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1.  The detrimental effects of emotional process dysregulation on decision-making in substance dependence 
Substance dependence is complex and multifactorial, with many distinct pathways involved in both the development and subsequent maintenance of addictive behaviors. Various cognitive mechanisms have been implicated, including impulsivity, compulsivity, and impaired decision-making. These mechanisms are modulated by emotional processes, resulting in increased likelihood of initial drug use, sustained substance dependence, and increased relapse during periods of abstinence. Emotional traits, such as sensation-seeking, are risk factors for substance use, and chronic drug use can result in further emotional dysregulation via effects on reward, motivation, and stress systems. We will explore theories of hyper and hypo sensitivity of the brain reward systems that may underpin motivational abnormalities and anhedonia. Disturbances in these systems contribute to the biasing of emotional processing toward cues related to drug use at the expense of natural rewards, which serves to maintain addictive behavior, via enhanced drug craving. We will additionally focus on the sensitization of the brain stress systems that result in negative affect states that continue into protracted abstinence that is may lead to compulsive drug-taking. We will explore how these emotional dysregulations impact upon decision-making controlled by goal-directed and habitual action selections systems, and, in combination with a failure of prefrontal inhibitory control, mediate maladaptive decision-making observed in substance dependent individuals such that they continue drug use in spite of negative consequences. An understanding of the emotional impacts on cognition in substance dependent individuals may guide the development of more effective therapeutic interventions.
doi:10.3389/fnint.2012.00101
PMCID: PMC3491319  PMID: 23162443
addiction; emotion; cognition; reward; stress; decision-making
2.  Coagulation Studies in Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome 
Archives of Disease in Childhood  1972;47(255):766-771.
Serial coagulation investigations were performed in 4 children with the haemolytic uraemic syndrome treated with heparin by continuous infusion. 2 anuric patients showed consumption of factor V and fibrinogen early in the disease, with thrombocytopenia and raised fibrin degradation products. These changes regressed during heparin therapy and renal function fully recovered in both patients. A third patient with a mild form of the disease, normal urinary output, and only borderline thrombocytopenia did not develop demonstrable depletion of factor V or fibrinogen. In a further patient a secondary `wave' of consumption of platelets and perhaps fibrinogen was seen late in the course of the disease. These findings confirmed the occurrence of a consumptive coagulopathy in severe cases of haemolytic uraemic syndrome.
PMCID: PMC1648214  PMID: 5086510

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