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How your mother might affect your memory

A new study in mice suggests that a mother's childhood experiences may affect the brain function of her offspring. Researchers found that mouse moms who were physically active, stimulated and changed their living arrangements frequently as youngsters gave birth to babies with better memory than those born to mothers raised in dull environments...

February 3, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

A blood test for predicting postpartum depression?

Identifying women at risk for postpartum depression might be as easy as measuring hormone levels in the blood during pregnancy, suggests a study published today in the Archives of General Psychiatry ...

February 2, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Do men or women have an easier time resisting food?

Men have more willpower than women when it comes to resisting food, a small new study suggests.

"We didn’t expect such striking differences between males and females," study co-author Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, tells ScientificAmerican.com ...

January 20, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Tungsten--Could it be the next mercury or lead?

Scientists this week urged further research on tungsten— the metal used to make lightbulb filaments, shotgun shells, electrical wires and even wedding bands—to rule out possible health risks to humans and the environment in the wake of studies showing that it may cause reproductive problems in earthworms and stunted growth in sunflowers. 

In an article published this week in Chemical & Engineering News , researchers suggest that not enough is known to determine whether tungsten is safe, and that studies need to be conducted to assess how much is in drinking water and the soil – and whether it poses dangers for humans, animals and plants...

January 20, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

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