Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 11, 2013
X-linked MeCP2 is first reported to be a new target for treating Parkinson's disease
X-linked MeCP2 is first reported to be a new target for treating Parkinson's disease

Research explores evolution of hip-hop from party music to political platform
A new University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College study explores the evolution of hip-hop from party music into a political platform.

Smart enough to know better: Intelligence is not a remedy for racism
Smart people are just as racist as their less intelligent peers -- they're just better at concealing their prejudice, according to a University of Michigan study.

Study finds more tweets means more votes for political candidates
An Indiana University study found that the percentage of votes for Republican and Democratic candidates in 2010 and 2012 races for the US House of Representatives could be predicted by the percentage of tweets that mentioned those candidates -- and it didn't matter whether the tweets were positive or negative.

New data reveal extent of genetic overlap between major mental disorders
The largest genome-wide study of its kind has determined how much five major mental illnesses are traceable to the same common inherited genetic variations.

Why does the American middle class continue to struggle financially?
Since the mid-1980s, unrestrained household spending has damaged American family finances -- despite the fact that globalization and technological change have caused consumer prices to fall widely, says Queens College sociologist Joseph Nathan Cohen.

Wealthier minorities more likely than white counterparts to receive subprime loans, study finds
Wealthier minorities were more likely to receive subprime loans than were affluent whites, according to a New York University study of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data from 2006 -- the peak of the previous decade's housing boom.

Thinking about family matters linked to stress for working moms, not dads
Although working mothers and fathers are almost as likely to think about family matters throughout the day, only for mothers is this type of mental labor associated with increased stress and negative emotions, according to new research to be presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

New study redefines how plaques grow in heart disease
The growth of deadly plaque inside the walls of arteries may not happen as scientists believed, research from the University of Toronto and Massachusetts General Hospital has found.

Global team identifies new genes behind severe childhood epilepsy
A large-scale international study on the genes involved in epilepsy has uncovered 25 new mutations on nine key genes behind a devastating form of the disorder during childhood.

Computer simulations reveal universal increase in electrical conductivity
Computer simulations have revealed how the electrical conductivity of many materials increases with a strong electrical field in a universal way.

Study examines beliefs about who should pay for dates
Chapman University's David Frederick will present new research at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association that examines men's and women's beliefs about who should pay for dates during courtship, and how couples actually go about splitting expenses.

Progress made in linking some forms of epilepsy to genetics
Some patients with a rare disorder called epilepsy aphasia have mutations in the same gene, GRIN2A.

Research shows negative effects of half-siblings
Adolescents who have half-siblings with a different father are more likely to have used drugs and had sex by age 15 than those who have only full siblings.

Greenland ice is melting -- also from below
The Greenland ice sheet is melting from below, caused by a high heat flow from the mantle into the lithosphere.

Genetic mutations linked to Parkinson's disease
Researchers have discovered how genetic mutations linked to Parkinson's disease might play a key role in the death of brain cells, potentially paving the way for the development of more effective drug treatments.

Macrophage proliferation appears to drive progression of atherosclerosis
New insights into the development of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques could lead to better treatment or prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

NIH-funded study discovers new genes for childhood epilepsies
A genetic study of childhood epilepsies has linked two new genes to severe forms of disease and provides a novel strategy for identifying therapy targets.

Advanced technology reveals new epilepsy genes
Results from a landmark international study using state of the art technology has revealed new genetic mutations that cause epilepsy.

Study to investigate mental health care for prisoners
An ongoing collaboration between Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistryand other collaborators, has received funding in the region of £2 million from the National Institute for Health Research Programme Grants for Applied Research to carry out a five-year program investigating the issues faced by prisoners with mental health problems near to and after release, and to develop and evaluate a system of care to address those issues.

Study finds more tweets mean more votes for political candidates
An Indiana University study found that the percentage of votes for Republican and Democratic candidates in 2010 and 2012 races for the US House of Representatives could be predicted by the percentage of tweets that mentioned those candidates -- and it didn't matter whether the tweets were positive or negative.

Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy subtypes in the population of Northeast China
This release focuses on limb-girdle muscular dystrophy subtypes in the population of Northeast China.

Rethinking 'The Code'
A decade ago, gene expression seemed so straightforward: Genes were either switched on or off.

Smart enough to know better: Intelligence is not a remedy for racism
Smart people are just as racist as their less intelligent peers -- they're just better at concealing their prejudice, according to a University of Michigan study.

Neuroscientists identify protein linked to Alzheimer's-like afflictions
A team of neuroscientists has identified a modification to a protein in laboratory mice linked to conditions associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Device for capturing signatures uses tiny LEDs created with piezo-phototronic effect
Georgia Tech researchers want to put your signature up in lights.

New patterns found in the genetic relationship of 5 major psychiatric disorders
An international consortium has shown for the first time evidence of substantial overlap of genetic risk factors shared between bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia and less overlap between those conditions and autism and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, according to a study published this week in Nature Genetics' Advance Online publication.

Mechanism underlying the ability of H3 receptor antagonist to treat brain edema
Mechanism underlying the ability of H3 receptor antagonist to treat brain edema.
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