On the Hunt for Neuropsychiatric Disorder Genes

Next speaker up at New Horizons in Science is co-director of Yale’s Neurogenetics Program Matthew State, a child psychiatrist who describes himself as a gene hunter. The genes he seeks out are those that may be linked to child neuropsychiatric disorders including autism, Tourette, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. What he and other researchers use as aContinue reading “On the Hunt for Neuropsychiatric Disorder Genes”

Deep-brain stimulation for depression

On Sunday morning at New Horizons in Science at Yale — after some coffee for brain stimulation — we were treated to our first science talk of the day: on deep-brain stimulation as a treatment for severe depression. Emory University professor of psychiatry and neurology Helen Mayberg, MD, showed us several brain scans she usesContinue reading “Deep-brain stimulation for depression”

Who’s afraid of a little something sweet?

There are few food ingredients that conjure up more fear in the public mind than sugar and sugar substitutes found in manufactured products. This fear can be bolstered by a common ploy some companies and organizations use to create panic and push their products by smearing nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners used by their competitors. TheContinue reading “Who’s afraid of a little something sweet?”