Monday, June 20, 2005

Those Crazy Drug Addicts

Research Reveals Faulty Biological Clock Genes Could Influence Addiction
Drug addiction exacts a variety of ill effects on a user's health. Among other things, addicts often experience disrupted sleep. The mechanism behind how the substances may change a user's circadian rhythms remains unknown but new research on mice is providing some insight. According to a report published online this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, circadian rhythm genes help to regulate the brain's reward system and could influence the addictive properties of drugs such as cocaine.

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