Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 06, 2007
Exposure to trauma can affect brain function in healthy people several years after event
Exposure to trauma may create enough changes in the brain to sensitize people to overreact to an innocuous facial gesture years later, even in people who don't have a stress-related disorder, says new research.

Traumas like Sept. 11 make brains more reactive to fear
Even people who seemed resilient but were close to the World Trade Center on Sept.

Brain's white matter -- More 'talkative' than once thought
Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered to their surprise that nerves in the mammalian brain's white matter do more than just ferry information between different brain regions, but in fact process information the way gray matter cells do.

Simple home spit test to spot deadly pre-eclampsia
A simple spit test designed to detect pre-eclampsia in the early stages is being trialed in a UK hospital, reports Cath O'Driscoll in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI.

March of Dimes awards $250K prize to stem cell research, reproductive biology pioneers
Janet Rossant, Ph.D., FRS, FRS(C) and Anne McLaren, DBE, D.Phil, FRS, FRCOG, will share the March of Dimes Prize for their remarkable contributions to science's understanding of the entire cycle of mammalian reproduction and development, using the mouse as a model system.
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