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2009-09-10 10:01:29

Agonizing physical pain, known as vaso-occlusive pain, can afflict children who have sickle cell disease (SCD). In some cases infants as young as two months of age suffer vaso-occlusive pain so severe that opiate medications and hospitalizations are their only relief. Researchers believe vaso-occlusion is caused by a blockage of the blood vessels that occurs when sickle shaped red cells attempt to pass through the round blood vessels. How vaso-occulsion leads to pain, and its impact on males...

2009-08-11 08:30:00

SAN FRANCISCO and OXFORD, England, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- NaturalMotion, the animation technology and game development studio behind the euphoria engine, will be attending both GDC Europe and gamescom in Cologne, Germany from Tuesday 18(th) - Friday 21(st) August 2009. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090811/NY59196 ) NaturalMotion's CTO Simon Mack will be presenting two 50 minute sessions in GDC Europe's programming track. Through a practical demonstration of the newly...

2009-03-20 13:18:25

New research shows for a good "buzz," a couple of alcoholic drinks will do the trick. Too many, however, will have an opposite effect. Researchers found low to moderate doses of alcohol increase the release of endorphins in the brain, producing a mild euphoric effect, reducing anxiety and creating a general feeling of well being, thus encouraging more drinking. However, the brain's response to heavy drinking is less positive. "Consumption of high amounts of alcohol will not only fail to...

2009-03-20 11:01:39

A study of rodents confirmed that low-to-moderate levels of alcohol alter beta-endorphins producing a general feeling of well-being, Canadian researchers said. Corresponding author Christina Gianoulakis of McGill University in Montreal said alcohol may increase or decrease the release and the synthesis of endogenous opioid peptides -- endorphins released during excitement, pain and orgasm -- in distinct brain regions important for drug addiction. Some of the functions of opioid peptides are...

2009-02-12 03:00:00

LONDON, February 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Ideaworks3D Ltd, developer of the cross-platform Airplay(TM) SDK for advanced native mobile games and applications, today launched the Airplay Partners Program by making NaturalMotion's morpheme(TM) available for iPhone and smartphone platforms. Airplay is a unique cross-platform technology for creating best-in-class native applications on mobile and handheld devices, enabling developers to build a single application binary and deploy it unmodified...

2008-09-09 15:00:00

By BOB GROVES, STAFF WRITER New Jersey could be harmful to your hormones, say scientists launching a program to study social and environmental links to glandular disease. The new Center for Endocrine Research at Rutgers University will examine whether stress, toxins and bad habits are the reason rates of cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and hyperthyroidism in New Jersey are among the highest in the nation. Bad air, water, food and lifestyles, as well as genetics, can adversely affect...

2008-07-09 18:00:35

Women with a particular genetic make-up could be at greater risk of becoming dependent on alcohol, German and Swedish researchers suggest. Researchers at the University of Bonn and Sweden's Karolinska Institute said a gene in the endorphin metabolism is altered more often in women alcoholics than in healthy women. Endorphins activate the reward system in the brain. The theory is that without these happiness hormones people would go easy on alcohol. The researchers tested the theory and...

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2008-07-09 14:15:00

German-Swedish study underpins the role that endorphins play in ethanol dependence A particular gene variant might make women more susceptible to alcoholism. At least, a study carried out by the Universities of Bonn and Sweden's Karolinska Institute makes this a plausible conclusion. According to this, a gene in the endorphin metabolism is altered in a typical fashion more often in women alcoholics than in healthy women. In mice too, endorphins seem to play an important role in the amount of...

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2008-03-03 12:40:00

For the first time scientists demonstrate in long-distance runners the release of endorphins in the brainThroughout the world, amateurs, experts and the media agree that prolonged jogging raises people's spirits. And many believe that the body's own opioids, so called endorphins, are the cause of this. But in fact this has never been proved until now. Researchers at the Technische Universität Mnchen and the University of Bonn succeeded to demonstrate the existence of an...

2006-02-28 12:20:00

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK -- Opioid hormones, which are naturally produced by the body to reduce pain, may be involved in changes in both pain sensitivity and blood pressure among people with early-stage hypertension. "Persons with hypertension have reduced pain sensitivity," Dr. James A. McCubbin told Reuters Health. "This pattern also emerges in young people at risk for hypertension, suggesting that altered pain sensitivity may have a role in the early development of this disease," he...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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