Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 08, 2003
Cadmium studies suggest new pathway to human cancer
Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences today reported that cadmium - a naturally occurring metal which shows up in food, water and cigarette smoke - disturbs a DNA repair system that is important in preventing cancer.

Remembering the good times, putting the bad times in perspective
Researchers reviewing several studies on autobiographical memory and happiness have found that human memory is biased toward happiness and that mild depression can disrupt this bias for good over bad.

Faster method for growing adult stem cells for bone regeneration developed at Hebrew University
A new method for utilizing adult stem cells for bone or other tissue regeneration without having to go through the intermediate step of expanding the number of cells in tissue culture has won a Kaye Innovation Award for a young doctoral student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

New insight into machinery of neuromuscular junction assembly
Duke University Medical Center researchers have discovered a new component of the mechanism by which nerves trigger muscles to contract.

Lifestyle changes, statins reduce calcium in heart arteries
Lifestyle modification and statin therapy can slow or even reduce calcium deposits in the coronary arteries of patients without symptoms but at risk for coronary artery disease who still have no symptoms.

University Health Network researchers discover new class of human stem cells
Scientists with University Health Network have discovered a new class of human stem cells that rapidly grow when implanted in the bone marrow of mice.

Japanese kids gaining body fat, heart risks like Western counterparts
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta showed that an increase in body fat is linked to a rise in cholesterol levels - which is occurring in both U.S. and Japanese children.

UCSD researchers demonstrate protein role required for normal brain development
An essential step in understanding how the brain develops and related brain disorders that occur when the movement of neurons is defective, has been announced by UCSD researchers.
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