Thursday, August 28, 2008

Gambling - drug study

in case you're bored while I'm away :)

Note: glutamate is a neurotransmitter involved in many brain functions.

Meanwhile, in an eight week trial, 27 compulsive gamblers were given N-acetyl cysteine, an amino acid impacting glutamate, a chemical associated with reward circuitry in the brain. Sixty percent of these participants reported decreased gambling urges during this time. Those who responded positively went on to do a second, double-blind experiment in which half of the participants received a placebo while others continued with the amino acid treatment. Eight-three percent of those who took the amino acid continued to report fewer gambling urges, while 72 percent of participants on the placebo went back to gambling.

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