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Your Health: Chocolate and the Woman's Brain

Media Contact: Keith Hautala, 859-257-1754, x231 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2009) - Recent brain-imaging studies have shown that the taste and even the sight of chocolate excites specific areas of the brain, and this response is especially pronounced in those who experience chocolate cravings.

Dr. Tarvez Tucker, associate professor of neurology at the University of Kentucky and director of the UK HealthCare Headache and Pain Clinic, says that when the brain craves something, it can take real effort to resist the urge to indulge.

In a guest column appearing in the "Your Health" feature of Sunday's Herald-Leader, Tucker gives readers a fascinating glimpse inside the brain of a chocoholic.

This column is part of an ongoing series of health columns by UK HealthCare experts appearing in each Sunday's edition of the Herald-Leader and online at

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