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Research Round-up: Meth, Better Colonoscopies

UF College of Medicine

At least in mice, some of the nasty side effects of methamphetamines kick in after the mouse stops using it, according to researchers from University of Florida.

A study at UF College of Medicine found memory loss and a decrease in neuronal activity in mice going through withdrawal from methamphetamines, the Ocala Star-Bannerreports. The researchers theorize that similar effects would occur in humans about a year after they stop using the drug.

Meanwhile, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville say high-definition imaging tools are much better at finding precancerous polyps in colonoscopies than traditional screening technology, the Florida Times-Union reports.

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