Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Pretty Solid Neuroscience Reporting

And of all places, these two stories happened to be on NBC's the Today show.  They did a pretty good job with them.  This first story looks at a surgery to remove an essential tremor from an 80 year old man.  They do a good job of reporting and educating, except, where Dr. Nancy Snyderman says the "brain has no nerve fibers", I believe what she meant was no pain sensing nerve fibers, which is true, and that is how they were able to do the surgery while the patient was still awake.

In this second story, they talk about some new research that links low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  I felt that the doctor they interviewed did a good job of being cautious about what the results of the study really mean, and readily admitted that all we know at this point is that there is a correlation between low serotonin levels and SIDS, but we don't yet know if low serotonin levels play a causative role in infant mortality.

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