2008 Press Releases

  • Researchers Block Damage to Fetal Brain Following Maternal Alcohol Consumption

    Released August 11, 2008 - In a study on fetal alcohol syndrome, researchers were able to prevent the damage that alcohol causes to cells in a key area of the fetal brain by blocking acid sensitive potassium channels and preventing the acidic environment that alcohol produces. The cerebellum, the portion of the brain that is responsible for balance and muscle coordination, is particularly vulnerable to injury from alcohol during development.
  • For Some Who Have Lost Their Sense Of Smell, A Once Popular Asthma Drug Could Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

    Released April 7, 2008 - Some seven percent of Americans have lost their sense of smell and with it their ability to enjoy the fragrance of flowers, foods and beverages. For individuals whose smell loss relates to the biochemistry of two common proteins, there is some good news. A team of researchers has found that a drug used long ago to help asthmatics can benefit some with smell loss.
  • New Study Finds Anticipating A Laugh Reduces Stress Hormones

    Released April 7, 2008 - Researchers have found that the anticipation of a positive humorous laughter experience also reduces potentially detrimental stress hormones.