dopamine

The Cross-talk between the Dopaminergic System and Innate Immunity: An Evolving Concept

The Cross-talk between the Dopaminergic System and Innate Immunity: An Evolving Concept

Evolving Concept Dopamine (DA) is a well-known neurotransmitter in the central nervous system (CNS). An increasing body of evidence, however, indicates that DA is also an important communication mediator at the neural-immune interface [1-3]. Most research and studies to date have put the emphasis on DA and it’s regulation of adaptive immunity. Comparatively little is […]

Stress, the Reward System and the Epidemic of Obesity

Stress, the Reward System and the Epidemic of Obesity

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE A recent review by Rajita Sinha and Ania Jastreboff from the Yale Stress Center, New Haven, CT, USA, provides an integrative perspective on the neurohormonal mechanisms by which stress affects reward pathways, and how the interactions between the stress and reward systems may contribute to the epidemic of obesity. In […]

Evidence that electroacupuncture affects immunity through a specific dopaminergic neuroendocrine pathway

Evidence that electroacupuncture affects immunity through a specific dopaminergic neuroendocrine pathway

A new study, published in the February 23, 2014 issue of Nature Medicine (Advance Online Publication) provides perhaps the first robust evidence that acupuncture’s effects are translated through specific neuroendocrine and immune pathways. The way acupuncture affects human physiologic processes, and particularly immune function and homeostasis, is not well understood. Acupuncture has always been considered […]

Novelty-seeking, the adventurous neophiliacs and well-being

Novelty-seeking, the adventurous neophiliacs and well-being

A recent article by John Tierney in the science section of The New York Times outlines some new trends in research related to novelty-seeking – a personality trait traditionally associated with the brain’s dopamine system, and problems like attention deficit disorder, compulsive spending and gambling, alcoholism, drug abuse and criminal behavior. Novelty-seeking individuals are identified […]