Significant Findings About The Dopamine Transport System In The Brain

Thanks to Michael W. for sharing an article from ScienceDaily® with significant findings about the dopamine transport system in the brain. Researchers at the University of Florida Health have discovered the mechanics of how dopamine transports into and out of brain cells, a finding that could someday lead to more effective treatment of drug addictions and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

The findings are significant because dopamine is involved in many brain-related functions. Too little dopamine can lead to Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that causes shaking and problems with movement and coordination, and abnormally high concentrations of dopamine are linked to schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.

Knowing how a particular protein called dopamine transporter controls dopamine movement in and out of neurons is crucial to further understanding dopamine-related disorders.

Read the entire article here.

Another promising development is GyroGlove, a battery-operated glove that alleviates hand tremors. GyroGlove still needs some minor adjustments before it is available on the market, but the inventor is optimistic it will launch before September of 2016.

GyroGlove

GyroGlove

Read the article from MIT Technology Review here

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