My Brain concerns itself with the blurring of the lines between
the body and the mind, society and the individual, technology
and biology, physiology and behavior. These articles are
reprinted without permission and in no particular order.
Remember, you shouldn't believe everything I read.
Falling in love drives you mad
hursday, July 29, 1999 Published at 19:05 GMT 20:05 UK
Falling madly in love may really make you mentally ill, according to
Former Engineer Sues BT, Claims Phone Hurt Brain
Monday March 15 12:58 AM ET
A former engineer with British Telecom said Sunday he has sued the
company, claiming his mobile phone has left him brain damaged.
Dow Corning Asks Women To OK Implant Deal
Monday March 15 4:35 PM ET
Dow Corning Corp. said Monday it mailed ballots to 170,000 women around
the world asking them to approve a $3.17 billion settlement to end
claims against the company for allegedly harmful silicone gel breast
Florida Ballot Drive Would End Racial Preferences
Monday March 15 6:32 PM ET
The man who led the move to end affirmative action in California's
public universities launched a campaign Monday to eliminate racial,
ethnic and gender preferences in Florida's government and public
Piano And Games Boost Children's Math Scores
Monday March 15 7:26 PM ET
Playing the piano and an interactive computer game can help second-grade
school children master math problems that children four years older have
problems grasping, a new study released Monday said.
'Working draft' of human genome by 2000
Monday, March 15, 1999 Published at 16:38 GMT
The ambitious project to map all the genes in human DNA has taken a leap
UK astronaut essential, says Foale
Monday, March 15, 1999 Published at 17:29 GMT
Astronaut Michael Foale has told the BBC that it is about time the UK
Government paid for an astronaut to go to the International Space
US prison population hits record high
Monday, March 15, 1999 Published at 06:08 GMT
The number of American adults in prison reached its highest ever level
last year, with 1.8 million people - one in every 150 residents - behind
Hawking predicts 'GM humans'
Friday, March 12, 1999 Published at 22:46 GMT
Professor Stephen Hawking has painted a future of genetically-modified
(GM) humans - and the discovery of a mathematical "theory of
everything", in a speech at Cambridge University.
Wings become legs
Friday, March 12, 1999 Published at 09:39 GMT
US scientists have genetically-engineered chickens to grow basic "legs"
instead of wings.
Bullies inherit bad behaviour
Tuesday, March 9, 1999 Published at 17:21 GMT
Bullies' bad behaviour can be blamed mostly on their genes, according to
a new study of over 1,500 twins in Britain and Sweden.
Hilton to back space hotel
Tuesday, March 9, 1999 Published at 12:25 GMT
The hotel group Hilton International is to become the first sponsor of a
privately funded plan to build a space station. It will be constructed
from used Space Shuttle fuel tanks.
Flashes of light can confuse brain
Wednesday March 3 6:37 PM ET
When vision is disrupted briefly, for example by a flash of light,
the brain may register the disruption but fail to ``see'' larger
changes taking place at the same time,
according to a report from France.
Crash Test Dummies
Mon, 01 Mar 1999 19:45:00 GMT
A December Wall Street Journal report described the problems of auto
manufacturers forced to crash-test their cars using mannequins not only
of government-dictated sizes and weight but wearing clothing prescribed
in minute detail by regulation.
Sweden to compensate sterilised women
Thursday, March 4, 1999 Published at 18:01 GMT
The Swedish government has approved a draft document granting
compensation to thousands of women who were forcibly sterilised as part
of a 40-year eugenics programme.
Solving a knotty problem
Thursday, March 4, 1999 Published at 12:36 GMT
Cambridge scientists have applied the mathematical approach to one of
life's most mundane activities - putting on a necktie.
Medieval astronomer's horoscope discovered
Wednesday, March 3, 1999 Published at 12:42 GMT
A horoscope drawn by one of the greatest astronomers who ever lived has
been rediscovered in California.
New DNA weapon in fight against crime
Sunday, February 28, 1999 Published at 11:45 GMT
Forensic scientists have developed new tests which can enable them to
work out a person's race, hair and eye colour from a strand of hair or a
few scales of skin.
Vatican turns high-tech for 2000
Saturday, February 27, 1999 Published at 16:28 GMT
The Vatican is turning to technology to stop the anticipated influx of
30 million visitors for Christianity's 2000 Jubilee becoming a holy mess.
