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  • How stress can curb the desire to eat in an animal model
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    Eating disorder researchers have discovered a neurocircuit in mice that, when activated, increased their stress levels while decreasing their desire to eat. ... Read more »
  • Physiological mechanisms leading to enterovirus opening revealed
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    Enteroviruses are one of the most common human pathogens leading to high number of acute and chronic infections worldwide. The physiological events leading to successful enterovirus infection are still poorly understood. Researchers have found significant new information concerning the role of Albumin and ions in host cell vesicles that promote... Read more »
  • Discovery of anti-opioid pathway offers new route to designing safer pain medications
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    A team has discovered a biological system that manages cells' response to opioid drug exposure. The unexpected discovery offers new ideas for improving the safety of the one of the most effective, and most abused, group of pain medications. ... Read more »
  • Children with mild asthma can use inhalers as needed, study suggests
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    A new study supports evidence that children with mild asthma can effectively manage the condition by using their two inhalers -- one a steroid and the other a bronchodilator -- when symptoms occur. This is in contrast to the traditional method of using the steroid daily, regardless of symptoms, and... Read more »
  • Researchers refine guidelines for pediatric brain injuries
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    There are no guidelines on whether a noninvasive method of measuring carbon dioxide from patients' exhalations, known as end-tidal capnography, is as effective as drawing blood through a child's artery. This study found that measuring the carbon dioxide level through an artery is still the most accurate diagnostic for pediatric... Read more »
  • Cannabis-related poison control calls for Massachusetts kids doubled after medical pot legalized
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    After medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth's children and teenagers doubled, according to a public health investigation. ... Read more »
  • Neuronal mechanism that is central to human free recall identified
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    Recently Weizmann Institute scientists succeeded in recording these rapid bursts of activity -- called 'hippocampal ripples' -- in the human brain, and they were able to demonstrate their importance as a neuronal mechanism underlying the engraving of new memories and their subsequent recall. ... Read more »
  • Researcher decodes the brain to help patients with mental illnesses
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    Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year. Severe mental illnesses cause the brain to have trouble dealing with cognitively effortful states, like focusing attention over long periods of time, discriminating between two things that are difficult to tell apart, and responding... Read more »
  • How E. coli knows how to cause the worst possible infection
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    The discovery could one day let doctors prevent the infection by allowing E. coli to pass harmlessly through the body. ... Read more »
  • Wireless sensors that stick to the skin to track our health
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    Engineers have developed experimental stickers that pick up physiological signals emanating from the skin, then wirelessly beam these health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing. It's all part of a system called BodyNet. ... Read more »

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