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.
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.
Researchers report they alleviated the debilitating effects of the neurodegenerative disease in mice and monkeys
New study finds it's not just dopamine-producing cells, but likely ones that secrete norepinephrine, as well, that kick-start the movement disorder
...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.
Recent genetic and cellular discoveries are among the advances pointing to improved treatments for this increasingly common disorder
Neurodegenerative disorders devastate the brain, but doctors hope one day to replace lost cells
Neurons involved in Parkinson’s disease are especially susceptible to burnout because of their complex branching
Certain areas grow bigger as a mother bonds with her infant
Promising results delivered in the first human clinical trial testing the procedure against the neurodegenerative disorder
Scientists optimistic after discovering genetic link to loss of dopamine-producing neurons
A promising new application treats symptoms with no side effects
Scientists find a way chemicals may contribute to Parkinson’s
A new experiment reveals why we always want to know the answer
Novelty enhances memory. That fact has practical implications for educators
Genetic "dimmer switches could possibly become a new target in the fight against the neurodegenerative disorder
Four tips from experts on how to get more joy from your purchases