Treatment for Cocaine Addiction?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – The way cocaine affects the brain on a molecular level may shed new light on treatment for addiction, according to a study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Researchers put mice into a cage with two rooms; one of which gave them a small amount of cocaine. Once they knew the mice were addicted, researchers then began treating the mice with a compound already known to block the transfer of a compound which can stimulate or destroy brain cells. The treated mice began to show signs that their addiction had abated.
"Not only did CGP3466B [the compound used to treat the mice] help confirm the details of cocaine's action,” authors were quoted as saying, “but it also may become the first drug approved to treat cocaine addiction."
For more information, go to: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/johns_hopkins_scientists_uncover_molecular_roots_of_cocaine_addiction_in_the_brain_and_reveal_a_promising_new_anti_addiction_drug_
SOURCE: Neuron, May 2013
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