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Chickens may illuminate how humans developed sharp daylight vision

Humans belong to a select club of species that enjoy crisp color vision in daylight, thanks to a small spot in the center of the retina at the back of the eye. Other club members include monkeys ...

Fri 23 Jun 17 from Phys.org

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The neural relationship between light and sleep

Humans are diurnal animals, meaning that we usually sleep at night and are awake during the day, due at least in part to light or the lack thereof. Light is known to affect sleep indirectly ...

Fri 23 Jun 17 from Medical Xpress

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Special cells explain why cabbage and stress churn your guts

When a type of cell in the intestine detects dietary irritants and stress hormones, it sends distress signals to the brain, telling it to move things along

Thu 22 Jun 17 from Newscientist

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How insulin in the brain may suppress the subjective feeling of hunger

Eating behavior and the subjective feeling of hunger are regulated by a variety of hormones. Here a key role is played by the hormone insulin because it is not only active in the body, but ... ...

11 hours ago from Science Blog

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High levels of brain inflammation seen in OCD

(HealthDay)—Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have high levels of brain inflammation, according to a study published online June 21 in JAMA Psychiatry.

Fri 23 Jun 17 from Medical Xpress

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Cells in fish's spinal discs repair themselves

Duke researchers have discovered a unique repair mechanism in the developing backbone of zebrafish that could give insight into why spinal discs of longer-lived organisms like humans degenerate ...

Thu 22 Jun 17 from Phys.org

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Researchers show first evidence of using cortical targets to improve motor function

Monica A. Perez, P.T., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project, and colleagues, recently published A novel cortical target to enhance hand motor ...

Thu 22 Jun 17 from Medical Xpress

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High fat diet reduces gut bacteria, Crohn's disease symptoms

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have shown a high fat diet may lead to specific changes in gut bacteria that could fight harmful inflammation—a major discovery ...

Thu 22 Jun 17 from Medical Xpress

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UV-sensing protein in the brain of a marine annelid zooplankton

Researchers at Institute for Molecular Sciences reported that a photoreceptive protein expressed in the brain a marine annelid zooplankton (Platynereis dumerilii) is UV-sensitive. This work ...

Thu 22 Jun 17 from Phys.org

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Researchers dissect the process by which blood vessels shrink, which could have important implications for human health

It's a tiny marine invertebrate, no more than 3 millimeters in size. But closely related to humans, Botryllus schlosseri might hold the key to new treatments for cancer and a host of vascular ...

Thu 22 Jun 17 from Medical Xpress

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