Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 11, 2007
Thinking makes it so: Science extends reach of prosthetic arms
A technique allowing a prosthetic arm to respond directly to brain signals has the potential to provide more arm and hand movements, beyond the four the technique has already achieved, a new study shows.

Research suggests targeted treatment strategies for lupus
New research provides clues about the causes of lupus symptoms and suggests specific new targeted treatment strategies, according to Nilamadham Mishra, MD, from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, in presentations this week at the American College of Rheumatology in Boston.

Jefferson neuroscientists show anti-inflammation molecule helps fight MS-like disease
An immune system messenger molecule that normally helps quiet inflammation could be an effective tool against multiple sclerosis.

An Alzheimer's vaccine?
A new research study from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation shows that immunization could offer a way to blunt or even prevent the deadly, memory-robbing disease.

Children's peer victimization -- a mix of loyalty and preference
New research into childhood prejudice suggests that loyalty and disloyalty play a more important role than previously thought in how children treat members of their own and other groups.

Factor key to severity of community-associated methicillin-resistant staph infections identified
Newly described proteins in drug-resistant strains of the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium attract and then destroy protective human white blood cells -- a key process ensuring that S. aureus survives and causes severe disease, according to scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Life-threatening gene defect located by UT-Houston researchers
Scientists at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston have identified a defective gene that affects vascular smooth-muscle cells in people who suffer from hereditary thoracic aortic disease, which can kill victims with little warning in the prime of their lives.

The risk of major stroke within a week of a minor stoke is substantial
The risk of a major stroke occurring within a week after a minor stroke or transient ischaemic attack is substantial, according to an article to be published early online and in the December issue of The Lancet Neurology.
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