Mother and baby

Opioid-dependent mothers have reduced social neuropeptide levels, give fewer gentle touches to babies

Mothers being treated for opioid-dependency showed impaired responsiveness and sensitivity to their babies, compared to mothers not dependent on opioids but similar in socioeconomic and lifestyle factors.  The opioid-dependent mothers’ sensitivity deficits were associated with reduced oxytocin (OT) release. OT, which is made in the hypothalamus of the brain, is normally released during mothers’ interactions […]

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UMaine researchers defend scientific contributions of two misrepresented pioneers in hypertension 

Misquotations and quotations made without historical context unfairly paint two pioneers in hypertension investigators as flawed in their thinking, according to two University of Maine researchers. Merrill Elias, emeritus professor of psychology and emeritus cooperating professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, and Amanda Goodell, research associate in psychology, have published a […]

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Six doctoral students selected for health-related research fellowships 

Six doctoral students in the University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering make up the first cohort supported by a $1.07 million National Institutes of Health’s Institutional Research Training Grant (T32). Awardees receive fellowships that include a stipend, tuition, university fees, health insurance coverage, as well as an allowance for travel and […]

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Medicine and art

Maine arts and humanities, medicine the focus of new fellowship program

A new Maine Medical Arts & Humanities in Medicine Fellowship is being offered through a collaboration between the University of Maine and Northern Light Health. Doctors who complete their residency requirements at Northern Light Family Medicine and Residency in Bangor will have the opportunity to obtain a certificate of advanced learning from UMaine through the year-long fellowship. […]

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Tissues under a microscope

Study discovers loss of innervation in fat related to obesity, diabetes, aging

To prevent conditions such as obesity and diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease, researchers at the University of Maine are studying how the brain interacts with fat tissue. “Our brain needs to communicate with fat tissue to burn calories, to increase our heat production, and to keep us metabolically healthy,” says Kristy Townsend, associate professor […]

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Center on Aging partners on a new grant to address nutritional needs in older adults with multiple chronic conditions

The Eastern Area Agency on Aging, in partnership with St. Joseph’s Healthcare, the University of Maine Center on Aging and Senscio Systems, has received a three-year, $750,000 award from the Administration for Community Living to establish and test an innovative, technology-driven, nutrition enhancement and self-management program for older adults with multiple chronic diseases.  The three-year […]

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Six faculty awarded inaugural Biomedical Science Accelerator Fund grants

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture has awarded its inaugural Biomedical Science Accelerator Fund grants. Early-career faculty are currently the largest segment of faculty in the college. Recognizing the enthusiasm and vibrancy these individuals bring to campus, the college established the Biomedical Sciences Accelerator Fund to support faculty research projects that, in turn, […]

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