Brain operation for addicts
Thursday, February 18, 1999 Published at 10:58 GMT
Russian surgeons are claiming high cure rates for a controversial
treatment for heroin addiction which involves drilling holes in
patients' heads and removing parts of their brain.
Muslims 'ready for Rushdie sacrifice'
Thursday, February 4, 1999 Published at 15:29 GMT
A senior Muslim cleric in India has said that Muslims should be prepared
for any sacrifice if Salman Rushdie, the author of the controversial
novel The Satanic Verses, returns to the land of his birth.
Social forces play large role in health
Friday February 5 6:18 PM ET
Although gene discoveries and new infections receive more attention,
social forces ``remain the most important determinants of health,''
according to a report published this week in The Lancet.
Scientists cut their mobile phone use
Monday, March 1, 1999 Published at 11:56 GMT
Leading scientists have have cut down or modified their personal use of
mobile phones as fears mount that they can damage health.
Space technology saves lives
Wednesday, February 17, 1999 Published at 09:00 GMT
The lives of some patients with heart disease could benefit from a new
artificial heart developed with technology from the space shuttle programme.
Rodents make human sperm
Wednesday, February 3, 1999 Published at 14:32 GMT
Researchers in Japan claim to have made rats and mice produce human
Bending knees cuts injury risk in female athletes
Friday February 5 6:20 PM ET
Female basketball and soccer players may reduce their risk of knee
injury by bending their knees and crouching a little while running,
according to a study presented Friday at the annual meeting of the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Anaheim, California.
School race quotas dropped
Thursday, February 18, 1999 Published at 13:22 GMT
San Francisco is to abandon the setting of racial "quotas" for schools
following legal action by parents.
Pig-to-human transplant plan
Monday, February 15, 1999 Published at 08:37 GMT
An American company has applied to inject pig cells into the brains of
human sufferers of Parkinson's disease in the UK.
Huge fine for anti-abortion site
Wednesday, February 3, 1999 Published at 07:43 GMT
Anti-abortion activists have been fined $107m for an Internet campaign
which published a "hit list" of doctors.
We think therefore I am
Wednesday, August 26, 1998 Published at 06:40 GMT 07:40 UK
The philosopher Rene Descartes said "I think, therefore I am."
Research carried out by neurologists in London now suggests that the
famous dictum should be rephrased as, "We think, therefore I am." The
new idea is that, far from being a single entity, each person's
consciousness is built up from many separate mini-consciousnesses at
different levels in the brain.
Monday, August 31, 1998 Published at 17:33 GMT 18:33 UK
Logging on to the Internet can make you sad, lonely and depressed,
according to a two-year academic study.
Genetic engineering - nature has already done it
Tuesday, September 1, 1998 Published at 17:45 GMT 18:45 UK
More evidence has emerged that genes can naturally jump from one
species to another.
Born to be rude
Tuesday, September 8, 1998 Published at 09:39 GMT 10:39 UK
Controversial new research suggests that there is a scientific reason
why boys tend to be ruder and naughtier than girls. Scientists
meeting in Cardiff are to hear that boys' genes may make them less
socially adept and more prone to conditions like autism.
Spacecrafts pulled by mystery force
Thursday, September 10, 1998 Published at 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
It seems that space probes travelling through the solar system are
not behaving according to the known law of gravity, puzzling
Living inside a volcano - analysed in space
Monday, September 21, 1998 Published at 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
By going into space scientists have unravelled the secret of how a
microbe can live in nearly boiling water.
Chips are down for 'extinct' fish
Thursday, September 24, 1998 Published at 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
A fish once thought to be extinct has been discovered in the sea
Infidelity 'is natural'
Friday, September 25, 1998 Published at 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK
Infidelity may be natural according to studies that show nine out of
10 mamals and birds that mate for life are unfaithful.
Drug 'blows apart' bacteria
Saturday, September 26, 1998 Published at 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Scientists say they have found a new drug that could kill a wide
range of bacteria and viruses including the deadly anthrax virus.
