Sugar influences brain reward circuitry in ways similar to those observed when addictive drugs are consumed, researchers from Aarhus University have found. “There is no doubt that sugar has several physiological effects, and there are many reasons why it is not healthy. But I have been in doubt of the effects sugar has on our… Read more

Scientists are one step closer to understanding how the part of our brain central for decision-making and the development of addiction is organized on a molecular level. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, in mouse models and with methods used for mapping cell types and brain tissue, were able to visualize the organization of different opioid-islands in… Read more

A mind-body therapy, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), increases the brain’s response to natural, healthy rewards while also decreasing the brain’s response to opioid related cues, a paper[1] from the University of Utah reports. “Previous research shows that prolonged use of opioids makes our brains more sensitive to pain and less receptive to the joy one… Read more

Exposure to heroin sharply reduces levels of the protein necessary for developing and maintaining the brain’s synapses, a preclinical study[1] by University at Buffalo researchers has found. The development of addiction relapse is directly related to the impact that reductions in this protein, called drebrin, have on specific cells involved in the brain’s pleasure-seeking/reward pathways… Read more

Ayao* is a tall and well-built 15-year-old, and like many his age, he is very particular about his appearance. He wears a white T-shirt with a colourful design on the front, white trousers and Kappa slip-on sandals. He likes to put a lot of effort into grooming his stylishly cut hair. When I meet him… Read more