Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 01, 2004
Researchers confirm genetic link between hereditary breast and prostate cancer
A new study shows that the risk for prostate cancer is significantly elevated in men who are part of families with a hereditary form of breast and ovarian cancer.

Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist use Botox to treat CP
Botox, or botulinum toxin, offers a new, non-surgical option for improving the upper extremity function of children with cerebral palsy (CP).

Sleep apnea treatment could save lives & money by reducing auto accidents, according to researchers
Each year, potentially 980 lives could be saved and $11.1 billion in automobile-accident costs could be avoided if drivers who suffer from a disorder called obstructive sleep apnea were successfully treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine.

Enhanced counseling eases depression among people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease
The spouses of Alzheimer's patients often experience extraordinary psychological stress, but a new study by NYU School of Medicine researchers shows that a six-session counseling and long-term support program substantially eases the depression of people caring for a loved one with the devastating brain disease, and that the mental health benefits apparently are long lasting.

Hidden cost of depression in seniors: $9 billion in care from spouses, children
Depression among senior citizens carries a huge unrecognized cost: many extra hours of unpaid help with everyday activities, delivered by the depressed seniors' spouses and adult children.

Anemia associated with disability and poorer physical performance
Older adults with anemia have more disabilities and score lower on physical performance and strength tests than those without anemia, report researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical.

Insulin pump benefits preschoolers with diabetes
Results of a pilot study from the University of Michigan Health System suggest the insulin pump is just as effective as insulin injections at controlling Type 1 diabetes in preschool-aged children - and with less stress and worry for parents.

May 2004 Ophthalmology journal
Studies from the May 2004 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available.

Some infants recognize, respond to social eating cues
While parents may describe their baby as a difficult eater or an overeater, a new study by University of Michigan Health System researchers suggests it could be just a sign that the child is more tuned in to the eating habits of those around him.

Business strategy used to increase immunization rates in children
A strategy stemming from the business world can be used to increase rates of influenza immunizations in children in the hospital setting, according to a new study led by a physician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

When plants need ants' help, bigger is better
Not surprisingly, tiny ants just can't tote seeds as far as their bigger cousins.

Families working together improves diabetes management for low income kids, study finds
In a pilot study, researchers at the University of Michigan Health System found a family-based self-management intervention aimed at low income adolescents with Type 1 diabetes led to better health and functioning in the short term.

Setting the gene expression base-line for breast cancer research
Although important insights into breast cancer have been drawn from determining the expression 'profiles' of thousands of genes in tumors, the interpretation of experimental results has been complicated by the absence of knowledge about the gene expression in 'normal,' non-cancerous, breast cells.

Study shows human milk may prevent serious infection in extremely low birth weight infants
A new study shows that human milk protects extremely low birth weight infants from developing sepsis -- an overwhelming infection and a leading cause of illness and death in these tiny babies.

Rb2 expression could play vital role in ovarian cancer Temple University researchers find
The decrease or loss of protein expression of the tumor suppressing gene Rb2/p130 could play a vital role in the agressiveness of ovarian cancer, according to researchers at Temple University.

Cincinnati children's study links autism and immunologic disorders
A new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study provides further evidence of a link between autism and immunologic disorders, including allergy.
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