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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...

2008-07-12 00:00:06

By The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) - Police didn't have to go far to find $400,000 worth of cocaine - it was in an undercover car they'd been driving for two months.An officer cleaning the car at a patrol station Wednesday discovered the nearly 50 pounds of cocaine carefully hidden in hydraulically controlled compartments."These compartments have recently been more and more popular with drug operations," said Deputy Chief Julian Bernal, commander of the narcotics division.Dallas police put...

2008-07-01 15:00:54

By Joe Seelig, Highlands Today, Sebring, Fla. Jul. 1--AVON PARK -- In separate incidents, two out-of-town women were arrested in a drug sting operation Saturday at an Avon Park gas station. A Highlands County Sheriff's undercover officer arranged to meet with them separately Saturday afternoon and evening. The women were looking to buy two ounces of cocaine valued at $700 each and two ounces of marijuana worth $100 each for a total value of $1,600, according to Sheriff's Capt. Randy...

2008-07-01 12:01:08

The United States, despite its punitive drug policies, has the highest levels of illegal cocaine and marijuana use among 17 countries, researchers said. Study leader Louisa Degenhardt of the University of New South Wales in Sydney and colleagues said the study is is based on the World Health Organization's Composite International Diagnostic Interview. The study, published in PLoS Medicine, found that 16.2 percent of people in the United States had used cocaine in their lifetime, with...

2008-06-26 06:03:05

By Liz Szabo Drug and alcohol users can have healthy pregnancies if they are treated early in the pregnancy, according to a study released today. The treatment program, which allows women to receive substance abuse counseling with their regular prenatal care, should be the new "gold standard" for pregnant women, says lead author Nancy Goler, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Kaiser Permanente, which funded the study of nearly 50,000 women. Women in the study who used substances,...

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2008-05-27 14:03:05

The first large-scale analysis of proteins in the brains of monkeys addicted to cocaine reveals new information on how long-term cocaine use changes the amount and activity of various proteins affecting brain function.The identified changes are more numerous and long-lasting than previously thought, which may provide a biological explanation for why cocaine addiction is so difficult to overcome, according to Scott E. Hemby, Ph.D. of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, senior author of...

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2008-04-07 10:45:00

Having a lower social standing increases the likelihood that a monkey faced with a stressful situation will choose cocaine over food, according to a study at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. More dominant monkeys undergoing the same stressful situation had fewer changes in brain activity in areas of the brain involved in stress and anxiety and were less likely to choose cocaine. Robert Warren Gould, a graduate student in the laboratory of Michael A. Nader, Ph.D., presented the study...

2008-03-14 06:00:37

By Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Mar. 14--ST. LOUIS -- Federal investigators have arrested a man accused of being responsible for bringing hundreds and even thousands of kilograms of cocaine to the St. Louis area over the past two years, according to documents made public Thursday. Julius Turrentine, 43, of St. Louis, was charged on Wednesday with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. He was scheduled to appear in...

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2008-02-26 00:40:00

A team of scientists believe they have discovered a part of the brain which responds to cocaine use. The results of their research may further explain why some users make cocaine use a habit while others become social users.Using brain scans, Hugh Garavan, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin, and his colleagues studied cocaine users while they performed simple computer tasks. During the tests, they were able to locate areas of the pre-frontal cortex where increased activity...

2007-11-07 09:00:49

Text of report by Peruvian newspaper La Republica website on 31 October [Report by Doris Aguirre: Ring Hit With 40 Tons of Chemical Ingredient"] An organization that supplied chemical ingredients to cocaine processing laboratories in Alto Huallaga Valley was discovered when the police happened upon 40 tons of calcium oxide hidden in storage sheds in Quiruhuac in the Laredo district of Trujillo Province. Agents from the Division of Investigation and Control of Chemical Ingredients...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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