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      August 27, 2013Illusion Chasers

      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 14, 2007The Sciences

      Fingering the Neural Perp in Parkinson's

      New study finds it's not just dopamine-producing cells, but likely ones that secrete norepinephrine, as well, that kick-start the movement disorder
      June 25, 2012

      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...
      July 1, 2005Neurology

      New Movement in Parkinson's

      Recent genetic and cellular discoveries are among the advances pointing to improved treatments for this increasingly common disorder
      New Views of the Brain [Slide Show]

      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...
      March 1, 2011Mind & Brain

      A New Mom's Changing Brain

      Certain areas grow bigger as a mother bonds with her infant
      October 1, 2007Mind & Brain

      Gene Therapy for Parkinson's

      A promising new application treats symptoms with no side effects
      November 1, 1978Mind & Brain

      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...
      January 1, 1997Mind & Brain

      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
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