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  • Brain chemical could be key to happiness

    Mar 25 2013...
    The neurochemical changes underlying human emotions and social behavior are largely unknown. However, scientists at UCLA have measured the release of a specific peptide, a neurotransmitter called hypocretin, that greatly increased when subjects were happy but decreased when they were sad.

    The finding suggests that boosting hypocretin could elevate both mood and alertness in humans, thus laying the foundation for possible future treatments of psychiatric disorders like depression by targeting measureable abnormalities in brain chemistry. READ MORE>>
  • Study may explain how brain remains alert during waking hours

    Feb 19 2013...
    A new study led by an international team of biologists at UCLA and the University of Toronto, has identified some of the brain chemicals that allow seals to sleep with half of their brain at a time.

    “Seals do something biologically amazing – they sleep with half their brain at a time,” said Professor John Peever of the University of Toronto. “The left side of their brain can sleep while the right side stays awake. Seals sleep this way while they're in water, but they sleep like humans while on land. Our research may explain how this unique biological phenomenon happens." READ MORE>>
  • Sleep walking for narcolepsy awareness

    Feb 23 2012...
    The Sleep Education blog invited Julie Flygare, author of the REM Runner blog, to blog about her experiences as a person with narcolepsy. Julie is an avid runner, and participated in the Boston Marathon to raise awareness and funds towards finding a cure for narcolepsy. READ MORE>>