Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 03, 2005
Genes linked to treatment resistance in children with leukemia
In efforts to increase the survival rate of the most common childhood cancer, researchers from St.

Disappearing Arctic lakes linked to climate change
Continued arctic warming may be causing a decrease in the number and size of Arctic lakes.

Students heed parents on credit card advice
Parents are by far the primary source of information and advice for traditional college students as regards credit card usage.

Northwestern Memorial researchers aim to find answer to halting the progression of fatty liver
Currently, no medical treatment exists for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), inflammation of the liver associated with the accumulation of fat in the liver.

$3 million NIH grant focuses on workplace obesity
The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) was one of only seven institutions nationwide selected to receive a $3 million grant to study ways to help prevent obesity by influencing people's dietary and activity habits at work.

New radiofrequency device
The prestigious North American scientific publication, Physical Review Letters, has recently published an article about a radiofrequency device that was designed by a team of researchers at the Public University of Navarra, together with teams from the University of Seville and the Barcelona Universidad Autónoma.

How chronic exposure to tiny levels of carbon monoxide damages hearing in young ears
UCLA scientists have discovered how chronic exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide (CO) damages the inner ear of young rats, resulting in permanent hearing loss.

Researchers demonstrate use of gold nanoparticles for cancer detection
Binding gold nanoparticles to a specific antibody for cancer cells could make cancer detection much easier, say medical researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and Georgia Institute of Technology.

2005 Elizabeth Fleming Stier Award: George J. Flick Jr.
George J. Flick Jr., University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, received the 2005 Elizabeth Fleming Stier Award for pursuit of humanitarian ideals and unselfish dedication resulting in significant contributions to the well-being of the food industry, academia, students, or the general public.

Dyslexia redefined
A new theory of dyslexia challenges previous hypotheses and hints at a general deficit in the dyslexic brain.

Royal Society elects Tom Curran as Fellow
Tom Curran, Ph.D., FRS, took his place alongside such distinguished scientists as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking with his election last week as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge.

Researchers develop gene therapy to reverse pulmonary arterial hypertension
Researchers show that a protein, Survivin, commonly implicated in many cancers, can be a new gene therapy target in PAH.

European funding for research on biomolecular nanomachines
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces receives 2.0 Million Euro for new European research network.

Listen! Comfort a cornerstone for many female friendships
Most women are less forgiving of other women who lack comforting skills than of men who lack such skills, according to a new Purdue University research on interpersonal relationships.

Scientists create digital bacteria to forge advances in biomedical research
Scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have constructed a computer simulation that allows them to study the relationship between biochemical fluctuations within a single cell and the cell's behavior as it interacts with other cells and its environment.

'Just in time' avian influenza program offered June 16
To help disseminate factual information about avian influenza as both a threat to agricultural productivity and human health and well-being, the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine on the Maryland Campus of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will present an avian influenza informational symposium from 1 to 5 p.m.

Multi-university team builds a model for environmental tourism in Greece
For years, University of Cincinnati students and faculty have worked in Greece to create a global model for environmental tourism.

NYU chemists use computer simulation to enhance understanding of DNA transcription
New York University chemists have employed a computer simulation whose results have enhanced scientific understanding of the DNA transcription process.

Increased Vitamin B consumption reduces women's risk of colorectal cancer
According to a study published in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) journal Gastroenterology, women with a high dietary intake of vitamin B6 over several years have a decreased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC).
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