Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 24, 2006
Cedars-Sinai researchers discover treatment for deadly brain tumors and infections
In a study published in the March 15 issue of The Journal of Immunology, researchers at Board of Governors' Gene Therapeutics Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have developed a way to overcome immune privilege in the brain to eradicate potentially deadly brain tumors such as glioblastoma multiforme and other types of brain infections.

Looking for consensus on how to manage metastatic breast cancer
A new European School of Oncology (ESO) task force has been created to discuss and review the current guidelines for managing metastatic breast cancer.

Besser and Shin co-author paper for Institute of Physics journal
Ronald S. Besser, a Professor in the Department of Chemical, Biomedical and Materials Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, recently co-authored and published, with Stevens graduate student W.C.

Human albumin from tobacco plants
Human serum albumin (HSA) is the intravenous protein most commonly used in the world for therapeutic ends.

Self-esteem falters among Chinese teens
A study of nearly 8,000 Chinese adolescents found that the misperception of their weight has an important impact on academic performance and a psychological experience.

Purdue project could help pets serve as disease watchdogs
A national surveillance network that uses the medical records of companion animals could help prepare for a wide variety of emerging disease threats to humans and animals, including avian influenza, according to veterinary scientists at Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine.

Too much or too little sleep increases diabetes risk
Men who sleep too much or too little are at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Colorectal cancer develops earlier in drinkers, smokers and men
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH) researchers examined the records of 161,172 colorectal cancer patients from 350 teaching and community hospitals nationwide and found that alcohol and tobacco users developed cancer 7.8 years earlier than those who never drank or smoked.

Perimeter Institute welcomes renewed Ontario investment
The Government of Ontario announced key investments today in strategic research and innovation projects.

1 in 8 of Thomson Scientific's 2005 Top 40 'hottest papers' from three Oxford Journals titles
Oxford Journals is delighted to announce that five papers from three of its titles have been included in Thomson Scientific's recently published Top 40

Rivers indicate earlier snowmelt in eastern North America
Scientists at the US Geological Survey (USGS) have found evidence in eastern North America that the snow is melting and running off into rivers earlier than it did in the first half of the 20th century.

CASCADE researchers call for open discussions about EU chemicals legislation
Scientists studying chemicals in food call for joint discussions with consumers and industry on the proposed EU chemicals legislation.

Virginia Representative wins award for contributions to science, engineering & technology
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) will receive the 2006 George E.

Agreement to expand Internet2 reach in Alaska
Representatives from Internet2 and the University of Alaska Fairbanks on March 23 announced that Alaska's statewide education network, AK20, will become the 35th state education network to connect to Internet2's nationwide high performance network.

Top cancer organizations launch first online portal of Asian language cancer information
The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training and the American Cancer Society have launched a searchable online database of Asian language cancer materials.

Method for avoiding sudden death
Sudden death is a health problem with a rate of one in every thousand inhabitants per annum.

New study establishes criteria to detect ovarian cancer in asymptomatic postmenopausal women
In the largest study of its kind, researchers found new criteria for detecting ovarian cancer malignancy in postmenopausal asymptomatic women, 55 to 74 years old.

Two new studies reveal benefits of laparoscopic surgery for uterine cancer
In a pair of studies researchers have found in a large randomized trial of laparoscopy versus laparotomy for surgical treatment of uterine (endometrial) cancer that laparoscopy is safe, and when successfully completed reduces hospital stay by 50 percent, and contributes to a better quality of life from the patient's perspective.

First human implant of HeartWare's HVAD
On 22 March 2006, a 48 year old male patient suffering NYHA Class IV Heart Failure became the first recipient of HeartWare's HVAD mechanical circulatory assist device.

Einstein researchers find potential new drugs for tuberculosis
Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have synthesized chemicals that are up to 10 times more effective than isoniazid, the leading anti-tuberculosis drug.

EUREKA - A cornerstone of the European research and innovation area
The Czech EUREKA Chairmanship together with the EUREKA Network has published a report entitled

New study reports increased response to therapy with no added toxicity in treatment of ...
A new study reports an increased response to therapy with no added toxicity in treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer.

The Nice Manifesto
Almost 5,000 delegates at the 5th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-5) today attended the presentation of the Nice Manifesto.

Penn study shows smokers assume false sense of safety from ads for low nicotine Quest® cigarettes
A study by researchers at the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that many smokers make false inferences about the safety of new low nicotine Quest® cigarettes.

2006 Manitoba fuel efficiency frenzy
The Manitoba Motor Dealers Association (MMDA) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are pleased to announce the launch of a joint pilot project that encourages the marketing of fuel-efficient vehicles and other fuel-saving initiatives to Manitobans.

Vol. 42, No. 5 JRRD tipsheet: Focus on spinal cord injury and prosthetics
The current issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) includes eight articles on spinal cord injury -- addressing topics such as bone mineral density, women's sexuality, and chronic pain -- and three articles on prosthetics research.

U-M study: Program to boost elderly flu vaccination could save lives
Results from a U-M Health System study hold the promise to cost-effectively boost flu immunization rates among the elderly, and ultimately save lives.

MRI study opens door to assessing, preventing dangerous brain iron levels
Findings in an upcoming early online publication of the Neurobiology of Aging suggest age-related brain iron accumulation is a modifiable risk factor for degenerative brain diseases, and also demonstrate the ability of MRI analysis to measure iron levels in brain tissues of living patients.

Scientists making advances in cancer to receive international awards
Leading scientists whose work in research laboratories, universities and medical centers is helping to understand and eradicate cancer will be recognized April 1-5, 2006, by the American Association for Cancer Research(AACR) at its 97th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Scientists discover interplay between genes and viruses in tiny ocean plankton
New evidence from open-sea experiments shows there's a constant shuffling of genetic material going on among the ocean's tiny plankton.

Tweaking Taxol points way to a greener, more productive future
As the effective cancer-treatment drug Taxol enters its next generation, Michigan State University announces discoveries which point to both environmentally friendly ways to produce more Taxol, and ultimately innovations to produce a more potent second-generation drug.

Drug shown to provide much needed alternative therapy for chronic shoulder pain
After the rise in safety concerns surrounding Vioxx and other Cox-2 inhibitors, people suffering from chronic shoulder pain were left with just two therapy options at opposite extremes - take Advil, or have surgery.

New breast cancer dictionary for doctors
A new 'breast cancer dictionary'is being created to help bridge the gap between patient terminology and complicated medical language, announced The French League Against Cancer at the European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-5), today.

Wasabi's kick linked to single pain receptor
A single pain receptor is responsible for the kick delivered by garlic and mustard oil, which is the active ingredient in mustard and in the pungent green sushi condiment known as wasabi.

Serendipity versus planning - cancer drugs of the future?
Delegates at the European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-5) were given two examples of promising new drugs to watch in the future - raloxifene and lapatinib.

Tastier tomatoes in the future?
German-Israeli research team discovers DNA fragments in wild tomatoes which could allow the development of better cultured tomatoes.

EBCC calls to speed access to innovative advances for all breast cancer patients
Breast cancer specialists and advocates at the 5th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-5) called today for patients to have equal and speedy access to new breast cancer treatments and procedures, as soon as they are validated by comparative clinical trials.

Smoke free vote supported by north west pubs air quality study
Research released this week supports the House of Commons vote to make all workplaces smoke free, including pubs and bars.

New coating protects steel and superalloys
A new ceramic-based aluminide coating protects steel and superalloys against corrosion, oxidation and other adverse chemical reactions.
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