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Synthesizing Opioid Antagonists: A more sustainable method for creating a lifesaving drug

Synthesizing Opioid Antagonists: A more sustainable method for creating a lifesaving drug

With an increasing intensity in the nation’s opioid epidemic, the public health community has been searching for ways to manage drug addiction. Chemical antagonists have proven effective in binding to opioid receptors, thus competing with opioid agonists and blocking them

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Can’t Sleep? Neither do Flies

Can’t Sleep? Neither do Flies

Ask ten students how much they sleep and you’ll end up with ten different answers. Although it’s generally accepted that eight hours a night is a good goal, scientists are unsure how much sleep is necessary for survival. Sleep is

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The Promise of GABA: New therapeutic molecules found to treat cognitive decline and depression

The Promise of GABA: New therapeutic molecules found to treat cognitive decline and depression

Drugs that treat diseases of the brain are notoriously difficult to create. The first bar­rier to the development of these drugs is physical—the blood-brain barrier (BBB) acts as a bouncer for the brain, filtering all blood flowing in. The second

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A New Reality: VR technology treats phobias in autistic patients

A New Reality: VR technology treats phobias in autistic patients

Most people know someone with autism, whether it be a sibling, a close friend, or an acquaintance. The Center for Disease Control’s 2014 census found that one in fifty-nine children living in the US has autism—more than double the number

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Accelerating MRI: A novel sampling method to shorten MRI scan time

Accelerating MRI: A novel sampling method to shorten MRI scan time

Imagine yourself mowing a lawn. If it was a leisurely Sunday morning, you might go back and forth in neat rows to ensure that every blade of grass was evenly cut. But what if you were in a rush? You

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Regulating Obesity: Specialized brain cells promote fat storage in mice

Regulating Obesity: Specialized brain cells promote fat storage in mice

Obesity is an increasingly common and significant health concern that affects greater than one in three adults in the United States. It can cause numerous complications, including heart disease, diabe­tes, or cancer. Development of obesity is the result of an

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On and Off Again: A look into how we perceive “backwards” motion

On and Off Again: A look into how we perceive “backwards” motion

Every time you watch a movie, you might think you’re capturing every mo­ment unfold. In reality, however, the brain is fooled into perceiving this rapid sequence of still images as continuous motion. This is “phi motion” in action. Due to

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Yale Team Provides Link Between Cannabis and Aggressive Behavior

Yale Team Provides Link Between Cannabis and Aggressive Behavior

In a new study, Yale researchers have pinpointed a specific gene responsible for regulating cannabis-induced aggression, with strong ramifications for the national discussion of cannabis legalization. Led by Janitza Montalvo-Ortiz, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine,

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Neurons that Drive and Quench Thirst: Identifying the neural mechanisms that regulate water consumption

Neurons that Drive and Quench Thirst: Identifying the neural mechanisms that regulate water consumption

Until now, thirst was known as a primordial drive that was poorly-understood on the neural level. Researchers at Stanford have identified a mechanism through which a small group of neurons motivate thirst-related behavior.

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Timing Your Thoughts

Timing Your Thoughts

A study published in PNAS in August 2017 showed how the mistiming of someone’s thoughts may be linked to a person’s tendency to hold delusional thoughts.

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