About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Ecstasy Causes Brain Activation Similar to Alzheimer’s

by Rathi Manohar on May 5, 2011 at 8:48 PM
Font : A-A+

 Ecstasy Causes Brain Activation Similar to Alzheimer’s

 Ecstasy, the 'party drug' that is used illegally to stimulate feelings of euphoria and emotional warmth is the subject of debate about its potential use in treating stress disorders.

The drug is undergoing clinical trials as a potential therapeutic strategy for post-traumatic stress disorder. The issue has come up that its negative effects are probably being exaggerated.

Advertisement

Ronald Cowan, associate professor of Psychiatry and his team of researchers have found in their study, reported in Neuropsychopharmacology, that the drug is the cause of a chronic change in brain function.   

 The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in their study of brain activation during visual stimulation, on people who had used Ecstasy two weeks prior to imaging and in subjects who had not previously used Ecstasy. They found increased brain activation (hyper-excitability) in three brain areas associated with visual processing in Ecstasy users that is similar to that which is found in people who have or who are at high-risk for early Alzheimer's disease. The cortical excitability may be chronic, long-lasting, and even permanent, warned Cowan.

"... there's a loss of brain efficiency in both recreational Ecstasy use and early Alzheimer's," he added.



Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Top 10 Vitamin B12 Foods for Vegetarians - Slideshow
Targeted Screening Program Beneficial for Prostate Cancer Screening
Are Menopause Symptoms Troubling You?: Try these Options
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Parkinsons Disease Parkinsons Disease Surgical Treatment Brain Brain Facts Ataxia Drug Detox Language Areas in The Brain Ways to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) 

Most Popular on Medindia

Selfie Addiction Calculator Sanatogen Blood Donation - Recipients Indian Medical Journals Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Iron Intake Calculator Daily Calorie Requirements Color Blindness Calculator Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Noscaphene (Noscapine)

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use