Binge eaters’ dopamine levels spike at sight, smell of food

UPTON, NY – A brain imaging study at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory reveals a subtle difference between ordinary obese subjects and those who compulsively overeat, or binge: In binge eaters but not ordinary obes…

Crying baby draws blunted response in depressed mom’s brain

EUGENE, Ore. — Mothers who are depressed respond differently to their crying babies than do non-depressed moms. In fact, their reaction, according to brain scans at the University of Oregon, is much more muted than the robust brain activity in no…

Emotional response may predict how the body responds to stress

New York, NY, 17 February 2011 — Your emotional response to challenging situations could predict how your body responds to stress, according to research published this month in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.
“People who reported hig…

Sentries in the garden shed

Someday, that potted palm in your living room might go from green to white, alerting you to a variety of nasty contaminants in the air, perhaps even explosives.
The stuff of science fiction you say? Not so, says a Colorado State University bi…