Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 15, 2006
Study by Einstein researchers could lead to a novel strategy for treating obesity
In their latest finding on the brain's role in controlling appetite and weight, researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have shown that reducing levels of fatty acids in the hypothalamus causes rats to overeat and become obese.

Hispanic asthma rates highest among Puerto Ricans
Studies of Hispanic children and adults show that Mexican-American ethnicity is associated with lower risks of asthma and wheezing, while the prevalence of active physician-diagnosed asthma is highest among Puerto Ricans.

Soy phytoestrogens may block estrogen effects
Research in monkeys suggests that the natural plant estrogens found in soy do not increase markers of breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

Environmental exposure to cadmium associated with increased cancer risk
Individuals who are exposed to the metal cadmium in the environment have an increased cancer risk, according to Belgian researchers reporting online today in The Lancet Oncology.

OHSU researchers discover protein fragment that helps predict breast cancer outcome
Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute researchers have identified a protein fragment in some human breast cancers that may help predict a patient's chances of survival.

Weizmann Institute suggests that immune cells help to maintain cognition and brain cell renewal
A team of scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science, led by Prof.

Oh, rats! Designer animals reveal possible heart disease genes
Every year, heart disease claims an estimated 7 million lives, according to the World Health Organization.

Researchers identify target for therapeutic drugs to fight most common adult brain cancer
A research team at UT Southwestern Medical Center has discovered a cell-signaling mechanism instrumental in the most common brain cancer in adults.

Curry and cauliflower could halt prostate cancer
Rutgers researchers found that the curry spice turmeric (curcumin) holds real potential for both the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer, particularly when combined with phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), a naturally occurring substance particularly abundant in cruciferous vegetables including watercress, cabbage, winter cress, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips.

Protein 'nanosprings' most resilient found in nature
A component of many proteins has been found to constitute one of the most powerful and resilient molecular

Drug cuts sleep apnea in heart failure patients
Since sleep apnea is associated with heart failure, patients who take a single dose of acetazolamide -- a mild diurectic and respiratory stimulant -- before going to bed exhibit less sleep apnea, improved oxygen levels and fewer daytime symptoms of sleepiness. 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