Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 27, 2006
Everything in its place: Researchers identify brain cells used to categorize images
Socks in the sock drawer, shirts in the shirt drawer, the time-honored lessons of helping organize one's clothes learned in youth.

Gene-on-gene interactions may influence risk for developing alcoholism
Not only do both genes and environment have an impact on the development of alcohol-use disorders, but now researchers have found that certain genes may influence scientists' ability to interpret other genes' effects.

Study finds how organs monitor themselves during early development
Scientists at NYU School of Medicine have unraveled the signals in a feedback loop governing ovarian development.

Could a pint of cider help keep the doctor away?
The saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but now scientists at the University of Glasgow are looking into whether a pint of cider could have the same effect.

Synthetic molecule causes cancer cells to self-destruct
Scientists have found a way to trick cancer cells into committing suicide.

First-of-its-kind Italian school study finds high levels of prenatal alcohol exposure
Most studies of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have been linked to heavy and/or binge drinking, especially in minority and poor populations.

Long-term abstinence may resolve many of the neurocognitive deficits associated with alcoholism
Alcoholism can cause neuropsychological deficits. A new study looks at alcoholics who have been sober for six months to 13 years.

Alcoholism-treatment medication acamprosate may help abstinent alcoholics sleep better
Alcoholics generally have dysfunctional sleep patterns, even during abstinence from alcohol.
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