hypothalamus
Exercise Warms the Brain, Causing Mice to Eat Less
Exercise Warms the Brain, Causing Mice to Eat Less
Kerry Grens | Apr 24, 2018
Directly activating a heat sensor also sensitive to capsaicin in chili peppers in the hypothalamus had the same effect as exercise.
Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender
Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender
Shawna Williams | Feb 28, 2018
Brain studies have yielded a mixed picture of the neural similarities and differences between people of different genders.
Stem Cells in the Hypothalamus Slow Aging in Mice
Stem Cells in the Hypothalamus Slow Aging in Mice
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 26, 2017
Once implanted into animals’ brains, neural stem cells that secrete microRNA-containing vesicles seem to contribute to an anti-aging effect.
Image of the Day: Pretty Prohormone
Image of the Day: Pretty Prohormone
The Scientist Staff | Jun 8, 2017
Once it’s cleaved, the protein precursor pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) gives rise to hormones involved in appetite, arousal, pleasure, and more.
Binge-Eating Neurons Identified
Binge-Eating Neurons Identified
Jef Akst | May 26, 2017
Inducing activity in the zona incerta region of the brain prompts mice to gorge themselves.
Another Obesity Drug Trial Death
Another Obesity Drug Trial Death
Kerry Grens | Dec 2, 2015
A second patient taking an experimental medication to treat Prader-Willi Syndrome has died of blood clots.
Sperm RNAs Transmit Stress
Sperm RNAs Transmit Stress
Kate Yandell | Oct 19, 2015
Stressed male mice can pass on an abnormal stress response to their offspring via microRNAs found in sperm, a study shows.
Neuroscience of Marijuana Munchies
Neuroscience of Marijuana Munchies
Ruth Williams | Feb 18, 2015
Cannabinoids cause appetite-suppressing neurons to produce an appetite-stimulating hormone in mice.
Brain’s Role in Browning White Fat
Brain’s Role in Browning White Fat
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 15, 2015
Insulin and leptin act on specialized neurons in the mouse hypothalamus to promote conversion of white to beige fat.
Brain Circuit Toggles Eating
Brain Circuit Toggles Eating
Kerry Grens | Sep 26, 2013
A network of neurons in the hypothalamus can turn feeding behavior on or off with the flip of an optogenetic switch in mice.