Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 04, 2005
Medication reduces risk of heart attack and cardiovascular death before and after angioplasty
Use of the antiplatelet drug clopidogrel before a coronary angioplasty reduced the risk of cardiovascular death, heart attack or stroke within 30 days following the procedure, according to an article in the September 14 issue of JAMA.

A new link between stem cells and tumors
Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg and the Institute of Biomedical Research of the Parc Científic de Barcelona (IRB-PCB) have now added key evidence to claims that some types of cancer originate with defects in stem cells.

Researchers discover why melanoma is so malignant
If not caught in the early stages, melanoma can be a particularly virulent form of cancer, spreading through the body with an efficiency that few tumors possess.

How 'dirt' could educate the immune system and help treat asthma
Scientists believe that knowing exactly which type of dirt provides the best 'education' for the immune system, could be key to providing new treatments for diseases such as asthma.

Embryonic stem cells accrue genetic changes
An international team of researchers has discovered that human embryonic stem cell lines accumulate changes in their genetic material over time.

Newer drugs to reduce high blood pressure better than standard treatments
A combination of modern anti-hypertensive drugs can reduce a patient's risk of stroke and heart attack to a greater extent than standard treatments, conclude the results of a randomised trial published online today by The Lancet.

Extinct giant deer's descendant found in UK
UCL (University College London) scientists have found that the closest living relative to the extinct Irish Elk (giant deer) lives on our shores. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to