Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 06, 2005
Turning sensation into perception
Perceiving a simple touch may depend as much on memory, attention, and expectation as on the stimulus itself, according to new research on monkeys by Howard Hughes Medical Institute international research scholar Ranulfo Romo and colleagues at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Mutations in the BRAF gene predict sensitivity to a novel class of cancer drugs
A team of researchers led by scientists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have discovered that a new class of drugs -- now in early stage clinical trials -- work best in patients with mutations in the BRAF gene.

A recipe for overeating: Studies outline dangers of mixing stress, deprivation and tempting foods
Two studies in the October issue of Behavioral Neuroscience show that when animals are stressed, deprived and exposed to tempting food, they overeat, with different degrees of interaction.

Workers on daily probiotics less likely to take time off sick
Workers who take probiotics daily are less likely to be off work with common illnesses, such as colds and gastroenteritis, than workers who don't.
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