This is long and I have not watched all of it yet, but what I have watched is great. The latest thinking from some heavyweights on addiction research, including our favorite scientist at TDA - Dr. Nora Volkow. Be the first on your block to see this and please share.
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When we try to get rid of a bad habit, whether it involves food or drugs or gambling, it often seems like we’re fighting ourselves inside. The reality’s not far off: Addiction twists the reward pathways of the brain to keep addicts tied to whatever gets them high. But can we use our knowledge of the brain to undo these neurological knots? Watch psychiatrist Nora Volkow, chemist Kim Janda, and neuroscientists Eric Nestler and Amir Levine explain the latest thinking in the science of addiction in the mind in “The Craving Brain: The Neuroscience of Uncontrollable Urges,” a program of the 2014 World Science Festival.
I knew Roger Ebert could write about alcoholism; but this article published in 1984 about the death of John Belushi blew me away. It’s the best thing I have ever read about celebrity substance abuse and brings out some very pertinent points on the disease as a whole. I am so glad I stumbled upon it so I could share. Don’t want to steal any of his thunder so please just click the link.
Why John Belushi Died.
Would you genetically alter your progeny to be alcoholism proofed? That’s the thought I had after reading about scientists in Texas who have generated worms that can’t get drunk after ingesting alcohol.
The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience today, relates how the researchers were able to alter a common human molecular channel that binds alcohol in the brain in worms by modifying the worm’s genetic makeup. This, the researcher say, is the first example of scientists modifying a human alchohol target to successfully prevent intoxication in an animal.
The researchers now hope to develop drugs that would have the same effect in mice — and eventually humans. The researchers believe they have found a way that future drugs may target a single human brain protein, called the BK channel, to stop alcohol from activating it and causing intoxication. If the scientists could find a drug that has the same effect as the mutation, they might be able to help people overcome addiction and the effects of withdrawal.
But why stop at drugs that would help with addiction, when in the scifi future I hope to live in you can pick the color of your kids eyes as well making sure they will not get cancer. If you had a history of alcoholism yourself or in your family, would it not be advantageous to genetically prevent that as well? I would certainly consider it knowing the pain and suffering it put me through. What parent want’s their kinds to suffer.
In the meantime, maybe this research could help Slurm McKenzie
Futurama’s Slurms Mckenzie, the mascot of the most addictive susbtance in the universe. Slurm.