Quantcast

Latest Tropanes Stories

2009-04-29 10:04:45

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say it took a suspected Toronto drug mule three weeks to excrete 76 tampon-sized packets of cocaine into a bedpan. Hatim Gulamhusein, 48, was arrested April 7 at Toronto's international airport after arriving on a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina, RCMP Cpl. Cathy McCrory told the National Post. She said border agents are very good at spotting people who have swallowed drug packages or secreted them in their bodies. Once in custody, Gulamhusein required six...

2009-04-24 08:57:21

Addicts, even those who have been abstinent for long periods of time, are often still vulnerable to their own memories of prior drug use. For example, exposure to the same environment in which they commonly used drugs "“ a contextual memory "“ can increase their craving for the drug dramatically and can lead to relapse.A new study in the April 15th issue of Biological Psychiatry (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/biopsychiat), published by Elsevier, has evaluated a novel compound...

2009-04-17 01:02:09

Initial drug use can be motivated by curiosity or peer pressure, but in some animals it can result from a stressful event, researchers in Puerto Rico said. Natasha Lugo-Escobar, Nicole Carreras and Annabell C. Segarra of University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, said drugs act on the reward centers of the brain. These areas are normally involved in mediating pleasure, and also regulate the psychostimulant effects of drugs such as cocaine. Stress is known to...

2009-03-20 18:33:24

Authorities in Spain said they have seized a 42-piece dinner set made from 42 pounds of cocaine and arrested the intended recipient. Police said a 35-year-old Spanish man, identified only as JVLL, was arrested and charged with an offense against public health after police seized the package in an international operation coordinated with Venezuela, where the package originated, The Times of London reported Friday. Investigators said they believe the man was forced to become involved in the...

aa23779aeb2914925a4b3a045ec25d111
2009-02-23 15:03:56

Cocaine use can have toxic effects on brain cells (neurons) that produce dopamine, say experts at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in a report that appears today in the journal Psychiatry Research.  Using brain tissue acquired after the subjects died, researchers microscopically compared the number of dopamine cells in the brains of 10 cocaine users to those in the brains of nine people matched for age who did not use the drug. They found significantly fewer dopamine cells, 16...

2008-11-18 22:54:39

When given a choice between viewing pictures of cocaine or other images, cocaine addicted individuals prefer to look at cocaine, U.S. researchers learned. Scott Moeller, a psychology graduate student at the University of Michigan who worked with researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, found that drug-related choice in cocaine addiction extends to abstract, non-pharmacological stimuli. Previously, scientists have had to administer cocaine, or...

73e6c88df370a17a2fb8e64bad2c4fac1
2008-11-17 09:06:36

When given a choice between viewing pictures of cocaine and a variety of other images, cocaine addicted individuals, as compared to healthy, non-addicted research subjects, show a clear preference for the drug-related images. Findings from this study, which was conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, were presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington D.C. on Sunday, November 16, by Scott Moeller, a psychology graduate student...

2008-11-07 15:25:00

One person every hour died of a drug overdose last year in Europe, a monitoring organization said in its annual report. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addition, based in Lisbon, Portugal, said drug use, while still high, remained stable in 2007, even though cocaine use rose in some countries, the EU Observer reported. Concerning drug overdoses, the center said young people were the most vulnerable. "We estimate there are 7,000 to 8,000 drug-induced deaths in Europe per...

4385ab93fcf886c24ff0eeca7e2710531
2008-10-23 14:30:34

Early trials are indicating that an anti-obesity drug is greatly outperforming its diet competitors. Danish researchers are testing the drug tesofensine and have discovered that dieting patients on the highest doses of the drug available have lost up to 28.2 lbs in only six months. This is two times the weight loss achieved by other drugs like sibutramine and rimonabant. However, experts have cautioned consumers that additional testing is needed, and have shown concern that the results might...

2008-10-11 00:00:35

Abnormalities in cocaine addicts' brains appear to correlate with dysfunction in areas of attention and for reward-based decision-making, U.S. researchers say. Principal investigator Dr. Hans Breiter of the Massachusetts General Hospital says some of the abnormalities may reflect an inborn vulnerability to drug use, while others appear to be the result of long-term cocaine exposure. "These data point to a mixture of both drug effects and predisposition underlying the structural alterations...


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.
Related