First drug launched for social phobics
Monday, October 5, 1998 Published at 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK
The launch of the first drug for people who cannot cope with normal
social situations has sparked fears of a huge new drain on NHS
Internet organ racket uncovered
Friday, October 9, 1998 Published at 16:20 GMT 17:20 UK
Italian police have arrested a United States citizen in Rome in
connection with the sale of human organ parts on the Internet,
according to Italian police reports.
Communicating with 'thought power'
Thursday, October 15, 1998 Published at 11:16 GMT 12:16 UK
Bionic brain implants allowing a computer to be operated by the power
of thought, have been developed by American scientists.
Monkeys see and do
Thursday, October 22, 1998 Published at 22:37 GMT 23:37 UK
Monkeys have a head for figures and can learn how to count, according
to American scientists.
Software sex bias 'puts girls off'
Monday, October 26, 1998 Published at 00:35 GMT
Research suggests schoolgirls would be just as good as boys in
computing if the software were made 'gender neutral'.
Thumbs up for organs 'grown to order'
Sunday, November 1, 1998 Published at 03:30 GMT
A new breakthrough by a team of American scientists is being hailed
as next step towards growing human body organs and tissues to
Eternal youth in zero gravity
Sunday, November 1, 1998 Published at 12:39 GMT
Space travel could be a fountain of youth for elderly astronauts,
according to veteran astronaut John Glenn.
Mars goes pop
Wednesday, November 4, 1998 Published at 18:44 GMTuse
British astronomers are a step closer to sending a probe to the
surface of Mars and are thanking two members of the pop group Blur
for their support.
Anti-abortion groups attack cell technology
Friday, November 6, 1998 Published at 17:08 GMT
Anti-abortion groups have moved quickly to condemn the big new
advance in science.
Study: Estradiol Linked to Memory Function
September 16, 1998
National Institutes of Health researchers report that estradiol, a
type of estrogen, may improve memory function.
07 Dec 1998 20:25:24 GMT
NASA revealed in May that it had inadvertently allowed an
astronaut imposter to sit at the Mission Control console at
Alabama's Marshall Space Center during a shuttle flight in which
actual astronauts were preparing to rescue a satellite from space.
Hale Male Exhale Nails Quail
Monday, 17-Aug-98 15:51:55 GMT
A new study presented to the American Psychological Association shows
breathing androstadienone, an aroma-free natural byproduct of a man's
testosterone, helps women maintain their good-mood level.
...Don't Care If I Can't Think Of A Joke For This One
... Life Sucks
Monday, 31-Aug-98 20:06:29 GMT
In a completely unexpected result to a two-year study funded by high-
tech companies such as Intel, Apple, etc., researchers at Carnegie
Mellon's Computer Interaction Institute announced the Internet seems
to cause a decline in psychological well-being.
Temporary amnesia can occur after sex
Friday November 6 1:24 PM ET
Sex can trigger temporary amnesia in elderly men, according to two US
Antihistamines influence memory-retrieval
Friday October 30 5:53 PM EDT
If you are taking an antihistamine while cramming for an exam, you
may want to take the same drug to aid your memory while taking a
test, a new study suggests.
Amputee Gets Donor's Arm, Hand In Surgical First
Thursday September 24 9:38 AM EDT
In a surgical first, an international team of doctors sewed a donor's
hand and arm on a man whose arm had been amputated in 1989 after an
accident, a French hospital announced Thursday.
Behavior therapy helps obsessive disorder
Wednesday September 23 1:01 PM EDT
Children with obsessive-compulsive disorder improve as much, if not
more, with behavior therapy as with drug therapy, according to Dutch
Brain helps in child abuse recovery
Friday July 10 5:55 PM EDT
Although severe neglect or abuse during infancy and early childhood
can seriously retard neurological growth, experts now believe the
brain may provide children with a means of overcoming early
deprivation, according to a report in a recent issue of the journal
Poor childhood diet linked to Alzheimer's
Friday September 11 6:09 PM EDT
Poor nutrition in childhood may render the brain more vulnerable to
Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive impairments, researchers
Fat U.S. Kids Watch Too Much TV, Officials Say
Wednesday October 28 12:20 AM EDT
American children need to skip television and get more exercise to
reduce the record number of them who are overweight, health experts
and government officials said Tuesday.
How cocaine use becomes cocaine addiction
Thursday October 8 7:12 PM EDT
Regular cocaine use may not necessarily lead to cocaine addiction,
researchers report. But their study of rats allowed to self-
administer cocaine reveals that the process of addiction may be more
complicated than originally thought.
