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January 25, 2018

Stressful Experiences Affect Likelihood of Remission of Drug Dependence, Continued Drug Use, and Relapse

Stressful life events are associated with reductions in a person’s chances of becoming or remaining abstinent from drugs for at least 3 years. Source: News feed
January 18, 2018

A Family-Oriented Intervention May Reduce the Effects of Poverty on Brain Development

The parenting-focused Strong African American Families program can ameliorate poverty’s negative effects on limbic brain development.   Source: News feed
October 2, 2017

Deep Brain Stimulation Attenuates Rats’ Responses to Heroin

High-frequency electrical stimulation of neurons deep in the brain can reduce rats’ relapse-like behavior and motivation to take heroin. The finding strengthens hope that deep brain […]
September 26, 2017

EEG Indicates That Cocaine Relapse Vulnerability Peaks 1 to 6 Months Into Abstinence

Electroencephalography (EEG) may provide an objective measure of cocaine-addicted participants’ vulnerability to cue-induced relapse. The assessment of cue-induced responsiveness may be useful in the clinical setting […]
August 22, 2017

Variation in the Gene for the μ-Opioid Receptor May Influence Responses to Methadone

A single nucleotide polymorphism in the messenger RNA of the µ-opioid receptor gene was associated with patients’ responses to methadone treatment for opioid dependence. Source: News […]
August 1, 2017

Why Females Are More Sensitive to Cocaine

New research demonstrates that the hormone estradiol is responsible for females’ increased sensitivity to stimulant drugs. Source: News feed