Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 23, 1999
Jefferson researchers show melatonin's potential benefits in preventing Parkinson's damage
Melatonin could be a key to someday understanding how to treat Parkinson's disease.

Higher obesity rates prevail among Dutch women exposed to famine in utero
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam studied 741 men and women, now 50 years old, who had been exposed in utero to the Dutch famine of 1944-45 which followed on Nazi occupation.

A diet enriched with folate and B-vitamins may provide protection from heart disease
High levels of homocysteine in the blood can produce increased risk for stroke and cardiovascular disease.

New approach to imaging separates thought from perception
Using a novel approach to imaging, researchers have discovered that thinking about moving objects pre-activates areas of the brain's motion detection system before any moving objects appear.

Significant health benefits of a daily fish meal as part of a weight loss regimen
A diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (found in ocean fish) provides protective effects against cardiovascular disease.

Duke study: Exercise may be just as effective as medication for treating major depression
A brisk 30-minute walk or jog around the track three times a week may be just as effective in relieving the symptoms of major depression as the standard treatment of anti-depressant medications, according to the results of a Duke University Medical Center study.

Maternal hormone progesterone may be a major player in sculpting male brains,UMass researchers suggest
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts suggests that a major player in building the male brain may come from a surprising source - their mothers.
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