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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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Easy as 1,2,3: Honeybees can learn to add and subtract

Easy as 1,2,3: Honeybees can learn to add and subtract

“According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly.” This opening line from the Bee Movie echoes a fascination people have with the abilities of bees. Although the line may

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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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MRI Scan Detects Signs of Schizophrenia: Brain imaging test predicts likelihood of developing psychosis and schizophrenia

MRI Scan Detects Signs of Schizophrenia: Brain imaging test predicts likelihood of developing psychosis and schizophrenia

Psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia are severe mental disorders that affect the thoughts and emotions of an individual, making them feel detached from reality in a condition called psychosis. Although these disorders can be debilitating, starting treatment early can potentially

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What Turns Schizophrenia into Psychosis? A Clue Hidden in the Brain’s Circuitry

What Turns Schizophrenia into Psychosis? A Clue Hidden in the Brain’s Circuitry

Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t there; mistrusting others for no reason; or thinking that you’re someone other than yourself: these can be some of the debilitating symptoms of psychosis. In certain cases, schizophrenic patients can become psychotic, but

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