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Alcohol Drinking Behavior Reduced By Inhibiting Brain Protein in Rodents

November 26, 2012 Decreasing the level of a key brain protein led to significantly less drinking and alcohol-seeking behavior in rats and mice that had been trained to drink, according to a study by researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UCSF.

Gallo Center researchers find potential new drug target for alcohol addiction

November 01, 2010 Rapamycin, an FDA-approved drug prescribed to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs, has been shown for the first time to decrease excessive alcohol consumption, binge drinking, and alcohol-seeking behavior in rodents.

Biochemical pathway may link addiction, compulsive eating

September 01, 2010 Ezlopitant, a compound known to suppress craving for alcohol in humans, was shown to decrease consumption of sweetened water by rodents in a study by researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, which is affiliated with UCSF.

Mutant mouse reveals potential genetic pathway for alcoholism

August 12, 2010 A mutation found in a mouse gene that also appears in humans might provide new insights into the genetic roots of alcoholism, according to a study led by researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center and UCSF. The study appears in the August 12, 2010, edition of “PLoS Genetics.”

Alcoholics who stay sober have healthier brain reward systems than those who relapse

April 28, 2010 In a study of alcoholics who entered treatment for drinking, those who stayed sober for at least one year had the same levels of key biochemical indicators of brain health as non-alcoholic controls at the time they entered treatment. In contrast, the study showed, those who relapsed during that year had significantly lower levels of those indicators.

Institute of Medicine study led by UCSF's Hauser links Gulf War to health problems

April 09, 2010 A new report by the Institute of Medicine has found that military service in the Persian Gulf War is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in some veterans.

Killing in Iraq combat linked with PTSD, alcohol abuse, other problems

February 10, 2010 Among soldiers who served in Iraq, the act of taking a life in combat was a significant predictor of post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse, hostility and anger, and relationship problems, according to a study led by a psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Landmark Textbook Aims to Improve Clinician, Consumer Understanding of Lesbian Health

February 04, 2010 A landmark textbook focusing on lesbian health, based on extensive research and the clinical experience of its 46 chapter authors, is now available.

Study shows cigarette smoking a risk for Alzheimer's disease

January 29, 2010 A UCSF analysis of published studies on the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and smoking indicates that smoking cigarettes is a significant risk factor for the disease.