Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 03, 2008
Experimental Biology 2008 Today's Research: Tomorrow's Health, April 5-9
More than 13,000 biological and biomedical scientists will gather for the Experimental Biology 2008 meeting in San Diego, April 5-9.

New hereditary movement disorder described in 2 families
Researchers have reported a new inherited dystonia syndrome, a movement disorder, in two Brazilian families, and have identified the genetic mutation underlying the condition.

Parental drinking and parenting practices influence adolescent drinking
Adolescence is a critical time for the potential initiation and escalation of alcohol use.

Acculturation in the Texas-Mexico border region: Effects on drinking differ by gender
Immigrant groups that acculturate to mainstream America tend to have more alcohol-related problems.

Eye blinks may help to identify children prenatally exposed to alcohol
Not all children prenatally exposed to alcohol show distinctive facial anomalies usually associated with fetal alcohol syndrome.

Targeting astrocytes slows disease progression in ALS
In what the researchers say could be promising news in the quest to find a therapy to slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown that targeting neuronal support cells called astrocytes sharply slows disease progression in mice.

Rodent study shows that chronic drinking can lead to severe pneumonia after surgery
Consistent alcohol consumption can impair immunity functions following surgery. A new rodent study has found that chronic drinking can result in a severe form of pneumonia following surgery.
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