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Cocaine Changes Fat Metabolism
2013-08-09 14:22:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cocaine has long been thought to prevent weight gain in regular users by acting as an appetite suppressant, but new research from a team of UK scientists has found that the illegal drug actually has a metabolic effect that prevents the body from storing fat. While that may be seen as a desirable side-effect, these metabolic changes can result in dramatic weight gain during recovery – making the rehabilitation process even more...

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...

2011-06-21 12:09:25

Research gives insight into why some people develop addiction Researchers at the University of Cambridge have identified abnormal brain structures in the frontal lobe of cocaine users' brains which are linked to their compulsive cocaine-using behavior. Their findings were published today, 21 June, in the journal Brain. Led by Dr Karen Ersche, the Cambridge researchers scanned the brains of 120 people, half of whom had a dependence on cocaine. They found that the cocaine users had widespread...


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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.'