Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 25, 2004
Could Abu Ghraib happen again?
When news broke about the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, many people questioned: Who could do such a thing?

EPO expects dynamic increase in patent filings in Europe
The third European Patent Office's epolineĀ® Annual Conference has taken place in Salzburg on 23 and 24 November 2004.

Scientists generate human islet precursor cells in culture
Scientists at the NIDDK, one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have induced human insulin-producing cells of the pancreas to revert to islet precursor cells.

Ugandan study highlights best drug combinations for treating malaria in Africa
Results of a randomised trial from Uganda in this week's issue of The Lancet suggest that the drug combination of amodiaquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine might offer the optimal treatment for malaria in terms of efficacy and cost-effectiveness in this region.

Emory chemists create unprecedented metallic molecule
For the first time ever, Emory University researchers have broken through the so-called

The lost genetic legacy of American gray wolves
A new study published in the journal Molecular Ecology, suggests that plans to reintroduce American gray wolves to the Western US will not restore the population to the near same extent of genetic diversity it originally boasted.

Important priorities for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS
Ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1, a series of commentaries in this week's issue of The Lancet outline the current and future priorities in the global effort to curb the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Insomnia poorly understood by medical profession
A seminar in this week's issue of The Lancet outlines the common but poorly understood condition of insomnia, concluding that awareness and assessment of insomnia by family doctors is a priority.

New research shows stomach (gastric) cancer originates from bone marrow derived stem cells
A new study from Columbia University Medical Center finds that stomach (gastric) cancer originates from bone marrow derived stem cells (BMDC), rather than from stomach stem cells, as previously thought.

New treatments for infertility are unjustified
Women with recurrent miscarriage and infertility are undergoing tests and treatments that have no scientific rationale and are linked with known risks to mother and fetus, warn researchers in this week's BMJ.

Parents failing to recognise obesity in their children
Many parents are failing to recognise obesity and overweight problems in their children, according to a study on
How city dwellers and living things put the green into our urban open spaces
Urban planners must recognise that green spaces are not produced by professional designers alone, but by ordinary residents and all manner of plants and insects, animals and birds making themselves at home in our cities and towns, says new research sponsored by the ESRC.

Study: Pigeons can sense the Earth's magnetic field; ability might allow them to return home
Homing pigeons have intrigued humans for many centuries through their seemingly uncanny ability to find their way home from thousands of miles away.

4 million more health workers required to improve global health
Authors of a public-health article in this week's issue of The Lancet are calling for urgent international action to address the chronic lack of investment in human resources which is limiting the chance of tackling diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB.

Testosterone patch will test FDA's decision making
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted a fast track review of testosterone patches for women with low sex drive, despite concerns about insufficient data and potentially misleading marketing by their manufacturer Proctor & Gamble, claim two articles in this week's BMJ.

Science survey ranks top biopharma employers
Genentech, Inc, of San Francisco, CA, earned top honors today in a ranking of the world's most respected biopharmaceutical employers.
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