Team Discovers Possible "Universal Strategy" to Combat Addiction

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Team Discovers Possible "Universal Strategy" to Combat Addiction

Newswise 13-Feb-2006:  An international research team led by the University of Saskatchewan has discovered a signaling pathway in the brain involved in drug addiction, together with a method for blocking its action, that may point to a single treatment strategy for most addictions.

Their findings appear in the March issue of the prestigious journal Nature Medicine.

The study, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, looked at nicotine and THC (the active ingredient in marijuana). However, Zhang says the results could also hold true for other drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and even methamphetamine.

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