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A new study at UC San Francisco's Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center has revealed that cocaine may rewire the brain and drastically affect decision-making after just one use. While similar studies have revealed such rewiring in long-term use, the new study's results are especially alarming,...
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Cocaine Rewires Brain, Overrides Decision-Making After Just One Use, Says Study

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Martes 27 de agosto de 2013 (27/08/13)
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A new study at UC San Francisco's Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center has revealed that cocaine may rewire the brain and drastically affect decision-making after just one use.

While similar studies have revealed such rewiring in long-term use, the new study's results are especially alarming, showing that the brain can be altered after one dose.

Using live mice, researchers from both UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley studied the frontal lobe -- the area of the brain that handles decision-making and memory -- when cocaine was introduced to the body. After one dose, researchers found substantial growth of new dendritic spines, which are "tiny, twig-like structures that connect neurons and form the nodes of the brain’s circuit wiring."

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"We have limited real estate in the brain, and this shows how drugs dominate what its users think about," she told HuffPost. "Drug exposure fuels drug use, potentially at the expense of other priorities."

However, Wilbrecht explained, because our brains regularly grow and lose new spines, she is hopeful.

"The frontal cortex regulates decision-making and, as we grow up, we make decisions in an increasingly habitual manner," she said. "But the brain can rewire, and it is rewired by lots of experiences. So even though it was so much more rewired by the exposure to cocaine than it usually is, it can return to normal. I see this as evidence that recovery is possible."

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