Good Feelings and Long Term Pain Opioids Change how we Experience Rewards by Affecting Brain Circuitry

How many times have you hurt yourself badly? How many friends and family members do you know who suffer from sharp pain? In many of these situations doctors will prescribe opioids to numb the pain and prevent the development of READ MORE

How the body responds to synthetic THC product “Spice” Researchers performed the first study of the behavioral, physiological, cognitive, and subjective experiences caused by synthetic cannabis products in humans, showing that it is in fact more potent than THC.

The line “times they are a changin’,” as Bob Dylan sang in 1964, describes the state of cannabis research aptly. As cannabis and related products are becoming increasingly accepted or legalized around the world, it has opened doors for researching READ MORE

How Salmonella bacteria may get into the brain Researchers uncover how Salmonella bacteria cause brain infections in mice, and what we can do about it.

Typhoid fever is an infection caused by a bacteria called Salmonella enterica typhi which, according to the CDC, affects about 22 million people every year. Many of those affected by the disease come from developing countries where there is poor READ MORE

First Clinical Trial of Stem Cell Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease Seven patients will be followed for 2 years after being injected with stem cells, with the hopes of replacing the brain cells that have died.

A landmark clinical trial was announced recently by researchers at Kyoto University. For the first time in history, this trial tests the use of stem cells for the treatment of a major degenerative brain disease: Parkinson’s disease. The significance of READ MORE

Brain Cancer Treatment Finishes Phase 3 of Clinical Trials Immunotherapy using the patient's own dendritic cells looks promising as a treatment for this highly fatal form of cancer.

For most types of cancer, survival rates have steadily been improving since the 1970s as medical advancements have been made in both cancer diagnosis as well as in treatment. Some of the largest improvements seen have been in the most READ MORE

Prenatal Inflammation May Affect Brain Development Altered expression of six genes associated with placental indicators of inflammation were found to predict neurocognitive impairment in childhood

A normal pregnancy usually lasts around 40 weeks, but births that occur before 37 weeks are defined as being premature. Premature births are associated with a wide range of problems in infant children, and generally, the shorter the term of READ MORE