All thanks to Science, people all around the world battle deadly diseases every day. Science has left no stone unturned in curing these diseases. And now it is after addictions too. That is a good thing. People get easily and quickly addicted to things like alcohol and tobacco.
According to a latest study, a new medicine has been made which directly targets the part of the brain’s stress system and helps people with AUD, Alcohol Use Disorder.
Raye Litten from US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has researched and conducted a clinical trial of a new compound called as ABT-436 which has been designed to block the effects of vasopressin, which is a neuropeptide that is produced in the brain’s hypothalamus. “Vasopressin helps to regulate the pituitary-adrenal axis and other brain circuits involved in emotion. As such, it plays a role in regulating stress, anxiety and their interaction with AUD,” said Litten.
144 adult men and women who were alcohol-dependent were recruited for this research by Raye Litten and his co-researchers. What they found was rather amazing. The participants who received ABT-436 refrained alcohol for more days than those who were given the placebo.
Participants who reported high levels of stress appeared to respond better to ABT-436. Smokers also benefited from ABT-436. Experts suspect that ABT-436 targeted the same areas in the brain that relate to withdrawal and stress, and, in the process, influenced both tobacco and alcohol use disorders.
Let’s hope that this will become very successful as this will help so many people all around the globe.