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Cocaine Induces Neuronal Autophagy

By Jef Akst | January 19, 2016

A new study supports the idea that cocaine triggers brain cells to eat themselves and suggests a possible antidote.

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Toward a Cocaine Vaccine

By Jef Akst | January 22, 2015

A modified bacterial protein elicits a robust immune response against a cocaine-linked molecule in mice.

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Suppressing Drug-Seeking Behaviors

By Abby Olena | November 24, 2013

Augmenting the action of a glutamate receptor in the brains of addicted rats helps prevent them from seeking cocaine during withdrawal, a study shows.

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The Epigenetics of Drug Abuse

By Jef Akst | November 11, 2013

At the Society for Neuroscience conference, researchers present results linking the epigenome to heroin and cocaine addiction.

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image: Week in Review: August 12–16

Week in Review: August 12–16

By Tracy Vence | August 16, 2013

Engineered immune cells attack tumors; a mouth microbe that can cause cancer; HIV may heighten cocaine’s high; craving high-fat foods

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Inca Children Got High Before Death

By Chris Palmer | July 29, 2013

Evidence from mummified remains of three children discovered atop an Argentinian volcano suggests they were drunk and stoned for a year leading up to their ritual sacrifice.

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image: Inherited Resistance to Cocaine

Inherited Resistance to Cocaine

By Ed Yong | December 17, 2012

Cocaine-using rat fathers pass epigenetic changes on to their sons that make them resistant to coke addiction.

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image: An Antidote for Cocaine Overdose?

An Antidote for Cocaine Overdose?

By Cristina Luiggi | April 19, 2012

A novel antibody with a powerful affinity for cocaine shows promise in reversing the deadly effects of an overdose.

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image: Reversing Cocaine’s Effects with Light

Reversing Cocaine’s Effects with Light

By Ruth Williams | December 7, 2011

Researchers use optogenetics to reverse drug-induced brain and behavioral changes.

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image: Cigarette Smoking Leads to Coke?

Cigarette Smoking Leads to Coke?

By Jef Akst | November 4, 2011

Nicotine may alter the brain’s response to cocaine, supporting the idea that the legal drug may serve as a "gateway" to the use of illegal substances.

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