Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for July, 2007

Its been a while since I updated the Ye Olde Blogroll, and since I’ve gotten a few email requests for links (good ones, not links to essay writing services) I thought I’d declare open season on links. I’ll be updating this weekend, so if you want me to check out your site, leave it in…

PhDs are useful for all kinds of things. Some people become faculty, others go into industry, and some decide to market ridiculously nerdtastic neurologically-based gifts via the internet. Sure, the latter kind may be rare, but a good idea is still a good idea. Welcome to Neuromart, online purveyors of parapanalia related to my favorite…

Re-shelving Nonsense Since 2007

If you’ve walked into any large bookstore lately and browsed the “Science” section, you may have been appalled by what passes as science literature these days. In addition to being minuscule (and often sandwiched between the ‘Occult’ and ‘Self-Help’ sections), it is often peppered with ‘mislabeled’ books. These books are the subject of an interesting…

The Neuroscience of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), currently the most common childhood-onset behavioral disorder, is nothing if not controversial. Nearly every aspect of ADHD from diagnosis to prevalence to medication, and even its mere existence, is disputed by at least one ‘concerned’ group. And honestly, who could blame parents for being hesitant to medicate their young children,…

A Pill To Make You Forget?

Everyone has painful or unpleasant memories in their past, and some of us would welcome the chance to forget them forever. Some debilitating disorders, like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), prey on these memories in ways that are often difficult-to-treat. According to some recent research, a drug taken shortly after a traumatic event, or during…

Yesterday some Big News hit the internet: Diet Sodas Linked With Health Risks (this link courtesy of Reuters Health). Now according to the press release, diet sodas are linked with increased risk for heart disease and diabetes; specifically that adults who drank one or more sodas a day had a 50% increased risk of ‘metabolic…

John of Stranger Fruit tagged me in this meme, how could I resist? Your Score: SurpriseAdoption Cat 20% Affectionate, 57% Excitable, 20% Hungry Calloused. Heartless. Exuberant. You carry the heavy burden of informing children that they are adopted by jumping out of their birthday cake. A difficult task, but somebody must break the news to…

Grad School Princess

I attended a seminar on gene therapy not long ago, and while I never talked much about it at the time, something stuck in my mind as someone interested in the field: is gene therapy a soft form of eugenics? Gene therapy, as referred to by most medical researchers or ethicists would likely be construed…

On my way over to a friend’s house last night, an unusual thing happened: a firefly which was in the process of lighting up got squashed against my windshield at that exact moment. While there wasn’t much resembling an insect left, smeared across the glass was a streak of glowing green goo which continued to…