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a study from researchers led by HHMI identifies a population of neurons in the vagus nerve and brain stem activated by sugar when it enters the gut, independent of the tongue's taste receptors. The team states this specialized gut-brain circuit is not activated by sweeteners, possibly explaining why some sugar substitutes never seem to be able to satisfy sugar cravings.

Researchers discover a new gut-to-brain sugar pathway.

The sugar epidemic in America has reached deadly proportions with the average person’s intake of this substance now averaging more than 100 pounds annually. Sugar addiction has been linked to … Continue Reading Researchers discover a new gut-to-brain sugar pathway.

Researchers target neurons involved in compulsive drinking to reverse alcohol dependence in rats.

Alcoholism is a chronic relapsing disorder associated with compulsive drinking, loss of control over intake, and emergence of a negative emotional state during abstinence from the drug.  Special emphasis has … Continue Reading Researchers target neurons involved in compulsive drinking to reverse alcohol dependence in rats.

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