Mindset during meal planning changes food choices and brain responses to food

A simple instruction to change your thinking as mealtime approaches can help cut calories, according to new research from the University of Tübingen, Germany. By encouraging study participants to concentrate on different types of information when planning their meal, the experimenters saw portion sizes shift. Adopting a health-focused mindset produced better outcomes than focusing on […]

Researchers identify brain area linked to motivational disruptions in binge eating

Scientists at Rutgers Brain Health Institute have discovered that a small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus called ‘orexin’ neurons could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in individuals with obesity. These neurons, named for the chemical messenger they use to communicate with other brain cells, have previously been […]

Brain Scans Yield More Clues to Autism

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 — Children with autism show abnormalities in a deep brain circuit that typically makes socializing enjoyable, a new study finds. Using MRI brain scans, researchers found that kids with autism showed differences in the structure and function of a brain circuit called the mesolimbic reward pathway. That circuit, located deep within […]

Brain iron levels may predict multiple sclerosis disabilities

Image shows voxelwise analysis of quantitative susceptibility maps within thalamus, caudate, globus pallidus, and putamen comparing all participants with multiple sclerosis (MS) to healthy control (HC) participants. Areas of higher susceptibility in participants with MS compared with HC participants are shown in red-yellow. Areas of lower susceptibility in participants with MS compared with HC participants […]