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Topiramate Treats Addiction
2013-07-19 09:37:32

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Topiramate is drug conventionally used to treat epilepsy and effect weight loss but it is currently being researched for its ability to help cocaine and alcohol addicts kick the habit. The results from this double-blind study offer hope that topiramate may help treat addiction. Several past studies have shown the drug to be effective for those addicted to either cocaine or alcohol, but no clinical trials have been performed on...

2013-07-17 11:03:40

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have discovered that a single dose of methylphenidate (MPH), used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, helps to improve balance control during walking, hence reducing the risk of falls among elderly adults. Falls in older adults are the leading cause of hip fractures and other injury-related visits to emergency rooms and of accidental death. Age-related deterioration in gait and balance is a major...

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...

2013-05-31 10:59:11

Nicotine replacement therapy and other licensed drugs can help people quit smoking, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The study, which is an overview of previous Cochrane reviews, supports the use of the smoking cessation medications that are already widely licensed internationally, and shows that another drug licensed in Russia could hold potential as an effective and affordable treatment. In Europe and the US the only medications currently licensed...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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