Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 12, 2005
Study suggests protein may be early warning for ovarian cancer
Penn State College of Medicine researchers have found a signal that could lead to earlier detection and treatment of ovarian cancer.ÊA team of scientists studied Òkm23,Ó a protein that helps to direct protein traffic in the cell.

Technological advances could reduce effectiveness of the Chemical Weapons Convention
Technological advances within the chemical industry could erode the effectiveness of the Chemical Weapons Convention's provisions for verification and compliance.

Folates more effective in limiting Alzheimer's disease risk than antioxidants, other nutrients
Adults who eat the daily recommended allowance of folates -- B-vitamin nutrients found in oranges, legumes, leafy green vegetables and folic acid supplements -- significantly reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to results from a long-term National Institute on Aging study of diet and brain aging.

WCS says avian flu prevention should focus on farms, markets
Wildlife health experts from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) warn that efforts to control the spread of avian flu across Asia and beyond must focus on better management practices on farms and in markets.

EBCT best for evaluating adults with congenital defects in the heart arteries
Electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT) is more accurate than conventional catheter angiography for identifying which adult patients face the greatest risk of sudden death from congenital abnormalities in the arteries supplying blood to the heart, according to a study in the September 2005 issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions: Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

More proof of woodpecker revealed in audio recordings
Cornell researchers will formally present new audio evidence of ivory-billed woodpeckers Aug.

Powerful mineral mapper heads to Mars
With the launch of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars -- or CRISM -- joins the set of high-tech detectives seeking traces of water on the red planet.

Infusion nurses examine need for standards of practice in immunoglobulin therapy
A review article published in the July/August 2005 Journal of Infusion Nursing examines the need for established treatment guidelines to support doctors and nurses in correctly dosing and administering intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) as replacement therapy in patients with primary immunodeficiency (PI) disorders, who do not produce adequate levels of antibodies essential in fighting infectious diseases.

Alice falls into a black hole
An upcoming publication in Physical Review Letters examines the effect of acceleration on quantum entanglement.

New Accutane controls praised by March of Dimes
The new risk management program for Accutane announced today by FDA is being applauded by the March of Dimes.

A powerful new tool for decoding gene functions in mammals and Man
A collaborative project between American and Chinese researchers developed a way to study the function of genes in mice and man by using a moveable genetic element from moths, according to a report in the journal Cell.

The doctor is in: UH engineering students find medical mentors
In a joint effort with The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, University of Houston biomedical engineering students have been gaining exposure to career possibilities in medicine.

Evolution of life on Earth may hold key to finding life in outer space
Questioning the existence of life in outer space may have close-to-home answers, says one University of Houston professor.

Warming most evident at high latitudes, but greatest impact will be in tropics
The impact of global warming has become obvious in areas such as Alaska, Siberia and the Arctic, but a University of Washington ecologist says the most serious impact in the next century likely will be in the tropics.

MRI cardiac catheterization poised for success in children with congenital heart disease
Technological advances that combine the stunning image quality of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with the efficient elegance of catheter interventions are reshaping the treatment of children with congenital heart disease.

Ecologists unite to address global challenges
The recent meeting of the G8 raised major ecological challenges, many of them affecting the developing world.

Global malaria experts meet at Menzies
A group of the world's foremost malaria experts will meet at Menzies School of Health Research to address the critical issue of global drug resistance, at a malaria symposium starting Sunday.

DOE outlines research needed to improve solar energy technologies
DOE's Office of Science has released a report describing the basic research needed to produce

Drinking alcohol may lower risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
People who drink alcohol have a lower risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) than non-drinkers, researchers at Yale's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) write in an article published in Lancet Oncology.
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