Studying Cravings To Understand Addiction

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Courtesy of Dartmouth College

Researchers at Dartmouth College have learned how to suppress cravings in rats, by activiating certain neutal receptors.

The study could lead to changes in the way that addiction, overeating and other compulsive behaviors are treated, according to a press release.  

"In terms of clinical applications, the results carry the potential for stripping away value from reward-paired cues in cases such as addiction," said Stephen Chang, a postdoctoral fellow who was involved with the research. 

The study was possible in part due to technological advances that made it possible to track the activation and deactivation of neural receptors.



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