate HIV brain reservoir in drug abusers


Opiate abuse is a significant risk factor for HIV infection, and in combination they can have a devastating effect on the brain. Scientists at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) are studying new therapies that can short-circuit HIV infection and mitigate the damaging effects that ...


Sex, drugs, and rock and roll chemistry in the brain

How brain's own opioids involved in musical pleasure


The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by McGill University researchers. "This is the first demonstration that the brain's own opioids are directly involved in ...


Scientists reveal non-addictive pathway to pain relief


OHSU research suggests an avenue for developing treatments for chronic pain that harness the medicinal properties of cannabis while minimizing the threat of addiction. The study , conducted in a rodent model, provides additional rationale for the development of therapeutics using cannabinoid ...


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Stressed-out rats consume more alcohol, revealing related brain chemistry


Stress, defined broadly, is a well-known risk factor for later alcohol abuse; however, the brain chemistry underlying interactions between stress and alcohol remain largely unknown. Reinforcement of addictive substance use and stress signaling involves common neural systems, including the brain ...


Mixing energy drinks, alcohol may affect adolescent brains like cocaine


Drinking highly caffeinated alcoholic beverages triggers changes in the adolescent brain similar to taking cocaine, and the consequences last into adulthood as an altered ability to deal with rewarding substances, according to a Purdue University study. Richard van Rijn, an assistant professor of ...


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Pinpointing neurons that tell the brain when to stop drinking


By activating particular neurons, we may be able to influence alcohol drinking behavior, according to new findings published by researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. The group's prior research showed that alcohol consumption alters the physical structure and ...


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