Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 26, 2006
Memory function: There is hope for alcoholics with Korsakoff Syndrome
Individuals with alcohol-induced Korsakoff Syndrome (KS) are often unable to recall recent events.

'Custom' nanoparticles could improve cancer diagnosis and treatment
Researchers have developed

Green nanochemistry featured at American Chemical Society symposium, March 26-29
Using principles of green chemistry, scientists are designing materials and processes that provide the maximum benefits of nanotechnology while minimizing potential hazards.

Study indicates human susceptibility for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease transmission
According to an article published online today (Monday March 27, 2006) by The Lancet Neurology, all individuals could be susceptible to transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) through routes such as blood transfusion, and, because of long incubation times before onset of symptoms, a significant level of infection might already be present in the population.

Light activated anticancer drug targeted to DNA using cisplatin like sub-units
One of the most effective chemotherapy drugs against cancer is cisplatin because it attaches to cancer DNA and disrupts repair.

Clues to African archaeology found in lead isotopes
Microscopic specs of lead are offering clues about the enormous cultural changes that swept across northern Africa a thousand years ago, according to new research to be presented at the March 2006 American Chemical Society meeting.

Antidepressants might reduce risk of colorectal cancer
Use of some antidepressants might reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer, according to researchers reporting in the April issue of The Lancet Oncology.

New nanotechnology analysis: tiny tech brings huge changes
The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) today announced its first series of new research papers in which industry experts predict profound impacts of nanotechnology on society.

UC Davis study shows grape seed extract may be effective in reducing blood pressure
Grape seed extract lowered the blood pressure of patients who participated in a UC Davis study of the benefits of the supplement on people with high blood pressure.

Light-sensitive particles change chemistry at the flick of a switch
A light-sensitive, self-assembled monolayer that provides unique control over particle interactions has been developed by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More extensive surgery improves survival of patients with gastric cancer
Patients with gastric cancer have improved survival after more extensive removal of lymph nodes compared with those undergoing less extensive surgery, according to researchers from Taiwan reporting in the April issue of The Lancet Oncology.

Polymer composite provides better fire protection than steel for shipboard use
The US Navy needs lighter materials so ships will go further faster.

Biofuels research featured at day-long symposium at American Chemical Society meeting
Fuel chemists and other scientists from across the United States and Europe will present the latest research toward developing viable, cost-effective and high-performing biodiesel fuels on Sunday at the 231st national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, during a special day-long symposium,

Children more at risk of attempting suicide if father is in both unskilled and stressful job
The children of men with unskilled but demanding and stressful jobs are at higher risk of attempting suicide than others.

Researchers create pigs that produce heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
Researchers report they have created pigs that produce omega-3 fatty acids, representing the first cloned transgenic livestock in the world that can make the beneficial compound known to improve heart function and help reduce the risks for heart disease.

Combining alcohol and Red BullĀ® reduces the 'perception' of impairment
Study results show that drinking alcohol and Red BullĀ® together significantly reduces the perception of headache, weakness, dry mouth and impairment of motor coordination.

Older people with stronger cognitive skills walk at a safer pace
Psychologists wanting to help old people safely cross the street and otherwise ambulate around this busy world have found that from age 70 and up, safe walking may require solid

Evolutionary biology research techniques predict cancer
In diverse ecosystems, packed with wildly different species, evolution whizzes along.

Cystic fibrosis research could benefit from multi-functional sensing tool
Researchers are using an innovative, multi-functional sensing tool to investigate adenosine triphosphate (ATP) release and its role in cystic fibrosis.

American Indians with alcohol problems have more medical conditions
Alcohol abuse and dependence are known to be major health problems among American Indians.

Student creates material with multi-patterned surface to study tissue growth
Modern medicine has the desire to replace damaged tissue with newly grown tissue, such as to repair skin, bone, cartilage, or arteries.
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