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Hormone Helps Keep Married Men Away From Unknown Attractive Woman
2012-11-14 12:11:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It´s only natural that married men continue to check out other attractive women that happen to come into their field of view. Occasionally, some of these men also have a tendency to seek out these women and make contact. And some may even pursue these women further. But now, a new study published in Tuesday´s issue of the Journal of Neuroscience has uncovered a surprising new property of a hormone they say will keep...

Timing Is Everything When It Comes To Obesity
2012-11-12 11:52:16

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A certain level of excitement and anticipation exists when a conductor takes to the stage and taps his baton on the stand. Each member of the orchestra stiffens, ready to follow his timing, each playing their part when directed. While the conductor is clearly in control of the timing of the evening, there is nothing to stop one individual performer from stepping out on his own and causing complete chaos. One early strike by the...

2012-07-06 10:55:17

Frequently recommended in weight-loss diets, dietary proteins have proven effectiveness thanks to their appetite-suppressing effects. A team led by Gilles Mithieux, Director of Inserm's Unit 855 "Nutrition and the Brain" in Lyon, has managed to explain the biological mechanisms behind these properties. The researchers describe in detail the chain reactions triggered by digesting proteins, sending a 'satiety' message to the brain long after a meal. Their results will make it possible envisage...

2012-06-27 00:56:05

Prenatal exposure to the environmental contaminants polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, causes long-term changes to the developing brain that have adverse effects on reproductive function later in life, a new study finds. Results will be presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston. The study used rats, whose genes and molecules in the hypothalamus–the region of the brain important for reproductive function–are virtually identical to those in...

2012-06-25 10:55:40

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have zeroed in on a set of neurons in the part of the brain that controls hunger, and found that these neurons are not only associated with overeating, but also linked to non-food associated behaviors, like novelty-seeking and drug addiction. Published in the June 24 online issue of Nature Neuroscience, the study was led by Marcelo O. Dietrich, postdoctoral associate, and Tamas L. Horvath, the Jean and David W. Wallace Professor of Biomedical Research...

2012-06-13 10:05:12

The velvety voice of Elvis Presley still makes hearts flutter–and in a new study with people who have the rare genetic disorder Williams syndrome, one of the King's classics is among a group of songs that helped to cast light on part of the essence of being human: the mystery of emotion and human interaction. In a study led by Julie R. Korenberg, Ph.D., M.D., University of Utah/USTAR professor, Circuits of the Brain and pediatrics, people with and without Williams syndrome (WS)...

Appetite Control With New Brain Receptor
2012-06-08 06:08:39

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com Losing weight and eating healthier have gone hand-in-hand for some time. Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) recently discovered how to help people in their goals for weight loss; a brain receptor that was found to have abilities to help regulate appetite. The study, published in the online edition of Cell, could help create new drugs focused on combating obesity. "We've identified a receptor that is intimately involved in...

2012-06-07 09:14:54

Research suggests selection shapes evolution of aggression via changes in sex steroid molecules An Indiana University biologist has shown that natural variation in measures of the brain's ability to process steroid hormones predicts functional variation in aggressive behavior. The new work led by Kimberly A. Rosvall, a postdoctoral fellow and assistant research scientist in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Biology, has found strong and significant...

2012-05-22 09:17:51

Neurogenesis spurred by a high-fat diet encourages more eating and fat storage, animal study suggests New nerve cells formed in a select part of the brain could hold considerable sway over how much you eat and consequently weigh, new animal research by Johns Hopkins scientists suggests in a study published in the May issue of Nature Neuroscience. The idea that the brain is still forming new nerve cells, or neurons, into adulthood has become well-established over the past several...

2012-05-03 09:06:03

It seems improbable that a baby born underweight would be prone to obesity, but it is well documented that these children tend to put on weight in youth if they're allowed free access to calories. Now, researchers believe they understand why this happens. A new animal model study at UCLA has found that in low—birth-weight babies whose growth was restricted in the womb, the level of appetite-producing neuropeptides in the brain's hypothalamus – the central control of the...


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Hypothalamus
2013-03-04 13:43:30

The hypothalamus is an organ that serves as an important link, along the hypothalamic-hypophyseal axis, between the nervous system and the endocrine system. It is located within the cranial cavity, in the cerebrum, right below the thalamus. It also forms the floor of the third ventricle in the brain. It contains neural pathways, blood vessels, glial cells, and secretory cells—all of which work together to control things like body temperature, hunger, thirst, sleep, and hormonal and...

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'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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