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Noradrenergic Pathways: most important -- locus coeruleus of the dorsal pons.

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Researchers pinpoint brain region as ‘ground zero’ of Alzheimer’s disease. It's the "locus coeruleus", a small bluish part of the brainstem that releases norepinephrine, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating heart rate, attention, memory and cognition.

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Researchers pinpoint brain region as ‘ground zero’ of Alzheimer’s disease The locus coeruleus is a small part of the brainstem that releases the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating heart rate, attention, memory and cognition.

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‘Ground Zero’ Of Alzheimer’s: Locus Coeruleus Identified As Critical Starting…

Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) is the area that synthesizes dopamine, which then sends to nucleus accumbens. Nucelus accumbens is the pleasure center, and it is stimulated by the neurotransmitter dopamine from VTA. VTA also sends dopamine to prefrontal cortex which regulates and controls these impulses. The locus coeruleus is the area packed with norepinephrine; and when stimulated by a lack of the addictive substance, will drives the person to do anything necessary to obtain a fix.