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Genetic Risk Factors for Opioid Use and Related Substance Use Disorders

A new human genomics study led by Yale scientists has identified genetic risk factors for opioid use disorder (OUD) and related substance use disorders according to a new large-scale genome-wide association study – increasing the number of risk genes known from 1 to 19.
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Image Color Saturation Can Have a Big Impact on Food's Appeal

According to a study, photos of food with high color saturation appear fresher and tastier to viewers.
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Common Viruses Could Be Triggering Alzheimer’s Disease Onset

A new study by researchers at the University of Oxford and Tufts University suggests that the onset of Alzheimer’s disease may be triggered by the activation of two common viruses.
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Pinpointing Consciousness in the Animal Brain

Bidirectional pathways in the brain have been shown to support consciousness, enabling scientists to identify the regions of the brain where consciousness is likely to reside.
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How a Neurotransmitter May Be the Key in Controlling Alzheimer’s Toxicity​

Researchers have discovered a new role of a protein-based neurotransmitter, known as somatostatin, in reducing the toxicity caused by the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Cells That Control Hunger Affect Brain Structure and Function

Researchers have identified that cells in the hypothalamus play a major role in affecting the structure and function of the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain dysregulated in several psychiatric illnesses.
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Common Herbicide Found To Cross the Blood–Brain Barrier

New research has found that glyphosate – a common herbicide – can cross the blood–brain barrier and promote neuroinflammation, potentially contributing to Alzheimer's disease progression.
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Let Your Mind Wander: People Underestimate How Enjoyable Waiting Is

Researchers say that people consistently underestimate how much they would enjoy spending time alone with their own thoughts, without anything to distract them.
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Some Types of Stress Could Be Good for the Brain

According to research, low to moderate levels of stress can help individuals cope with future stressful encounters and reduce the risk of developing mental health disorders.
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Cell-Level Map Builds an Atlas of Alzheimer's Brain Changes

Researchers have just publicly released some of the first data showing the specific types of neurons and other brain cells that die off or otherwise change in Alzheimer’s disease, using cutting-edge techniques to categorize individual cells based on what their genes do.
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