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The California Fish and Game Commission has banned crab fishing until further notice after detecting high levels of a neurotoxin in Dungeness and rock crabs. The toxin, domoic acid, is produced by certain types of planktonic algae, and it becomes concentrated in tissue of crabs and other marine organisms during plankton blooms.
What happens in the brain when we eat?
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Today's New York Times has a nice video showing how stimulating a small set of neurons in the amygdala can turn off a rat's motivation to eat. The stimulation relies on a newly discovered technology called 'optogenetics'.
The contents of your dinner plate can have profound effects on your brain and nervous system.
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On January 11, 2015 news swept the globe reporting that scores of people died and 200 were sickened by drinking beer poisoned with crocodile bile in Mozambique.
Our bodies are home to a vast ecosystem of microbes — the microbiome — that has a powerful effect on the brain.
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Take a look at the science behind world's most popular drug in coffee, caffeine.
  • American Chemical Society
Engaging in regular, aerobic activity may be as good for the brain as it is for the body.
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Just like other cells in the body, brain cells use a form of sugar called glucose to fuel their activities. This energy comes from the foods we consume daily, and is regularly delivered to brain cells through the blood.
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Moderate amounts of alcohol do not kill brain cells.
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