Stress Sensors-Same For Rats And Humans

Stress Sensors-Same For Rats And Humans

Ok, let’s talk biology for a minute. Chronic pain, stress, immune system, mood and emotions are all controlled by the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal pathway otherwise known as the HPA Axis. The adrenal glands, in particular, are responsible for releasing cortisol into the blood stream in times of stress. Long term stress and higher cortisol levels can lead […]

Antioxidants Help Mice and Humans for Better Science and Treatments!

Antioxidants Help Mice and Humans for Better Science and Treatments!

Anyone who works in the lab animal industry knows the woes of “skin picking”, “scratch lesions”, or the technical term of idiopathic ulcerative dermatitis in mice. For those of you not in lab animal medicine, it’s basically an abnormal behavior of scratching, picking, or licking to the point of injury and notably plagues mice of […]

“Clean Up” Cells May be Key to Preventing Vision Loss

“Clean Up” Cells May be Key to Preventing Vision Loss

Scientists at the National Eye Institute have discovered malfunctioning “trash clean up” cells that may be the new and more definitive step in treating retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that causes blindness by targeting the retinal layer of the eye. Microglial cells normally target “invader” cells to clean up the area around the central nervous […]

Tinnitus Research May Ease Sufferers

Tinnitus Research May Ease Sufferers

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, has no cure, treatments are not effective, and sadly, plagues many of our returning veterans. New research, however, is shedding light on the mechanisms of tinnitus and paving the way to better treatments. Up until 20 years ago, tinnitus was thought to be located in the ear, but patients […]

Hyenas get stressed out, too!

Hyenas get stressed out, too!

Hyenas are striking creatures, and just as fascinating. They are intelligent and live in complex societies. Hyena clans are ruled by an alpha female, and adult males rank lowest in social status, behind females and juveniles. Now, it seems that recent research shows that being low in the ranks can really stress animals out- in […]

Pregnant? Don’t stress…

Pregnant? Don’t stress…

It may seem impossible- come on, is it really possible for an expecting mom to NOT have stress? But new research could give you another reason to stress… about being stressed! When levels of certain stress hormones were increased in pregnant mice, researchers found that while the mice ate more food, their bodies weren’t as […]

Toasting the Holidays?  Make it a Red!!

Toasting the Holidays? Make it a Red!!

A new study has just come out about the benefits of Resveratrol. Resveratrol is a plant protein that is produced in times stress like drought and ultraviolet radiation. The best known sources are grapes and cacao beans among other plants and the most familiar research has been the heart protective effects of red wine. Now […]