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Cocaine Addiction Never Goes Away
2013-09-23 13:00:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The modern approach to handling an addiction is to recognize it as a disease that cannot be cured – only managed. A new study in the journal Biological Psychiatry reinforces this notion: that a recovering addict is constantly haunted by their days of substance abuse – even after a long period of abstinence. As researchers scramble to answer the 'chicken or the egg' questions surrounding addiction, they are becoming increasingly...

Additive Found In Dog Food May Prevent A Disabling Chemotherapy Side Effect
2013-09-20 08:47:59

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A chemical commonly used as a dog food preservative might prevent the kind of painful nerve damage found in the hands and feet of four out of five cancer patients taking the chemotherapy drug Taxol. A team of Johns Hopkins researchers have been working with cells in test tubes and mice to investigate the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved dog food preservative. The preservative, an antioxidant called ethoxyquin, has been...

2013-09-17 11:09:09

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a way to make dramatic improvements to the cancer cell-killing power of vinblastine, one of the most successful chemotherapy drugs of the past few decades. The team’s modified versions of vinblastine showed 10 to 200 times greater potency than the clinical drug. Even more significantly, these new compounds overcome the drug resistance that emerges upon treatment relapse, which renders continued or subsequent vinblastine...

Cocaine Rapidly Rewires Brain
2013-08-26 10:11:02

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When mice are introduced to cocaine, the neurons in their brains become rapidly rewired to begin looking for the drug, even it if means not eating. Researchers from California now say this discovery could explain the first steps of addiction in humans. Armed with a microscope, some mice and a small amount of cocaine, the researchers introduced the animals to the drug and measured the growth of high-level brain circuits inside the...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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