Over-Consumption of Junk Food Can Trigger Addiction-Like Responses in the Brain

Over-Consumption of Junk Food Can Trigger Addiction-Like Responses in the Brain

We have suspected this for quite some time, but a study in rats reported in the journal Neuroscience has found that over-consumption of high-calorie food can trigger addiction-like responses in the brain, and that junk food can turn rats into compulsive eaters in a laboratory setting. When the researchers regularly offered rats a choice of high-calorie foods such as bacon, sausage, cake, and chocolate in addition to their regular food choices, the animals over-consumed calories and gained weight rapidly. The study gets even more interesting, the team trained their rats to expect painful foot shocks when seeing a light signal. Although normal rats stop eating even the most delicious junk food when the light comes on, the obese rats used to the high-calorie diet just keep feeding. The desire for junk food overcame the fear of pain.

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Prevalence of Brain Tumors

Prevalence of Brain Tumors

The numbers are startling. Over the next year, more than 200,000 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor, and the toll is high. Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor cancer deaths in children and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in people during their twenties. One of the most difficult things about brain tumors is that they can dramatically affect the lifestyle of people saddled with them. That’s because tumors can press upon parts of the brain that control everything from our emotions to our ability to walk and talk. Unfortunately, the cure rate for brain tumors is lower than other types.

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SSRIs for Treating Depression

SSRIs for Treating Depression

Depression can be treated by drugs called the SSRIs. The SSRIs: Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac. They’ve been around for a while and what they do is, by affecting serotonin release in the body, they actually can affect the way transmitters are sent across the body from one side to the other of the brain. This can actually help people deal with depression and many of those alarming and hurtful symptoms associated with it. SSRIs can be a big help!

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