Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 27, 2006
Procedure allows women to freeze eggs to preserve future fertility
Researchers at the Yale Fertility Center are now offering a cutting edge reproductive procedure called oocyte cryopreservation that allows women to freeze their eggs and use them at a later time to conceive a child.

Researchers identify major source of muscle repair cells
In a discovery with implications for treating muscular dystrophy, researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine and other institutions have identified a major source of two groups of adult cells that regulate muscle repair.

Fluoride varnish helps prevent tooth decay in very young children
Fluoride varnish, a dental preventive treatment, reduces the incidence of early childhood tooth decay in combination with dental health counseling for parents, according to a study by investigators at the UCSF School of Dentistry.

The sweet smell of nano-success
Scientists at Lehigh University and Cardiff University, reporting in Science magazine, use one of the world's most powerful electron microscopes to map the chemical structure of a nanoparticle that is the active component of a new, environmentally friendly catalyst.

A real time look at interactions between RNA and proteins
For the first time, researchers can now peer inside intact cells to not only identify RNA-binding proteins, but also observe -- in real-time -- the intricate activities of these special molecules that make them key players in managing some of the cell's most basic functions.

Guidelines for Yale physician interactions with pharmaceutical industry
To highlight the importance of impeccable financial relationships between the pharmaceutical industry and physicians, the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine has developed and approved some of the most stringent guidelines for the interactions of their faculty with the pharmaceutical industry.

Penn study identifies patients most at-risk for secondary strokes
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and other institutions, have found that severe stenosis of arteries in the head represents a major risk factor for the development of a subsequent stroke.

Test identifies best candidates for implanted cardiac defibrillator, screens out those not helped
Last year, about 170,000 people in North America had devices surgically implanted to stop potentially fatal arrhythmias.

Using mobile phones reduces error rate in hospital care
Using mobile telephones in hospitals reduces the error rate in medical care because of more timely communication and rarely causes electronic magnetic interference.

Cardiovascular and immunology research alliance announced by Yale and Boehringer Ingelheim
Yale University School of Medicine and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

AANP and UpToDate partner to improve patient care
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and UpToDate Partner to bring evidence-based practical answers and recommendations to clinical questions at the point of care.

New sonofusion experiment produces results without external neutron source
A team of researchers has used sound waves to induce nuclear fusion without the need for an external neutron source, according to a paper in the Jan.

Stress and emotions can negatively effect heart health
Prevention is a key message during National Heart Health month, and the American Psychological Association (APA) today released strategies to help Americans manage stress.

'Super Bowls' lead to super appetites
In a hidden scale study at last year's Super Bowl party, a JAMA article shows that partiers serving themselves snacks from large 4-liter bowls served 53 percent more -- 142 more calories -- than those serving from 2-liter bowls.

Abortion-rights and anti-abortion groups share some values
People with strong views on abortion and other controversial issues tend to exaggerate differences of opinion they have with their opponents, a new University of Florida study finds.

Free HIV tests cheaper than charging when goal is preventing AIDS
Offering free HIV tests instead of charging a small fee is more cost-effective at preventing HIV infections and draws in three times as many people for testing, according to a Duke University Medical Center study conducted in Tanzania.

Satellite portrait of global plant growth will aid climate research
An ambitious ESA project to chart ten years in the life of the Earth's vegetation has reached a midway point, with participants and end-users having met to review progress so far.

Weight loss improves bladder control in women with prediabetes
Losing a modest amount of weight through dietary changes and increased physical activity reduces the occurrence of urinary incontinence (UI) in women with prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet diabetic.

From 2-D blueprint, material assembles into novel 3-D nanostructures
An international team of scientists affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center has coaxed a self-assembling material into forming never-before-seen, three-dimensional nanoscale structures, with potential applications ranging from catalysis and chemical separation to semiconductor manufacturing.

Experts find better way to scrub milking hardware
Researchers at Penn State have devised a novel way to clean and disinfect milking equipment, using little more than salt water.

Hi ho silver! FSU physicist helps discover an atomic oddity
Working with an international team of scientists, a Florida State University physics professor in Tallahassee, Fla. has taken part in an experiment that resulted in the creation of a silver atom with exotic properties never before observed.
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