Women more at risk from al­co­Hol abuse: study

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

NEW YORK: Women with chronic al­co­hol abuse may be more at risk of de­vel­op­ing deficits in stem cells in brain im­por­tant for nor­mal cog­ni­tive func­tion, than males, finds a study.Led by re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Texas the study which could pos­si­bly pave way to com­bat chronic al­co­holism, was con­ducted on mice. It re­vealed that chronic al­co­hol abuse killed most neu­ral stem cells as well as re­duced the pro­duc­tion and de­vel­op­ment of new nerve cells. The brain re­gion most sus­cep­ti­ble to the ef­fects of al­co­hol was one of two brain re­gions where new brain cells are cre­ated in adults. ”The dis­cov­ery that the adult brain pro­duces stem cells that cre­ate new nerve cells pro­vides a new way of ap­proach­ing the prob­lem of al­co­hol-re­lated changes in the brain,” said Ping Wu, Pro­fes­sor at the var­sity Fe­male mice showed more se­vere deficits. There was more “se­vere” in­tox­i­ca­tion be­hav­iour dis­played in the fe­males, more greatly re­duced the pool of stem cells in the sub­ven­tric­u­lar zone, the re­searchers said.

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