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Can oxidative stress shrink your brain?

With baby boomers growing older, the age of the population in the United States is increasing. About 50 million Americans are affected each year by over 600 neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative disease refers to conditions in which nerve cells progressively degenerate … Continue reading

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Is gluten making you overstimulated?

There has been a lot of controversy lately over gluten sensitivity, but the existence of celiac disease is something no one can argue against. Celiac disease affects 1 in 141 individuals in the United States and can cause intestinal damage. … Continue reading

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When you hear “craving,” do you think sweet, salty…or serotonin?

We all experience cravings from time to time – a piece of fudge, one more handful of potato chips, or another slice of that heavenly apple pie. These cravings might not be due to the temptation of all the goodies … Continue reading

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Patients with low mood all have unique neurotransmitter patterns

Depression is a common illness, approximately 1 in 10 people report symptoms of depression (http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/). Imbalances in monoamine neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and norepinephrine, are commonly indicated in depression.   Despite this knowledge, therapies addressing serotonin and norepinephrine imbalances are often ineffective.  … Continue reading

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It’s all in your head: The neurocircuitry of addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs costs over $600 billion annually due to crime, lost work productivity, and healthcare expenses.  Brain chemistry can be one of the reasons why it is … Continue reading

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GABA and glutamate: The balancing act of the nervous system

As with most things in life, balance is key to an optimally functioning nervous system.  GABA and glutamate are the primary calming and excitatory neurotransmitters in the central nervous system (respectively) and serve opposing functions.  Despite their opposite roles, GABA … Continue reading

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