Claudia López Lloreda

All Stories by Claudia López Lloreda

  1. Neuroscience

    Two distinct neural pathways may make opioids like fentanyl so addictive

    A study in mice looked at how feelings of reward and withdrawal that opioids trigger play out in two separate circuits in the brain.

  2. Neuroscience

    Lampreys have ‘fight or flight’ cells, challenging ideas about nervous system evolution

    The discovery of sympathetic nervous system cells in lampreys draws a closer tie between the animal and complex vertebrates — such as humans.

  3. Neuroscience

    Handwriting may boost brain connections more than typing does

    Students asked to write words showed greater connectivity across the brain than when they typed them, suggesting writing may be a better boost for memory.

  4. Animals

    Here’s how high-speed diving kingfishers may avoid concussions

    Understanding the genetic adaptations that protect the birds’ brains when they dive for food might one day offer clues to protecting human brains.

  5. Neuroscience

    Bone marrow in the skull could be used to monitor Alzheimer’s, MS and more

    New observations of skull cell signals and skull tunnels suggest bone marrow there could be used to monitor neurological diseases.

  6. Neuroscience

    Neuroscientists decoded a Pink Floyd song using people’s brain activity

    The technique could be used to improve devices that allow communication from people unable to speak.

  7. Neuroscience

    Adult mouse brains are teeming with ‘silent synapses’

    Nerve cell connections thought to be involved mainly in development could explain how the brain keeps making new memories while holding onto old ones.

  8. Animals

    ‘Wonderful nets’ of blood vessels protect dolphin and whale brains during dives

    Complex networks of blood vessels called retia mirabilia that are associated with cetaceans’ brains and spines have long been a mystery.

  9. Health & Medicine

    A music therapist seeks to tap into long-lost memories

    Alaine Reschke-Hernández is partnering with neuroscientists to figure out how music improves Alzheimer’s patients’ lives.