drugs, culture n society

drugs, culture n society - Siblings' brain scans may hold...

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key to addictions By Kate Kelland LONDON | Thu Feb 2, 2012 2:10pm EST (Reuters) - Drug addicts and their non-addicted siblings share certain features in the brain, suggesting a susceptibility to addiction is inherited but is also a flaw that can be overcome, scientists said on Thursday. Researchers who scanned the brains of 50 pairs of brothers and sisters of whom one was a cocaine addict found that both siblings had brain abnormalities that make it more difficult for them to exercise self-control. The findings increase understanding of why some people with a family history of drug abuse have a higher risk of addiction than others and could point to new treatments to help vulnerable people learn how take control before addictions set in. "If we could get a handle on what makes unaffected relatives of addicts so resilient we might be able to prevent a lot of addiction from taking hold," said Paul Keedwell a consultant psychiatrist at Britain's Cardiff University, who was not involved in the research but was encouraged by its findings. Good data on addiction is hard to gather since many drug abusers
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course 750 201 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '12 term at Rutgers.

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