Cocaine makes brain cells cannibalize themselves, new evidence in mice shows

Posted by - January 18, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteWorking with mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins 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 literally digest their own insides. Their results, moreover, bring with them a possible antidote, an

Cocaine addiction: Scientists discover 'back door' into the brain

Posted by - January 12, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteIndividuals 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 new study led by the University of Cambridge. A second study from the team suggests that a drug used to treat paracetamol overdose

Magnetic stimulation of brain may help patients with cocaine addiction

Posted by - November 30, 2015

This post was originally published on this siteTargeted magnetic pulses to the brain were shown to reduce craving and substance use in cocaine-addicted patients. The results of this pilot study, published in the peer-reviewed journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, suggest that this may become an effective medical treatment for patients with cocaine addiction, although a larger trial

How cocaine changes the brain

Posted by - November 25, 2015

This post was originally published on this site 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 published November 25 in Cell Reports. Through experiments conducted in rats exposed to cocaine, the researchers mapped