Neuroscience

Estrogen's role in the sex differences of alcohol abuse

Fluctuating estrogen levels may make alcohol more rewarding to female mice, according to new research in JNeurosci. Untangling the involved signaling pathways could unveil sex-based treatments for alcohol use disorders.

Medical research

Study traces brain-to-gut connections

Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute have traced neural pathways that connect the brain to the stomach, providing a biological mechanism to explain how stress can foster ulcer development.

Neuroscience

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. Targeting the amygdala with anti-anxiety medication could provide ...

Neuroscience

Controlling your home with the power of thought

Walking across the room to switch on a light—such a simple everyday activity involves enormously complex computations by the brain as it requires interpretation of the scene, control of the gait and planning upcoming movements ...

Genetics

APOE4 triggers early breakdowns in the blood-brain barrier

New USC research reveals how APOE4, a genetic culprit for Alzheimer's disease, triggers leaks in the brain's plumbing system, allowing toxic substances to seep into the brain areas responsible for memory encoding and other ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Managing our need for control during COVID-19

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has created disruptions to our lives in ways unforeseen just a few weeks ago. The virus's devastating impact has taxed the health care system at unprecedented levels, with reported cases ...

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