Identifying a neural circuit involved in how pain modulates dopamine neurons

The neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) has several important functions. For instance, it known to play a role in how we feel pleasure, as well as in our ability to concentrate on everyday task, maintain focus, and learn specific behaviors. Past neuroscience studies have found that the perception of pain decreases dopamine activity in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a part of […]

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Identifying a new gut-liver drug recycling process

A team of University of Houston pharmaceutical researchers is reporting a newly recognized process of drug metabolism in the intestines—followed by recycling through the liver—that could have important implications for developing treatments for intestinal diseases and for taking multiple medications at the same time. “The intestines play a crucial role in metabolizing and recycling certain plant compounds and drugs,” reports […]

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Blood test is 94% accurate at identifying early Alzheimer’s disease

Up to two decades before people develop the characteristic memory loss and confusion of Alzheimer’s disease, damaging clumps of protein start to build up in their brains. Now, a blood test to detect such early brain changes has moved one step closer to clinical use. Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report that they can measure […]

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Health Tip: Identifying Lung Cancer Risks For Non Smokers

— Avoiding tobacco is an obvious way to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer. But there are still lung cancer risks if you’re a nonsmoker, the American Cancer Society says. Testing your home for radon, avoiding secondhand smoke and limiting exposure to air pollutants can help prevent lung cancer, the society says. A healthy diet with lots of fruits […]

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