#Sucrose intake lowers μ-opioid and dopamine D2/3 receptor availability in porcine brain

Excessive sucrose consumption elicits addiction-like craving that may underpin the obesity epidemic. Opioids and dopamine mediate the rewarding effects of drugs of abuse, and of natural rewards from stimuli such as palatable food.. ..After 12 days of sucrose access, BPND of both tracers had declined significantly in striatum, nucleus accumbens, thalamus, amygdala, cingulate cortex and prefrontal cortex, consistent with down-regulation of receptor densities. After a … Continue reading #Sucrose intake lowers μ-opioid and dopamine D2/3 receptor availability in porcine brain

#Handgrip strength variability during serial testing as an entropic biomarker of #aging: a Poincaré plot analysis

..An observational cross-sectional study was performed on 80 young adults (18–22 years old, mean age 20.01 years) and 80 older people (65–69 years old, mean age 67.13 years), with a sex ratio of 1:1 for both groups.. The analysis of the differences between groups revealed statistically significant results for most HGS-derived indices (p ≤ 0.05), and the magnitude of the differences indicated, in most situations, a large effect size (r > 0.5). Our … Continue reading #Handgrip strength variability during serial testing as an entropic biomarker of #aging: a Poincaré plot analysis