Navigation Links
A 'Damaged' Brain May Ease Urge To Smoke

Damage to a silver dollar-sized region deep in the brain called the insula may completely erase the body's urge to smoke, according to new research//.

Obviously brain damage is not a treatment option for nicotine addiction, but the new results may offer leads for therapies to help smokers kick the habit or for monitoring smokers' progress while using existing therapies, say reports in latest issue of the journal Science.

The study was largely inspired by a patient who had smoked around 40 cigarettes a day before his insula was damaged by a stroke. He then quit smoking immediately after, telling the researchers that his body "forgot the urge to smoke".

The research studied 69 patients with brain damage who had been smokers before the damage occurred. Overall, patients who had quit easily were much more likely to have damage to the insula rather than anywhere else in the brain.

Thirteen of the insula-damaged patients had quit smoking, and 12 of them had done so quickly and easily, reporting that they had felt no urges to smoke since quitting.

The insula receives information from other parts of the body and is thought to help translate those signals into something we subjectively feel, such as hunger, pain, or craving for a drug.

Compared to other brain regions, the insula has not attracted very much attention in drug addiction research until now, but some imaging studies have shown that this region is activated by drug-associated cues, such as the sight of people doing drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Though intriguing, the possibility of insula-targeting drugs that might help smokers quit is still a long way off. More immediately, it may be possible to monitor the success of current smoking cessation therapies by measuring the activity within this brain region.

Source-IANS
'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Use of Cellular Phones associated with Increased risk of Brain Tumors
2. Brain death – How to cope with it
3. “Brain fingerprinting”- The new lie detectr
4. Nasal Spray Could Take Drugs Direct to Brain.
5. Virus Combats Brain Tumour
6. Nasal Spray Could Take Drugs Directly to Brain
7. Control of anger disorder connected to Brain Dysfunction
8. High Levels of Protein Linked to Brain Shrinkage
9. Brain damage affects artistic skill
10. Brain cells protected by new compounds
11. Brain changes observed in people with sleep apnoea
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... Yesterday, U.S. Senate Republicans revealed details ... and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Like the bill narrowly passed by ... a public health insurance program for low-income children, pregnant women, parents of dependent ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) ... of Veterans Affairs, retired Marine Col. Thomas G. Bowman. , Bowman currently serves as ... brings an intimacy with the issues and challenges veterans face with the VA. Following ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Military Connection friend and ... to the JFK Virgin Atlantic lounge. , Bensko is no stranger to the ... ago, Bensko dedicated her life to supporting our wounded veterans. A world-class photographer, her ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... DeSoto, Kan. (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... Kan. , The restaurant is located at 4210 SW 21st St. Topeka, Kan. ... Brandon Graham, owner of Graham Restaurant Group who owns three other locations in the ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 ... ... temperature during cooking is essential, and two new videos highlight the importance of ... Extension Specialist Christine Bruhn, Ph.D., who has done extensive research on consumer food ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/16/2017)... BOSTON , June 16, 2017  Exactly 50 years ... kicked off what later became known as the San Francisco ... www.northernlight.com ) is unveiling two radical innovations in strategic market ... summer.  This announcement marks the beginning of Northern Light,s "Summer ... ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... N.C. , June 14, 2017  In 2016, ... Creative Startups pitch competition and came away ... reality platform is described by Forbes as "entering the ... American Medical Association as teaching "empathy to medical professionals ... the startup was recently named a finalist for the ...
(Date:6/11/2017)... , June 10, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... three Phase 3 studies of galcanezumab, an investigational treatment ... late-breaking data on several key secondary endpoints for galcanezumab ... from these studies (EVOLVE-1, EVOLVE-2 and REGAIN) will be ... scientific meeting in Boston . ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: