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Gut research delves deeper into obesity problems
Serotonin in the gut is considered a regulator of normal gut function and is an important driver of metabolism and metabolic diseases including obesity and type 2 diabetes. (2020-06-04)
New study shows how ketamine combats depression
The anaesthetic drug ketamine has been shown, in low doses, to have a rapid effect on difficult-to-treat depression. (2020-05-31)
Modified Parkinson's drug shows potential in treating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) severely impairs the quality of life in patients and often leads to various liver complications. (2020-05-28)
SSRI antidepressants associated with increase in violent crime in some patients
Scientists have found that some people being treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have a greater tendency to commit violent crime. (2020-05-28)
Mother roundworms have ultra-protective instincts
University of Iowa biologists have learned animals can alert future offspring of dangers they will encounter when born. (2020-05-18)
Why some people are more prone to anxiety
Anxiety-prone people can blame serotonin cleanup proteins gone awry in their amygdala, according to research in marmosets recently published in JNeurosci. (2020-05-11)
Breastfeeding helps prevent mothers from developing diabetes after childbirth
A team of South Korean researchers found that lactation can lower the incidence and reduce the risk of maternal postpartum diabetes. (2020-04-29)
Neuronal and neurotransmitter systems dynamic coupling explains the effects of psilocybin
Interest in research into the effects of psilocybin, a psychedelic drug, has increased significantly in recent years due to its promising therapeutic effects in neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and addiction. (2020-04-16)
How serotonin balances communication within the brain
Our brain is steadily engaged in soliloquies. These internal communications are usually also bombarded with external sensory events. (2020-04-07)
New drug can ease the side effects of medication against severe depression
Today, severe depressions require a high dose of antidepressants. However, the high dose may also cause serious side effects. (2020-03-20)
Neuroscientists discover new structure of important protein in the brain
A novel structure of a so-called 'neurotransmitter: sodium symporter' has been mapped at the University of Copenhagen. (2020-03-06)
Researchers discover a previously unappreciated neurotransmitter system in the brain
Within this system, the transmission of signals between neurons in the brain occurs via the trace amine-associated receptor 5 (TAAR5). (2020-03-05)
Think all BPA-free products are safe? Not so fast, scientists warn
Using 'BPA-free' plastic products could be as harmful to human health -- including a developing brain -- as those products that contain the controversial chemical, suggest scientists in a new study led by the University of Missouri and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2020-02-18)
Study identifies interaction site for serotonin type 3A and RIC-3 chaperone
Serotonin type 3A is a member of the protein superfamily known as pentameric ligand-gated ion channels. (2020-02-04)
Glutamate in the brain has unexpected qualities, researchers show with new analysis method
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Gothenburg University in Sweden have achieved something long thought almost impossible -- counting the molecules of the neurotransmitter glutamate released when a signal is transferred between two brain cells. (2020-01-21)
Are some antidepressants less risky for pregnant women?
About one in ten women in Québec will suffer from depression during pregnancy. (2020-01-08)
Evolutionary changes in brain potentially make us more prone to anxiety
Neurochemicals such as serotonin and dopamine play crucial roles in cognitive and emotional functions of our brain. (2019-12-22)
The effect of taking antidepressants during pregnancy
Exposure to antidepressants during pregnancy and the first weeks of life can alter sensory processing well into adulthood, according to research in mice recently published in eNeuro. (2019-12-16)
Stanford scientists pry apart party drug's therapeutic, addictive qualities
Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have succeeded in distinguishing the molecular pathway responsible for an illicit drug's abuse potential from the one behind its propensity to make people feel sociable. (2019-12-11)
University of Cincinnati research looks at side effects for pediatric medications
Dr. Jeffrey Strawn, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Jeffrey Mills, associate professor in the Department of Economics at the UC Lindner College of Business, published a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry looking specifically at side effects that impact children and adolescents being treated for anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). (2019-12-10)
Designing and repurposing cell receptors
EPFL scientists have developed a computational method modeling and designing protein allostery that allows the accurate and rational engineering and even repurposing of cell receptors. (2019-12-02)
Why stress doesn't always cause depression
Rats susceptible to anhedonia, a core symptom of depression, possess more serotonin neurons after being exposed to chronic stress, but the effect can be reversed through amygdala activation, according to new research in JNeurosci. (2019-12-02)
Why do we freeze when startled? New study in flies points to serotonin
A Columbia University study in fruit flies has identified serotonin as a chemical that triggers the body's startle response, the automatic deer-in-the-headlights reflex that freezes the body momentarily in response to a potential threat. (2019-11-27)
Academics call for targeted healthcare for pregnant women and new mums with depression
Pregnant women and new mothers who experience depression need improved healthcare say academics. (2019-11-20)
Severe pregnancy-related depression may be rooted in inflammation
A runaway, inflammatory immune response may be responsible for triggering severe depression during and after pregnancy, according to a new study published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity. (2019-11-20)
New findings could improve diagnosis, treatment of depression
UC Berkeley researchers investigating three symptoms of depression in chronically stressed mice have found a specific brain region associated with one of these symptoms - lack of motivation - and with no other symptoms. (2019-10-28)
Neurotransmitters in an instant
Dopamine, serotonin, adrenalin... The smooth functioning of the human brain depends on their correct proportions. (2019-10-23)
Human medicines affect fish behavior
Human medicines that act on important signal systems in the brain make fish bolder, shows a new study on three-spined sticklebacks by researchers at Linköping University, Sweden. (2019-10-16)
Melatonin may not help prevent delirium after heart surgery
Delirium is observed in approximately 15% of hospitalised older adults, and it is more common in the critically ill and in those undergoing major surgery, such as heart surgery. (2019-10-09)
Antidepressants linked to heightened pregnancy related diabetes risk
Taking antidepressants while expecting a baby is linked to a heightened risk of developing diabetes that is specifically related to pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2019-10-01)
How gut bacteria negatively influences blood sugar levels
A world first study reveals how gut bacteria impact blood sugar levels. (2019-09-16)
Deep magnet stimulation shown to improve symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder
Researchers have found that focusing powerful non-invasive magnet stimulation on a specific brain area can improve the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). (2019-09-07)
Study shows how serotonin and a popular anti-depressant affect the gut's microbiota
A new UCLA-led biology study in mice strongly suggests that serotonin and drugs that target serotonin, such as anti-depressants, can have a major effect on the gut's microbiota -- the 100 trillion or so bacteria and other microbes that live in the human body's intestines. (2019-09-05)
Popular pain medication associated with greater risk of hypoglycemia
As the opioid tramadol has grown in popularity so too have documented cases of adverse effects. (2019-08-28)
Highest-resolution human brain 'parts list' to date lays road map to better treatments
A new study from the Allen Institute for Brain Science has written the most detailed 'parts list' of the human brain to date. (2019-08-21)
New, high-resolution images reveal clues to improve anti-nausea drugs for cancer patients
A new study using a special type of electron microscope using samples cooled to extremely cold temperatures provides critical information for drug developers seeking to reduce nausea and vomiting side effects of cancer treatments. (2019-07-22)
How a popular antidepressant drug could rewire the brain
Prozac®, the trade name for the drug fluoxetine, was introduced to the US market for the treatment of depression in 1988. (2019-07-10)
Research shows that drinking Matcha tea can reduce anxiety
Using the 'elevated plus maze' test with mice, Japanese researchers have shown that Matcha green tea can reduce anxiety. (2019-07-08)
Genetic variation linked to response to anxiety could inform personalised therapies
A new study in marmoset monkeys suggests that individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions, providing new insights that could help in the development of personalised therapies to tackle anxiety and depression. (2019-07-02)
HKBU discovers mechanisms underlying early life stress and irritable bowel syndrome
Researchers from Hong Kong Baptist University have found that the abnormal rise of a soluble protein called Nerve Growth Factor is a key factor linking early life stress to the development of irritable bowel syndrome. (2019-06-25)
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