Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 26, 2011
Memo to pediatricians: Allergy tests are no magic bullets for diagnosis
An advisory from two leading allergists, Robert Wood of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Scott Sicherer of Mt.

Women with celiac disease suffer from depression, disordered eating
Women with celiac disease -- an autoimmune disorder associated with a negative reaction to eating gluten -- are more likely than the general population to report symptoms of depression and disordered eating, even when they adhere to a gluten-free diet, according to researchers at Penn State, Syracuse University and Drexel University.

NOAA scientists: spilled oil unexpectedly lethal to fish embryos in shallow, sunlit waters
In a study published today in the scientific journal PNAS, NOAA scientists and their collaborators reported Pacific herring embryos in shallow waters died in unexpectedly high numbers following an oil spill in San Francisco Bay, and suggest an interaction between sunlight and the chemicals in oil might be responsible.

Study links quality of mother-toddler relationship to teen obesity
The quality of the emotional relationship between a mother and her young child could affect the potential for that child to be obese during adolescence, a new study suggests.

Over 65 million years North American mammal evolution has tracked with climate change
Climate changes profoundly influenced the rise and fall of six distinct, successive waves of mammal species diversity in North America over the last 65 million years, shows a novel statistical analysis led by Brown University evolutionary biologists.

Sunlight and bunker oil a fatal combination for Pacific herring
This study of Pacific herring following the Cosco Busan oil spill suggests that even small spills can have a large impact on marine life, and that common chemical analyses of oil spills may be inadequate.

Study uncovers a molecular 'maturation clock' that modulates branching architecture in tomato plants
The secret to pushing tomato plants to produce more fruit might not lie in an extra dose of Miracle-Gro.
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