Opioid receptor was present in the nerves associated with the portal vein that collects blood from the gut

The sensations of hunger and satiety are mediated through communication between the gastrointestinal system and the brain. Duraffourd et al. found that μ-opioid receptor (MOR)–1 was present in the nerves associated with the portal vein that collects blood from the gut. Peptide products of protein digestion can function

One Virus and Two Types of Bacteria as Major Causes of Alzheimer’s

A worldwide team of senior scientists and clinicians have come together to produce an editorial which indicates that certain microbes – a specific virus and two specific types of bacteria – are major causes of Alzheimer’s Disease. Their paper, which has been published online in the highly regarded peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, stresses the urgent need for further research – and more importantly, for clinical trials of anti-microbial and related agents to treat the disease.

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