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Modulating stress circuits

Danny Winder, PhD, and colleagues reported in The Journal of Neuroscience that acute restraint stress in mice activates CRF neurons in the BNST, supporting a role for these neurons in stress-related behaviors.


Probing H. pylori cancer protein

Infection with the stomach-dwelling bacterium Helicobacter pylori— particularly strains producing the oncoprotein CagA — is a strong risk factor for gastric cancer.


Women’s hormones play role in drug addiction, higher relapse rates

Women’s hormonal cycles may not only make them more prone to drug addiction but also more affected by triggers that lead to relapse, a new Vanderbilt University study revealed.


Destructive ‘telegrams’ in asthma

MicroRNAs are short segments of ribonucleic nucleic acids that regulate gene expression.


Study explores genetic risk for suicide attempt

Using data from the UK Biobank and Vanderbilt’s BioVU, a new study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry finds that approximately 4 percent of suicide attempt risk is captured by genotype data.