Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 20, 2007
Green tea may protect the bladder from becoming inflamed
Herbal agents could be used to treat inflammatory bladder diseases, according to a preliminary study that looked at the ability of green tea to protect bladder cells from inflammation.

GPs should lead chronic disease fight -- Top doctor
Doctors should be seizing the opportunity to lead the fight against chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, according to the next head of the international organization for GPs who will give a public lecture at ANU tonight.

Repetitive exposure to an opinion can influence as much as exposure to opinions from several people
According to a new study, repeated exposure to one person's viewpoint can have almost as much influence as exposure to shared opinions from multiple people.

Start school later in the morning, say sleepy teens
A survey of sleep-deprived teens finds they think that a later start time for school and tests given later in the school day would result in better grades.

Parents and schools, major factors in China obesity boom
A study of high schools in China has found community, school and household factors have a major impact on obesity in adolescents.

Nanocomposite labeled cancer cells can be targeted and destroyed using lasers
A nanocomposite particle can be constructed so that it has a mix of properties that would not otherwise happen in nature.

Approved medical resident hours still resulting in sleepy doctors
Medical residents working within the mandated maximum of 80 hours per week experience severe sleepiness, a finding that may have implications for both patient care and resident safety, according to a new study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference, on Sunday, May 20.

Sleep apnea increases risk of heart attack or death by 30 percent
The nighttime breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea increases a person's risk of having a heart attack or dying by 30 percent over a period of four to five years, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference, on Monday, May 21.

Sleep apnea may increase risk of diabetes
Researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine have found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea are at increased risk for developing of type 2 diabetes, independent of other risk factors.

'Healthy' children with smoking parents aren't really so healthy
Children of smokers who don't show any signs of respiratory problems may still be experiencing damaging changes in their airways that could lead to lung disease later in life, according to a new study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference, on Sunday, May 20.

Targeted nanoparticles incorporating siRNA offer promise for cancer treatment
The use of targeted nanoparticles offers promising techniques for cancer treatment.

Could statins be a new option for hepatitis C patients?
Research presented today at Digestive Disease Week 2007 demonstrates the potential of statins, important cholesterol management therapies, for improving the management of hepatitis C -- a disease that affects nearly 4 million Americans.

Sleep apnea patients have greatly increased risk of severe car crashes
People with obstructive sleep apnea have a markedly increased risk of severe motor vehicle crashes involving personal injury, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference, on Sunday, May 20.

New techniques redefine assessment of liver disease
Research presented today at Digestive Disease Week 2007 introduces unique methods for evaluating patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Genetic marker linked to aggressive prostate cancer
Northwestern University researchers have discovered that a recently identified genetic marker for prostate cancer is linked to a highly aggressive form of the disease.

House dust may protect against allergic disease early in life
Endotoxin, a toxic substance made by certain types of bacteria, may reduce the risk of developing the allergic skin condition eczema or wheezing in children if they are exposed to it up to age 3, suggests a study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference, on Sunday, May 20.

Veterans exposed to Agent Orange have higher rates of prostate cancer recurrence
Veterans exposed to Agent Orange have a 48 percent increased risk of prostate cancer recurrence following surgery than their unexposed peers, and when the disease comes back, it seems more aggressive, researchers say.

Study finds 'wake up and breathe' strategy allows patients to come off ventilator sooner
A new study of intensive care unit patients who are breathing with the help of a mechanical ventilator has found that a two-step sedation and ventilator weaning protocol -- called a

New research supports early testing for prostate cancer
Research presented today during the 102nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association in Anaheim, Calif., provided further evidence supporting regular prostate-cancer screening and offered new insights into disease progression and the hormonal treatment of recurrent disease.

Spotlight on liver disease: Improving today's treatments
Patients with liver disease often suffer from other related illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure, among others.

The hepatitis C link: Diagnose, treat, transplant
Hepatitis C not only affects more than 3.9 million Americans, but continues to impact and influence the occurrence of related inflammatory conditions.

Drug eluting nanostructured coatings enable targeted drug therapy for orthopedic patients
Drug delivery systems have progressed from the teaspoon to time-release capsules to drug-eluting stents.

Nanomedicine opens the way for nerve cell regeneration
The ability to regenerate nerve cells in the body could reduce the effects of trauma and disease in a dramatic way.

Statin use linked with decreased prostate cancer mortality rates, lower PSA levels
In recent years, research has indicated a possible link between dietary fat intake and prostate cancer.

Hotter is better for removing allergens in laundry
A new study finds that the heat setting you choose when doing laundry makes all the difference when it comes to killing dust mites.

Epidemiology of TB: Updates from CDC studies to be presented at ATS 2007
The latest research from two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies looking at the epidemiology of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States will be presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference on Sunday, May 20, in San Francisco.

Eating apples and fish during pregnancy may protect against childhood asthma and allergies
Women who eat apples and fish during pregnancy may reduce the risk of their children developing asthma or allergic disease, suggests a new study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference, on Sunday, May 20.
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