02 February 2006

Today in the Science News: Part 3: Medicine

Got bird flu? Get the common cold!:
Interestingly, an adenovirus-based vaccine is powerful against bird flu. The really interesting part is that two vaccines made for two different strains each exhibited cross-protection against the other strain.

Shocker: Male and female brains are different!:
Apparently, male and female mice exhibit different amounts of myelin in their brains and spinal cords (the males have more). If this is true for humans as well, it could explain, among other things, why multiple sclerosis affects more women than men.

Shocker: Several different areas of the brain used to process the same memory!:
Ok, so I can't make fun of the scientists on this one, because they did suspect that different areas of the brain might regulate different aspects of a memory. But it's just now been demonstrated? Sheesh.

I didn't even know there was a myth about this:
Eating at night does not make you gain more weight than eating during the day, contrary to the "common warning against snacking at night."

What "common warning"? I have never heard this warning.

Blue light causes alertness:
Interesting study suggests that exposing sleepyheads to blue light helps them wake up. It doesn't say how they measured alertness, though, so I'm curious to know whether cognitive function was comparable to its levels during the day.

2 Comments:

Anonymous someone said...

I have never heard this warning.

Somehow, I doubt you've ever been the target of weight-loss advice...

12:49 AM  
Anonymous Jordan said...

Eating at night does not make you gain more weight than eating during the day, contrary to the "common warning against snacking at night."

Actually, the myth is that eating before bed will cause you to gain more weight.

5:48 PM  

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