minorities, immunology, neuroscience
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Aug 1, 2011
First Life, Radioactivity, Brain Bugs, Life of Earth
Chimp Brains Don’t Shrink with Age
Tia Ghose | Jul 25, 2011
Unlike human brains, chimpanzee brains don’t get smaller as they age, suggesting that pronounced neurological decline is a uniquely human byproduct of our oversized brains and extreme longevity.
WHO Says No to TB Blood Tests
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 19, 2011
For the first time, WHO warns against the use of a diagnostic method.
Learning Addiction
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 14, 2011
Eleanor Simpson, a neuroscientist at Columbia University Medical Center, discusses a recent Nature paper that probes dopamine's role in helping animals make positive associations to stimuli that herald pleasurable outcomes (such as the handing out of food).
Circadian Signs of Aging
Kerry Grens | Jul 13, 2011
The neural nexus of the circadian clock shows signs of functional decline as mice age, providing clues as to why sleep patterns tend to change as people grow older.
Contact Allergies May Help Stymie Cancer
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 12, 2011
New data suggests that skin rashes are associated with lower risk of developing certain cancers.
Cough Syrup Treats MS?
Bob Grant | Jul 11, 2011
Researchers find that an ingredient in common cough medicine improves multiple sclerosis symptoms in animal models.
Putting Vaccines to the Test
Tia Ghose | Jul 10, 2011
Gene expression analysis allows researchers to predict which patients will respond to flu vaccines and possibly expedite vaccine development.
Summer Science, British Style
Jef Akst and Richard P. Grant | Jul 8, 2011
The Royal Society's annual science extravaganza packs some interesting stuff into 5 days of love and research.
Air Pollution Stunts Cognition
Tia Ghose | Jul 6, 2011
Particulates in the air can cause impaired learning and depression in mice.