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2013-03-18 12:17:15

How Drosophila recovers the neurotransmitter histamine In the fruit fly Drosophila, the functions of the three enzymes Tan, Ebony and Black are closely intertwined - among other things they are involved in neurotransmitter recycling for the visual process. RUB researchers from the Department of Biochemistry showed for the first time that flies cannot see without this recycling. Their analysis of the enzyme Black also raises new questions as to its function. Anna Ziegler, Florian...

2013-03-14 17:57:23

Since the 1960s, psychiatrists have been hunting for substances made by the body that might accumulate in abnormally high levels to produce the symptoms associated with schizophrenia. In particular, there was a search for chemicals that might be related to the hallucinogens phencyclidine (PCP) or lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), which could explain the emergence of psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia. This "auto-intoxication" hypothesis led investigators on a wild goose chase where...

2013-03-07 11:22:19

In a new study in Neuron, scientists identified specific key steps in the chain of events that causes stress-related drug relapse. They identified the exact region of the brain where the events take place in rat models and showed that by blocking a step, they could prevent stress-related relapse. All too often, stress turns addiction recovery into relapse, but years of basic brain research have provided scientists with insight that might allow them develop a medicine to help. A new study...

Nitric Oxide Keeps Stroke-damaged Brain From Repairing Itself
2013-02-04 15:13:42

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute In stroke and other neurological disorders, nitric oxide damages neurons and blocks the brain's ability to repair itself Nitric oxide, a gaseous molecule produced in the brain, can damage neurons. When the brain produces too much nitric oxide, it contributes to the severity and progression of stroke and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute recently discovered that nitric oxide...

Oxytocin Plays Key Role In Maintaining Social Relations
2013-01-24 12:28:39

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Researchers found that in chimpanzees the hormone oxytocin is likely to play a key role in maintaining social relations with both kin and non-kin cooperation partners Animals which maintain cooperative relationships show gains in longevity and offspring survival. However, little is known about the cognitive or hormonal mechanisms involved in cooperation. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have now found that...

Researchers Discover The Genomic Mechanism Behind Schizophrenia
2013-01-23 14:16:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from the University of Buffalo describes the first ever genomic mechanism for schizophrenia. According to the scientists´ report in the journal Schizophrenia Research, problems with the Integrative Nuclear FGFR 1 Signaling (INFS) pathway during gestation leads to brain changes, ultimately causing behavioral problems, or schizophrenia, later in life. Previous research has shown that the pathway includes as many as 160...

2013-01-16 23:00:13

Dr. J Marshall Dent has released an article explaining that weight loss occurs in the brain. The balances of many factors play into successful weight loss and maintenance. Columbia, SC (PRWEB) January 16, 2013 Dr. J. Marshall Dent insists that, "people have been taught for years that controlling weight begins and ends with the stomach." The misconception about dieting is it´s all about creating a better ratio of “calories in versus calories out.” The truth is that weight...

Dopamine Therapy Instilling Improved Mobility, Creativeness In Parkinson’s Patients
2013-01-14 11:44:18

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Health experts around the world are talking about a remarkable phenomenon seen in Parkinson´s patients that was first noticed by researchers at Tel Aviv University´s Sackler Faculty of Medicine over the holidays. Professor Rivka Inzelberg said patients she treated at Sheba Medical Center clinic had skipped bringing the usual presents of chocolate, flowers and knick-knacks in over the holiday season and had instead...


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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