Overweight & Obesity

Connecting stress, weight, and social anxiety in early adolescence

Between the end of childhood and the beginning of adolescence, there is a critical window of time referred to as "peripuberty." This transitional period involves developmental changes in both fat tissue and in the brain in ...

Neuroscience

Researchers find new clues in the brain linking pain and food

It has long been known that there is an association between food and pain, as people with chronic pain often struggle with their weight. Researchers at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience may have found an explanation ...

Medical research

Treatment keeps alcoholic monkeys from drinking as much

A hormone produced by the liver called fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) suppresses alcohol consumption in primates, finds a study published February 1 in the journal Cell Metabolism. Vervet monkeys with a strong preference ...

Neuroscience

Study could pave way for creating safer opioids

Researchers may have uncovered new answers on how to create safer opioids. Design a new opioid to bypass the part of brain that feels pleasure, but retain the analgesic properties, which make opioids one of the most effective ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Brain gene expression patterns altered by chronic opioid use

The epidemic of opioid abuse affects millions of people worldwide, but researchers know surprisingly little about the molecular changes caused by opioids in the human brain. A new study, which appears in Biological Psychiatry, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Inflammatory process alteration accompanies opioid use disorder

Prevalence rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) have increased dramatically, accompanied by a surge of overdose deaths—nearly 50,000 in the U.S. in 2019. While opioid dependence has been extensively studied in preclinical ...

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