Brain processes subliminal information
Thursday October 8 2:56 PM EDT
Subconscious information is highly processed by the brain and can
affect our perceptions and actions, according to studies conducted by
Father source of 'mothering gene'
Monday September 28 6:28 PM EDT
A study in mice suggests that a gene connected to the development of
the mothering instinct in mammals is passed down from father to
daughter, researchers conclude.
Depression doubles patients' death risk
Wednesday September 23 6:55 PM EDT
Depression in patients hospitalized for a medical illness may
double their risk of dying in the following 2 years, according to a
report in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
U.S. Teen-Age Drinking Linked To Watching More TV
Monday November 2 5:20 PM EDT
Teen-agers who watched more television and music videos were more
likely to start drinking alcohol, probably due to the influence of
frequent media portrayals of drinking, a study published Monday said.
Ear infections linked to caregiving
Monday August 3 7:22 PM EDT
Many pediatric experts believe that early-childhood hearing
impairment due to ear infection results in slowed learning. However,
a new study suggests that, in many cases, learning problems and
recurrent ear infections may share a single cause -- a poor quality
``Receiver biases'' influence mate selection
Thursday September 24 5:58 PM EDT
When humans and other animals choose mates, they do not simply pick
partners who seem to have the best genes. Built-in preferences or ``
receiver biases'' also influence their choices, according to a report
in the September 25th issue of the journal Science.
Eye pigment controls body's rhythms
Thursday May 28 6:21 PM EDT
A newly discovered, light-sensitive pigment in the eye has been found
to control the internal clock in mammals, including humans.
Family influences teen eating habits
Wednesday October 21 2:56 PM EDT
Parents may fear they have little influence over what their teens
eat, but in fact family eating habits influence young people far more
than those of friends, according to a recent study conducted in
German Woman Guilty Of 1977 Hijack, Murders
Monday November 16 11:21 AM ET
A German woman was found guilty Monday of helping Palestinian
militants to hijack an airliner and abetting the kidnap and murder of
a German industrialist in 1977.
Eyes roll to follow moving object
Monday August 31 1:06 PM EDT
Scientists have long believed that when following moving objects,
the human eye moves only horizontally or vertically. However, a new
study reveals that while following an object, eyes can also spin (or '
roll') around a central axis as the head moves -- and in fact begin
moving before the head does.
Net use may boost depression
Friday September 4 10:02 AM EDT
Spending just a few hours a week online appears to leave people
feeling more socially isolated, lonely and depressed,
according to a 2-year study of nearly 100 families with Internet
access. Although the effect is slight, the more time people spend
online, the more isolated, lonely and depressed they appear to become.
Indian caste system influences gene patterns
Wednesday October 14 6:08 PM EDT
The Indian caste system, which has dictated marriage patterns in India
for millennia, may help concentrate certain genes within specific
social classes, according to a study.
Unemployment linked with suicide
Friday November 6 1:23 PM ET
People who are unemployed are more than twice as likely to commit
suicide as their employed peers, according to a study conducted
in England and Wales.
Melatonin may not help rotating shift workers
Thursday September 24 5:58 PM EDT
Taking melatonin does not appear to help workers on rotating
shifts adjust to working nights, the findings from a US study
``Americanization'' tied to mental illness
Tuesday September 15 1:52 PM EDT
Mexican immigrants to the United States are half as likely to suffer
from psychiatric illness during their lifetime compared with
native-born Mexican-Americans, researchers report.
Study suggests monkeys can count
Friday October 23 2:24 PM EDT
A new study suggests that monkeys can order groups of objects
according to the number of items within them -- in other
words, they can count.
Mirror neurons point to speech origin
Monday August 24 2:08 PM EDT
A cluster of neurons, or nerve cells, found in the brains of
monkeys is helping researchers figure out how human speech
Call for more study of astronaut health
Wednesday September 23 6:52 PM EDT
In a report issued this week, the National Research Council calls for
the National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) to support
additional research on the effects of space flight on the physical
and mental health of humans, particularly those spending prolonged
periods of time in space.
