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2014-04-10 12:27:13

Baclofen can be a miracle drug for some people who are addicted to alcohol. NEW YORK, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Baclofen is a medication that can be used for the treatment of addiction to alcohol. It is a medication that has actually been around for a long time. It is a muscle relaxant that is used to treat severe muscle spasticity. Baclofen mainly works at the GABA-B receptor. This causes muscular relaxation. It also causes psychological relaxation, with relief of stress and...

Using Bumetanide For Chloride Reduction May Prevent Autism
2014-02-07 06:09:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A drug given to pregnant mice with models of autism prevents autistic behavior in their offspring, according to a new study reported Friday in the journal Science. Although the drug could not be administered prenatally in humans since there is no way to screen for autism in human fetuses, clinical trials in which the drug was administered to young children who have already developed autistic symptoms are showing progress, the...

2014-01-06 10:16:35

Gabapentin is a gamma-aminobutyric acid derivative, and was approved for the treatment of neuropathic pain by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002. However, little evidence is available on the effects and me-chanisms of action of gabapentin during the migraine attack period. A recent study by Yanbo Zhang and colleague from Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University in China showed that excitatory amino acids and protein kinase C are involved in the formation and maintenance of...

2013-10-07 13:50:24

This press release is in support of a presentation by Dr. Benoit Delatour on Monday Oct. 7 at the 26th ECNP Congress in Barcelona, Spain A selective GABA inverse agonist has restored cognitive function in a mouse model of Down's syndrome (DS) and has the potential to benefit humans, French researchers have revealed. "The drug we used is a specific GABA-A α5 inverse agonist (α5IA) that hypothetically could combat the abnormal neuronal excitation/inhibition balance associated with DS",...

Propofol Breakthrough New Anesthetics
2013-09-23 09:33:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from an international team of scientists has revealed the specific chemical mechanism behind the anesthetic propofol, the drug widely known for being implicated in the death of music icon Michael Jackson. According to a report published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, the international team located the specific site on the brain where propofol binds to receptors and sedates patients before surgery. "For many...

Brain Handles Stress Better When Bodies Are Exercised
2013-07-04 06:02:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by Princeton University reveals physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is decreased. This makes anxiety less likely to interfere with normal brain function. The findings, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, show when regularly exercised mice experienced a stressor -- for example, exposure to cold water -- their brains exhibited a spike in the activity of neurons that shut off...

Brain Makes Natural Valium
2013-05-31 10:15:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A naturally occurring protein secreted only in discrete areas of the mammalian brain may act as a Valium-like constraint on certain types of epileptic seizures, Stanford University researchers reported on Thursday. The protein, known as diazepam binding inhibitor (DBI), calms the rhythms of a key brain circuit and could aid in the development of new therapies for epilepsy, anxiety and sleep disorders without the side effects of...

2013-01-05 05:01:10

BluCetin, which is Patented Form of the Dihydromyricetin Molecule, has been Shown in Animal-Based Studies to Reduce the Unpleasant Symptoms that Can Result from Drinking too Much Alcohol Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (PRWEB) January 04, 2013 BluCetin, a patented (pending) natural product researched by UCLA School of Medicine and developed by Blue California, has been proven to be an effective ingredient in reducing negative symptoms of alcohol in recent animal and human studies. BluCetin-DHM,...

2012-12-07 16:36:43

A new study demonstrates for the first time how the Toxoplasma gondii parasite enters the brain to influence its host's behavior. This research was led by researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden publishes today in the Open Access journal PLOS Pathogens. The Toxoplasma gondii parasite causes toxoplasmosis. The parasite is common and infects between 30 and 50 per cent of the global population. It also infects animals, especially domestic cats. Human...

2012-11-01 10:29:16

One drink increases brain's functional connectivity Short-term alcohol intake can increase the activity of functional connections across the human brain when it is at rest, according to research published Oct 31 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Panagiotis Bamidis and colleagues from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Previous studies have shown that alcohol intake increases transmission of signals by the neurotransmitter GABA, present in 40% of the connections...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'