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Brain Mechanism Discovered Linking Food Smell And How Much We Eat
2014-02-11 15:40:39

[ Watch the Video: Does Your Nose Make You Eat More? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists, publishing a paper in the journal Nature Neuroscience, say that the type 1 cannabinoid receptor in the olfactory bulb in the brain could be causing you to eat more at the smell of food. The team set out to discover why smelling food causes an increase in food intake when in a state of hunger or fasting. The team said they found that smelling food is linked to the...

2012-03-22 21:12:38

Endocannabinoids motivated the evolution of exercise In the last century something unexpected happened: humans became sedentary. We traded in our active lifestyles for a more immobile existence. But these were not the conditions under which we evolved. David Raichlen from the University of Arizona, USA, explains that our hunter-gatherer predecessors were long-distance endurance athletes. 'Aerobic activity has played a role in the evolution of lots of different systems in the human body,...

2010-09-20 22:35:07

Drug created by UCI, Italian team inhibits enzyme that breaks down anandamide American and Italian researchers have found that a novel drug allows anandamide "“ a marijuana-like chemical in the body "“ to effectively control pain at the site of an injury. Led by Daniele Piomelli, the Louise Turner Arnold Chair in Neurosciences and director of the Center for Drug Discovery at UC Irvine, the study suggests that such compounds could form the basis of pain medications that don't...

2009-01-21 15:40:40

Human male fertility may be impacted by long-term exposure to marijuana, researchers in the United States and Japan suggest. The researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and colleagues said the findings show that genetic loss of fatty acid amide hydrolase -- an enzyme -- results in elevated levels of anandamide, an endocannabinoid, in the male reproductive system, leading to compromised fertilizing capacity of sperm. The endocannabinoid system refers to a group of...

2008-09-15 03:00:27

A new type of marijuana-like drug could alleviate pain in a similar way to marijuana without affecting the brain, London researchers said. The study, published in the journal Pain, demonstrated that cannabinoid receptors called CB2, which can be activated by marijuana use, are present in human sensory nerves in the peripheral nervous system, but are not present in a normal human brain. Researchers at Imperial College London said drugs that activate the CB2 receptors are able to block pain...

2008-08-27 12:00:34

U.S. scientists say they have created a synthetic molecule that could be used to treat chronic pain in patients with diseases such as diabetes or shingles. Northeastern University Professor Alexandros Makriyannis, Associate Professor Torjjorn Jarbe and former University of Connecticut researchers Chen Li and Qian Liu said their new molecule, AM1346, mimics, but is more powerful than, anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter found prominently in the brains of humans and...

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2008-03-13 10:05:00

A medical team from the University of Leicester has been able to establish for the first time a predictor for pregnant women who may have miscarriages and those who won't. Their research is published in the highly prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association.The researchers measured the levels of a naturally occurring "Ëœcannabis' (an endocannabinoid) known as anandamide in women who presented with a threatened miscarriage (bleeding in early pregnancy with a viable baby)...

2005-09-07 18:35:00

UPTON, NY -- A new set of experiments in mice confirms that a brain receptor associated with the reinforcing effects of marijuana also helps to stimulate the rewarding and pleasurable effects of alcohol. The research, which was conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and was published online September 2, 2005 by the journal Behavioural Brain Research, confirms a genetic basis for susceptibility to alcohol abuse and also suggests that drugs designed to block...

2005-06-21 22:45:00

Irvine, Calif. - A marijuana-like chemical in the brain is responsible for suppressing pain caused by severe injury during stressful moments, according to UC Irvine researchers, and this discovery may lead to a new class of drugs with fewer side effects than those of many existing pain medications. Daniele Piomelli, professor of pharmacology and director of the Center for Drug Discovery in the UCI School of Medicine, and colleagues have found that marijuana-like chemicals called...