Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 01, 2006
Free drug samples influence prescribing, say one in three doctors
One in three doctors agree that free drug samples influence prescribing, finds a small but representative U.S. survey published in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Scientists stop colon cancer growth in mice by blocking just one enzyme
In cell culture experiments, scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the University of Texas at Arlington determined that stopping the activity of a single enzyme called aldose reductase could shut down the toxic network of biochemical signals that promotes inflammation and colon cancer cell growth.

New studies in the journal Sleep focus on helping children, women sleep better
These new studies highlight the effectiveness of behavioral treatments in children with bedtime problems.

Magic marker monitors malicious movements
German chemical company, Lanxess, have developed a product called Rapidogen, which is invisible to the naked eye, but glows under UV light.

Impaired gene helps non-small cell lung cancer resist drug
Lung cancer cells with a defective version of a potential tumor suppressor gene are highly resistant to attack by a platinum-based drug commonly used to treat the disease, researchers at the University of Texas M.

Antibiotic inhibits cancer gene activity
A little-known antibiotic shows early promise as an anti-cancer agent, inhibiting a gene found at higher-than-normal levels in most human tumors, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

Cloned mice created from fully differentiated cells, a milestone in cloning research
New research dismisses the notion that adult stem cells are necessary for successful animal cloning, proving instead that cells that have completely evolved to a specific type not only can be used for cloning purposes, but they may be better and more efficient.

Serotonin receptor: A rheostat in brain for emotion that may be linked to depression
Although drugs that target the brain's serotonin system are in wide use for treating depression, the basic biological mechanism by which they help alleviate symptoms is poorly understood.

Stellar birth control in the early universe
An international team of astronomers based at Yale and Leiden University in The Netherlands found that

Osteoarthritis may be sign of faster 'biological ageing'
Osteoarthritis, the degenerative inflammatory bone disease, may be a sign of faster

Almost half of men who pay for sex already have a partner
Almost half of men who pay for sex already have a partner, reveals a small survey reported in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

New study in JCSM shows effective treatment for elderly insomniacs
This study shows that brief behavioral treatment for insomnia is a promising intervention for older adults with insomnia.
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