Rosalie F. Tayurang
Scientists at the Pennsylvania State (Penn State) University Cancer Institute in Hershey — led by Omer Kuzu, a postdoctoral fellow in pharmacology — set out to stop the movement of cholesterol within treatment-resistant cancer cells.
Of all the 42 drugs tested, perphenazine and fluphenazine were found to be just as effective as leelamine at killing cancer cells.
Recently, researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, decided to look at orthostatic hypotension in more detail. Study author Andreea Rawlings, Ph.D., explains the reasons why they embarked on the study. "Orthostatic hypotension," she says, "has been linked to heart disease, fainting, and falls, so we wanted to conduct a large study to determine if this form of low blood pressure was also linked to problems in the brain, specifically dementia."
Religion activates the same reward-processing brain circuits as sex, drugs, and other addictive activities. These findings echo those of older studies, which found that engaging in spiritual practices raises levels of serotonin, which is the "happiness" neurotransmitter, and endorphins.