I learned of a new disorder the other day, via a tweet from SYSK listener (@SteveNovak), called mirror dystonia. Since researching the mirror neurons episode, I've become aware of just how much of a role mirror neurons play in allowing us to not bump one another off in order to get our hands on the last cupcake (and other things, of course). See more »
It's apparently rocker week here at the SYSK blog. First was Jim Morrison, now it's Bowie's turn. Quigley's Cabinet has a cool post on heterochromia iridum, the condition of having a pair of eyes with two differently colored irises. The Australian shepherd dog breed has features the condition, and apparently so too does David Bowie.His is from an injury after he took a punch to the eye in from a friend with a ring. See more »
It seems pretty sensible that the Columbia University epidemiologists conducting a recent study on biological markers of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder would travel to Detroit to find their sample population. Again, to quickly find 100 participants suffering from PTSD for their study, researchers from New York went to Detroit.
After ferreting out the people who'd had experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, but didn't meet the six criteria for a PTSD diagnosis, the Columbia researchers took blood samples from 23 people they determined had PTSD. What they found is another mark in favor of epigenetics, a subbranch of genetics that's lending a lot of substantial credence to the nurture side of the nature vs. nurture debate. See more »