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Newly Identified Neural Signature of Drug Craving Could Predict Drug Use
The signature could one day be used to improve treatment planning for people with substance abuse disorders.
Newly Identified Neural Signature of Drug Craving Could Predict Drug Use
Newly Identified Neural Signature of Drug Craving Could Predict Drug Use

The signature could one day be used to improve treatment planning for people with substance abuse disorders.

The signature could one day be used to improve treatment planning for people with substance abuse disorders.

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Study of Millions Finds Genetic Links to Smoking and Drinking 
Katherine Irving | Dec 9, 2022 | 3 min read
In the largest study of its kind, scientists find nearly 4,000 genetic variants that may predispose people to alcohol and tobacco use behaviors. 
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Cocaine Use Creates Feedback Loop with Gut Bacteria: Mouse Study
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Nov 1, 2022 | 3 min read
A jolt of norepinephrine in the mouse gut facilitates colonization by certain microbes, which in turn deplete glycine, enhancing cocaine-induced behaviors.
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Damage to Brain Network Curbs Urge to Smoke
Shawna Williams | Jun 16, 2022 | 2 min read
A study finds that injuries to certain areas of the brain were associated with quitting smoking more quickly, easily, and with no cravings.
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Infographic: Inducing Active Immunity Against Opioid Overdose
Tori Rodriguez | Jun 13, 2022 | 3 min read
How scientists aim to induce an immune response against addictive drugs
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Opioid Vaccines as a Tool to Stem Overdose Deaths
Tori Rodriguez | Jun 13, 2022 | 10+ min read
Researchers are turning to the immune system for help in treating addiction and preventing overdose.
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Remembering Those We Lost in 2021
Lisa Winter | Dec 23, 2021 | 5 min read
As the year draws to a close, we look back on researchers we bid farewell to, and the contributions they made to their respective fields.
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Neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri Dies at 43
Lisa Winter | Oct 7, 2021 | 2 min read
Knowingly facing the end of her life, she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for underrepresented students in higher education.
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Trout Appear to Get Hooked on Meth
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jul 6, 2021 | 5 min read
After eight weeks of exposure to ecologically plausible levels of methamphetamines, the fish tended to prefer meth-laced water over water without the drug.
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Vitamin D Deficiency Drives Opioid Addiction in Mice
Amanda Heidt | Jun 16, 2021 | 5 min read
Mice with low vitamin D had exaggerated craving for opioids and felt the drugs’ effects more strongly—results supported in part by human medical records—suggesting that supplements should be explored as treatments for opioid use disorders.
Mary Jeanne Kreek, heroin, addiction, methadone, drug addiction, The Rockefeller University,
Mary Jeanne Kreek, Methadone Developer, Dies at 84
Asher Jones | Mar 31, 2021 | 2 min read
A physician and neurobiologist at the Rockefeller University who specialized in addiction research, Kreek was best known for her work on developing the treatment for heroin addiction.
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Cerebellum Plays Crucial Role in Metabolizing Alcohol in Mice
Marcus A. Banks | Mar 31, 2021 | 3 min read
The researchers say these findings challenge dogma in the field, which has given the liver all credit for metabolizing alcohol.
Transcendent Kingdom TS Book Club Discussion
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | Nov 26, 2020 | 1 min read
Join The Scientist on December 11 to discuss Yaa Gyasi’s sophomore novel, about a Stanford University neuroscience grad student navigating family issues, lab work, and her emerging identity.
Book Excerpt from Drugs Without the Hot Air
David Nutt | Feb 24, 2020 | 4 min read
In Chapter 14, author David Nutt describes the opioid crisis currently besetting the US.
Opinion: Governments Should Rethink Drug Policies
David Nutt | Feb 24, 2020 | 5 min read
Draconian drug laws harm citizens the world over. It’s high time to use sound science to change the landscape of prohibition.
Addictive Behavior Control Circuit Discovered in Rat Brains
Lisa Winter | Jan 3, 2020 | 2 min read
Some rats showed a decrease in addictive tendencies when researchers activated the pathway, while the behavior of others became more addictive when the pathway was inhibited.

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Opinion: The Best Neuroscience Books of 2019
James Dolbow | Dec 18, 2019 | 4 min read
Bury your nose in tales of neurosyphilis, gender identity, the medical mysteries of sleep disorders, and more.
Ketamine Could Help Cut Alcohol Consumption by Rewiring Memory
Catherine Offord | Nov 27, 2019 | 2 min read
Preliminary findings from a clinical trial of heavy drinkers suggest that the drug can weaken certain memories tied to the reward of imbibing, although the mechanisms aren’t fully clear.
Cerebellar Surprises
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2019 | 1 min read
Kamran Khodakhah, a researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, explains the cerebellum's newly described role in addictive and social behaviors.
The Cerebellum’s Secrets: A Profile of Kamran Khodakhah
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2019 | 8 min read
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine neuroscientist has revealed surprising functions of the brain region, such as its role in the brain’s rewards circuits and in addiction.
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