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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...

good food dopamine lowering blood pressure
2013-10-16 09:42:56

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Feelings of happiness are triggered by the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. A few of the common triggers for dopamine release are food, sex and drugs. Once the brain receives a dose of dopamine, it is not content with a onetime burst of joy but instead remembers the feeling and works to achieve it again and again. Dopamine enables us to remember how to make decisions that once again give us that happiness kick....

2013-09-23 10:29:59

'Odor is a means of chemical communication between mother and child' -- Johannes Frasnelli, University of Montreal What woman has not wanted to gobble up a baby placed in her arms, even if the baby is not hers? This reaction, which everyone has noticed or felt, could have biological underpinnings related to maternal functions. For the first time, an international team of researchers has found evidence of this phenomenon in the neural networks associated with reward. "The olfactory -- thus...

Scientists Demonstrate Ability to Erase Memories
2013-09-10 17:21:45

[ Watch the Video: Wiping Out Bad Memories ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online In the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Jim Carrey played a man who had his brain scrubbed of painful memories – only to have them eventually come back to haunt him. While the selective deletion of memories may sound like science fiction, neuroscientists from The Scripps Research Institute have demonstrated just that in mice and rats, according to their report in the...

2013-08-26 11:26:49

Compounds already exist to potentially treat both inherited and non-inherited cases Researchers at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have brought new clarity to the picture of what goes awry in the brain during Parkinson's disease and identified a compound that eases the disease's symptoms in mice. Their discoveries, described in a paper published online in Nature Neuroscience on August 25, also overturn established ideas about the role of a protein considered key to the disease's progress....

2013-08-21 13:13:10

Finding offers clue to developing treatments for misuse of illicit drugs Scientists today reported a possible basis for why food-restricted animals show increased susceptibility to drugs of abuse. This association has puzzled researchers since it was first observed more than three decades ago. Senior author Michael Beckstead, Ph.D., from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, said the team found that dopamine neurons in a brain region called...

Alcoholism Risk May Be Driven By Overactive Dopamine System
2013-08-11 04:44:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Individuals who are vulnerable to alcoholism could experience an abnormally large response in the brain’s reward-seeking pathways when they drink, according a new study appearing in the January issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Marco Leyton, a professor of psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal and corresponding author of the study, and his colleagues report when compared to those at low risk of...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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