Haifeng Hou

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Dopamine (DA) is considered crucial for the rewarding effects of drugs of abuse, but its role in addiction remains unclear. Positron emission tomography (PET) is the first technology used for in vivo measurement of components of the dopaminergic system in the human brain. In this article, we review the major findings from PET imaging studies on the(More)
Ketamine-xylazine is a commonly used anesthetic for laboratory rats. Previous results showed that rats anesthetized with ketamine-xylazine can have a much lower cerebral partial pressure of oxygen (P(t)O(2)), compared to unanesthetized and isoflurane anesthetized rats. The underlying mechanisms for the P(t)O(2) reduction need to be elucidated. In this(More)
Dopamine (DA) is involved in drug reinforcement, but its role in drug addiction remains unclear. Positron emission tomography (PET) is the first technology used for the direct measurement of components of the dopaminergic system in the living human brain. In this article, we reviewed the major findings of PET imaging studies on the involvement of DA in drug(More)
BACKGROUND Internet gaming disorder is an increasing problem worldwide, resulting in critical academic, social, and occupational impairment. However, the neurobiological mechanism of internet gaming disorder remains unknown. The aim of this study is to assess brain dopamine D2 (D2)/Serotonin 2A (5-HT2A) receptor function and glucose metabolism in the same(More)
In recent years, internet addiction disorder (IAD) has become more prevalent worldwide and the recognition of its devastating impact on the users and society has rapidly increased. However, the neurobiological mechanism of IAD has not bee fully expressed. The present study was designed to determine if the striatal dopamine transporter (DAT) levels measured(More)
BACKGROUND In recent years, codeine-containing cough syrups (CCS) have been reported as substances of abuse, especially in adolescents. Chronic CCS abuse can induce physical and psychological dependence. However, the potential brain impairment caused by chronic CCS abuse has not been reported previously. The present study was designed to determine if the(More)
OBJECTIVES Ventricular septal defect (VSD), one of the most common types of congenital heart disease (CHD), results from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Recent studies demonstrated that microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in development of CHD. This study was to characterize the expression of miRNAs that might be involved in the development(More)
Previous studies have shown that one of the genetic variants BDNF val66met polymorphism is associated with drug addiction. Age at onset for drugs abuse has also been regularly cited as a factor associated with high genetic predispositions. We conducted an exploratory research to investigate the association of BDNF val66met genetic polymorphism with the ages(More)
BACKGROUND To investigate the clinicopathological features of recurrent papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). METHODS A retrospective analysis on clinical and pathological data of 34 patients with recurrent PTC was carried out. A total of 281 patients with non-recurrent PTC during the same time period were chosen as the control group. RESULTS Patients were(More)
Multiple benign osteolytic lesions are very hard to differentiate from disseminated bone metastasis. Whole-body bone scintigraphy (WBBS) with technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate (Tc-99m MDP) demonstrates multiple lesions with increased uptake in any bone involved. Even combined with medical history and multiple imaging results, such as MRI and CT, the(More)