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Ritalin Improves Brain Function Cocaine Addicts
2013-06-28 08:40:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A single dose of Ritalin, a commonly prescribed drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), helps improve brain function in people addicted to cocaine, according to new research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The study was published in the current issue of JAMA Psychiatry and found Ritalin, the brand name for methylphenidate, modified connectivity in certain brain circuits that underlie...

Addicted To Chocolate? Your Eyes May Just Be Able To Give You Away
2013-06-25 04:50:44

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by Drexel University has found a common, low-cost ophthalmological tool can measure the brain’s pleasure response to tasting food through the eyes. If the results are validated, this method could have applications for research and clinical work in food addiction and obesity prevention. The study testing the use of electroretinography (ERG) to indicate increases in the neurotransmitter dopamine in the retina, was led...

2013-06-19 00:20:46

MILAN, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Safinamide significantly improves responder rates in fluctuating Parkinson's disease (PD) patients as add-on to levodopa Safinamide is associated with clinically important improvement in motor symptoms in fluctuating PD patients as add-on to levodopa Newron Pharmaceuticals S.p.A. ("Newron"), a research and development company focused on novel CNS and pain therapies, and its...

2013-06-02 23:00:52

Dopamine, the mood-enhancing hormone, might help give a memory boost, eReflect creator of Ultimate Memory announced today. A new study gives hope for better understanding of memory formation and how memory declines as people age. New York City, NY (PRWEB) June 03, 2013 Software company eReflect keeps track of all the latest research in memory science, to support and improve their self-improvement software, Ultimate Memory. As eReflect noted today, a new study under lead researcher Emrah...

2013-05-16 15:44:18

12-month treatment may impact adult ADHD patients' response to methylphenidate Long-term treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with certain stimulant medications may alter the density of the dopamine transporter, according to research published May 15 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gene-Jack Wang and colleagues from Brookhaven National Laboratory and the intramural program at NIH. ADHD is commonly treated using drugs to target dysfunctional dopamine...

2013-05-14 08:32:24

NEW YORK, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. ("ITI"), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutics for CNS disorders, is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, MD, FRCP, FMedSci, to its board of directors. Sir Michael is an internationally respected figure in the field of drug safety, clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness having been Chairman of the UK's National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)...

Experimental Cocaine Vaccine Effective On Mice, Primates
2013-05-11 09:39:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Although trends are pointing to a decrease in recent years, cocaine use is still a major problem in the US, with 1.5 million users in 2010 — according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). To combat this highly addictive illegal drug, researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College are developing an “anti-cocaine vaccine” designed to keep the drug from creating the...

Insomnia In RLS Sufferers Linked To Brain Chemistry
2013-05-09 05:26:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the journal Neurology say they have found an explanation for the ties between sleepless nights and restless legs syndrome (RLS). John Hopkins researchers used an MRI to snap images of the brain, and they found that a neurotransmitter involved in arousal known as glutamate is abnormally high in people suffering RLS. They saw that the more glutamate found in the brains of people with RLS, the worse they slept....

Junk Food Habits Passed From Pregnant Mother To Child
2013-05-01 04:52:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Mothers who regularly consume high-fat, high-sugar foods while pregnant effectively program their children to be addicted to junk food by the time they are weaned, researchers from the University of Adelaide have discovered. Laboratory studies led by Dr. Bev Mühlhäusler, a postdoctoral fellow in the university's FOODplus Research Centre, discovered that a diet high in fatty or sugary foods during...

Rats Get Depression In Spring Not Winter
2013-04-26 09:07:23

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Here in the latter days of April, much of the nation and the world is struggling to once and for all escape the cold grasp of the long arm of winter. For many, their mental health can be affected by the shorter hours of daylight. Whether you refer to the condition as the ℠winter blues´ or the ℠black dogs,´ or even the more formal title of ℠seasonal affective disorder´ (SAD), going for an extended...