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Scientists identify connection between dopamine and behavior related to pain and fear

Discussion in 'Health News and Research unrelated to ME/CFS' started by Indigophoton, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Indigophoton

    Indigophoton Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    The work was done in mice. The method used to modulate dopamine levels - optogenetics - was new to me, and fascinating. The researchers think their work has relevance to depression and PTSD.

    Should low dopamine levels prove to be relevant in ME, some of the results from the study may also suggest another possible reason why some people anecdotally find cannabinoids helpful.
    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-04-scientists-dopamine-behavior-pain.amp
     
  2. chrisb

    chrisb Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    When l read Oliver Sacks description of the encephalitis lethargica cases I thought they bore significant resemblances, which were worth exploring. But good luck with trying to persuade a GP. Tests on mice may be permitted, but as for humans......

    Edited for typos and to correct Oliver Sacks
     
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