Jon Hamilton

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New Muscle Drugs Could Be The Next Big Thing In Sports Doping

Monday, August 12, 2013

From human growth hormone to EPO, many sports doping products these days come from big drug companies, not rogue chemists. Scientists and body builders warn that new drugs being developed to treat muscle wasting disease will also likely be abused by athletes — with little chance of detection.


Harsh In Hard Times? A Gene May Influence Mom's Behavior

Monday, August 05, 2013

Mothers with the "sensitive" version of a gene became more likely to strike or scream at their children during the Great Recession, researchers say. But as a complete economic collapse became less likely, the moms relaxed. Those with the "insensitive" version didn't change their behavior.


BPA-Free Plastics Going On Trial In Texas

Monday, July 15, 2013

The case focuses on a line of plastic resins made by Eastman Chemical. The resins don't contain BPA but may indeed act like estrogens, two other chemical companies allege. Eastman is suing.


Tips For Surviving A Mega-Disaster

Friday, June 28, 2013

NASA has a plan to fend off giant asteroids, but what about tsunamis, earthquakes, storms that last 45 days and mammoth floods? Earth scientists say science-based strategies can help communities prepare for the worst of the worst.


The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism

Monday, June 17, 2013

Scientists and parents have long been baffled by the fact that children with autism often don't pay attention to human voices. Researchers say that may be because speech doesn't activate a reward system in the brain for those children the way it does for typical children.


With Epilepsy Treatment, The Goal Is To Keep Kids Seizure-Free

Monday, June 10, 2013

For children with epilepsy, doctors now try to prevent seizures altogether. It's a big switch in thinking from the days when seizures weren't considered such a bad thing. That changed due to research showing that seizures can affect learning and memory.


'Extremely Active' Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Officials are forecasting that hurricane activity will be "above normal" this season, with 13 to 20 named storms. As many as six of those could be major hurricanes. Warm ocean waters and the lack of El Nino conditions are partly to blame.


Forecasters Had Chance To Warn Moore, Okla., Before Tornado

Monday, May 20, 2013

Melissa Block talks to Jon Hamilton about the science of tornadoes.


Experts Agree: 'Psychiatry's Bible' Is No Bible

Friday, May 17, 2013

The new version of the DSM, the manual of psychiatric diagnoses, is already sparking criticism. But psychiatrists say it helps make sure they're all on the same page.


Why Is Psychiatry's New Manual So Much Like The Old One?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Unlike cardiology and most other fields of medicine, psychiatry still hasn't developed discrete, biological tests for diagnosing illnesses of the mind. That's because the brain "hasn't yielded its secrets yet," one psychiatrist says.


How Can Identical Twins Turn Out So Different?

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Scientists used to think that identical twins turned out differently because they were treated differently by friends, teachers or their parents. A study of mice supports the idea that small changes in behavior can lead to larger ones and eventually even resculpt brains in different ways.


Imagine A Flying Pig: How Words Take Shape In The Brain

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Linguists used to think the human brain had a specific region devoted to understanding language. But brain scans now indicate that regions controlling vision, movement, taste, smell and touch are all called into action when we think of a word, too.


A Sleep Gene Has A Surprising Role In Migraines

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Disruptions of sleep are well known as migraine triggers, but now researchers have found a genetic link between the two. In studying families with lots of migraines, they also found a mutation on a gene that helps control circadian rhythms.


A Tale Of Mice And Medical Research, Wiped Out By A Superstorm

Thursday, April 25, 2013

When Superstorm Sandy flooded lower Manhattan last year, thousands of lab animals drowned and many scientists lost months or even years of work. The specialty animals can be very difficult to replace, but researchers say the loss of animal life is emotionally devastating and difficult to get over.


Genetically Modified Rat Is Promising Model For Alzheimer's

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Drug companies have developed several Alzheimer's drugs that seemed to work in mice but did not help people with the disease. So scientists inserted human genes into rats in hopes of getting a better model for testing the drugs.


Listen Up To Smarter, Smaller Hearing Aids

Monday, April 08, 2013

Today's devices are smaller and much more powerful than they were 20 years ago. New advances in technology can't solve all hearing problems, but they've improved many aspects of life for people with hearing loss.


Obama's Plan To Explore The Brain: A 'Most Audacious Project'

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The White House is asking Congress for $100 million to develop new tools for "eavesdropping" on millions of cellular conversations, as individual neurons interact to form thoughts or create memories. The goal is more ambitious than the Human Genome Project, researchers say.


Mapping The Brain Could Be Harder Than The Human Genome

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

President Obama has unveiled a plan to learn more about the inner workings of the human brain. It calls for including $100 million in the 2014 budget to launch what's being called the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative. The goal is to help researchers find ways to cure or prevent brain disorders including Alzheimer's disease.


Number Of Early Childhood Vaccines Not Linked To Autism

Friday, March 29, 2013

A government study of the medical records of 1,000 kids found no correlation between the number of vaccines a child received and his or her risk of autism spectrum disorder. Experts hope the finding will allay some parents who worry that many vaccines on one day or in the first two years of life may lead to autism.


Maybe Isolation, Not Loneliness, Shortens Life

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Loneliness and isolation often go hand in hand, so teasing out which factor is harder on health isn't easy. But a British study now suggests that, while loneliness may make you unhappy, it's social isolation that could take years off of your life. Discuss (with a friend).