University of Connecticut

Dopamine not about pleasure (anymore)

(Medical Xpress)—To John Salamone, professor of psychology and longtime researcher of the brain chemical dopamine, scientific research can be very slow-moving.

Dec 03, 2012
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Smoking out the facts in the E-cigarette debate

Electronic cigarettes seem to have become as ubiquitous as the vapor they produce. Their popularity has been skyrocketing over the past two years, even in the midst of a fierce debate about their potential ...

Sep 30, 2014
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The universe in your skull

In the mid-1990s, Pradeep Ramanathan was working at the technology company Intel in California’s Silicon Valley. With a background in physics and engineering, he was successful in his job, but he had ...

Aug 09, 2011
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A vaccine for nicotine?

(Medical Xpress) -- When Peter Burkhard first heard the idea of a nicotine vaccine eight years ago, he thought it was funny – how could a vaccine affect something that’s not technically a disease?

Oct 04, 2011
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Beating cancer can come with new health risks

(Medical Xpress)—Completing that final round of chemotherapy and being declared cancer-free is an unquestionable personal health milestone. But it also can mark the start of an uncertain new chapter in ...

Mar 14, 2014
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The pros and cons of going gluten-free

The number of Americans adopting gluten-free diets has grown dramatically over the past several years. Some avoid eating wheat, barley, and rye because they have an autoimmune disorder called celiac disease, ...

Jul 16, 2014
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The science of pillow talk

It's the stuff spy movies are made of – the CIA operative and his or her lover, together in bed. In the afterglow, secrets are revealed, classified details leaked. As Hollywood would have us believe, it is during this interlude ...

Dec 23, 2013
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Study shows positive results for herpes vaccine

(Medical Xpress) -- A therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of genital herpes has shown positive results in studies in a number of animal models and in a small randomized clinical study. The results are published in two ...

Sep 26, 2011
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How do we learn to speak and read?

Do you remember how you learned to speak? Most people do not recall learning how to talk, or know how it is that they can understand others. The process involves a complex coordination of moving air from our ...

Dec 02, 2011
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