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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Sunday, February 05, 2006

A pill for gambeling addicts?

If you have gambeling problems that you can not control, don't fret. Scientists now are developing an anti-gambeling pill for you. For real! In the largest clinical study of its kind, researchers at the University of Minnesota found that daily doses of an experimental drug called nalmefene, often used to treat alcoholism, appeared to curb the craving to gamble. The research represents the latest effort to control the biology of misbehavior at a time when celebrity poker, online gambling, lotteries and sports betting have helped to make obsessive wagering a national psychiatric disorder. So, how doe sit work? The key is to take the compulsive thrill out of winning and losing. Nalmefene interferes with brain opiate circuits that process sensations of pleasure. It also indirectly affects the brain's dopamine system, which handles feelings of reward. Treated with nalmefene, the patients reported that gambling no longer seemed as thrilling or compelling. Hmmm........

1 Comments:

At 2/05/2006 02:32:00 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Comment link on the below post is busted, so I'm commenting here. Hope you don't mind I mess up your Gamblin Post!

Congratulations America, you are no longer the world's most hated country: Iran has beat you to the #1 slot, and you have slipped to the #2 slot. Bravo.

OK, I ahve no dount that US and Iran are the most hated countries in the wrodl. Let me say that first.

BUT! There are major problems with how this poll was conducted.

They polled 7 countries in Europe. 7 out of 33 countries polled weer in EUrope. I guess they were trying to balance by continet. But that's bullshit. There are only 3 countries in the continet of North America. Austrailia is a continet all by itself. There's no way to balance by continent. They shouldn't have tried.

Also, all 7 of the European Counties are members of the European Union - that should have been a single voting block.

Guess who is most popular, though?

Europe!!

Pffftttt...

BTW, breaking news while I was writing this comment. Danish Embassy in Lebanon is on fire.

 

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