Women more at risk from alcoHol abuse: study
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.