Stimulating news about brain glutamate

Prescription stimulants are widely used for attention issues, but they can also be misused. NIDA-funded scientists conducted the first study showing that the signaling transmitter glutamate increases in the brain after stimulant use in humans, which has a greater effect in females. The rise in brain glutamate predicts the extent and duration of the drug high and future drug seeking. 

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Measuring glutamate in the brain’s dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, an area important for emotion, cognition and behavior
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Measuring glutamate in the brain’s dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, an area important for emotion, cognition and behavior

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