Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 01, 2005
Blocking COX-1 slows tumor growth in mice
Blocking the COX-1 enzyme - not COX-2 - might lead to a way to prevent and treat the most common and fatal form of ovarian cancer, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center reported this week.

United Nations University calls for world help to repair Iraqi higher education system
Since the start of the war of 2003 some 84% of Iraq's higher education institutions have been burnt, looted or destroyed while four dozen academics have been assassinated and many more brave daily threats, according to an analysis of the system's reconstruction needs released today by the United Nations University.

USC researchers determine mechanism of action of chemotherapy drug
The chemotherapy drug motexafin gadolinium works to thwart cancer cells by disrupting key enzymes involved in cellular metabolism.

Prevalence of concussion effects linked to 'pot of gold' lawsuits, researcher says
A new review of studies suggests that long-lasting symptoms of concussion - subjective at best - may increase when the outcome of a lawsuit is at stake.

First-year college students who feel lonely have a weaker immune response to the flu shot
A new study at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh confirms how college challenges both mind and body, by demonstrating that lonely first-year students mounted a weaker immune response to the flu shot than did other students.

Scientists track 'stealth' DNA elements in primate evolution
Louisiana State University scientists have demonstrated that specific DNA sequences play a crucial role in human evolution by surreptitiously spawning hyperactive progeny copies.

OHSU research shows vitamin C counteracts some negative impacts of smoking on unborn babies
Research conducted in monkeys at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University, suggests high doses of vitamin C may have potential to counteract some negative impacts of smoking in unborn babies.

Japanese women found to have lower recurrence of breast cancer
Early-stage breast cancer patients of Japanese descent that are treated with a lumpectomy and radiation therapy are more likely to be cured of their cancer than women of other ancestries, according to a new study published in the May 2005 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

May 2005 Ophthalmology journal
Studies from the May 2005 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available.

Journal study suggests many glaucoma patients don't take medication properly
A study that appears in the May edition of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, shows that as many as 47 percent of patients receiving glaucoma therapy do not comply with their doctor's prescribed medicine regimen.

Social connections: Could heartwarming be heart-saving?
Being social has its rewards. Men who are socially isolated have elevated levels of a blood marker for inflammation that's linked to CVD.

Tools for diagnosing heart attack could be inaccurate in some populations
A computerized tool to help emergency room physicians determine whether a patient is having a heart attack may not work as well among some racial and ethnic groups, according to research of almost 12,000 patients at nine medical centers.
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