Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 01, 2007
Gender linked to development of skin cancer
Inherent gender differences -- instead of more sun exposure -- may be one reason why men are three times more likely than women to develop certain kinds of skin cancer, say researchers at Ohio State University Medical Center.

7 countries unite to drive improvements in global health
Foreign ministers representing seven countries spanning four continents have issued a declaration of co-operation on global health issues, reports an Online Health Policy paper published Monday (April 2, 2007) by the Lancet.

New study in journal Sleep finds that sleep disturbance increases spontaneous pain in women
Sleep continuity disturbance impairs endogenous pain-inhibitory function and increases spontaneous pain in women.

Are all male's liars and cheaters? Yes -- if they're crayfish!
Intimidation and threats are common throughout society, whether it's in the school playground, sporting arena or boardroom.

Actigraphy is a useful way to assess and manage sleep disorders
Actigraphy, the use of a portable device that records movement over extended periods of time, and has been used extensively in the study of sleep and circadian rhythms, provides an acceptably accurate estimate of sleep patterns in normal, healthy adult populations and in-patients suspected of certain sleep disorders.

Getting dirty may lift your mood
Treatment of mice with a

Fat overrides effects of vitamin C
Fats in our stomach may reduce the protective effects of antioxidants such as vitamin C.

Australasian mental health research needs a wider perspective
A study recently published in World Psychiatry, has found that much of the research on mental health published by Australian and New Zealand researchers is of limited relevance to a truly international audience.

International study finds ways to maximize effective responses after terrorism incidents
A new international study led by faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, has identified ways to maximize the effectiveness of responses to terrorist attacks that use explosive devices on civilian populations.

Study identifies multiple genetic risk factors for prostate cancer
A study led by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Harvard Medical School has identified seven genetic risk factors that predict risk for prostate cancer.

Right angles are all wrong for tree frog adhesion
Tree frogs have the unique ability to stick to smooth surfaces even when they are tilted well beyond the vertical -- some small tree frogs can even adhere when completely upside down.

It's never too late to get it back! Aging interrupted
Scientists have discovered that reducing calorie intake later in life can still induce many of the health and longevity benefits of life-long calorie reduction.

Sleep quantity affects morning testosterone levels in older men
The testosterone levels of healthy men decline as they get older.
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