June 10, 2011
Some Brains Easily Distracted by Rewarding
People have a difficult time
ignoring objects that seem rewarding but really aren't important, a
finding that could help lead to new treatments for addiction,
obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
according to researchers.
Distracted Driving May Be Rising Despite State
More than 300,000 car
accidents each year in the United States are the result of
distracted driving due to texting, talking or otherwise operating a
mobile device, yet driver use of these devices seems to be
increasing, researchers warn.
New Device Performs Body Scans Simultaneously
The first device to perform
simultaneous PET (position emission tomography) and MRI (magnetic
resonance imaging) scans has been approved by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration, the agency said Friday.
Chemical Found in Foam Cups a Possible
The chemical styrene,
ubiquitous in foam coffee cups and take-out containers, has been
added to the list of chemicals considered possible human
carcinogens, according to a new U.S. government report.