Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 23, 2006
Prescription pain killers involved in more drug overdose deaths than cocaine or heroin in the US
Trends analysis of drug poisoning deaths has helped explain a national epidemic of overdose deaths in the U.S. that began in the 1990s, concludes Leonard Paulozzi and colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Shared ancestor to humans, present-day non-human primates may be linchpin in evolution of language
Rhesus monkeys listening to coos and screams of other rhesus monkeys use parts of the brain that correspond to the two principal language centers in humans.

Preclinical study shows chronic stress agitates ovarian cancer; reducing stress slows tumor growth
When mice with ovarian cancer are stressed, their tumors grow and spread more quickly, but that effect can be blocked using a medication commonly prescribed for heart disease, according to a preclinical study by researchers at The University of Texas M.

Fuel cells, a neglected clean source of energy
In a situation where the UK is crying out for reliable sources of energy that do not threaten the environment, one option, the hydrogen fuel cell has been relatively neglected through insufficient support from industry and government.

Jefferson scientists show 'miracle' cancer drug Gleevec can be toxic to the heart
Gleevec, the wildly successful poster-child of a new generation of cancer drugs aimed at specific targets in the cancer cell, can be dangerous to the heart.
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