Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 23, 2004
Healthy mix of GI tract microbes are key to preventing allergies and asthma
If you want to avoid allergies or asthma, scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School suggest you start paying more attention to what's in your gut.

Drilled shells show extinction's lasting effects
Give a marine snail an easy life, and it will take its time drilling into a clam.

Could your 'jigsaw strategy' lead to a Christmas argument?
Jigsaw puzzles and other traditional Christmas activities could be at the bottom of a number of family arguments over the festive period, according to research on how people collaborate.

First 'atlas' of key brain genes could speed research on cancer, neurological diseases
Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have compiled the first atlas showing the locations of crucial gene regulators, or switches that determine how different parts of the brain develop - and, in some cases, develop abnormally or malfunction.

Drivers with epilepsy are on the road again
As a result of a worldwide cooperative movement, the absolute driving ban for people with epilepsy (PWE) has been lifted in Japan.

Cumulative sperm whale bone damage and the bends
In a study published in the December 24, 2004 issue of the journal Science, Michael Moore and Greg Early at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have documented bone lesions in the rib and chevron bones of sperm whales, most likely caused by tissue damage from nitrogen bubbles that form when the animals rise to the surface.

Fundamental finding yields insight into stem cells, cancer; opens door to drug discovery
New research by investigators at Duke University Medical Center has provided insight into a fundamental cellular control mechanism that governs tissue regeneration, stem cell renewal and cancer growth.

Ocean colour satellites guide research ship through South Pacific's watery desert
There is a desert in the heart of the South Pacific.

Scientist discover the cellular roots of graying hair
Few things about growing older are as inevitable and obvious as

Sudden death from stress linked to wonky signals in the brain
Sudden cardiac death from emotional stress may be triggered by uneven signals from the brain to the heart, according to a study by University College London (UCL) scientists published in the January issue of Brain.

UGA partners with U of Pennsylvania for bio-defense and infectious disease research project
The University of Georgia signed a five-year $3.0 million subcontract Wednesday to develop a database that will contain comprehensive information about some pathogens on a bio-defense priority list established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

Antibiotic resistant bacterium uses Sonar-like strategy to 'see' enemies or prey
For the first time, scientists have found that bacteria can use a Sonar-like system to spot other cells (either normal body cells or other bacteria) and target them for destruction.

Non-narcotic treatment for migraines
An inexpensive, non-narcotic medication has been identified as an important step in treating acute migraine headaches.

NJIT professor discovers new mixing method for microchip-sized labs
By alternating the flow of fluid through tiny plastic pipes, a team of mechanical engineers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has discovered a new and speedier way to mix liquids, which in turn will someday produce better and safer medications.

Shedding feathers early may enhance sex appeal, new songbird study shows
Birds that migrate early in the season may have a distinct advantage when it comes to attracting the opposite sex, say researchers from Queen's University and the Smithsonian Institution.

Patient protection laws don't favor health providers
Despite critics who say patients' bills of rights laws are actually designed to protect health care providers, new research published in the current issue of the American Journal of Medicine found just the opposite.
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