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Latest Neurotransmitter Stories

2014-04-19 23:01:15

In noting Bicycle Day 2014, author Bryan W. Brickner tells the story of Albert Hoffman’s first intentional use of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) through the lens of serotonin, the neurotransmitter system LSD modulates. PubMed provides the quotes and science for an immune dialogue, an early life tale, circadian clock notes and bowels (irritable and otherwise). Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 19, 2014 “Serotonin has a synaptic transmission,” opened Bryan W. Brickner, “and 71 years ago...

2014-03-29 23:00:03

New Beginnings Recovery Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida offers new Natural Detox Program to help patients succeed in recovery, called The Restore Neurotransmitter Restoration Program (TM). Palm Beach Gardens, FL (PRWEB) March 29, 2014 New Beginnings Recovery Center has been a leader in the addiction treatment field in South Florida for over 8 years. They have now launched a new program that promises to change the standard for outpatient detoxification. The Restore Neurotransmitter...

2014-02-13 08:31:14

TACOMA, Wash., Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Noted neuroscientist Dr. Rodolfo Llinas and colleagues have published an article reporting that Revalesio's RNS60 improves synaptic transmission. Synapses connect nerve cells and allow communication through the release of neurotransmitters, which are essential for normal function of the nervous system and overall brain activity. In their work, Dr. Llinas and his coworkers used the squid giant synapse, a well-established model for...

2014-01-17 11:22:44

Schistosoma mansoni and its close relatives are parasitic flatworms that affect millions worldwide and kill an estimated 250,000 people a year. A study published on January 16 in PLOS Pathogens identifies a new part of the molecular pathway that controls parasite movement. And because coordinated movement is essential for the schistosome life cycle in its human host, this protein is a promising new drug target. "We know that many anti-parasitic drugs act on the worm's nervous system", says...

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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....

2013-10-08 10:09:58

For more than a decade the research group of Brown University Professor Walter Atwood has doggedly pursued the workings of the JC polyomavirus, which causes a disease called PML that fatally degrades the central nervous system of patients with weakened immune systems. In a study published online Oct. 2 in the Journal of Virology, his team describes how it gains entry into cells: It breaks in via certain receptors of the neurotransmitter serotonin called 5-HT2 receptors. Atwood, lead author...

Brain's Long-Term Reward System Relies On Dopamine
2013-08-05 10:15:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From driving across country to graduating from college, long-term goals are often difficult to stay focused on when an immediate reward isn't within sight. A team of researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle and MIT has recently discovered new details on how the brain is able to stay focused until these long-term goals are achieved, according to a report in the journal Nature. The joint team's research builds on...

The Itch Molecule
2013-05-24 08:20:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using mouse models, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have discovered a small molecule that is released in the spinal cord that triggers a process later experienced in the brain as the sensation of itch. The results of this study were published in a recent issue of Science. The molecule, natriuretic polypeptide b (Nppb), selectively plugs into a specific nerve cell in the spinal cord. This nerve cell sends...

2013-04-18 23:27:49

High-powered microscopes open a live look at a process where mutations lead to autism and other diseases Using spinning disk microscopy on barely day-old zebra fish embryos, University of Oregon scientists have gained a new window on how synapse-building components move to worksites in the central nervous system. What researchers captured in these see-through embryos -- in what may be one of the first views of early glutamate-driven synapse formation in a living vertebrate -- were...

Happy Hormone Curbs Memory Loss In Alzheimers
2012-11-09 12:09:26

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Alzheimer´s is an degenerative illness that slowly robs the sufferer of their long-term memory and, through the resultant dementia, often leaves them lost and unable to discern between present and past. There is a reason that Alzheimer´s disease is referred to as “the long goodbye”. Led by Emrah Düzel, researchers from of the University of Magdeburg in Germany are studying the effects of the...