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Study shows dopamine plays a role in musical pleasure

Medical Xpress, 22/01/2019. An international team of researchers has found evidence of dopamine in the brain playing a role in the pleasure people feel when they listen to music. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes experiments they carried out with volunteers who were given a dopamine precursor or antagonist and what they found.

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Neuroimaging study sheds new light on how a dose of THC changes the brain

PsyPost 19/01/2019 New neuroimaging research provides insight into how tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, affects the human brain. The study found that THC increases glutamate concentrations in the striatum, a major brain structure involved in the coordination of body movement, decision-making and the initiation of action. Read more about our new… Continue reading Neuroimaging study sheds new light on how a dose of THC changes the brain

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Study examines effects of different opioids on driving performance

Medical Express, 05-12-2018 Taking opioids for the treatment of pain has been associated with increased risks of crashing among drivers, but it is unknown whether this applies to all opioids or pertains to specific opioids only. A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study found that the influence of single analgesic doses of methadone and buprenorphine—two different… Continue reading Study examines effects of different opioids on driving performance