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'Horror Stories' Surfacing of Deadly Columbian Mind-Control Drug
2012-05-14 04:23:50

Experts are warning about a dangerous drug currently being dealt in Colombia that can reportedly rob an individual of their free will, making them vulnerable to criminals and attackers, or erase their memories. The drug is known as scopolamine, and according to Gizmodo reporter Sam Biddle, the substance, which is derived from plants like cocaine, "will turn you into an insane zombie and probably kill you." Scopolamine, otherwise known as "The Devil's Breath," was tested by the CIA as a...

Chronic Cocaine Use Triggers Changes In Brain's Neuron Structure
2012-05-09 14:26:44

Chronic exposure to cocaine reduces the expression of a protein known to regulate brain plasticity, according to new, in vivo research on the molecular basis of cocaine addiction. That reduction drives structural changes in the brain, which produce greater sensitivity to the rewarding effects of cocaine. The finding suggests a potential new target for development of a treatment for cocaine addiction. It was published last month in Nature Neuroscience by researchers at the University at...

2012-05-03 05:22:46

(Ivanhoe Newswire)-- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that cocaine is used by up to 21 million individuals worldwide, with approximately 1 per cent of these individuals becoming dependent. Now, a new study shows that frequent cocaine abuse can lead to accelerated aging of the brain. Cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that increases levels of dopamine, a brain chemical associated with pleasure and movement, in the brain´s reward circuit. The...

2012-04-24 22:42:56

A history of binge eating -- consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time -- may make an individual more likely to show other addiction-like behaviors, including substance abuse, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. In the short term, this finding may shed light on the factors that promote substance abuse, addiction, and relapse. In the long term, may help clinicians treat individuals suffering from this devastating disease. "Drug addiction persists as a...

2012-04-24 22:18:34

Research shows chronic users' brains age dramatically faster than their non-drug-using peers New research by scientists at the University of Cambridge suggests that chronic cocaine abuse accelerates the process of brain aging. The study, published today 25 April in Molecular Psychiatry, found that age-related loss of grey matter in the brain is greater in people who are dependent on cocaine than in the healthy population. For the study, the researchers scanned the brains of 120 people...

2012-04-23 06:27:21

ATLANTA, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey from the American Cancer Society finds women are 10 percent less likely than men to make time for physical activities they enjoy and that 40 percent of women said they would be more physically active in their free time if it felt less like work and more like play. As a result, the American Cancer Society Choose You movement is calling on women to help close this gap and to discover fun ways to get active with its 100,000 Acts of Play...

2012-04-23 11:18:35

New research from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York reveals that repeated exposure to cocaine decreases the activity of a protein necessary for normal functioning of the brain's reward system, thus enhancing the reward for cocaine use, which leads to addiction. Investigators were also able to block the ability of repeated cocaine exposure, to induce addiction. The findings, published online April 22 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, provide the first evidence of how cocaine changes the...

2012-04-19 23:03:52

DrugTestYourTeen.com is pleased to announce that they now offer an in-home drug test to detect Spice/K2, the synthetic cousins of marijuana that are the latest teen craze. The biggest selling point for Spice has been that it is “undetectable”, but this new test changes all that. (PRWEB) April 19, 2012 DrugTestYourTeen.com, a leading supplier of in-home drug tests for parents of teenagers, is pleased to announce that they now offer an in-home drug test to detect Spice (or K2),...

Possible Antidote For Cocaine Overdose Emerges
2012-04-19 06:51:26

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Found in more than 400,000 emergency room visits and related to 5,000 overdose deaths a year in the United States, cocaine is a highly dangerous drug that can lead to death. Scientists at the Scripps Institute of Research decided to tackle this issue head on with a study that examines a solution that can be injected to reverse the effects of cocaine overdose in emergency situations. With the solution´s success in trials with mice, the researchers hope to...

2012-04-18 20:57:39

Scientists are reporting development and successful testing in laboratory mice of a substance that shows promise for becoming the first antidote for cocaine toxicity in humans. According to a report in ACS' journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, the new so-called "passive vaccine" reversed the motor impairment, seizures and other dangerous symptoms of a cocaine overdose, which claims thousands of lives each year among users of the illicit drug. Kim D. Janda and Jennifer B. Treweek explain that...