2019 Press Releases


  • Performance-enhancing Drugs May Increase Risk of Teen Cocaine Abuse, Impair Fertility

    Released April 8, 2019 - Performance-enhancing steroid use could increase the risk of cocaine use and addiction in teens, according to a new rodent study. The combination of these drugs could also impair fertility in young women. The research will be presented today at the American Physiological Society’s (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2019 in Orlando, Fla.
  • New Study Explains Why Drinking Alcohol Causes the Munchies

    Released April 8, 2019 - New research in mice suggests that a shared circuit in the brain could be one reason why heavy drinking and high-fat “junk food” cravings go hand in hand. The findings will be presented today at the American Physiological Society’s (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2019 in Orlando, Fla.
  • Blocking Opioid Receptors Could Reduce Hormone-therapy-fueled Increases in Sugar Intake

    Released April 7, 2019 - Estradiol is a commonly prescribed estrogen therapy. Previous research has found that rats treated with the hormone experience an increase in sugar consumption. But according to new research, blocking the body’s opioid receptors can reverse this effect. The findings will be presented today at the American Physiological Society’s (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2019 in Orlando, Fla.
  • Sleep Problems, Alzheimer’s Disease Are Linked, But Which Comes First?

    Released March 22, 2019 - A new article explores the pathophysiological factors that link sleep disturbances and Alzheimer’s disease. Better understanding of this connection may lead to potential diagnostics and therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases and dementia. The article is published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurophysiology (JNP).
  • Hypertension-related Changes May Occur Earlier in Young Women with Family History

    Released March 6, 2019 - New research suggests that young women with a family history of high blood pressure (hypertension) have decreased baroreflex function, which may increase their risk for hypertension later in life. The article, published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurophysiology (JNP), was chosen as an APSselect article for March.
  • Brain Processes Concrete and Abstract Words Differently

    Released February 28, 2019 - A new review explores the different areas of the brain that process the meaning of concrete and abstract concepts. The article is published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurophysiology (JNP).
  • Exercise Gives Older Men a Better Brain Boost

    Released February 13, 2019 - New research suggests that the relationship between physical and brain fitness varies in older adults by virtue of their sex. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
  • Exercise May Fight Depression in Older Adults, Study Suggests

    Released January 31, 2019 - New research suggests that exercise-induced muscle changes could help boost mood in older adults. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology.