2010 Press Releases

  • New Study Strengthens Link Between Everyday Stress and Obesity

    Released September 1, 2010 - The effects of stress on the meal patterns and food intake of animals exposed to the equivalent of everyday stress on humans suggest that there is not only a short term impact – the stress can cause metabolic changes in the longer term that contribute to obesity. The findings were determined by use of the visible burrow system (VBS), an animal model of chronic social stress to produce stress-associated behavioral, endocrine, physiological and neurochemical changes in animals.
  • Romantic Rejection Stimulates Key Brain Areas

    Released July 6, 2010 -- The pain and anguish of rejection by a romantic partner may be the result of activity in parts of the brain associated with motivation, reward and addiction craving. A new research effort could explain why feelings related to romantic rejection can be hard to control and provide insight into extreme behaviors associated with rejection. Those who are coping with a romantic rejection may be fighting against a strong survival system that appears to be the basis of many addictions. The data help to explain why the beloved is so difficult to give up.
  • Brown Rice and Cardiovascular Protection

    Released April 26, 2010 -- Brown rice might have an advantage over white rice by offering protection from high blood pressure and atherosclerosis (“hardening of the arteries”), say researchers at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. New research suggests that a component in a layer of tissue surrounding grains of brown rice may work against angiotensin II, an endocrine protein and a known culprit in the development of high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.