Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 06, 2005
St. John's wort amplifies effect of blood thinner Plavix
The widely used herbal remedy St. John's wort appears to amplify the action of the popular blood-thinning drug clopidogrel, sold as Plavix, a small new clinical study finds.

Three anti-platelet drugs used in combination are safe
The use of three platelet inhibitory drugs -- cilostazol, clopidogrel and aspirin -- has resulted in a significant reduction of thrombotic complications in the primary and secondary prevention of heart attacks.

Low socioeconomic status is a risk factor for mental illness
Does having a low socioeconomic status (SES) lead to depression or does depression lead a person into poverty?

Study: Eye contact triggers threat signals in autistic children's brains
Brain tests at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggest that autistic children shy from eye contact because they perceive even the most familiar face as an uncomfortable threat.

Discovery clarifies role of peptide in biological clock
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Studies underscore genetic involvement in nicotine addiction & aggressive hostility
Two new studies in the current issue of Behavioral Neuroscience present new evidence of how genes may foster two potentially harmful proclivities: one, to nicotine addiction; the other, to aggressively hostile behavior.
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