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Cocaine Addiction Study Reveals Targets for Treatment

(2/19/2013)

Cocaine Addiction Study Reveals Targets for Treatment
Science Daily
February 12, 2013

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara are researching cocaine addiction, part of a widespread problem, which, along with other addictions, costs billions of dollars in damage to individuals, families, and society. Laboratory studies at UCSB have revealed that the diminished brain function and learning impairment that result from cocaine addiction can be treated -- and that learning can be restored.  With her research team, Karen Szumlinski discovered that a drug that stimulates a certain type of glutamate receptor -- when aimed at the prefrontal cortex -- could restore learning impairment in rats with simulated cocaine addiction.

View the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130213100728.htm


Keywords: cocaine, addiction, study, treatment



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