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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.