The link between the gut microbiota, also known as the second brain, and mental health has long been studied. The idea of substances produced by the symbiotic microorganisms in the … Continue Reading Gut microbiome linked to mental health.
Masters of survival in any environment, cancer cells rely on the healthy cells surrounding them for sustenance, literally leeching life from their host. They do this by rerouting blood vessels … Continue Reading Study shows neurons support cancer growth throughout the body.
The hippocampus is a critical structure for encoding of novel experiences. A particularly compelling puzzle is how the hippocampus encodes new information in the presence of interference from past memories. … Continue Reading Neuroimaging shows how the brain switches from past to present memory mode.
Excessive alcohol-use is the third leading risk factor for disease following tobacco and blood pressure. The most important include peripheral neuropathy, brain damage, alcoholic liver disease, and nutritional and metabolic … Continue Reading Hormone and neurotransmitter systems disturbed in alcoholics’ brains.
It is known that the loss or dysfunction of islet β cells in the pancreas results in an imbalance in blood glucose homeostasis, leading to the development of type 2 … Continue Reading Researchers identify new links between nicotine and type 2 diabetes.
In the brain, patterns of neural activity are perfectly balanced. The interplay between activating and inhibitory neurotransmitters ensures that the level of activity stays within the physiological range. Neuronal degeneration … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map neuroprotective pathway after epileptic seizure.
Glutamate is an amino acid with very different functions. In the pancreas, it modulates the activity of the pancreatic ß-cells responsible for insulin production, whereas in the brain it is … Continue Reading Study verifies long-standing hypothesis that glutamate is brain’s energy-source.
White adipose tissue, or fat tissue, serves as a storage depot for energy-rich triglycerides. In times of need this lipid storage can be released as part of an adaptive response … Continue Reading Researchers identify previously unknown neural mechanism responsible for fat breakdown.
Antidepressants are recommended as a first-line treatment of severe depression and for the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression that persists after conservative measures such as cognitive therapy. Experts recommend against their … Continue Reading Study maps structural brain changes caused by antidepressants.
For several decades, addiction has come to be viewed as a disorder of the dopamine neurotransmitter system; however, this view has not led to new treatments. Numerous studies suggest that … Continue Reading Researchers identify specific neuron-type responsible for alcoholism.
In the treatment of pain, a common course is to treat patients with opioid medications, these medications show limited effectiveness for neuropathic pain and come with safety and addiction issues. … Continue Reading Researchers map how antidepressants lessen neuropathic pain.
Synapses are specialized, protein-rich cell junctions that are essential for normal brain function and are dysfunctional in many diseases and disorders of the nervous system. Synapses are made up of … Continue Reading Study identifies elusive master regulator of synaptic protein sorting.
Prions are proteins in which the complex molecular three-dimensional folding process has simply gone astray. For reasons not yet understood, the misfolding nature of prions is associated to their ability … Continue Reading Study shows that the prion protein plays a role in depression.
A research collaboration between the universities of Oslo and Aarhus has resulted in the development of a new method with diagnostic potential. The new method that combines phase extraction with … Continue Reading New technique developed for determining possible stress marker in blood samples.
Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered … Continue Reading Neuroimaging study maps brain neurotransmission system involved in obesity.
Scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Toronto have discovered a promising new approach to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). In a new study, they’ve … Continue Reading New target identified in the spinal cord for multiple sclerosis.