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Mother’s High-fat Diet Can Cause Brain Damage In Unborn Child

When a pregnant woman consumes a diet high in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, her body produces an excess of endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), which overload the fetal system and impair the development of healthy brain networks, Medical University of Vienna researchers report. Such a mechanism seems relevant to pathologies such as ADHD, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. […]

Hypersexual Disorder May Be Linked To The Hormone Oxytocin

A possible role of the hormone oxytocin in men and women with hypersexual disorder has been revealed in a new study[1]. The finding could potentially open the door to treating the disorder by engineering a way to suppress its activity. Hypersexual disorder, also referred to as sexual addiction[2], or an overactive sex drive, is recognized […]

Serotonin Can Regulate Gene Expression Inside Neurons

The neurotransmitter serotonin, known for its role in passing signals between neurons in the brain, is also able to regulate expression of genes within neurons in an unexpected way, according to new research conducted by neuroscientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The discovery may help scientists better understand a range of […]

Restoring Memory Function In Familial Alzheimer’s May Be Possible

A new approach to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that may eventually make it possible to reverse memory loss has been revealed by a team led by University at Buffalo scientists. They found that by focusing on gene changes caused by influences other than DNA sequences — called epigenetics — it was possible to reverse memory decline […]