D. L. Hymson

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Spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) exhibit a significantly higher level of spontaneous locomotor activity than age-matched normotensive controls (WKY). The direct-acting dopamine agonists, apomorphine and pergolide, produced a biphasic effect on locomotor activity levels in normotensive controls. Low doses of these agonists decreased activity levels,(More)
The analgesic effect of morphine in the rat tail jerk assay was enhanced by the serotonin uptake inhibitor, fluoxetine. Tail jerk latency was not affected by fluoxetine alone. Morphine's affinity for opioid receptors labeled in vitro with 3H-naloxone or 3H-D-Ala2-D-Leu5-enkephalin was not altered by fluoxetine, which has no affinity for these sites at(More)
1. The performance of mice, trained to remain on a roto-rod, was significantly impaired by both morphine and ethanol. The behavioral impairment was dose dependent. 2. Naloxone (10, 30 and 100 mg/kg) was found to antagonize only the morphine-induced impairment of roto-rod performance. 3. Animals made tolerant to morphine did not perform better than(More)
The discriminative stimulus properties of nitrous oxide, an analgesic and anesthetic gas, were evaluated in rats trained to discriminate the effects of morphine or ethylketocyclazocine. Administration of nitrous oxide in concentrations as high as 80 percent did not produce generalization to the discriminative cue produced by morphine. Nitrous oxide did,(More)
The binding characteristics of the delta opioid receptor ligand, 3H-D-Ala2-D-Leu5 enkephalin, were markedly altered in brains obtained from mice fed an ethanol-containing diet for five days. Control mice exhibited both a high and low affinity site for 3H-D-Ala2-D-Leu5 enkephalin, whereas those consuming the ethanol diet were found to possess only one(More)
The positive therapeutic value of cuddling (petting, gentle stroking, fondling) has been appreciated by clinicians for many years; in fact, the practice of cuddling has its roots in lay therapy of antiquity. To our knowledge, no objective evaluation of the physiological and biochemical changes evoked by cuddling has yet been established. It was, therefore,(More)
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