[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE - 25 NOVEMBER 2006

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NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE - 25 NOVEMBER 2006


THIS WEEK'S MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE:  25 NOVEMBER 2006 (Vol. 192 No. 2579)


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EAR IMPLANT SUCCESS SPARKS CULTURE WAR

Is this the end of sign language? New studies have shown that profoundly
deaf children who received cochlear implants before the age of 1 develop
language and speech skills remarkably close to hearing children. But
although a triumph to audiologists, the findings could be seen as a
threat to the culture and language of those born deaf. The deaf
community maintain that it is unethical to give deaf babies cochlear
implants. According to a psycholinguist in the US: "There is nothing
wrong with them that needs fixing with a surgeon's scalpel". Pages 16-17

 

THIS WILL HURT AND NOW WE KNOW WHY

Researchers have found the biochemical pathway for the nocebo effect.
The nocebo effect (the opposite to the placebo effect) can be the
unpleasant physical symptoms felt after receiving an inert drug that has
been suggested to be harmful. In the same way the nocebo can have a
negative effect on a patient's recovery, if they go into surgery
expecting or believing there will be adverse effects. The Italian team
have shown that a certain neurotransmitter can turn anxiety into pain.
The breakthrough could lead to a drug that blocks the neurotransmitter
and reduces pain. Page 12

 

HOW TO LIVE LONG AND PROSPER

If you are the first-born child of a young mother you are more likely to
life to 100. This is according to a study by researchers at the
University of Chicago who collated data on centenarians born in the US
between 1875 and 1899. They suspect one reason for this could be that
younger mothers may have better-quality eggs. Page 19

 

HOMING IN ON A NAVAL LEGEND

A clever software package could help locate a sunken warship that some
say is the holy grail of US maritime history. 18th-century relic
Bonhomme Richard sank in a battle with a British ship in 1779, during
the US fight for independence. The software, developed by a company in
Rhode Island has already thrown up several possible locations for the
ship off the north-east coast of England. Page 25

 

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