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Optogenetics Therapy Binge Drinking
2014-01-06 15:09:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of American researchers has stumbled upon a way to prevent binge drinking in animal subjects, according to a new report in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. By using light to stimulate specific neurons in the brain, the study team was able to show a cause-and-effect relationship between the discharge of dopamine in the brain and drinking behaviors of animals. “For decades, we have observed that particular brain regions...

2013-12-18 11:47:56

Dopamine-producing cells die as result of cascade triggered by busy enzyme degradation cellular machines Scientists have identified the biological pathway that explains Gaucher disease (GD) patients' higher risk for developing Parkinson's disease (PD), according to research to be presented Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting in New Orleans. GD is a hereditary disease in which the genes that encode the enzyme glucocerebrosidase are mutated, resulting...

2013-12-09 12:25:51

The Uptake of Recently Relaunched UCB's Neupro Is Modest but Growing, According to a New Report from Decision Resources BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that, according to analysis of U.S. longitudinal patient-level claims data, the first-line use of monoamine oxidase (MAO)-B inhibitors among newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease (PD) patients has...

MRI Technique Reveals Low Iron In Brains Of ADHD Patients
2013-12-02 08:11:55

Radiological Society of North America Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides a noninvasive way to measure iron levels in the brains of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Researchers said the method could help physicians and parents make better informed decisions about medication. ADHD is a common disorder in children and adolescents that can...

2013-12-02 00:20:51

CHICAGO, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides a noninvasive way to measure iron levels in the brains of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Researchers said the method could help physicians and parents make better informed decisions about medication. ADHD is a common disorder in children and adolescents...

Monkey Sense Without Seeing
2013-11-20 08:05:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The human ability to locate and avoid objects in their peripheral field of vision with little more than a sideways glace could also be present in monkeys, according to new research in the journal Animal Cognition. Lau Andersen of the Aarhus University in Denmark and his colleagues trained five adult male rhesus monkeys in order to perform a short-latency, highly stereotyped localization task. They taught the creatures to touch...

ADHD Drug Ritalin Shown To Control Impulsiveness In Rhesus Monkeys
2013-11-14 07:30:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Impulsive monkeys were more likely to accept delayed gratification after being given a dose of methylphenidate, the active ingredient of the drug Ritalin, according to new research presented during Neuroscience 2013, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. According to Luis Populin, associate professor of neuroscience at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 11 percent of all American children between the ages of four and...

2013-11-12 08:34:10

NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF), Thomas Jefferson University (Jefferson) and Taconic have collaborated to create, validate and distribute a valuable pre-clinical research tool: a genetically engineered rat with fluorescent dopamine-producing neurons--neurons that are affected in Parkinson's disease. This unique nonprofit, academic and industry partnership provides easy and open access to this...

Potential Link Between Fungus And Parkinson’s Disease Discovered
2013-11-12 07:11:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An organic compound that is often emitted by fungi has been found to cause symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in fruit flies, and could be linked to the neurodegenerative condition in humans, researchers claim in the Monday’s edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Arati Inamdar and Joan Bennett of Rutgers University and their colleagues report that they had discovered a link between the...

Human Addictions May Be Solved Via Innovative Rat Gambling Study
2013-10-30 11:03:40

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the University of British Columbia have identified brain processes that may be linked to compulsive gambling, and they did so by creating an interesting and inventive study tool: a rat casino. This study is the first of its kind in North America to model a slot machine-style gambling tool using rats. It is also the first study to successfully show how problem gambling behaviors can be treated with pharmaceuticals...