Eating both bland (left panel) and delicious (right panel) meals triggered significant opioid release in the brain. Credit: Turku PET Centre Finnish researchers have revealed how eating stimulates brain’s endogenous opioid system to signal pleasure and satiety. The recent results obtained by researchers from Turku PET Centre have revealed that eating leads to widespread opioid

Researchers have overcome a major challenge to treating brain diseases by engineering an experimental molecular therapy that crosses the blood-brain barrier to reverse neurological lysosomal storage disease in mice. Credit: © pixologic / Fotolia Researchers have overcome a major challenge to treating brain diseases by engineering an experimental molecular therapy that crosses the blood-brain barrier

Scientists have used magnetic nanoparticles to stimulate neurons deep in the brain to evoke body movements of mice. This image shows a section of a mouse brain with injected magnetic nanoparticles (colored red) covering targeted cells in the striatum. Credit: Munshi et al, eLifer Scientists have used magnetism to activate tiny groups of cells in

An illustration of magnetic resonance elastography (MRE). MRE is a non-invasive technique that was used to measure how pulsed waves changed as they moved through the brain hippocampus, giving an accurate measure of the tissue’s elasticity and health of the cellular structure. Credit: Dr. Aron K. Barbey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Scientists have observed

Green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a model system for molecular biology and environmental studies. Credit: © Dartmouth College Electron Microscope Facility, Louisa Howard The mercury found at very low concentrations in water is concentrated along the entire food chain, from algae via zooplankton to small fish and on to the largest fish — the ones we

Illustration of yeast cells (stock image). Even brainless single-celled yeast have sensory biases that can be hacked by a carefully engineered illusion, a finding that could be used to develop new approaches to fighting diseases such as cancer, say experts. Credit: © Dmitry Knorre / Fotolia Magic tricks work because they take advantage of the

University of Delaware researchers are using magic to look at how the brain processes multiple sensory inputs to perceive our bodies and the world around us. Credit: Robert DiIorio/ University of Delaware Tricks and illusions, once the domain of magicians, are helping scientists unveil how the brain works. Here’s one you can try using a

Avocado and spinach smoothies. Credit: © fortyforks / Fotolia Spinach and kale are favorites of those looking to stay physically fit, but they also could keep consumers cognitively fit, according to a new study from University of Illinois researchers. The study, which included 60 adults aged 25 to 45, found that middle-aged participants with higher

Both ventral and dorsal roots have been detached, which is the common scenario clinically, the ventral root is implanted directly into the cord as is dorsal root, but after the ganglion has been cut out. In the final drawing the possible re-established connections and reflex arch are colored. Credit: Thomas Carlstedt and Mårten Risling Scientists

Creation of organoids from stem cells allows scientists to study discrete areas of brain as it develops. Credit: Courtesy of Yale University Scientists can now explore in a laboratory dish how the human brain develops by creating organoids — distinct, three-dimensional regions of the brain. In research published in Cell Stem Cell, Yale scientists coaxed

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