Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 07, 2003
Battle of the DNA bulge may help thwart cancer
Studies at the University of Houston are shedding light on the mechanisms our bodies use to recognize and repair mistakes in our genetic code, mistakes that, left unchecked, could lead to cancer.

People keep their distinctive patterns of cognitive ability as they age
New research reveals that, contrary to prior thinking, even the very old retain their distinctive patterns of cognitive strengths and weakness.

Black cohosh may reduce hot flashes by targeting brain's thermostat
Black cohosh, used by many women as an herbal alternative to estrogen replacement therapy, may reduce hot flashes by targeting the brain's serotonin receptors, which help regulate temperature, according to a new study by researchers.

Millions wasted on blood pressure tablets
Millions of dollars are being spent unnecessarily each year on treatments for high blood pressure says research published this week in BMC Health Services Research.

Brookhaven researchers develop counterterror technologies
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory are developing counterterrorism technologies to help protect the United States from would-be terrorists wielding nuclear weapons, dirty bombs, toxic chemicals, or explosives.

Researchers develop faster, more accurate test for mad cow disease
As U.S. consumers seek reassurance that their hamburgers and steaks are free of deadly mad cow disease, researchers at the University of California-San Francisco say they've found a promising solution.

Sick Kids scientists identify gene for most severe form of adolescent epilepsy
An international research team led by Drs. Berge Minassian and Stephen Scherer of The Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) and the University of Toronto (U of T) has identified a gene responsible for the most severe form of teenage-onset epilepsy, known as Lafora disease (LD).
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