Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 11, 2008
Scientists dig deeper into the genetics of schizophrenia by evaluating microRNAs
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have illuminated a window into how abnormalities in microRNAs may contribute to the behavioral and neuronal deficits associated with schizophrenia and possibly other brain disorders.

Key step in the 'puncture' mechanism of cell death revealed
A team of medical researchers led by Dr. Ruth Kluck at Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has discovered a key step in the mechanism by which cells destroy themselves.

A new gene trigger for pregnancy disorder identified
The COMT gene -- known already for its role in schizophrenia -- has been found to play a role in preeclampsia, according to a report in today's advance online issue of Nature.

Men are more likely than women to crave alcohol when they feel negative emotions
Women and men tend to have different types of stress-related psychological disorders.

Fruit fly avoidance mechanism could lead to new ways to control pain in humans
A team of researchers from the University of Georgia has discovered for the first time that the important developmental switch from food attraction to aversion in the fruit fly larva is controlled by a timing mechanism in the brain and its sensory system.

Female concave-eared frogs draw mates with ultrasonic calls
Most female frogs don't call; most lack or have only rudimentary vocal cords.

Quit smoking message not getting air time in mental health care
People with mental illness are not receiving the support they need to stop smoking, despite high rates of nicotine dependence and deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses.

Binge drinkers have a disconnect between assessing their driving abilities and reality
While many people believe that alcohol-impaired drivers are usually alcoholics, in fact, 80 percent of AI incidents are caused by binge drinkers.

Mutant gene causes epilepsy, intellectual disability in women
A mutated gene has been discovered as the key behind epilepsy and mental retardation specific to women, thanks to new research at Adelaide's Women's & Children's Hospital and the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Fish diet to avoid fights
People diet to look more attractive. Fish diet to avoid being beaten up, thrown out of their social group and getting eaten as a result.

Human aging gene found in flies
Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have found a fast and effective way to investigate important aspects of human aging.

Naltrexone is effective for Alaska Natives and other Alaskans living in rural areas
Access to treatment for alcohol dependence (AD) in rural and remote areas is limited.

Is divorce bad for the parents?
The elderly are cared for by their adult children regardless of their marital status. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to