Unraveling the brain’s reward circuits

IMAGE: A team from the University of Pennsylvania found that consuming food turns down the activity of neurons that signal hunger in the brain via a different pathway than alcohol and… view more  To some, a chocolate cake may spark a shot of pleasure typically associated with illicit drugs. A new study by Penn biologists offers…

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Combat veterans more likely to experience mental health issues in later life

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Military veterans exposed to combat were more likely to exhibit signs of depression and anxiety in later life than veterans who had not seen combat, a new study from Oregon State University shows. The findings suggest that military service, and particularly combat experience, is a hidden variable in research on aging, said…

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Study suggests genetic testing for young people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes

BOSTON — (July 2, 2019) — A Joslin Diabetes Center study among people treated for type 1 diabetes for many years has discovered that a minority may have monogenic diabetes, a non-autoimmune inherited condition that in some cases does not require insulin treatment. «Our finding has clinical implications,» says George L. King, MD, Joslin Senior…

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Researchers design superhydrophobic ‘nanoflower’ for biomedical applications

IMAGE: Dr. Akhilesh K. Gaharwar, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, introduces a new concept to control the wetting characteristics by modulating atomic defects in 2D nanomaterials. This work… view more  Plant leaves have a natural superpower — they’re designed with water repelling characteristics. Called a superhydrophobic surface, this trait allows leaves to cleanse…

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Why do mosquitoes choose us? Lindy McBride is on the case

IMAGE: Researchers in Lindy McBride’s lab at Princeton University often waft air across guinea pigs Molly (seen here) and Mia (not pictured) to collect their odor for mosquito research. In experiments,… view more  Carolyn «Lindy» McBride is studying a question that haunts every summer gathering: How and why are mosquitoes attracted to humans? Few animals specialize…

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New epidemic forecast model could save precious resources

IMAGE: Taking into account the way an individual changes their behavior when faced with an outbreak can help researchers advise communities of the best use of their resources. view more  When governments and institutions deploy epidemic forecast models when facing an outbreak, they sometimes fail to factor in human behavior and over-allocate precious resources as a…

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Yan-Jiang Wang and Xian-Le Bu receive 2019 Alzheimer Award

IMAGE: Vice chair of the Academy of Cognitive Disorders of China and director of Vas-Cog Asia. view more  Credit: Department of Neurology in Daping Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China Amsterdam, July 2, 2019 — The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (JAD) is pleased to announce that Yan-Jiang Wang, MD, PhD, and Xian-Le Bu, MD, PhD,…

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New study showing drug prolongs life for patients with ovarian cancer

IMAGE: This is Dr. Kathleen Moore. view more  Credit: OU Medicine OKLAHOMA CITY — Women with ovarian cancer who have undergone four or more rounds of chemotherapy typically haven’t had much hope that another treatment option will lengthen their lives in a meaningful way. However, a new research study shows tremendous promise for a drug called…

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Study reveals a short bout of exercise enhances brain function

Most people know that regular exercise is good for your health. New research shows it may make you smarter, too. Neuroscientists at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, working with mice, have discovered that a short burst of exercise directly boosts the function of a gene that increases connections between neurons in the hippocampus, the region of…

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Dundee partners with Bukwang Pharm to develop new treatment for Parkinson’s

The University of Dundee’s Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) has announced a multi-million-pound partnership with Korea-based Bukwang Pharmaceutical Company in a bid to develop a new drug treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurological disorder, after Alzheimer’s disease, affecting around two people in every 1000 across the population. There are around…

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