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Alcohol mixed with energy drink causes similar risk as cocaine

Drinking highly caffeinated alcoholic beverages trigger changes in the adolescent brain, similar to taking cocaine, and the consequences last into adulthood, according to a recent research conducted at Purdue University. Lead researcher Richard van Rijn looked at the effects of highly caffeinated energy drinks and highly caffeinated alcohol in adolescent mice. These alcohol studies cannot be performed in adolescent humans but changes seen in mouse brains with drugs of abuse have been shown to correlate to those in humans in many drug studies. These energy drinks can contain as much…

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Cocaine addiction vaccine a step closer

Brazilian researchers working to develop a vaccine against cocaine addiction have begun test trials on animals. The vaccine has been under development for more than two years, one of the lead researchers, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday citing local media. “We are developing a molecule to stimulate the production of antibodies by the immune system against cocaine,” said Professor Angelo de Fatima, of the Organic Chemistry department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, at Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil. “These antibodies bind to…

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brain cells that lessen impact of cocaine recognized

Researchers have observed a type of brain cells that play a key function in decreasing the outcomes of cocaine at the brain. the invention establishes that microglia cells can lessen the unfavourable modifications to neural circuitry delivered on with the aid of the persistent use of cocaine and has tremendous implications for developing an powerful treatment for dependancy. Microglia may not be as well called neurons, the brain cells that relay messages, however they’ve many crucial functions. They constantly display their surroundings, and can act to hold everyday brain functioning….

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