Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 12, 2004
Genetic profile, not clinical appearance, to determine tumor treatment
Detailed molecular analysis of tumors is now providing molecular portraits which show the genetic basis of the different clinical presentations of disease.

Facing oral health disparities in Hawaii
While oral health disparities exist in many ethnic groups in Hawaii, the challenge of developing research and intervention programs is hampered by the lack of a dental school and adequate state resources.

Scientist works to interrupt early changes resulting in diabetic vision loss
Years before an overgrowth of vessels destroys the sight of diabetics, vital nerve cells in the retina begin to die.

Making the case for a dental caries vaccine
Dental caries, the disease that causes tooth decay, is infectious, and the mutans streptococci bacteria have long been identified as the primary disease-causin agents.

African cotton market doesn't benefit from too much competition
An international team of researchers are challenging conventional wisdom that the more competitive a market is, the more successful it will be, in the current edition of World Development.

Astrazeneca announces EU marketing approval for Faslodex(TM)
AstraZeneca announced today that it has received European marketing approval for its new breast cancer drug FASLODEX(TM) (fulvestrant).

How to sedate? That is the question!
Dentistry has contributed to the discovery of general anesthesia, the widespread use of local anesthesia, and the development of outpatient anesthesia and sedation through the clinical observations of astute clinicians, clinical expertise of dentists trained in anesthesia, and clinical studies of the efficacy and safety of drugs and combinations.

Childhood obesity leads to adult diabetes, researcher says
Ranjita Misra really hates having to give parents something new to worry about, but the Texas A&M University health researcher says parents -- especially minority parents -- now need to be concerned about Type 2 or adult-onset diabetes.

SensorNet proposed as system to protect millions nationwide
Tennessee could become a model for the nation when it comes to protecting the public from chemical, biological or radiological releases.

Two better than one where lowering blood pressure is concerned
A new set of guidelines for lowering blood pressure has been published by the British Hypertension Society (BHS) today.

Study examines why new lung cancer treatment is effective for some patients but not others
A new anti-cancer agent, gefinitib (Iressa), recently received FDA approval for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) after a series of clinical trials and an expanded access program led by researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Mouse antibodies thwart SARS virus
The mouse immune system develops antibodies capable of single-handedly neutralizing the SARS virus, researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) report in the April 1 issue of the Journal of Virology, available online March 12.

Research to create lung-cancer blood tests receives $3.4M in Pennsylvania tobacco settlement funds
A Wistar-Institute led research team will pursue development of blood tests for lung cancer using a systems-biology approach - primarily applying the recently developed tools of proteomics and genomics - to find proteins and genes in the blood that indicate the presence of early-stage lung cancer.

One million disabled adults lack adequate help with essential needs
About 3.3 million adults living in the community need assistance from another person in two or more activities of daily living essential for their survival, and nearly a million of those individuals need more help than they currently receive, according to a new study by researchers at the Disability Statistics Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

The small and the beautiful
Max Planck researchers use nanotechnology to visualize cellular processes crucial for the development of new cancer drugs.

Scientists confirm phenomenon of falling beer bubbles
A new experiment by chemists from Stanford University and the University of Edinburgh has finally proven what beer lovers have long suspected: When beer is poured into a glass, the bubbles sometimes go down instead of up.

Human genetic sampling
The Center for the Study of Law, Science & Technology at the College of Law at Arizona State University is sponsoring a conference on Human Genetic Sampling: Ethical, Legal & Social Considerations on March 19th, 2004, beginning at 9 am at the College of Law.

Children's Memorial, TGen announce partnership
Children's Memorial Institute for Education and Research and The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), of Phoenix, Ariz., today announced a partnership aimed at conducting cutting-edge genomic research into childhood illnesses and better defining their relationship to adult diseases. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to