Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 25, 2004
Spiders make best ever Post-it notes
Scientists have found that the way spiders stick to ceilings could be the key to making Post-it® notes that don't fall off - even when they are wet.

First randomized trial of adult stem cell injections in heart failure patients shows benefit
Injections of adult stem cells into damaged heart tissue significantly improved heart function in patients with severe congestive heart failure, according to results of the first prospective randomized trial of the experimental therapy being presented by a University of Pittsburgh researcher at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Cellular problems found behind complex obesity syndrome
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS), characterized by obesity, learning disabilities and eye and kidney problems, is caused by genetic mutations in the BBS family of genes.

Open surgery better for most hernias
Veterans Affairs study of nearly 1,700 hernia-repair operations found fewer recurrences and complications overall with open surgery than with laparoscopic surgery.
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