Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 17, 2005
How major lenders could help hard-up borrowers avoid the slide into debt
Mainstream financial service providers should help their rejected borrowers improve credit ratings and avoid sinking deeper into debt, by collaborating with high-interest lenders, many of which they own, argues a new report sponsored by the ESRC.

Chemical 'band-aid' prevents heart failure in mice with muscular dystrophy
A common chemical used in the manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries can repair damage to cardiac muscle cell membranes and prevent heart failure in mice with the genetic mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy, according to scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School.

In support of PubChem: towards open chemical information
An XML-based approach to the communication of chemical information in the biomedical literature would prevent the loss of crucial information and facilitate the re-use of data - and would be easily achievable using existing open tools and resources.

Mutations in NOTCH1 gene cause aortic valve disease
By studying five generations of a Dallas family, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have discovered that a mutation in a key gene causes aortic valve disease, a common heart birth defect as well as a major contributor to adult heart disease.

Solar Cars: NRCan and Canadian universities gear up for challenge
For the first time ever, a North American solar-car race will cross an international border.

Decline in performance of candidates taking a postgraduate medical examination between 1997 and 2001
The performance of doctors taking a postgraduate medical exam declined between 1997 and 2001, reveals a study carried out by the Royal Colleges of Physicians and published today in the Open Access journal BMC Medicine.
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