Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 10, 2004
Gastrointestinal disorders are associated significantly with sleepless nights
Mayo Clinic researchers report in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings an association between gastrointestinal disorders and sleep disturbances.

DFG establishes three new clinical research units
The Grants Committee on General Research Support has decided to establish three new Clinical Research Units to network basic research and clinical application.

Researchers improve predictions of cloud formation for better global climate modeling
Atmospheric scientists have developed simple, physics-based equations that address some of the limitations of current methods for representing cloud formation in global climate models - important because of increased aerosol pollution that gives clouds more cooling power and affects precipitation.

A deep sea hydrocarbon factory
University of Minnesota scientists have discovered how iron- and chromium-rich rocks can generate natural gas (methane) and related hydrocarbons when reacted with superheated fluids circulating deep beneath the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

Can the standard course of radiation therapy following lumpectomy be shortened?
Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers presented preliminary results (side effects) of a clinical trial in which women received a two-week shorter course of radiation therapy than the current standard following a lumpectomy.

New data sets survival benchmark for Pfizer's ELLENCEĀ®
Results of a study presented at the 27th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium show that an ELLENCE (epirubicin hydrochloride injection) based chemotherapy regimen delivers survival benefits when used alone or in combination with docetaxel.

Despite shortage, new nurses can't find full-time work
Despite shortage of nursing staff, new nursing graduates can't find full-time work according to a McMaster University study.

Melatonin supplements offer little or no benefit for the sleep deprived - study says
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released information today about research on melatonin supplements.

Breast cancer may be 'uniquely sensitive' to inhibitors of PI3K pathway
Because up to 75 percent of breast cancer patients have an abnormality in a specific cell signaling pathway, drugs that target different molecules along that pathway may be especially effective for treating the disease, says a researcher from The University of Texas M.

Strokes: Dental x-rays reveal more than cavities
Dental visits usually result in patient recommendations to floss or reschedule more appointments to treat a cavity, however, some patients are learning they may be at risk for a stroke too, according to a case report in the November/December issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.

Brain can be trained to process sound in alternate way, study shows
UCSF scientists have found that the brains of rats can be trained to learn an alternate way of processing changes in the loudness of sound.

New research into how past experience affects consumer choice
Ultimately, consumer choices are informed by past experience as well as whether we're thinking about the purchase when we're in the store says a study published in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research.

Conference at NJIT offers tips on ways to commercialize nanotechnology in greater NJ region
Do you want to learn more about opportunities in the greater New Jersey region for commercializing nanotechnology research?

Re-analysis of large trials shows greatest benefit of chemotherapy in ER-negative tumors
Despite the common belief in the oncology community that cancer research and treatment have focused on breast tumors that are estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, a researcher from The University of Texas M.

Hypertension: On the Pill? Tell your dentist
Hypertension, a controllable and preventable disease (and more commonly known as high blood pressure), affects 1 in 4 American adults.

A new study into how African-Americans exhibit political and ideological beliefs through shopping
For most consumers, where we shop, from whom we buy things, and the brands we buy tell a lot about who we are and what we believe in.

Cloned gene from sea animal may prove key in cancer drug development
Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and their colleagues have taken a significant step forward in developing a new method to produce drug compounds with potential to treat various types of cancer.

Increased suicide rate is possibly linked to chemicals released from nearby asphalt plants
Exposure to low levels of hydrogen sulfide and possibly other airborne chemicals from nearby asphalt plants may have contributed to an increased suicide rate in a North Carolina community, a study suggests for the first time.

New study links lead exposure with increased risk of cataract
Results from a new study show that lifetime lead exposure may increase the risk of developing cataracts.

Scientists turn on the 'gender lens' on cardiovascular disease research
McMaster University and Hamilton Health Science has formed a research network to focus on gender differences in cardiovascular disease.

Celecoxib shows surprising activity against estrogen receptors
Six months of treatment with celecoxib (Celebrex) in women at risk of developing breast cancer results in the reduction of estrogen receptor expression in breast cells, a research team at The University of Texas M.

International HapMap consortium widens data access
The International HapMap Consortium today announced that it is ending computer-based

Reducing anti-rejection meds after transplant shows less complications
Transplant researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have dramatically improved intestinal transplant survival, and reduced rejection and infection by successfully using a novel immunosuppression protocol, thus improving patients' overall quality of life and avoiding the use of several anti-rejection drugs, which are known to cause serious infections and major complications.

NJIT student project provides invaluable experience: Helps firms save money
Students from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have saved CIT Group Inc. hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Caught in the cobweb
The Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is one of the most impressive views in the Southern sky.

Diabetes: A link between oral and overall health?
Diabetes affects 18.2 million people in the United States and is expected to double by the year 2010.

Molecular test predicts risk of breast cancer recurrence and who will benefit from chemotherapy
A new test can predict both the risk of breast cancer recurrence and may identify women who will benefit most from chemotherapy, according to research supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and performed in collaboration with the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) and Genomic Health Inc. 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