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Researchers begin to map brain regions and circuits changed by cocaine-use.

Cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that increases levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in brain circuits regulating pleasure and movement.  Normally, dopamine is released by neurons in these … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map brain regions and circuits changed by cocaine-use.

Telomere dysfunction is identified as origin of liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis.

Telomeres are DNA regions at the ends of chromosomes that protect the genetic data of cells, preventing mutations and alterations in the DNA that could potentially cause disease. Telomeres shorten … Continue Reading Telomere dysfunction is identified as origin of liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis.

Researchers identify biomarker that predicts post-concussion severity.

New Penn Medicine research has found that elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved αII-spectrin N-terminal fragment, known as SNTF, shortly after sports-related concussion can predict the … Continue Reading Researchers identify biomarker that predicts post-concussion severity.

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