Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 30, 2005
Lipoprotein abnormalities found in severely obese children
Severely obese children have lipoprotein profiles that signal early risk of cardiovascular disease and the metabolic syndrome.

Retroviral resistance gene found
Published in the May 1 issue of G&D, Dr. Stephen Goff and colleagues have identified a novel retroviral resistance gene, called FEZ1, that can mediate a potent resistance to murine leukemia virus, as well as HIV-1, in cell culture.

Variation in immune response gene causes age-related macular degeneration when triggered
Age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly, occurs when a common inherited gene variation is triggered, possibly by an infection, according to a new study led by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center and the University of Iowa.

Vascular structure and function improve with diet and exercise
Some structural and functional measures of cardiovascular disease risk may improve by the eighth week of a diet and exercise regimen.

Orientation and the egg
In the May 1 issue of G&D, a new paper shows compelling evidence for the absence of predetermined polarity in the mouse egg.

Fiber supplements may lower cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetics
Fiber supplements lower

Making a brain
As published in the May 1 issue of G&D, Dr.

Yes, it is the image of an exoplanet
Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers confirm the discovery of a giant planet, approximately five times the mass of Jupiter, that is gravitationally bound to a young brown dwarf.

Perceived discrimination linked to coronary artery calcification
The more discrimination African-American women report, the more likely they are to have coronary artery calcification, a buildup of calcium in the vessels that is associated with atherosclerosis.

Male combat veterans rank high in heart disease risk
Men who fought in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War are more likely to be heavy drinkers, heavy smokers and obese than men who are non-combat veterans or non-veterans.
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