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Brain Region Responsible For Resisting Alcohol's Allure
2014-04-04 08:00:27

University of Utah Health Sciences University of Utah neuroscientists finds the lateral habenula controls sensitivity to the negative effects of drinking alcohol As recovering spring breakers are regretting binge drinking escapades, it may be hard for them to appreciate that there is a positive side to the nausea, sleepiness, and stumbling. University of Utah neuroscientists report that when a region of the brain called the lateral habenula is chronically inactivated in rats, they...

Decision Making Brain Region
2013-11-25 08:02:23

[ Watch the Video: Tiny Brain Region Linked To Decision Making ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The lateral habenula may be one of the smallest parts of the brain, but according to new research in the journal Nature Neuroscience, it plays a big role when it comes to helping people make up their minds. The lateral habenula, which is believed to be one of the oldest parts of the brain in evolutionary terms and has previously been linked to depression and...

2011-02-23 22:17:39

The lateral habenula is hyperactive in rat models of human depression A team of neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and UC San Diego (UCSD) has collected evidence suggesting that a previously overlooked portion of the brain could be a prime locus of human depression. In two rat models of human depression, the scientists have demonstrated that neurons in a tiny area in the central brain called the lateral habenula (LHb) are...

2011-02-23 17:31:01

Identification of cellular mechanism may lead to novel and effective treatments Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have identified hyperactive cells in a tiny brain structure that may play an important role in depression. The study, conducted in rats and appearing in the February 24, 2011, issue of Nature, is helping to reveal a cellular mechanism for...

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2011-01-31 09:10:00

Experts at the Scripps Research Institute campus in Florida have found a genetic mechanism that controls nicotine addiction in the brain--a discovery which could open the door for more effective smoking cessation aids. Lead researcher Paul Kenny, an associate professor with Scripps Research, and colleagues analyzed protein molecules known as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, or nAChRs. Specifically, they were looking at nAChRs that contained a specific subunit, ÃŽ±5, in...

2011-01-11 13:57:06

Breakthrough sheds light on poorly understood region of the brain 1. Scientists from the Agency of Science, Technology and Research/Duke-NUS Neuroscience Research Partnership (A*STAR/Duke-NUS NRP), A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, and the National University of Singapore have made a breakthrough concerning how anxiety is regulated in the vertebrate brain. Their work, published in the journal Current Biology, sheds light on how the brain normally shuts off anxiety and also...

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2010-01-09 09:39:13

Neurosurgeons in Heidelberg perform the world's first operation on the "habenula" to treat depression / Cooperation with psychiatrists from the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim A team of neurosurgeons at Heidelberg University Hospital and psychiatrists at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim have for the first time successfully treated a patient suffering from severe depression by stimulating the habenula, a tiny nerve structure in the brain. The 64-year-old woman,...


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