Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 14, 2004
Alcohol consumption can damage hearing
Researchers believe that alcohol can cause varied damage to different parts of the brain.

Childhood abuse may predict social phobia, agoraphobia, and PTSD among adult alcoholics
Many alcoholics report coexisting psychiatric disorders such as social phobia, agoraphobia, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Deficits associated with prenatal alcohol exposure can be seen as early as infancy
Most of the research on prenatal alcohol exposure has been conducted with children.

Tissue cells can revert to stem cells
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution in Baltimore, MD, have found that certain cells involved in egg development in the fruitfly can be stimulated to revert to fully functioning stem cells.

Light to moderate drinking during pregnancy may lead to learning and memory deficits in adolescents
Heavy drinking during pregnancy can cause major impairments in the developing child.

Poor prognosis for depression linked to an autoimmune thyroid condition?
Whether depression is linked to having an under-active thyroid gland has been debated for many years.

'Switched-off' genes put first chink in colon cell's anti-tumor armor
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists have identified a switched-off family of genes that may prove to be a significant and early dent in a colon cell's anti-cancer armor.
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