Brain cells can regenerate
Friday October 30 2:39 PM EDT
The human brain was long thought to hold a finite number of nerve
cells that once lost, could never be regained. Now, contrary to
that long-held belief, findings from a study suggest that nerve
cells in the adult human brain can regenerate, according to a
report in the November issue of Nature Medicine.
Birth trauma linked to violent suicide
Friday November 13 5:31 PM ET
Pain felt by an infant
during a difficult birth may increase the risk of violent
suicide later in life, especially among men, according to
Study helps explain phantom limb movement
Monday September 21 6:08 PM EDT
People who have lost limbs in accidents, or had them amputated for
medical reasons, often report that they still have feeling in a ``phantom limb,'' and some say they can
actually ``move'' the limb. A study in the current issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience may help
explain this phenomenon.
'Aging gene' may affect all cell types
Monday October 19 6:10 PM EDT
A gene previously linked to the aging of individual cells in worms may
control overall aging in the animals, researchers report. They believe these findings could provide
clues to extending human life.
Free school breakfasts raise grades
Monday September 14 6:38 PM EDT
Providing school breakfasts free of charge can raise students' breakfast
consumption rates -- and their grades, according to results of a study.
Serotonin glitch may contribute to bulimia
Monday November 9 5:44 PM ET
Abnormal regulation of
the neurotransmitter serotonin may contribute to the onset of
bulimia nervosa, findings from a US study suggest.
Infant sleep position varies by race, state
Thursday October 22 6:17 PM EDT
More women are putting their
infants to sleep on their back than ever before, reducing the
risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). But
African-American women and some groups of Native American women
are less likely than whites to adopt the safer sleeping
position, according to a survey of mothers in 10 US states.
Psychotherapy may help treat skin disorders
Thursday November 5 6:46 PM ET
Talk therapy may help
clear up intractable cases of psoriasis, eczema, and other skin
problems, British researchers suggest.
Want smarter kids? Don't spank them
Monday August 3 5:27 PM EDT
Children who are never spanked, or hardly ever spanked, fare better on some
intelligence tests than children who are frequently smacked, researchers say.
"Syndrome E" May Lead To Atrocities
Friday December 19 1:14 PM EST
Can social conditioning trigger changes within the brain which lead
otherwise decent people to commit monstrous acts? One neurologist
believes the horrors of Auschwitz, Bosnia, and Rwanda might be
blamed, at least in part, on what he calls "Syndrome E."
TV viewing tied to violence, depression in kids
Wednesday September 23 6:54 PM EDT
Children who watch more than 6 hours of television a day are more
likely to behave aggressively and to show signs of depression,
anxiety, and other emotional problems than those who watch less TV,
the findings from a large-scale US study suggest.
Call for universal access to Internet
Tuesday October 20 7:00 PM EDT
Ensuring that everyone in the US has access to health information on
the Internet -- at home, or in nearby schools, places of worship,
businesses, libraries, or other public places -- would improve health
and cut the nation's healthcare costs, according to health policy
Low-level violence bad for women's health
Thursday October 29 8:22 PM EDT
Women who are victims of ``low-severity violence'' -- pushing,
shoving, grabbing, or threats of violence -- have more symptoms of
psychological distress and more health problems than women who are
not abused, US researchers report.
Suppressed anger hard on women's hearts
Wednesday September 23 12:59 PM EDT
Middle-aged women who suppress anger, have hostile attitudes, or
feel self-conscious in public may face greater risk of developing
cardiovascular disease, according to a 10-year study by researchers
at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania. The
study is published in the current issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.
Genes suggest higher female migration rate
Monday October 26 6:40 PM EDT
Genetic studies are revealing that women, not men, may have been the
most geographically mobile sex throughout human history.
St. John's Wort plus sun may harm nerves
Monday October 5 6:24 PM EDT
St. John's Wort, a popular over-the-counter herbal remedy for
depression, may cause temporary nerve damage in people who use it and
are then exposed to sunlight, a US researcher reports in the October
3rd issue of The Lancet. Increased sensitivity to sunlight is
associated with use of the herb.
Physicians' handwriting is the worst
Friday September 25 1:44 PM EDT
Physicians' handwriting is worse than that of any other
health professional, according to a study. But this problem relates
just to words -- not to numbers, researchers report in the September
26th issue of the British Medical Journal.
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