Today’s Headlines: Oreos, Sperm and Zombie Drugs

Oreos may be as addictive as cocaine: If you find Oreos irresistible, you’re not alone. A new study in rats shows that “eating the iconic black and white cookies activated more neurons in the rat brain’s ‘pleasure center’ than drugs such as cocaine.” Like many humans, the rats also showed a preference for eating the creamy center first. The researchers stated that “these findings suggest that high fat/sugar foods and drugs of abuse trigger brain addictive processes to the same degree.” (Time) 

Eating bacon lowers sperm quality, study shows: Men trying to maximize their fertility may want to pay attention to their diet. A new study shows that “men who consumed more than half a portion of processed meats such as bacon each day had significantly lower levels of ‘normal’ sperm.” Researchers also found that men who ate more fish had higher sperm quality. (Fox News)

Flesh-eating ‘zombie’ drug ‘kills you from the inside out’: A new drug with roots in Russia appears to have made its way to the U.S. The drug, called krokodil (pronounced crocodile) is a highly addictive opioid that “causes serious damage to the veins and soft tissue infections, rapidly followed by gangrene and necrosis.” The drug is cheaper than heroin and consists of the painkiller codeine combined with chemicals such as iodine, cleaning products, hydrochloric acid and solvents like gasoline or paint thinner. Though to date there have been no “officially confirmed” U.S. cases, several suspected cases of krokodil abuse have been reported in Arizona, Oklahoma and Illinois. (CNN)