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    Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

    Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

    When the substantia nigra is super charged by food restriction, or drugs, or both, you become super motivated to seek out more food, or more drugs… whatever floats the substantia nigra’s boat.

    August 27, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
    Parkinson's is much more than dopamine

    Parkinson's is much more than dopamine

    ...and much more than motor symptoms. A colleague handed me this paper, not just as an interesting aspect of Parkinson's, but as somewhat supportive paper for the role of serotonin in depression.

    June 25, 2012 — Scicurious

    New Movement in Parkinson's

    Recent genetic and cellular discoveries are among the advances pointing to improved treatments for this increasingly common disorder

    July 1, 2005 — Andres M. Lozano and Suneil K. Kalia
    One region:

    One region:

    ​Both the axons and the main cell bodies of neurons glow green in this photomicrograph of the mouse brain’s substantia nigra, which is involved in addictive behavior. As in the previous image the cell outlines are revealed by infecting them with a chemically tagged virus.

    The Reward System of the Brain

    Two decades ago it was discovered that the brain has "pleasure centers." These centers are now seen as belonging to a system of pathways that appear to play a role in learning and memory

    November 1, 1978 — Aryeh Routtenberg

    Understanding Parkinson's Disease

    The smoking gun is still missing, but growing evidence suggests highly reactive substances called free radicals are central players in this common neurological disorder

    January 1, 1997 — Moussa B. H. Youdim and Peter Riederer

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