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Scientists can now block heroin, morphine addiction

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In a major breakthrough, an international team of scientists has proven that addiction to morphine and heroin can be blocked, while at the same time increasing pain relief.

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Leila Yazdi's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:08 PM

A major breakthrough in the treatment of morphine and heorin addiction was found. Scientists have discovered a way to stop the addiction of both heroin and morphine while still acting as a pain killer. This will potentially lead to a new drug that can prevent the addiction of morphine and heroin, both of which are highly addictive drugs. This is how the drug works: "The drug (+)-naloxone automatically shuts down the addiction. It shuts down the need to take opioids, it cuts out behaviours associated with addiction, and the neurochemistry in the brain changes -- dopamine, which is the chemical important for providing that sense of 'reward' from the drug, is no longer produced."

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Why We Are Addicted, Quite Literally, to Information

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We are addicted, quite literally, to information.Why is that?

 

It's all about dopamine — a much-researched neurotransmitter produced at the top of the brain stem which targets brain regions that control reward and movement. . .

[...] "When we receive some valuable piece of information, or perform some act that promotes our health and survival, such as eating, drinking, having sex or making large amounts of money, dopamine is released along what are called the pleasure pathways of the brain, providing us with a rewarding, even euphoric, experience. In fact our brain seems to value the dopamine more than the food or drink or sex itself," explains Coates.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/why-were-addicted-to-information-2012-7#ixzz234a26bsM


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