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Newly-Identified Prefrontal Cortex Oxytocin-Responsive Neurons Suggested As Key Regulators of Female Social & Sexual Behavior

Newly-Identified Prefrontal Cortex Oxytocin-Responsive Neurons Suggested As Key Regulators of Female Social & Sexual Behavior

A recent publication in the journal Cell reveals the discovery of a population of somatostatin positive, regular spiking interneurons that express the oxytocin receptor that are involved in the regulation of female social behavior in mice, highlighting the prefrontal cortex role in sexual behaviors. The ‘love hormone’ oxytocin contributes to social and sex behaviors in […]

Secukinumab (Selective IL-17A Inhibitor) Shows Promise as a New Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Secukinumab (Selective IL-17A Inhibitor) Shows Promise as a New Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis

According to the Arthritis Foundation (Atlanta, GA), studies presented at this year’s American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in Boston (November 14–19) indicate that treatment with secukinumab may turn out to be a promising new therapeutic approach in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Secukinumab (a fully human antibody to IL-17A), selectively binds to and neutralizes interleukin (IL)-17A, […]

Accumulation and Activation of Microglia in Brain’s Hypothalamus Linked to Obesity

Accumulation and Activation of Microglia in Brain’s Hypothalamus Linked to Obesity

According to a new study, published in the December issue of Cell Reports, microglia, the brain’s immune cells responsible for its response to infection or injury, may also regulate the brain’s response to diet, and, thus play a role in obesity. The brain’s mediobasal hypothalamus (MBH) is able to sense fatty acids (FAs) and this […]

Dark Chocolate May Reduce Stress and Prothrombotic Responses

Dark Chocolate May Reduce Stress and Prothrombotic Responses

Recently, Petra Wirtz and colleagues from the Department of Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland demonstrated perhaps for the first time that consumption of dark chocolate is linked to lower stress reactivity. Evidence indicates a beneficial effect of cocoa flavonoids on cardiovascular health. However, little is known about the effect of dark chocolate consumption on the […]

Children Delivered By Cesarean Section May Have an Increased Risk for Immune-Related Diseases

Children Delivered By Cesarean Section May Have an Increased Risk for Immune-Related Diseases

According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, a research team from Denmark provides new evidence that the offspring of women who deliver by cesarean section may have an increased risk for certain immune-related diseases. In the US, the cesarean section rate has increased from 4.5%, in 1965, to 32.8% in 2010 and 2011, […]

Immigration and Stress: High Depression and Suicide Attempts Linked To Acculturative Stress in Indiana’s Latino Teens

Immigration and Stress: High Depression and Suicide Attempts Linked To Acculturative Stress in Indiana’s Latino Teens

Recently, a community-based study on the acculturative stress–depression link was presented at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, Nov. 17. The term acculturation, coined in 1880 by John W. Powell refers to the modification of the culture of a group or individual as a result of contact with […]

Significant Progress in Understanding How Immunotherapy Works And How the Immune System Recognizes Cancer

Significant Progress in Understanding How Immunotherapy Works And How the Immune System Recognizes Cancer

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has identified a mechanism that may explain why ipilimumab controls melanoma in only some people. The study also provides new important insights on the identity of molecules, on the surface of cancer cells, which allow the body’s immune system to identify and destroy them. […]

Julianne Moore Performing in Alzheimer’s Drama ‘Still Alice’ Wins Hollywood Actress Award

Julianne Moore Performing in Alzheimer’s Drama ‘Still Alice’ Wins Hollywood Actress Award

Among the winners of this year’s Hollywood Film Awards is Julianne Moore – she wins this award for her performance as a linguistics professor with Alzheimer’s disease in the movie ‘Still Alice’. The Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s movie is based on the 2007 novel ‘Still Alice’, written by Lisa Genova, an American neuroscientist and […]

Forbes Magazine and Stress Awareness in America

Forbes Magazine and Stress Awareness in America

According to Dr. Robert Pearl, and his recent article in Forbes magazine, psychological stress – a very common problem in America – is often overlooked and represents an issue not properly managed by doctors and the health care system. Moreover, associations of stress with common human diseases are poorly understood by many clinicians and, thus, […]

The Burden of Stress in America 2014 Survey

The Burden of Stress in America 2014 Survey

The Burden of Stress in America’s 2014 survey examined the role of stress in different aspects of Americans’ lives, as part of several events sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The survey was conducted from March 5 to April 8, 2014 with a sample of 2,505 respondents. The poll was developed by researchers at […]